My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 9/18-9/25/2015

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 9/18-9/25/2015
hackersON NETFLIX: Let’s go retro this Friday by recommending Rafael Moreu and Iain Softley’s 1995 Hackers, a thriller that pits a group of overaged teens who are experts at computers against a super villain. The film introduced many of us to Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie and also includes a very, very funny Matthew Lillard. A neat little film that was underrated at the time and deserves a second look.
tokyo twilightON HULU: Kogo Noda and Yasujio Ozu’s 1957 Tokyo Twilight is perhaps Ozu’s most melodramatic and tragic film and was, as I understand it, a critical and box office failure. Well, mistakes happen. A little long, but still a deeply moving film about two sisters who are having relationship problems; one has left her husband because he drinks too much and can’t get his life together and the other is pregnant by her boyfriend who she has a hard time finding. Beautiful and touching, it stars two of Ozu’s stalwarts, Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara.
reunion 1A Reunion, Hernando Bansuelo, Michael Lovan and Josh Watson’s story of two estranged friends traveling to their college reunion, opens for a one week run at the Laemmle Music Box. I did an interview with Bansuelo and Watson for my Hey! We All Had To Start Somewhere series and can be found at
black massFIRST RUN and OPENING: Black Mass, Sicario, Sleeping With Other People, Pawn Sacrifice, The New Girlfriend, A Brilliant Young Mind, Breathe, Goodnight Mommy, Coming Home, The Visit, Grandma, Straight Outta Compton, Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Second Mother




AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Outlaw Josey Wales, Dirty Harry, 9/20; The Last Valley, The Night of the Generals, 9/25


AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Nashville, 9/18; Miller’s Crossing, 9/19; Grand Central, Domestic Life, 9/23; Gods, Flowers, 9/25


LACMA: The Incredible Shrinking Man, 9/22


UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Dance, Girl, Dance, The Bride Wore Red, 9/18; Strange Cargo, Disputed Passage, 9/19; Journey to the Center of the Earth, 9/20; I’ve Always Love You, Moonrise, 9/20


NEW BEVERLY: Duck, You Sucker, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, 9/20-21; Hud, The Hustler, 9/25-26


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