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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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Film, L.A. Film Fest 2014: A New Section of Films About Los Angeles

L.A. Film Fest 2014: A New Section of Films About Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of cinema's most enduring geographical muses. Just ask the L.A. Film Festival, which has introduced a new sidebar consisting of 11 movies "set, shot or inspired by" the epicenter of the film industry. Called L.A. Muse, the program recognizes that there's something intrinsically cinematic about the...…
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Film, The Ins and Outs of the Los Angeles Film Festival

The Ins and Outs of the Los Angeles Film Festival

What is the Los Angeles Film Festival? It's the most high-profile showcase for previously unseen movies without a distributor in L.A. Sponsored by Film Independent, the nonprofit that also hosts the Spirit Awards, LAFF celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Where is it held? The vast majority of LAFF's program...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Santa Monica May Get Two ArcLights. These L.A. Neighborhoods Need One Instead

Santa Monica May Get Two ArcLights. These L.A. Neighborhoods Need One Instead

The Westside's dominance over Los Angeles film culture continues unabated with the news that ArcLight is seeking to open not one but two new theaters in Santa Monica. Its current L.A. locations - in West Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, and El Segundo - are distributed fairly evenly, but anyone not within these...…
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Film, A Documentary Tries to Solve the Death of Famed L.A. Reporter Ruben Salazar

A Documentary Tries to Solve the Death of Famed L.A. Reporter Ruben Salazar

On Aug. 29, 1970, 42-year-old Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar was struck in the head with a tear gas canister and killed instantly. He'd stepped into the Silver Dollar Cafe to escape the chaos and confusion of the Chicano Moratorium march, an anti-Vietnam protest that had turned violent. The...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle New Movie <i>Watermark</i> Hits Home in California, Where We're All Obsessed With Water

New Movie Watermark Hits Home in California, Where We're All Obsessed With Water

"Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water." - Chinatown Countless documentaries are released into theaters every year, the majority of which are info dumps that take the talking-head structure as a given. There's rarely much thought given to form, which is sometimes fine - not every...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Nicolas Cage: Our Full Interview

Nicolas Cage: Our Full Interview

On the occasion of the Aero's weekend-long tribute to Nicolas Cage, L.A. Weekly spoke to the actor about his unique stye (dubbed "Nouveau Shamanic" by Cage himself), the first time he met Werner Herzog, and the directors he'd still like to work with. Below is the full conversation. You can also see...…
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Film, Nicolas Cage Explains His Acting Style, and His Legacy

Nicolas Cage Explains His Acting Style, and His Legacy

During an Ask Me Anything session held on Reddit last year, Ethan Hawke praised a fellow thespian by calling him "the only actor since Marlon Brando that's actually done anything new with the art of acting," adding that the performer in question has "successfully taken us away from an obsession...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Many Shades of Film Noir

The Many Shades of Film Noir

Described by critic-turned-filmmaker Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) as "not defined, as are the western and gangster genres, by conventions of setting and conflict, but rather by the more subtle qualities of tone and mood," film noir continues to draw people to the movies more than a half-century after its heyday...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle You Can See All of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Best Films at the Aero This Month

You Can See All of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Best Films at the Aero This Month

There was little comforting cinephiles the day of Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely passing last month, though a notable exception comes to mind. Shortly after the news broke, a chorus of commenters chimed in on Lebowski Fest's Facebook page with quotations from the movie that, though still hilarious, had suddenly become resonant in entirely...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Found Footage Fest at L.A. Filmforum

A Found Footage Fest at L.A. Filmforum

Anyone weary of Paranormal Activity's take on the found-footage genre need look no further than the Egyptian's Spielberg Theatre for a healthy dose of the real thing. Hosted by L.A. Filmforum and having its world premiere this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., the latest edition of the Festival of (In)appropriation...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Children of Paradise</i>, Perhaps the Greatest French Film Ever, Screens in Torrance

Children of Paradise, Perhaps the Greatest French Film Ever, Screens in Torrance

"I would give up all my films to have directed Children of Paradise," François Truffaut famously said of Marcel Carné's 1945 masterwork - high praise, considering Truffaut debuted with The 400 Blows. The epic romance - long considered France's answer to Gone With the Wind, and perhaps the country's greatest...…
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Film, Catch Some of the Overlooked Films of 2013

Catch Some of the Overlooked Films of 2013

The great thing about being a moviegoer in Los Angeles is that you almost always get a second chance. Here, 70mm prints of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey are rarely out of circulation for very long, and the Nuart seems fated to play The Rocky Horror Picture Show every...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Golden Globes: A Skeptic's Talking Points

Golden Globes: A Skeptic's Talking Points

The 71st Golden Globes take place today, and while the stars are busy trying on their outfits, we're just trying not to groan. To their credit, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sometimes shows better judgement than the Academy - most recently by awarding David Fincher and The Social Network over…
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