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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 8/21-29/2015
ON NETFLIX: In The Grifters, screenplay by Donald E. Westlake (from a book by Jim Thompson) and directed by Stephen Frears (both of whom received Oscar nominations), a son, his girlfriend and his mother all support themselves by conning until they start conning each other. One of Frears’ best films and wonderfully acted by Angelica Huston, Annette Benning (both of whom received Oscar nominations) and John Cusack. For those who like their neo-noir nasty.
ON HULU: For those horror fans out there, Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face could be one of the more unnerving films in this genre. A surgeon kidnaps young women and removes their faces so he can try and graft them onto his daughter. Very graphic at times. A classic French film.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: American Ultra; Grandma; Straight Outta Compton; Mistress America; Shaun the Sheep Movie; Diary of a Teenage Girl; Ricki and the Flash; The Gift; We Come as Friends; Cop Car; Best of Enemies; Listen to Me Marlon; Phoenix; The End of the Tour; Tangerine; Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: My Neighbor Tortoro, 8/21; The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Princess Mononoke, 8/22; Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Tales from Earthsea, 8/23
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Stormy Weather, 8/21; Anatomy of a Murder, Odds Against Tomorrow, 8/22; Spirited Away, Ponyo, 8/28
NEW BEVERLY: The Road Warrior, Mad Max, 8/21-22; Modern Times, The Circus, 8/23-24; Swept Away, Love & Anarchy, 8/25-26; Suspicion, Notorious, 8/27-28
LACMA: Freaky Friday, 8/25