Friday, Feb. 14
How better to celebrate romance on Valentine's Day than by watching the beautiful love story City Lights? Charlie Chaplin as the lovable Tramp woos a beautiful, blind flower girl who mistakes him for a millionaire, and tries to find ways to make enough money to pay for an eye operation that will restore her sight. This classic screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and again Saturday at 5 p.m. at Cinefamily.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Kicking off UCLA's What Time Is It There? Taiwan as Crossroads series at the Billy Wilder Theater is the original, unabridged version of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale at 7 p.m. This epic film, based on the historical Wushe Rebellion of 1930, is directed by Wei Te-sheng and produced by John Woo. It's told in two parts: Sun Flag and Rainbow Bridge. The Seediq clans must unite under the leadership of Mona Rudao and fight the Japanese military. If you can't sit through the whole 4½ hours, you can use your tickets from this week's screening to watch part two next Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Sunday is double-feature night, with James Bond at 5:10 p.m. and anime at 7:30 p.m. Many have tried to imitate him, but no Bond can compete with Sean Connery. At the New Beverly, 007 foils Ernst Stavro Blofeld's evil genius plan to build a giant laser out of smuggled diamonds in Diamonds Are Forever and then stops an operative of Blofeld's criminal organization, SPECTRE, from detonating two stolen warheads in Never Say Never Again. Both films screen again starting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
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At the Egyptian Theatre, it's Back With the Wind: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli – basically the group that has brought us the best of recent Japanese animated films – with Whisper of the Heart and Only Yesterday. In Whisper, a shy young girl discovers her dreams of being a writer and finds love with the boy who once annoyed her after a chance meeting with a magical cat. Then, in Only Yesterday, Taeko escapes her mundane life in the city to head to the countryside, where the memories of her childhood make her realize just how far she has strayed from the person she wanted to be.
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