Thurs., Feb. 9

Eminent cartoon historian Jerry Beck returns to the Silent Movie Theatre for Valentoons, a program of love-centric cartoons in luscious Technicolor prints. The show marks the second day of Cinefamily's “Seven Days of Valentines” program, which continues with screenings of John Cassavetes' Minnie and Moskowitz and Cameron Crowe's Singles over the weekend, and culminates with the “NSFW to the max” “100 Most Outrageous Fucks” show at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Animation is the plat du jour across town, too: The Aero is playing Only Yesterday. Directed by Isao Takahata (the visionary behind Grave of the Fireflies), this adult-oriented drama follows 27-year-old Taeko as she trips back and forth in time, trying to reconcile the memories of the past with the present.

Fri., Feb. 10

The New Beverly is having a Rita Hayworth double bill with William A. Seiter's You Were Never Lovelier and Charles Vidor's Cover Girl. In the former, Rita's under pressure to get married and falls for dancing fool Fred Astaire, a match not approved of by her family. The latter offers just as much dancing and musical comedy high jinks. Rita plays a chorus girl working at the nightclub run by boyfriend Gene Kelly — the only American to ever give Astaire's dancing shoes a run for their money. (Also Sat.)

Meanwhile, the screen at the Egyptian will be graced with two canonical staples from Orson Welles: Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons.

Sat., Feb. 11

Love is in the air this weekend, and there's no better way to spend it than at the Aero's screwball comedy double feature, where you can watch the sparks fly off the dueling tongues of Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, in Frank Capra's road movie It Happened One Night, and Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant, in Howard Hawks' newspaper comedy His Girl Friday.

Wed., Feb. 15

The Los Angeles Filmforum's Alternative Projections series returns to Cinefamily, this time with Rock & Roll Experiments. Some of the films to screen include The Emperor, a documentary about '60s disc jockey Bob Hudson made by George Lucas during his student days at USC, and prog rock god Frank Zappa's Burnt Weeny Sandwich. —Veronika Ferdman

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