Toy Story 3 In a summer full of disappointments, the one major release to live up to the hype is Pixar’s wonderfully entertaining and touching sequel. See it whether you have kids or not.
Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule Doing his best to imitate the worst of public-access TV, John C. Reilly plays Dr. Steve Brule, hosting his own show, with slurred interviews, technical problems and insane meditations on subjects like fear and food. Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim
Freaks and Geeks A perfect time capsule of high school life circa 1980—and the launching pad for James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. Oh, and the guy who now plays Sweets on Bones. Re-airing on IFC
Scissor Sisters As the title implies, Night Work strays from Scissor Sisters’ usual frothy party electro. Songs revolve around ominous disco sleekness, debauched dance-punk and gothy new-wave; think a potent cocktail of pre-1980 Roxy Music and Studio 54-style grooves. Scissor Sisters play the Pearl on September 10.
The Imperfectionists Each chapter of Tom Rachman’s novel presents the subject—a newspaper in Rome—from the vantage point of different but connected characters: a reporter, an editor, a reader ... slowly, the glimpses add up to portrait of the paper and its people, funny and dark. $25
Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form If you don’t plan to see the Bellagio Gallery’s latest exhibit, you need your head examined. Rarely do we get such a well-curated collection from old masters and cutting-edge contemporaries. See Degas, Renoir, Leger, Nara and Haring—in the same space. Through January 9
Matador tickets Yes, they’ll be tough as hell to score, but some locals will, so why not you? Two ways to do it: 1) be at the Eastern or Sahara Zia Record Exchange by 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, for a random drawing (Nevada ID required) or 2) log on to Ticketfly.com the same morning at 9, for a chance at passes, with and without a Palms hotel room attached. $199-$250 for three-day festival passes