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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/6-13/2015
ON NETFLIX: Serpico, written by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler and directed of Sidney Lumet, one of a series of first rate performances by Al Pacino at the time (Dog Day Afternoon, Panic in Needle Park, The Godfather). The story, based on a real character, revolves around idealistic police officer Serpico, who finds himself at odds with everyone around him when he refused to go dirty. With a wonderful score by Mikis Theodorakis.
ON HULU: Mrs. Dalloway, adapted by Eileen Atkins from Virginia’s Woolf’s great novel, and directed by Marleen Gorris, this is one of Vanessa Redgrave’s greatest performance. As the wife of a government official prepares for a party, she starts going over her past and what led her to make the decisions she did. Meantime, a shell shocked war veteran finds his own recent past taking control of his life.
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Battle Royale, 3/6; Dr. Zhivago, 3/8; Taxi Driver, Bringing Out the Dead, 3/12;
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Children of Paradise, 3/6; A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus, 3/7; Once Upon a Time in America, 3/8; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, White Heat, 3/12; The Navigator, Seven Chances, 3/13
NEW BEVERLY: The Matrix, Fight Club, 3/6-7; Magnolia, 3/8-9; Dazed and Confused, Swingers, 3/13-14
LACMA: Stolen Kisses, 3/10;
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s “Island of Dr. Moreau”, 3/9-12
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, 3/6; Way out West, The Music Box, 3/8