Joe Dante is a national treasure—a filmmaker of considerable wit who crafts trenchant social satires from the most entertaining elements of popular culture. Gremlins, his most enduringly popular film, is a sharply funny teen horror comedy written by Chris Columbus and produced by Steven Spielberg about a cute critter that spawns a spate of devilish creatures that proceed to wreak havoc in an all-American town. A holiday classic too good to be watched only at Christmastime, the film will receive a special 35th anniversary matinee screening courtesy of Laemmle, followed by a Q&A with Dante. Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Sun., July 12, 3 p.m.; $15. (310) 478-3836, laemmle.com.

 

Also opening this week:

Stuber, Crawl, The Farewell, Firecrackers, Lying and Stealing, Rojo, Saving Zoe, Sea of Shadows, Summer Night, Super 30, Sword of Trust, Art of Self Defense, Darlin,’ Three Peaks, Come Around, Miracle Mile, Armstrong