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Movies to See in L.A. This Week: Noir Nights and the Comedy Ninja Film Fest

Friday, May 30
The Comedy Ninja and Screenplay Film Festival makes its debut at the Japanese American National Museum, opening with Coffee, Kill Boss at 7 p.m. From director Nathan Marshall, Coffee, Kill Boss is a comedy thriller in which several corporate execs secretly meet to discuss selling off their company but end up being caught in a murder spree. The opening-night party starts after the film at 9 p.m. Ticket and festival info can be found at comedyninja.org.
Saturday, May 31
At the TCL Chinese Theatre, the L.A. Times' fifth Hero Complex Film Festival technically starts on Friday, May 30, but that evening's event, the 10th-anniversary screening of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries, is sold out. But you can still catch Saturday's 11 a.m. special advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, which features the return of the beloved Toothless and his one-legged human pal, Hiccup. Special guests include writer-director Dean DeBlois and voice actors Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) and America Ferrara (Astrid). Check events.latimes.com/herocomplex/film-festival for tickets and the schedule. Several of the screenings have already sold out.

Also on Saturday (and also kid-friendly) is Dances With Kidz!, a spinoff of Dances With Films. Starting at noon are five blocks of shorts and one feature film, made ei-ther by kids or for kids. One of the films in the former group is the 6th Grade Film Academy's Slenderman, a black-and-white silent short that follows a young boy as he tries to solve the disappearance of his classmates. All screenings will be held at the Chinese 6 Theatres.

See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage

That evening, the Grand Central Market will remain open past its usual 6 p.m. closing time for the Noir Nights Dinner & Movie Series. After the market closes at 8 p.m., Sunset Boulevard screens at the Million Dollar Theatre. Grab a bite and a drink before watching this classic starring Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a relic of the silent era, and William Holden as Joe Gillis, the struggling writer who stumbles into her mansion while on the run from loan-shark thugs. Nancy Olson, who played Betty Schaefer, Joe's love interest, will participate in a Q&A with series curator Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles. 


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