Free movies, guest speakers — what's not to love about Vanderbilt's International Lens film series, which starts 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 1, with a screening of Jacques Audiard's French prison drama A Prophet outside on the Student Life Center lawn? This semester's lineup includes a visit by acclaimed documentarian Ross McElwee (Sherman's March) Sept. 12 with his latest film Photographic Memory and a three-film tribute to German director Christian Petzold (Barbara) in October. And if you haven't seen the current exhibit at the Frist Center by artist Vik Muniz — who mounts large-scale recreations of masterworks with materials gathered from the world's largest garbage dump, outside Rio de Janeiro — you'll want to after seeing Lucy Walker's documentary portrait Waste Land 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Sarratt Cinema. See the full schedule at vanderbilt.edu/internationallens.
• Long before Woody Allen made his own variation on A Streetcar Named Desire — Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett and Andrew Dice Clay, which pleases us no end to type — he played Blanche DuBois to Diane Keaton's Stanley Kowalski in a memorable reprogramming scene from his 1973 sci-fi farce Sleeper. It's one of four Allen classics playing weekends through September at The Belcourt while Blue Jasmine's in local theaters. The series starts Sept. 7-8 with 1979's black-and-white Manhattan, followed by Bananas (Sept. 14-15), Sleeper (Sept. 21-22), and the bleak Crimes and Misdemeanors (Sept. 28-29). Coming soon to the Hillsboro Village arthouse in regular release: David Lowery's indie drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints, with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, and Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion, with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.
• Opening Friday in local theaters: the chase thriller Getaway, with Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, and One Direction: This Is Us, directed by Morgan Spurlock — which makes this an excellent week to see The World's End, In a World ..., The Spectacular Now, or The Way Way Back.