Our weekly list of special event movies to see includes some evidence of Halloween creeping in:
Thursday, Oct. 18
Andrew Shea's thriller of a documentary, Portrait of Wally, traces the legal journey of the titular 1912 painting by Austrian artist Egon Schiele of then-17-year-old Valerie “Wally” Neuzil. Screening at 8 p.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, the film tells the captivating history behind the artwork's ownership as it went from thieving Nazis, via New York's Museum of Modern Art and Austria's Leopold Museum, to its present-day owners.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Relive a time when flesh-eating zombies meant a good ol', on-screen fright and not a nightmare come true waiting on a sidewalk (just ask the Miami “zombie” victim, whose face was gnawed by another man on the street). Be cautious as you make your way down Santa Monica Boulevard to Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where George Romero's 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead is screening at 7 p.m.
If you think Hollywood Boulevard is a safer route, slip into a glitzy 1920s costume for the Egyptian Theatre's 90th Anniversary Masquerade Ball. The legendary movie house is celebrating with a costume party complete with vintage- or Egyptian-inspired everything — specially created cocktails, a burlesque show, magic, a buffet, dancing to the music of Dean Mora's Modern Rhythmists, casino games and more. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes the screening of six shorts, including “Magic Mummy” and “A Trip to Paramountown.”
Sunday, Oct. 21
A controversial 1970s film is always a joy, especially if it involves a sexed-up Marlon Brando and Italian auteur Bernardo Bertolucci. Part of the series “Bernardo Bertolucci: A Retrospective” from UCLA, the American Cinematheque and Italian Cultural Institute, the Billy Wilder Theater plays Last Tango in Paris tonight at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
In honor of Universal Studio's 100th anniversary, Turner Classic Movies presents a newly restored double feature, Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, which helped launch the studio's golden age of horror in the 1930s. Celebrate misunderstood monsters everywhere just in time for Halloween at the 7 p.m. showing at Universal CityWalk's AMC Stadium.