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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/6-13/2015
ON NETFLIX: The Castle: written and conceived by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy and director Rob Sitch, the film is a gentle comedy about what happens when a man’s house is being taken over by what we would call in the U.S. imminent domain to expand an airport and how he fights back. Quite a low key winner.
ON HULU: Betty Blue is French writer/director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s second film after he took the world by storm with the thriller Diva (and left the world less than enthralled by his second, almost impossible to sit through, film, Moon in the Gutter. Here, a handyman meets a beautiful and sexually exciting woman and their relationship seems perfect, until after a series of incidents, the woman shows herself to be somewhat unstable. Will true love prevail?
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Oscar Nominated Documentary, Animated and Live Action Shorts, Kingsman: The Secret Service, What We Do in the Shadows, Girlhood, Timbukto, Goodbye To Language, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Whiplash, Paddington, Red Army, Two Days, One Night and Gett: The Trial of Vivienne Amsalem
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE EGYPTIAN: Brokeback Mountain, 2/13; Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2/14; Gone With the Wind, 2/15
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at THE AERO: The Philadelphia Story, 2/13; Casablanca, 2/14; Harold and Maude 2/15; Pina, 2/16; Hope and Glory, Where the Heart Is, 2/17
NEW BEVERLY: All That Jazz, Lenny, 2/13-14; The Andromeda Strain, Colossus: The Forbin Project, 2/18-19; In the Realm of the Senses, The Blood Spattered Bride, 2/20-21
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The 47 Ronin (parts 1 and 2), 2/15
LACMA: The Goonies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 2/13; Blade Runner, 2/14; Fight Club, 2/14; Back to the Future, Return to Oz, 2/20
CINEFAMILY at the SILENT MOVIE THEATER: Casablanca, 2/14-15; The Color of Pomegranates, 2/20; The Duke of Burgunday, 2/20