The revivals of Humphrey Bogart classics during Harvard’s  exam period long ago put the Brattle Theater (40 Brattle St., Cambridge , 617/876-6837, www.brattlefilm.org ) on the map. It sill runs Bogey marathons along with foreign films, New Wave cinema, and more recent independent fare in a delightfully shabby Harvard Square  theater. Film directors regularly show up to introduce shows.
Also in Cambridge , Kendall Cinemas (1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617/499-1996, www.landmarktheatres.com ) shows first-run art-house and foreign films in a well-appointed theater serving espresso at the candy counter.
The large, art deco Coolidge Corner Theatre (290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617/734-2500, www.coolidge.org ) anchors its neighborhood with a gorgeous space for second-run and cult movies, as well as concerts and lectures by best-selling authors. It also has a smaller video screening room for DV (digital video) films and local work.
During the summer, Free Friday Flicks (617/787-7200, www.wbz1030.com ) brings family-friendly blockbusters outdoors to the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.