Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
Thursday, July 19
It's your last chance to catch the controversial baseball documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero, about corruption of baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic, at Laemmle's Music Hall 3.
Friday, July 20
Seeing Casablanca on the big screen could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the Aero, which screens Michael Curtiz's World War II classic at 7:30. The African Queen, John Huston's World War I classic, follows. Both star Humphrey Bogart, who won his only Oscar for the latter.
Cinefamily's Bicycle Film Fest kicks off with Pee-wee's Big Adventure at 9:45. Made in 1985, the film is a reminder of a strange, glorious time when Tim Burton made more than just needless remakes and/or adaptations of old franchises starring Johnny Depp at his most eccentric and pale. The Bike Fest also includes Louis Malle's short documentary Vive le tour Sunday at 2 p.m..
Saturday, July 21
If you're in the mood to see a sci-fi movie at a celebrity graveyard (and really, why wouldn't you be?), Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers plays Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 9 (doors at 7:30).
Any chance to see the eminently likable, gone-before-his-time John Candy should be taken advantage of. The New Beverly knows this, which is why it's screening The Great Outdoors — starring Candy and Dan Aykroyd as brothers-in-law on an expectedly zany camping trip — at midnight.
Sunday, July 22
Two essentials from Otto Preminger play the Aero starting at 7:30: Laura and Bonjour Tristesse. Though only Laura makes it plain from the outset, in the end both films are as coolly dispiriting as they are beautifully shot.
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