Thursday, Jan. 10
The Egyptian Theatre holds its 8th Annual Focus on Female Directors at 7:30 p.m., showcasing short films from a wide range of talents, including Academy Award nominee Julie Delpy and the new-to-directing trio of Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos and Jessie Ennis. One of the most intriguing is a short titled How Reddit Was Born, from Ondi Timoner, about the wildly popular online social news website. Afterward, you'll get a chance to talk to the directors and possibly even win what's described as a “director empowerment bag.”
Friday, Jan. 11
Keeping its promise of a biweekly dose of gore, Cinefamily continues its Friday Night Frights series with Lucio Fulci's Zombie — a film that was once banned in Europe, having made the United Kingdom's “video nasty” list. The dead will be among us at midnight.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Saturday is a day of foreign films. First up, the Scandinavian Film Festival starts its two-weekend run at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Two contenders for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar nomination can be seen: Iceland's The Deep at 1:45 p.m. and Norway's Kon-Tiki at 8 p.m.
But if those films — both of which heavily feature open water — bring out your fears of suffering the same fate as Titanic's Jack Dawson, head on over instead to UCLA. The Fowler Museum Auditorium is holding a free program of films by Haitian artists at 2 p.m. Fragmentation and Flux in Contemporary Haitian Cinema pays tribute to the third anniversary of Haiti's earthquake.
Sunday, Jan. 13
There is no better way to treat your end-of-weekend blues than with a spoonful of sugar. The Billy Wilder Theater at Westwood's Hammer Museum offers a free screening of the classic musical Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Celebrate your inner child at 11 a.m.