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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 10/16-10/23/2015
ON NETFLIX: With A Friend Like Harry… is an odd little thriller written by Gilles Marchand (who also worked on Bon Voyage and Lemming) and written and directed by Dominik Moll (who also wrote and directed Lemming). It’s about a family traveling for a vacation who run into a man who claims to be an old school friend of the husband’s, but the husband can’t quite remember him. But the stranger makes himself part of the vacation and things get a little dark after that. With the wonderful Sergi Lopez (Pan’s Labyrinth) as the friend.
ON HULU: The Bedroom Window is another thriller, but not as odd. Written and directed by Curtis Hanson (who also wrote the clever Silent Partner, but is probably best known for co-writing and directing L.A. Confidential), it’s about a shlub who brings home the boss’ wife for some hanky panky. While he’s in the bathroom, she sees a mugging outside the window and can identify the perp. But not wanting to let people know she was cheating on her husband, she has the shlub claim to have seen him. It starts Steve Guttenerg (okay, it’s not perfect) as the schlub, Elizabeth McGovern as the victim, Isabelle Huppert as the wife, Wallace Shawn in a great cameo as a defense attorney, and Brad Greenquist who has only one line and delivers it brilliantly.
SPECIAL SHOWINGS: The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian starts off the win with New Spanish Cinema. Then on Thursday, the 22nd, they kick off New German Cinema with We Are Young, We Are Strong.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Bridge of Spies Crimson Peak, Room, Truth, Meadowland, The Assassin, Experimenter, The Final Girls, Taxi Tehran, Victoria, The Martian
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: John Barrymore’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 10/17; The Big Parade, 10/18;
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Last Emperor, 10/18; Ed Wood, 10/23
LACMA: Metropolis, 10/16; The Blue Angel, 10/17; Son of Dracula, 10/20
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Night of the Hunter, Macbeth, 10/16; The Witches, 10/18; My Darling Clementine, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, 10/19
NEW BEVERLY: Cruising, Seven, 10/16-17; The Ghost Breakers, 10/18-19; Beetlejuice, 10/23
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Goodnight Mommie, 10/16-19