Friday, July 18
If you missed our Critics’ Pick We Are the Best when it was first released in late May, fret not. On Friday at 8 p.m., Cinefamily will have a special screening of the graphic-novel adaptation, which follows a trio 13-year-old girls in 1980s Stockholm who decide to start a punk band. A live performance by the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls L.A. students will follow, and DJs Tuna and Sarah Anne will be pumping out music before and after the show.
Friday, July 11
As the World Cup rages on in Brazil, UCLA launches a celebration of contemporary Brazilian documentaries at its Billy Wilder Theater via a film series titled Cruzamentos (Portuguese for “crossings”). On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the series opens with Twenty Years Later, which follows director Eduardo Coutinho as he tracks down an activist’s widow 20 years after she went into hiding when Brazil’s military coup stopped production on Coutinho’s film about her husband. This series runs through Aug. 15. The full lineup and tickets can be found at cinema.ucla.edu/events/2014-07-11/cruzamentos-contemporary-brazilian-documentary.
Friday, July 4
In honor of the holiday, the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre is showing Born on the Fourth of July. Based on Ron Kovic’s autobiography, the film follows Kovic (Tom Cruise) after he returns home paralyzed from a war wound. Schedules permitting, director Oliver Stone and Kovic will introduce the film at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 27
If you're a Mad Men fan, you recently saw a clip of Jacques Demy's Model Shop - the movie Don Draper was watching in the theater. Watch the film in its entirety on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Aero Theatre as part of the American Cinematheque's Model of Moviemaking: Jacques Demy Revisited series this weekend. Model Shop follows an American man who begins an affair with a divorced French model (Anouk Aimée, reappearing as Lola). Also on Friday is Lola, Demy's feature debut, in which Roland Cassard (a role played by Marc Michel, later reprised in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) encounters Lola, a former love from his teen years (pre - World War II), who is now a cabaret dancer. Also in the series are The Young Girls of Rochefort, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Bay of Angels and Donkey Skin.
At LACMA's Bing Theater, it's a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing, part of the Academy's Spike Lee retrospective, which will continue in July. This classic proves that things can get, well, heated on the hottest day of summer. The event will include a conversation moderated by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), with Lee, costume designer Ruth E. Carter, casting director Robi Reed, production supervisor Preston Holmes and former Universal executive Tom Pollock. Advance tickets are no longer available but there will be a standby line starting at 7:30 p.m., with tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for the 8:30 screening.
Friday, June 20
In honor of Anthony Breznican's new book, Brutal Youth, about the struggles that accompany growing up, the Aero is showing three coming-of-age double features this weekend. First up, at 7:30 p.m., is Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, in which Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey made their screen debuts as obsessive teens involved in a notorious 1954 murder in New Zealand. Also on Friday night is Rob Reiner's Stand by Me, based on a Stephen King novella, which follows four junior high boys as they search for the missing body of a presumed dead kid. Lynskey will be at the event in person, and Breznican will have a book signing.
Saturday, June 21
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls, Street Food Cinema hosts an outdoor screening of the highly quotable film ("Stop trying to make fetch happen!") at Brookside Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food trucks. Daniel Franzese (Damian) will make an appearance and possibly perform with his band. Wear pink, even though it's not Wednesday.
Friday, June 13
The only way Friday the 13th should be celebrated is by watching a triple feature of the Friday the 13th series. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Cinefamily is screening the "Tommy Jarvis trilogy," which include The Final Chapter, A New Beginning and Jason Lives. Jason Lives director Tom McLoughlin will be in attendance. So prepare yourself for the man with the infamous hockey mask as he racks up a high body count on the unluckiest night.
Friday, June 6
Friday marks the opening night of Dance Camera West, the 13th annual dance media film festival, with a free live performance at 7:30 p.m. followed by a block of international short films starting at 8 p.m. for $5. Both take place at the Music Center. The lineup includes The Fragile Balance from England, about the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal ballet dancer, and Today's the Day from the United States, about an intern who finds the courage to follow his dreams. The filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A afterward. On June 13, there's a Dance-Along plus a screening of La Bamba at Union Station starting at 7:30 p.m. Check dancecamerawest.org for the full schedule and tickets. Saturday, June 7
Saturday, May 24
Running in a special engagement at the Arena Cinema, More Than the Rainbow is a documentary that follows cab driver and photographer Matt Weber on a candid exploration of New York. Also featured are interviews with, and work by, photographers Ralph Gibson, Dave Beckerman and Ben Lifson. Tickets and showtimes can be found at arenascreen.com.
Sunday, May 25
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Tony and a girl named Maria who fell in love in a modern Romeo and Juliet story. We're talking, of course, about West Side Story. This musical classic, starring Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood as the star-crossed lovers, screens at the Aero Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with an introduction from Sharks gang leader Bernardo (George Chakiris) himself.