Friday, April 12
Starting at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Independent is Movies and Music: Pavilion and Sam Prekop. Coming from the South by Southwest film festival's Emerging Visions category is Pavilion, a part-documentary, part-autobiographical film from Tim Sutton that gives an inside look into the lives of teenagers, told with minimal dialogue. On the surface, it's a tale of Max as he moves to suburban Arizona to live with his father. But deep down, it's a meditation on the ephemeral experience of youth. Afterward, there will be a live show from Sam Prekop, who provided the soundtrack.
Taking the warning “beware of dog” to a whole new level is the most famous 300-pound English mastiff in film: “The Beast.” Spending nearly the entire length of the movie trying to figure out how to retrieve lost baseballs from said Beast are Smalls and his fellow baseball players in The Sandlot. On its 20th anniversary, revisit the film at midnight at Cinefamily.
Saturday, April 13
At the Aero, the American Cinematheque brings Children of War, a documentary that shares the stories of child soldiers who've been rescued from the likes of Joseph Kony (the warlord of the viral Invisible Children video last year) by Ugandan trauma counselor Jane Ekayu in the hopes of giving them a chance at a meaningful life. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed with a discussion with director Bryan Single as well as Ekayu — both are co-founders of the nonprofit Children of Peace Uganda.
Tuesday, April 16
There are the Oscars and then there are the Razzies. Rather than celebrating the best of the best, the Golden Raspberry Awards point out the worst. A notable past Razzie winner was Sandra Bullock, for All About Steve, in 2010 — the same year she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side. Tuesday at 7 p.m., USC hosts An Evening With the Razzie Awards, with founder and head RAZZberry John Wilson in a special presentation and conversation at the Ray Stark Family Theatre. Get the dish from the man E! praised as “the foremost authority on all things that suck on the big screen.”