Five Must-See Movies in August

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Sometimes a movie screens for one night only, and other times it shows for weeks, even months. That's why when it comes to Valley moviegoing, planning ahead is crucial.

Planners that we are, we've selected five must-see flicks screening in the Valley this month. Stock up on your preferred salty, sweet snacks and prep yourself for those icy cold theaters.

Farewell, My Queen @ Harkins Camelview Benoît Jacquot's adaptation of Chantal Thomas' novel, Les adieux à la reine, finds Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) and her court on the cusp of the French Revolution. The historical fiction is seen through the eyes of infatuated lady in waiting Sidonie (Léa Seydoux), whose affection for the queen makes her question the motives of the revolutionaries.

Showtimes begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, and continue at

Harkins Camelview

. Adult tickets are $7 to $9.50.

Gerhard Richter Painting @ Phoenix Art Museum

Documentarian Corinna Belz captures abstract German painter Gerhard Richter's creative process through observational footage of Richter working, which she pairs with archival materials and commentary from critics and collaborators.

The film screens at

Phoenix Art Museum

on August 17, 18, and 19, at 1 p.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., respectively. Tickets are $10 for non-members of the museum and $7 for members.

The Bus @ Phoenix Center for the ArtsNo Festival Required

presents 2011 documentary

The Bus

, a film that celebrates the history, legacy and impact of the iconic Volkswagen Transporter.

See it at Phoenix Center for the Arts on Monday, August 20. Tickets are $6.

Premium Rush @ Tempe MarketplaceTempe Bicycle Action Group

will catch an early look at the bike messenger thriller

Premium Rush

, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The first 20 riders to show up at

Tempe Beach Park

at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, will receive advance screening passes to the flick, which the rollers will ride over to watch. If there are more than 20, TBAG will host a lottery to distribute passes.

The advance screening takes place at

Harkins Tempe Marketplace

, and the ride will depart from the park at 6:15.

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