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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/20-27/2015
ON NETFLIX: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, directed by Vittorio de Sica and written by several writers, these are three short films starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, gentle satires of Italian morals and mores. The two are both excellent in all three parts. A lot of fun.
ON HULU: Instead of a movie, this time I’m recommending binge watching with State of Play, a British thriller revolving around a newspaper reporter. A politician’s research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.
Of Special Note: Wild Tales, the Argentine entry for the Oscar foreign language category has reopened and it is a must see. You must see this film.
Of Special Note: A revival screening of Rome: Open City, Roberto Rossellini’s groundbreaking movie made at the end of Word War II is playing at the Nuart. It is also a must see.
Of Special Note: A friend of mine is connected to the movie Betamax, an anthology of horror films that is playing at the Americancinemateque at the Egyption on 9/21 at 10:00 pm.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Oscar Nominated Documentary, Animated and Live Action Shorts, What We Do in the Shadows, Timbukto, Gett: The Trial of Vivienne Amsalem, The Last Five Years, All the Wilderness,
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Trigun: Bandlans Rumble, 2/26; Ghost in the Shell, Redline, 2/27
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Hope and Glory, Where the Heart Is, 2/20; Deliverance, The General, 2/27; Queen and Country, 2/24; Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, 2/25; Excalibur, Zardoz, 2/26
NEW BEVERLY: In the Realm of the Senses, The Blood Spattered Bride, 2/20-21; Our Winning Season, Breaking Away, 2/22-23; Snowpiercer, Mother, 2/25-26
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Union Pacific, 2/20; Kiss of the Spider Woman, 2/21; The Crusades, The Godless Girl, 2/27
LACMA: Back to the Future, Return to Oz, 2/20; The Seven Year Itch, 2/24;
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Color of Pomegranates, 2/20; The Duke of Burgunday, 2/20