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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 7/24-31/2015
ON NETFLIX: The Boxtrolls is an animated feature about a young boy, Eggs, living underground with some trolls who live in boxes and collect garbage. When the power hungry Snatcher plans to exterminate all the trolls to gain influence over the city, Eggs must make himself known to stop the ruthless villain. An exciting film with beautiful animation, it gains more depth if one thinks of it as a metaphor for the rise of Nazism.
ON HULU: The Exterminating Angel is one of Luis Bunuel’s greatest movies. Made while he was in exile from Spain in Mexico, the film revolves around a group of bourgeoisie who, after a dinner party, find they can’t leave a room in the house. They are trapped as their food diminishes and they have to consider such things as bathroom facilities and sex. Not to be missed.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Irrational Man; Mr. Holmes; The Stanford Prison Experiment; Ant-Man; Trainwreck; Cartel Land; Boulevard; Lila & Eve; Minions; Amy; Tangerine; Dope; Inside Out; What Happened, Ms. Simone?; Spy; Love & Mercy; Infinitely Polar Bear; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Suburbia, The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III, 7/24; Bonheur des Dames, 7/26; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 7/26; Re-Animator, From Beyond, 7/30; The Changeling, Poltergeist, 7/31
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: American Graffiti, The Conversation, 7/24; A Hard Day’s Night, How I Won the War, 7/25; Gimme Shelter, 7/26; The Best of Everything, 7/29; The Passenger, Taxi Driver, 7/30; Saturday Night Fever, Grease, 7/31
NEW BEVERLY: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 7/26-8/1
LACMA: Mary Poppins, 7/28;
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Bad Girl, Secrets, 7/26; The Wild Party, Anybody’s Woman, 7/31