Friday, Sept. 12
Starting today, the film portion of USC’s series Part of Being an Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection — Selected Artwork and Ephemera begins with a free screening of Easy Rider at 7 p.m. at the Norris Cinema Theatre. Hopper wrote, directed and starred in this counterculture cult favorite about two bikers who travel the country in search of America. A light dessert reception will follow. To RSVP, go to


Saturday, Sept. 13
Stroll down a different memory lane at the Aero with its Carl Reiner Remembers series. Kicking things off at 7:30 p.m. is a double feature of Steve Martin movies directed by Reiner. In The Jerk, Martin stars as a lovable dunce who leaves his adoptive black family to make it on his own. Then, in The Man With Two Brains, Martin plays a brain surgeon on his honeymoon who falls for Anne, who’s “living” as a disembodied brain (think a low-tech version of Transcendence). Reiner will make an in-person appearance on the final day of the series, Sept. 20.

Tuesday, Sept. 16
Inspired by a true story, Pride follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who, circa 1984, rallied around the families of National Union of Mineworkers strikers, who were initially less than enthusiastic about their support. This pre-release screening will take place at the Museum of Tolerance at 7:30 p.m.

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At 8 p.m., Cinefamily’s SpectreFest continues with an off-site preview of Tusk, Kevin Smith’s soon-to-be-released horror film, in which a group of friends go looking for their missing podcaster pal in the backwoods of Canada. You must pre-register to attend, but it won’t guarantee you a seat. The screening takes place at the Vista Theatre; SpectreFest continues through Halloween. More details at

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