One of the last remaining commercial-free, basic-cable TV networks, Turner Classic Movies airs everything from cult films to golden-age gems, silent flicks to original productions. The station has been at it for 20 years, so it was only a matter of time before it launched a film festival to refocus its mission: broadcasting films originally meant for the silver screen. Over the course of four stellar days in the heart of Hollywood, TCM returns with its fifth annual salute to the stars, TCM Classic Film Festival. This year's theme is “Family in the Movies: The Ties That Bind,” with festival features, talks and other special events shining the spotlight on families in film as well as moviemaking bloodlines. Screenings feature classic films with dysfunctional families, aging parents and sister acts (Father of the Bride, Oklahoma!, American Graffiti), while special programing includes a look at Hollywood home movies. There's also a discussion and signing with film historian/critic Richard Corliss in honor of his new book, Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate), as well as a tribute to legendary married animators John and Faith Hubley. With special guests Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis and Leonard Maltin in the crowd, audiences can feel like they're part of one big star-studded family, too. Various Hollywood locations; Thu., April 10, through Sun., April 13; individual tickets $20 for most screenings and events (closing night $30); passes $249-$1,599. filmfestival.tcm.com.
April 10-13, 2014
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