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Whoa! Nitehawk celebrates 30 years of Keanu Reeves

He knows kung-fu: Beloved actor Keanu Reeves, seen here deflecting thousands of bullets, will be the focus of a retrospective this month at both branches of Nitehawk Cinema.

Dude, Keanu believe it’s been 30 years?

Brooklyn’s two Nitehawk cinemas will celebrate America’s favorite thespian this month, with a retrospective of the master actor’s more than 30 years on the big screen. “Keanu Reeves: The Works,” running from July 12 to Aug. 4, will showcase works from throughout the Reeves oeuvre, including his early roles in the two “Bill & Ted” slacker comedies and the surf flick “Point Break,” his iconic bullet-evading role as Neo in “The Matrix,” and later works like “Constantine” and “A Scanner Darkly,” all of which showcase the actor’s charm and his apparent inability to age.

The series also celebrates his reputation as a good guy in an industry often plagued by scandal, according to Nitehawk’s director of programming.

“He manages to be in these zeitgeisty films in every decade, like ‘River’s Edge,’ ‘Point Break,’ ‘The Matrix, and ‘John Wick,’ and he’s never been one of these people in the tabloids that you’re grossed out by, he’s just done the work,” said Caryn Coleman. “It felt good to celebrate a good man in the industry who’s been in the industry for 30 years.”

Together, the twin movie houses in Williamsburg and Park Slope will show more than a dozen features starring Reeves, and both will serve a cocktail called “Cool Breeze Over the Mountains,” which is what “Keanu” means in Hawaiian.

Another programmer for the series said that he knew that Reeves was special when he first encountered him in the “Bill and Ted” sequel.

“The first one that I saw ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey,’ that was great, so weird and out there,” said Kris King. “It’s like ‘Paradise Lost’ with Bill and Ted and robots.”

Here are the showings at both theaters. Each ticket costs $13. The showing of “Point Break” on July 16 has already sold out, alas.

“Keanu: The Works” at Nitehawk Williamsburg [136 Metropolitan Ave., between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 782–8370, www.nitehawkcinema.com/williamsburg].

• “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992). July 12–13 at midnight.

• “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). July 13–14 at 11 a.m.

• “A Scanner Darkly” (2006). July 19–20 at midnight.

• “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988). July 20–21 at 10:45 a.m.

• “The Devil’s Advocate” (1997). July 26–27 at midnight.

• “Speed” (1994). July 27–28 at 10:45 a.m.

• “Constantine” (2005). Aug. 3–4 at 11 a.m.

“Keanu: The Works” at Nitehawk Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West at 14th Street in Park Slope, www.nitehawkcinema.com/prospectpark).

• “The Matrix” (1999). July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

• “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989). July 20 at 10:45 a.m.

• “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” (1991). July 21 at 10:45 a.m.

• “River’s Edge” (1987). July 23 at 7:45 p.m.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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