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Meryl Streep's 'Ricki and the Flash' screening early at Gold Coast International Film Festival, plus more movie news

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In "Ricki and the Flash," Meryl Streep stars as an aging rocker who tries to reconnect with her estranged family. Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures / Bob Vergara

THE MOVIE "Ricki and the Flash"

THE DEAL Meryl Streep plays an aging rocker in this comedy-drama written by Diablo Cody ("Juno") and directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs"). It doesn't open in theaters until Friday, Aug. 7, but local moviegoers can get a sneak preview two days earlier. The screening is being presented with a preshow reception by the Gold Coast International Film Festival.

INFO Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Tickets are $15-$20; 516-829-2570, goldcoastfilmfestival.org

 

WHO Jake Gyllenhaal

THE MOVIE "Demolition"

THE DEAL The new drama from director Jean-Marc Vallée ("Wild") has been chosen to open the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10. The film stars Gyllenhaal, currently in the boxing drama "Southpaw," as a grief-stricken New York investment banker who begins engaging in random acts of destruction. Also in the festival's lineup are Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next"; Ridley Scott's "The Martian," starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut; and the Lance Armstrong biopic "The Program" from director Stephen Frears ("The Queen").

 

THE EVENT Best of New York International Children's Film Festival

THE DEAL A selection of shorts from the annual festival -- including two Oscar nominees -- will screen locally this weekend. The films will be grouped into three blocks, each about an hour in length and each appropriate for ages 3-6, 5-10 and 8-14, respectively. The films come from the United States and at least 15 other countries.

INFO Saturday, Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill. $10 adults, free ages younger than 18; 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

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