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From Lolita to Elvis: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

The Last Elvis
The Last Elvis

Our weekly list of special event films:

Saturday, Nov. 17

Do dinner and a movie Stanley Kubrick-style with LACMA's new pop-up dinner series, RED. Tonight, one ticket gives you a chance to guzzle a forbidden feast-themed dinner by chef Jason Fullilove, then see deviant Humbert Humbert ache oh so poetically under the spell of his favorite nymphet in Lolita. Kubrick's adaptation of the Nabokov classic screens after the three-course meal at LACMA's Bing Theater.

Feeling Italian instead? The Aero Theatre is hosting the annual Cinema Italian Style, and tonight's program is a double feature of The Entrepreneur, a portrait of struggling upper-class 1-percenters, and Magnifica Presenza, the story of a gay pastry chef haunted by a theatrical troupe of ghosts. A Q&A with the actors Carolina Crescentini, Andrea Bosca and Claudia Potenza follows.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Nothing completes an Argentinian film series like free tango lessons, at least for the thoughtful folks at the American Cinematheque. They've hired the Oxygen Tango School to put some dancing shoes to work at the Egyptian's courtyard before the theater's presentation of the films Chinese Take-Out and The Last Elvis. The first is about an unlikely duo of a bad-tempered newspaper-clipping collector and a Chinese immigrant, and the latter concerns an obsessive Elvis impersonator and his daughter, Lisa Marie.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Climate-change skeptics and fans of stunning cinematography alike are in for an eye-dilating experience in Chasing Ice. While working on a commission from the National Geographic in the Arctic, renowned environmental photographer James Balog sought to capture evidence of the alarming disappearance of ancient glaciers, and his findings were turned into a documentary. USC's Ray Stark Family Theatre will host a free, early screening of the film tonight to be followed by a Q&A with director Jeff Orlowski.

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