My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-7/10/2015
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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/3-10/2015
ON NETFLIX: Bulworth is a satire written by Jeremy Pikser and directed by Warren Beatty. It stars Beatty as a politician who has a kind of breakdown and hires someone to assassinate him. Until that happens, he takes on the persona of a rapper and finally does what the people would love politicians to do—tell the unvarnished truth. Well received at the time, though I think some critics thought it perhaps played it a little safe, it has Beatty’s last good performances and a sharp insight into modern day politics.
ON HULU: The Murderer Lives at Number 21 is a movie in the middle of writer/director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s career, but comes before his biggest international successes like The Raven, Wagers of Fear and Diabolique. It’s a very uncharacteristic film by the master of suspense. Co-written by Stanislas Andre-Steeman (from Andre-Steeman’s novel), it’s a mystery comedy more in line with The Thin Man than with Clouzot’s later films.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Dope; The Tribe; Inside Out; What Happened, Ms. Simone?; I’ll See You in My Dreams; Spy; Infinitely Polar Bear; Love & Mercy; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Testament of Youth; Magic Mike XXL
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Shining, 7/4; Jaws, 7/5; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, 7/8; Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 7/10
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Jaws, 7/4; 1776, 7/5; The World According to Garp, The Fisher King, 7/9; Popeye, Good Morning, Vietnam, 7/10
NEW BEVERLY: Once Upon a Time in the West, 6/28-7/4; The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 7/5-6; King of Hearts, Arsenic and Old Lace, 7/10-11
LACMA: Meet Me In St. Louis, 7/7
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Seventh Heaven, A Farewell to Arms, 7/10