When: Fri., July 14, 11:55 p.m. and Sat., July 15, 11:55 p.m. 2017
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a pile of contradictions. Turtles are famously slow-moving creatures, but these four boys caper and leap about while performing high-flying martial arts. And while ninjas are notoriously silent, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are constantly clamoring for pizza — and shouting "Cowabunga!" when they get it. Perhaps the Turtles are not to be analyzed, but merely enjoyed for what they are: a group of goofy teens fighting for their place in the world. These heroes in a half shell have delighted three generations of children with their good-time superheroics and can-do attitudes, and so of course their first film will be shown yet again as part of the Reel Late Film Series at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.landmarktheatres.com). The non-Michael Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screens at 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 14 and 15). Tickets are $8, or two bucks a turtle.