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Veronika Ferdman

Michael Curtiz

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: The Breaking Point

The Film Foundation is sponsoring a special screening of director Michael Curtiz's The Breaking Point (1950), his adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, which had already found its way to screens six years earlier as Howard Hawks' inaugural Bogey-Bacall collaboration. While Hawks' film has solidified an iconic......
Dirty Dancing

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: Dirty Dancing

In the hip-swaying romantic neo-classic Dirty Dancing — released in 1987, set in 1962 — college-bound teen Baby (Jennifer Grey) spends the summer at a posh vacation resort with her family, where she meets and falls in love with bold and sexy dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Director Emile Ardolino......
The History of Future Folk

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: The History of Future Folk

John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's delightful The History of Future Folk is screening in The Beyond, the festival's sidebar for "films that dare to be different." This sweet, cheapie, sci-fi comedy (the aliens' space helmets are reminiscent of plastic red buckets) tells the story of Bill, aka General Trius......
Director Spencer Parsons

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: Saturday Morning Massacre

Spencer Parsons' horror-comedy Saturday Morning Massacre mashes up Nancy Drew, Scooby-Doo and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A four-person paranormal investigation team, headed by Nancy (Ashley Spillers) and accompanied by a Great Dane named Hamlet, is called upon to investigate a haunted house and decides to spend the night there. Not......

Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

Thursday, June 7 Kirby Dick's newest documentary, The Invisible War, is playing at USC tonight. Dick will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. The event is free, but online reservations are required (cinema.usc.edu/events/reservation.cfm?id=12690). Friday, June 8 The American Cinematheque kicks off its complete James Bond retrospective tonight at 7:30......
Nightwatching

Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching and Rembrandt's J'Accuse

This Sunday, June 3, the L.A. Filmforum will host the long-overdue Los Angeles premiere of Peter Greenaway's Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) at the Spielberg Theatre (which is housed inside of the Egyptian). And two weeks later, on June 17, Nightwatching (2007) will finally be given its premiere at the same location......

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Thursday, May 31 The New Beverly continues with its David Lynch retrospective, screening his most recent feature, the nightmarish, three-hour Inland Empire. It stars Lynch favorite Laura Dern as an actress for whom reality becomes a hazy blur. (Also Fri. and Sat.) Friday, June 1 LACMA has programmed four films......

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Thursday, May 24 It's a good night for lovers of bullets-and-fists-flying Hong Kong cinema with the New Beverly's double feature of A Killer's Blues and Too Many Ways to Be Number One (produced by Johnnie To and directed by his frequent collaborator Wai Ka-Fai). Also, UCLA's Melnitz Movies is screening......

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Thursday, May 17 Two of the American Cinematheque's many facets are on display tonight. Robert Bresson's penultimate work of existential despair, The Devil, Probably, screens at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre in a pristine 35mm print that should not be missed. Over at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre is a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp......

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Thursday, May 10 The UCLA Film and TV Archive has silent films about two hot-button issues in store for tonight, with Traffic in Souls (prostitution) and Where Are My Children (abortion). Over at the Egyptian, it's a night of disaster with Robert Wise's The Hindenburg and Mark Robson's Earthquake. Friday,......