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Neighborhood Theater

By Elisabeth Monaghan

The Alamo Drafthouse Denver wraps up the spring with a variety of unique and memorable films, including the May installment of the Film/STILL series, which features director Maura Axelrod’s documentary, “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back” (May 16, 7 p.m.)

For those fans of the comedic interplay between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the Alamo Drafthouse will offer two screenings on May 22. The first is “Bad Boys” (7 p.m.), followed by “Bad Boys II” (9:15 p.m.).

Book and film lovers alike can check out the launch party to celebrate The Denver Post best-selling authors’, Josh Viola and Warren Hammond’s book “Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars.” As part of the celebration, Hex Publishers will host a special screening of “Total Recall” (June 1, 8 p.m.). Admission to the show includes one copy of “Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars” (either paperback or hardcover). A few days later, the Tattered Cover Bookstore will present John Carpenter’s 1985 film, “Big Trouble in Little China.” Jim Butcher, who is a Colorado resident and #1 New York Times bestselling author, will introduce the film and participate in a pre-film Q&A and book signing (June 5, 7 p.m.)

Forty years after the release of “The Exorcist,” its director William Friedkin explores how close his film came to reality in his documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth” (June 12, 7 p.m.) Later that evening, as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Denver’s Video Vortex series, the theater will show director Godfrey Ho’s 1985 “Ninja Terminator” (June 12, 9 p.m.) The Alamo Drafthouse describes the film this way: “Imagine a VHS mix tape made by a 12-year-old with Alzheimer’s that features toy robot mercenaries, music cues from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and a ninja hotline that is also a Garfield phone.”

For details on these and other special screenings of films playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver, visit www.drafthouse.com/denver/theater/sloans-lake.

Death of a Salesman’ at the Edge

Beginning May 17 and running through June 3, the Edge Theater will perform Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” While opening night has already sold out, there are plenty of tickets available for the rest of the show’s run. At $32 per ticket, the price to experience exceptional local theater is a bargain.

For information or tickets, visit www.theedgetheater.com.

Rodents Family-Friendly Show to Benefit LifeSpark Cancer Resources

The Rodents of Unusual Size return to the Grange in Wheat Ridge on June 2 for their monthly Comedy for a Cause program. The family-friendly improvisational comedy show is free, with a suggested donation of $5 or a total of $15 for families of three or more. Proceeds from the show will benefit LifeSpark Cancer Resources.

For details, visit www.coloradoimprov.com.