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Tom Cruise, Algeria and the End of the World

Thursday, Jul 5 2012

Thursday, July 5

The American Cinematheque's countdown to the end of the world (or at least the end of the Mayan calendar) continues with The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth, two adaptations of Richard Matheson's vampiric novel I Am Legend, at the Egyptian. They're like that Will Smith movie, only better.

Meanwhile at the Aero, two classics from the French New Wave: Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa vie and François Truffaut's Jules and Jim.

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Friday, July 6

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Algeria's independence, and the New Beverly is celebrating with a double feature, starting at 7:30, of The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo's landmark 1966 guerrilla war movie, and Pépé le Moko, Julien Duvivier's bit of poetic realism about a gangster who hides out in Algiers. (Also Sat.)

Saturday, July 7

Blood and gore abound at the Egyptian, where the 2012 Viscera Film Festival, featuring horror films created by women, runs all day long starting at 3:30 p.m. Your $11 ticket ($7 for members) gets you into a sneak preview of horror actress Danielle Harris' feature directorial debut, Among Friends, as well as the red-carpet ceremony, a two-hour shorts program, the awards presentation and the after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Yo, Adrian! Rocky IV plays the New Beverly at midnight.

Sunday, July 8

Depending on your mood, you can choose from one of two double features courtesy of the American Cinematheque: the Sidney Poitier-starring In the Heat of the Night and sci-fi benchmark Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956 original) at the Aero, with producer Walter Mirisch in person, or dual '80s romances in the form of Some Kind of Wonderful and All the Right Moves at the Egyptian (with star Lea Thompson and Wonderful director Howard Deutch in attendance). TomKat may be no more, but Cruise's work in Moves may just remind you what made him such a big star in the first place.

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