My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 1/23-1/30/2015:


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venusON NETFLIX: Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski and David Ives adaptation of Ives’ play about a theater director trying to find a female lead for his adaptation of a Sacher-Masoch book and what happens when a mysterious woman arrives at the last minute who starts playing mind games with him. A one location, two character movie that is fun and marvelously acted.

ON HULU: Drugstore Cowboy, Gus Van Sant and Daniel Yost’s dark comedy about a group of drug addicts who spend most of their time just trying to feed their habit, is one of Van Sant’s best films.

FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler, Force Majeure, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Whiplash, Predestination, Paddington, Song of the Sea, Little Accidents, Ida and Two Days, One Night

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE EGYPTIAN: Duel, The Car, 1/23; Vanishing Point, Fear is the Key, 1/29; The French Connection, The Driver, 1/30

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE AERO: Godard’s Goodbye to Language, 1/23-29; Fantasia, 1/30

NEW BEVERLY: A Star is Born, New York, New York, 1/24-25

UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Sansho the Bailiff, 1/23; The King of Kings (1927), 1/24; Madame Satan, Dynamite, 1/25; Life of Oharu, 1/30

LACMA: All that Jazz, Phantom of the Paradise, 1/23; Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather, Part II, 1/24; The Wizard of Oz, 1/27; The Seven Samurai, 1/29; Taxi Driver, Uptight, 1/30

CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 1/28; Wild Tales, 1/29

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