Honoring Peter O'Toole, and a Muscle Man Double Feature: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia
Friday, Dec. 27
New Beverly Cinema is showing a double feature of half-naked, ripped men this Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. First up is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature writing and directing debut, Don Jon, in which Gordon-Levitt stars as a porn-addicted gym rat who struggles to find intimacy in sex with women, even his girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson), until he meets an older woman in his class (Julianne Moore). Then, in Magic Mike, it's Channing Tatum's stripping past adapted and fictionalized onto the silver screen with an array of hot, clothing-optional dancing men, including Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer. If you miss the double feature on Friday, you can catch both again starting at 3:10 or 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For a different kind of thrill -- one with a little more class -- the Nuart shows Hitchcock's North by Northwest at midnight. In an elaborate web of spies and lies, Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself caught in the middle of kidnapping, murder and gunfire. And, of course, there's that memorable moment when Grant dangles off the edge of Mount Rushmore.
Saturday, Dec. 28
At the Egyptian at 7:30 p.m., ring in the New Year early with a Champagne toast after the showing of The Poseidon Adventure. As the S.S. Poseidon capsizes -- and the ballroom goes completely upside-down on its New Year's cruise to Greece -- the surviving crew and the guests fight for their lives, led by Reverend Scott (Gene Hackman). Who will make it out? Watch to find out.
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Sunday, Dec. 29
On the big screen at the Egyptian, honor the memory of Peter O'Toole by watching one of the most iconic and epic films of all time. In David Lean's Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia, O'Toole plays T.E. Lawrence, a British military man stationed in the Middle East during World War I. Shot in Super Panavision 70, the cinematography remains majestic to this day.
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