My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/1/2015-5/8/2015

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/1-5/8/2015
hot fuzzON NETFLIX: HOT FUZZ, written by the star Simon Pegg and the director Edgar Wright, is a satire of both buddy cop movies and a peculiarly British genre, the dirty dealings going on in a small, sleepy country village. Very funny and often inspired (especially the opening). A fun romp.
shootON HULU: SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, written by Marcel Moussy and the director Francois Truffaut (from the novel Down There by David Goodis) is Truffaut’s first feature after his debut The 400 Blows. It’s also his first foray into post noir in this story of a piano player who in a bar who helps his brother who is being pursued by two mobsters. One of Truffaut’s finest films.


black soulsOF SPECIAL NOTE: The Italian mob movie Black Souls moves from the Nuart to play 5/1-3 at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian.



death of supermanOF SPECIAL NOTE: Jon Schnepp’s documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? plays 5/1 and 5/2 at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian.



grey gardensOF SPECIAL NOTE: A new print of Grey Gardens, the Maysles brothers documentary about the Beales, cousins of Jackie O, plays for a week at the Nuart staring 5/1.



furious 7FIRST RUN and OPENING: Furious Seven, Unfriended, Black Souls, What We Do in the Shadows, Wild Tales, Tangerines, Iris, Dior and I, While We’re Young, Clouds of Sils Maria,




AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Dr. Strangelove and Kind Hears and Coronets, 5/7


AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Man Who Would Be King and The Wind and the Lion, 5/1; The Lady From Shanghai and The Stranger, 5/7; The Magnificent Ambersons and Citizen Kane, 5/8


The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Iris, 5/1-7


NEW BEVERLY: The Bank Dick and Observe and Report, 5/1-2; How to Murder Your Wife and Not With My Wife, You Don’t, 5/3-4; Orson Welles in Treasure Island and The Long Hot Summer, 5/6-7; Me and Orson Welles and The Cat’s Meow, 5/8-9


LACMA: The Big Sleep, 5/5; Winter Sleep, 5/5


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