Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: Kung Fu and Woody Allen

Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest are Hannah and Her Sisters
Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest are Hannah and Her Sisters

Friday, Nov. 21

Film at LACMA’s Edgar G. Ulmer love affair concludes with a final 35mm double feature: Universal Horror yarn The Black Cat at 7:30 p.m. and Ruthless immediately afterward at 8:50. Ulmer’s daughter Arianne is set to introduce The Black Cat, the first pairing of Boris Karloff (as a satanist trying to kill two honeymooners) and Bela Lugosi (as the doctor who comes to their aid). Ruthless, meanwhile, is a film-noir takedown of unchecked capitalism, which has been referred to as Ulmer’s Citizen Kane. More information at lacma.org.

Saturday, Nov. 22

There’s a strong argument to be made that Woody Allen never made a better movie than Hannah and Her Sisters, which LACMA is screening as the second half of a 35mm double feature at 7:30 p.m. Few other filmmakers are as devoted to teasing out the sadness and beauty of familial and romantic entanglements, and Hannah (which stars Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest, who won a richly deserved Oscar) succeeds like few others. The first film, Bullets Over Broadway, starts at 5 p.m. and gained Wiest a second Oscar. Full details at lacma.org.

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Sunday, Nov. 23

Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton appeared onscreen together only once: in Limelight, which the Aero is screening on 35mm at 7:30 p.m. Chaplin — who wrote, directed, produced, starred and composed the score — was denied re-entry to the United States after premiering the film in London, having been accused of being a communist sympathizer. A deeply personal, autobiographical project, the film stars Chaplin as a former music-hall star whose popularity has waned in recent years — an obvious parallel to the Tramp himself. For more, comically fall over on your way to americancinemathequecalendar.com.

The work of media artist Jesse McLean has been shown at museums and festivals the world over but Los Angeles Filmforum presents her first solo show here in Los Angeles. Jesse McLean: The Message is the Medium starts at 7:30 p.m. with McLean in person. Five videos (The Eternal Quarter Inch, Magic for Beginners, Just Like Us, Remote and The Invisible World) lasting a total of 90 minutes comprise the program, which examines our filtered interactions with daily life. To further exacerbate that problem while also learning more, check out lafilmforum.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

More kung fu at the New Beverly: Jade Claw at 7:30 p.m. and Kung Fu Executioner at 9:20. In the former, a man seeks to avenge the death of his father by learning the particular lethal “Shadow Claw” technique, which combines the eagle claw and shadow fist; the latter likewise tells of father-vengeance, this time on the part of a martial artist who teams up with a skilled American to take on a crime syndicate. Both revenge dramas are being projected on 35mm from Quentin Tarantino’s private collection. For more, do the five point palm exploding heart technique on your keyboard until it arrives at thenewbev.com.


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