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Calendar, Archive Jade Claw, Kung Fu Executioner

Jade Claw, Kung Fu Executioner

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 particularly lethal “Shadow Claw” technique; the latter likewise tells of father-vengeance, this time on the part...…
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Calendar, Archive Jesse McLean: The Message Is the Medium

Jesse McLean: The Message Is the Medium

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...…
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Calendar, Archive Limelight

Limelight

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...…
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Calendar, Archive Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and Her Sisters

Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and Her Sisters

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...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Your <i>Weekly</i> Movie To-Do List: Kung Fu and Woody Allen

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

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...…
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Belgian Shorts Program

The American Cinematheque’s partnership with the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles has resulted in a number of great screenings (Almayer’s Folly especially) followed by beer receptions. With any luck, the Belgian Shorts Program will live up to that high bar. Seven works made in the last two years...…
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Calendar, Archive The Avenging Eagle, A Fist Full of Talons

The Avenging Eagle, A Fist Full of Talons

A kung-fu double feature at the New Beverly at 7:30 p.m.: The Avenging Eagle and A Fist Full of Talons, both on 35mm. Our beloved New Bev has been the subject of controversy lately, what with Quentin Tarantino taking over operations and longtime employee Julia Marchese’s recent resignation, but the...…
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Calendar, Archive Silent Comedy: Charlie Chaplin and the Tramp Restored

Silent Comedy: Charlie Chaplin and the Tramp Restored

Charlie Chaplin movies play regularly, but rarely with as many in-depth extras as LACMA’s The Costume of Silent Comedy: Charlie Chaplin and the Tramp Restored. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be led by film historian/preservationist Serge Bromberg, who will be on hand to share behind-the-scenes footage, old...…
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Calendar, Archive Little Fugitive

Little Fugitive

If Richard Linklater’s Boyhood wasn’t a comprehensive enough portrait of childhood for you, try UCLA’s free 35mm screening of Little Fugitive in the Billy Wilder Theater at 11 a.m. The 1953 film, about a boy who absconds to Coney Island after a prank gone awry makes him think he’s slain...…
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Calendar, Archive Andy Warhol: Light and Dark, with Music by Ezra Buchla

Andy Warhol: Light and Dark, with Music by Ezra Buchla

Working alongside MOCA’s “Andy Warhol: Shadows” exhibit, Los Angeles Filmforum is screening Kiss and Blow Job at 7 p.m. Both are straightforward in presentation but ripe for interpretation: The former is a single roll of 16mm film (54 minutes) capturing 13 couples kissing, while the latter is more implicit in...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Your <i>Weekly</i> Movie To-Do List: <i>Black Magic at the White House</i> and More

Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: Black Magic at the White House and More

Thursday, Nov. 6 Cal State Northridge’s semester-long Powell & Pressburger retrospective nears its conclusion with a 7 p.m. screening of Gone to Earth, a lesser-known effort from the collaborators that legendary producer/power-broker David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind) altered and retitled upon its initial stateside release. Oscar-winner Jennifer Jones...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: <i>Mulholland Drive</i>, Antonioni and Stanwyck

Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: Mulholland Drive, Antonioni and Stanwyck

Friday, Oct. 31 If you're averse to traditional horror films but still want to spend Halloween at the movies, try Old Town Music Hall's 8:15 p.m. screening of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The legendary comedy duo encounter a trifecta of classic Universal monsters (Frankenstein, the Wolfman and Dracula) to produce...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Great Halloween Movies to See in L.A. This Month

10 Great Halloween Movies to See in L.A. This Month

Ah, October in Los Angeles. Pumpkin-flavored treats at every coffee shop and bakery, weather so brisk it occasionally drops below 70 degrees and the promise of Halloween candy just around the corner. If you seek more frightening thrills and you don't feel like driving to Universal so some dude dressed...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best L.A. Movie Theaters You Aren't Visiting But Should Be

10 Best L.A. Movie Theaters You Aren't Visiting But Should Be

You've seen a few horror movies at one of Cinefamily's midnight screenings, helped Quentin Tarantino keep the New Beverly alive by going to a Tarkovsky double feature, and just renewed your American Cinematheque membership. So now what? Rather than resting on your cinematic laurels and calling it a day, perhaps...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle As Wrestling's Biggest Names Falter, the Indie Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Is on the Rise

As Wrestling's Biggest Names Falter, the Indie Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Is on the Rise

This Sunday, the only professional wrestling company most of the world has heard of will hold its second-biggest event of the year at Staples Center. Two weeks later, Hollywood-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s largest event of the year takes place at a veterans hall in Reseda. One PWG alumnus will appear at...…
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Burning Bush, a Four-Hour Miniseries About Self-Immolation, Comes to South Bay Film Society

It's strange and remarkable that Burning Bush, a four-hour miniseries directed by Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland and originally commissioned by HBO Europe, has its Los Angeles premiere at an AMC in Torrance next Wednesday. The docudrama played in New York earlier this summer and is one of many notable art-house...…
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Sundance's Next Fest at the Ace Hotel: What to See

With its pared-down lineup and friendlier weather, Sundance's NEXT FEST is such a good idea that it may discourage Angelenos from attending the festival proper. Bringing a selection of films from Park City's most ambitious, innovative programming bloc to Los Angeles for the second year running, the weekend-long affair is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 20 Worst Hipster Movies of All Time

20 Worst Hipster Movies of All Time

How to describe a hipster movie? Invoking the “I know it when I see it” rule seems an easy way out of applying a definitive label to something so nebulous, but there are a number of hallmarks to be wary of. Soundtracks consisting of indie, folk, and/or anachronistic songs that...…
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The Purge: Anarchy Is a Funhouse-Mirror Look at America's Class War

If the Saw series taught us anything, it's that every quasi-inventive genre movie is fated to become a yearly franchise with increasingly diminishing returns. The Purge practically cried out for this treatment from its premise alone: James DeMonaco's film had a big idea — a near future in which "any...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Nicolas Cage Art Show, Presented Without Any Irony

A Nicolas Cage Art Show, Presented Without Any Irony

The internet’s obsession with Nicolas Cage is long and storied. The original video of him “losing his shit” in movies garnered millions of views before being taken down from YouTube due to copyright claims and has since been re-uploaded several times over. One True God, a reddit forum dedicated to photoshopping the...…
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