Thurs., Oct. 13

The new Film Independent screening series at LACMA, curated by controversial film critic Elvis Mitchell, gets under way tonight with a screening of Bruce Robinson's long-delayed Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary. Tickets for tonight's movie sold out long ago, but as of press time, Sunday's free screening of the Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene was still open … although attendance is restricted to Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and New York Times Film Club members only. Oct. 19's screening of Modern Times is the first event in the series for which the unaffiliated can walk up and buy a ticket.

Meanwhile, a few miles west down Wilshire, UCLA's L.A. Rebellion series continues with a screening of Charles Burnett's director's cut of My Brother's Wedding, preceded by Robert Wheaton short A Little Off the Mark.

Fri., Oct. 14

The Polish Film Festival is presenting two screenings of Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski's odd-bird anti-action flick, starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban fighter on the run. The film shows tonight at CSUN and next Wednesday night at the Sunset 5.

Sat., Oct. 15

A rare Saturday night double feature at REDCAT: Mondo Lux — The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter, a documentary on the New German Cinema stylist by Elfi Mikesch, followed by a screening of Schroeter's Deux, featuring Isabelle Huppert in a dual role as twin sisters.

Way, way across town, in a probably accidental coup of queer-cinema counterprogramming, John Waters will appear at the Aero for a double feature of Female Trouble and Serial Mom. The evening includes a chat with Waters between the movies; the general admission price has been inflated to $22 accordingly.

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