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Welcome to L.A. Weekly’s Movie picks, your look at the hottest films in Los Angeles theaters this week — from indie art house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big screen plans.

Limited/art-house

Sunday, June 2

As L.A. gears up for Jim Jarmusch’s new zom-com this June, the American Cinematheque has prepared a double feature consisting of two of the director’s earliest films, co-presented by Beyond Fest.

Stranger Than Paradise
, a shoestringer shot in grainy black-and-white, is one of the essential films of the 1980s. A minimalist comedy featuring John Lurie as a NY hipster, the film was sui generis among American indies at the time, though it has since inspired numerous imitations.

Down by Law
is a suitable companion piece, a 1986 deadpan epic about three losers (John Lurie, Tom Waits, and Roberto Benigni) who meet in a jail cell, bust out of prison, and embark on an aimless adventure together. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sun., June 2, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com.

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