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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/19-25/2015
ON NETFLIX: Writer Bill Lancaster and director Michael Ritchie went after America’s obsession with children’s sports and the need to win in The Bad News Bears with a perfectly cast Walter Matthau as the slob of a coach and up and comers Tatum O’Neal and Jackie Earl Haley (who didn’t turn out to be up and comers in the end) as members of the team. Both funny and an incisive look at middle class values in the U.S. A big hit at the time.
ON HULU: Writer/director Federico Fellini and writers Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli’s look at five young men who are drifting in a small town. Reportedly autobiographical to some degree, this is a fascinating character study of people who are in a sort of limbo, very much reflecting the existential mood of the post-war time in Europe.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Dope; Inside Out; What Happened, Ms. Simone?; I’ll See You in My Dreams; Spy; Jurassic World; Tomorrowland; Mad Max: Fury Road; Infinitely Polar Bear; The Overnight; The Wolfpack; Love & Mercy; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Testament of Youth; The Farewell Party; Eden
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Legend, Labyrinth, 6/26; The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?, 7/1
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Dr. Strangelove, The Loved One, 6/26; The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 6/27; The Adventures of Robin Hood, 6/28; Bonnie & Clyde, The Boston Strangler, 7/2
NEW BEVERLY: Once Upon a Time in the West, 6/28-7/4
LACMA: The Big Knife, 6/30
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Track of the Cat, The Ox-Bow Incident, 6/28