Nasir "Nas" Jones knows all about influence.
The hip-hop great is responsible for an instant classic, Illmatic, and is spoken of in reverent tones when it comes to the genre. So, it seems fitting that he's the executive producer of a film about the worldwide influence of break dancing. Director Adam Sjöberg's Shake the Dust (not rated, 85 mins.) takes viewers from the streets of The Bronx to three continents, and features music by Jones, Talib Kweli and Common.
(It's also no coincidence that the film, narrated by Ugandan B-boy Karim, is being shown here at the same time as the Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Fest, which is today and tomorrow, July 24-25.)
The movie will screen Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas. Admission is $10. Call 214-939-2787 for more information about the screening or go to the center's Facebook page. Learn more about the film at shakethedust.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HARPER LEE Filmmaker and author Mary McDonagh Murphy met the author in June to chat about Go Set a Watchman. Watch a web-exclusive video here. Murphy's 2012 documentary Harper Lee: Hey, Boo is shown on PBS as Harper Lee: American Masters.
REEL ADVENTURES The fun continues at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Costumes are welcome as you blend science fiction and fact through activities on July 25 and Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. before watching Star Trek (2009, PG-13, 127 mins.) at 7:50 on the Imax screen at 1600 Gendy St., Forth Worth. $13 and $15, including movie; $10 and $11, Reel Adventures only. 817-255-9300. fwmsh.org/reel-adventures.
IS THAT YOU, TOM CRUISE? You could win free movies for one year at Studio Movie Grill if you win the Tom Cruise Doppelganger Contest, which continues through July 28 at 11:59 p.m. Submit a photo of less than 2 megabytes, with your first and last names and a phone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will get a chance to go to a screening event of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (opens July 31; PG-13, 130 mins.) at the new location, 4800 State Highway 121, The Colony. Ages 18 and older. studiomoviegrill.com.
THE GKIDS SUMMER SERIES Mia & the Migoo (2008, PG, 92 mins.) will screen on July 25 at 11 a.m. and July 30 at 4 p.m. at the Angelika film centers: 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane at Mockingbird Station, Dallas; and 7205 Bishop Road at the Shops at Legacy, Plano. $5. angelikafilmcenter.com.
DVD LOOKOUT Week of July 27 - In this special Emmy edition, nominees Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique star in Bessie; David Oyelowo in Nightingale; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep. It seems as if HBO, which has each of these available on Digital HD, isn't loosening its grip on the Emmys any time soon. The cable net led the pack with 126 nominations. Other releases include Descendants; Home; Justice League: Gods & Monsters; Mama's Family: Mama's Favorites Season 6; Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXXIII; and The Water Diviner.