My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 1/30/-2/6/2015
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ON NETFLIX: Museum Hours: A woman travels to Vienna in order to visit an ailing relative she has long lost touch with, but she’s all the relative has. Having difficulty coping, she strikes up a friendship with a guard in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. A wonderful character study that kind of sneaks up on you and becomes deeply moving. It’s driven by the guard who also fills the movie with voice over observations of life, art and the people who come to the museum. Directed by Jem Cohen and writted by Cohen and the two actors.
ON HULU: Beat the Devil, the final collaboration of Humphrey Bogart and John Huston, is a comedy about a group of crooks and demi-crooks waiting to go to Africa for some sort of questionable mineral deals. It’s written by Truman Capote and John Huston, who also directed. I think it’s wry and often very funny and highly entertaining. Others, including Bogart, who did not have kind words for it when it flopped, don’t hold it in as high regard. You be the judge.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Oscar Nominated Documentary, Animated and Live Action Shorts, Amira & Sam, Timbukto, Goodbye To Language, Mommy, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Whiplash, Paddington, Red Army, Song of the Sea, Winter Sleep and Two Days, One Night
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE EGYPTIAN: The French Connection, The Driver, 1/30; The Gold Rush, 2/1; High Crime, The Family, 2/1; The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, 2/6
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE AERO: Fantasia, 1/30; The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story, 2/6
NEW BEVERLY: The Uninvited, Desert Fury, 2/1-2;
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, 2/6
LACMA: Taxi Driver, Uptight, 1/30; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 2/3; Annie Hall, Fingers, 2/6
CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 1/31, 3-5