Four movies to see this weekend: Raiders and Raiders, dictators and candidates

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Two double features this weekend:

raiders!_poster_1200_1777_81_sIn 1981, three Mississippi teenagers —  Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris Strompolos —  decided to remake “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” shot for shot. It ended up taking seven years and $5,000. It is incredible that they weren’t injure They showed “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation” publicly once, in 1989, then went on with their lives, more or less.

But the legend of the movie grew. VHS copies were passed from fan to fan. Eventually, the movie was given a proper début in 2003 at Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-a-Thon, eventually playing the Alamo Drafthouse and Los Angeles première. Even Spielberg saw it.

But they never really finished the the film; they still needed one final shot. The story of this shot and the film itself, is told in the documentary “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.” It officially starts playing Austin June 17 (we’ll have a full review then) but is play June 10 along with “The Adaptation” 7 p.m. June 10

 Then there’s a politically-themed double feature at the Paramount. John Frankenheimer’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” the 1962 classic of Cold War paranoia starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury plays 2:45 p.m. June 12, immidately followed by Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 film“The Great Dictator,” which was both his first talkie and a satire of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. It plays at 5:05 and is included in the price of a ticket to “The Manchurian Candidate.”

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