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Drunk and Possibly Crazy: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day
Bill Murray in Groundhog Day

Friday, Feb. 1

Alcohol and social media come together for a special screening of Pixelschatten -- a German movie about a blogger, Pixel, who writes a life-changing post when he realizes he's the last of his friends to move on after their local fame fizzles out. Pixel represents all of us who tweet, blog or Instagram. So bring your own beer and cellphones to the Echo Park Film Center at 8 p.m. to meet other members of Generation Internet for mandatory (drunk) tweeting.

From director Milos Forman and screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski come two biopics at the Egyptian starting at 7:30 p.m. First, in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Woody Harrelson earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the Hustler magazine publisher in his U.S. Supreme Court battle against Rev. Jerry Falwell. Then, Jim Carrey takes on the many personas of entertainer Andy Kaufman in his Golden Globe-winning performance in Man on the Moon. The screenwriters will be present for a discussion between the films.

Saturday, Feb. 2

What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than by watching Bill Murray live it over and over again inGroundhog Day? The Downtown Independent hosts a double feature Drink-Along, with What About Bob? and Groundhog Day, starting at 7 p.m. Buy the $12 tickets online and the first drink is on the house. First see Bill Murray as a multiphobic patient who drives his psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) insane when he crashes his family vacation. Then watch as Murray, playing weatherman Phil Connors, questions his own sanity when he gets stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day.

For those who want to enjoy the film sober, the Aero Theatre also is showing Groundhog Day at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3

The Los Angeles Filmforum brings the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour to the Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m. The film festival showcases 16mm shorts from all over the United States, including two from Los Angeles: Curious Light by Charlotte Pryce and The Electrical Embrace by Norbert Sheih. Both filmmakers will be in attendance.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Jimmy Stewart proves you're never too old to have an imaginary friend in Harvey, released in 1950. Elwood P. Dowd's (Stewart) love of booze and belief in Harvey's existence cause his sister to try and have him committed. Try to spot the 6-foot-3½-inch-tall rabbit at LACMA's Bing Theater at 1 p.m.

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