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Friday, April 19

Thanks to the efforts of Kino Lorber, Flicker Alley and others, we are riding a wave of appreciation for previously unsung silent-movie pioneers, particularly women. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a documentary about the first female filmmaker and founder of Solax Studios. Amazingly prolific, Guy-Blaché crafted some of the earliest narrative films and displayed a sophisticated camera consciousness. Co-written, directed and produced by Pamela B. Green in collaboration with Joan Simon and narrated by Jodie Foster, the film charts Guy-Blaché's rise and fall while seeking to restore her to her rightful place in film history. Monica Film Center, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica; Fri., April 19, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310) 478-3836, laemmle.com.

Also opening Friday: Breaking Habits; Carmine Street Guitars; Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise; The Curse of La Llorona; Daddy Issues; Drunk Parents; Family; Get Out Your Handkerchiefs; Grass; Hail Satan?; Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse; His Father's Voice; Instant Dreams; Little Woods; Lost & Found; Naples in Veils; Okko's Inn; Rafiki; Red Joan; Stuck; Under the Silver Lake

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