Dances With Films and a London Olympics Doc: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge
Friday, May 24
Paul McCartney and Wings went on their Wings Over the World tour from 1975-76, conquering three continents and marking McCartney's first concert appearance since the breakup of The Beatles. The concert film of the same name premiered in 1980 in an edited-down version, but now we can watch it in its full, 125-minute, digitally restored manifestation, which includes an interview with McCartney himself. Jump back in time for one of the biggest concert tours in the history of music at the Aero at 7:30 p.m. or at the Monica 4 (check laemmle.com for times).
Saturday, May 25
At the Egyptian, "The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert" continues at 7:30 p.m. with Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, lauded by Ebert (among others) as the greatest film ever made.
And as Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby gets mixed reviews, the New Beverly Cinema is screening another of his divisive works, musical Moulin Rouge! Luhrmann's trademark dazzling visuals combine with a chart-topping soundtrack to tell the tragic love story of a lady-of-the-night (Nicole Kidman) and a starving writer (Ewan McGregor) in 1899 Paris. Revisit the stunning song-and-dance numbers at midnight.
Thursday, May 30
On Thursday, the "defiantly independent" film festival Dances With Films kicks off its 16th year at the Chinese 6 Theatre today, running through June 9. Priding itself on emphasizing "innovation, talent, creativity, and sweat equity" over celebrity, Dances With Films has earned a reputation for finding promising new filmmakers. It opens at 8 p.m. with Miss You Can Do It, an HBO documentary that follows Abbey Curran, the first woman with a disability to compete for Miss USA, and the Miss You Can Do It pageant she created in 2004 for girls with special needs. Unlike on Toddlers and Tiaras, the girls here are judged by their inner beauty rather than physical appearance, and everyone wins.
Also at 7:30 p.m. comes Fathom Events' First: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games, featuring the stories of 12 Olympic rookies from around the world, including the United States' very own Missy Franklin, who brought home four golds and one bronze medal in swimming. Check fathomevents.com for participating theaters.
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