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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 9/25-10/2/2015
ON NETFLIX: Zathura: A Space Adventure is one of, if not perhaps, the best movie Jon Favreau has directed (and, yes, I know he directed Iron Man). Written by David Koepp (whose first film Apartment Zero seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth for some unclear reason) and John Kamps (he also acted in Keopp’s first film Apartment Zero which seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth for some unclear reason), from a book by Chris Van Allsburg, it’s a clever and exciting story about an older and younger who play a mysterious game in which their moves come to life. Starring Jonah Bobo and Josh Hutcherson as the brothers; Dax Shepard as the Astronaut; and Kristen Stewart in an early role as the annoying sister. A fun time in the theater for young and old.
ON HULU: Written and directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, Them is a very creepy and scary thriller about a husband and wife who are renovating their new home in the country. Slowly they realize something is in the house, but is it supernatural or deadly real? Based on a true story.
SPECIAL SHOWINGS: Laemmle’s Royal is having a Maurice Pialat, the controversial and influential French director who died in 2003. Included are Graduate First, Van Gogh, Loulou, The Mouth Agape and his Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Under the Sun of Satan.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Sicario, 99 Homes, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Wildlike, Stonewall, Black Mass, Sleeping With Other People, Pawn Sacrifice, The New Girlfriend, A Brilliant Young Mind, Breathe, Goodnight Mommy, Coming Home, The Second Mother, Grandma
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Last Valley, The Night of the Generals, 9/25; La Boheme, 9/26; Doctor Zhivago, 9/27
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Gods, Flowers, 9/25; Jesus Christ, Superstar, 9/28; Scarface, 10/2
LACMA: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), 9/29
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Edge of Seventeen, 9/30; The Red Shoes, 10/2
NEW BEVERLY: Hud, The Hustler, 9/25-26; The Candidate, Downhill Racer, 9/27-28;
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Stranger in Our House, 9/25; The Lost Weekend, 9/26; Harold and Maude, 9/27;