My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/24/2015-5/1/2015

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/24-5/1/2015
babadookON NETFLIX: The Babadook, Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent’s debut feature, a very scary horror film about a widow and her six year old son and what happens a mysterious book shows up at their house about a monster called The Babadook. Very well directed and truly creepy with a wonderful performance by Essie Davis as the mother.
amarcordON HULU: Amarcord is Frederico Fellini’s tone poem about the year in the life of a young boy and his small town as fascism is arriving.   Semi-autobiographical and without a real plot, it’s a series of scenes, at time very impressionistic, it’s a rapturous movie and one of Fellini’s finest.


how to win 2OF SPECIAL NOTE: How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), a screenplay I did coverage for, written and directed by Josh Kim, plays at 5:30 on Sunday, 4/26, at the CGV Cinemas. I thought the screenplay was quite impressive. Written and directed by newcomer Josh Kim, it’s about two brothers in Thailand who have lost their parents and what happens when the older brother is now eligible for the draft.


24 daysOF SPECIAL NOTE: A twitter friend is highly recommending 24 Days, which opens at The Music Box

colcoaSPECIAL NOTE: COL-COA, the French film festival, and one of the best and most inexpensive festivals in L.A., continues its run until April 28 at the Director’s Guild…


ex machinaFIRST RUN and OPENING: Furious 7, Ex Machina, It Follows, Unfriended, While We’re Young, Child 44, Tangerines, Salt of the Earth, Black Souls, Clouds of Sils Maria,




AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Alien, Aliens, 4/24; Gilda, 4/25; Final cut version of Blade Runner, 4/27;


AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Sunset Boulevard, Ace in the Hole, 4/24; Now Voyager, Dead Ringer, 4/25; Lina Wertmuller’s Sotto…Sotto, 4/26; High Noon, Shane, 4/29; Rear Window, Night of the Hunter, 4/30;


The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: starting 4/30 for a week run Iris


NEW BEVERLY: Scream, Scream 2, 4/24; Cronos, Mimic, 4/28; La Femme Nikita, The Professional, 4/29-30;


LACMA: Repulsion, 4/28;


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