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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 10/30-11/6/16
ON NETFLIX: Suburra (translated as Samurai) is about an Italian mobster trying to bring together various factions in order to turn a seaside resort into an Atlantic City. To do so requires corruption at all levels of society, from the government to the Vatican. But in the days counting down to an important Senate vote on a new budget Suburra needs and the stepping down of Pope Benedict XVI, a Senator central to the project has an assignation with two prostitutes. When one of them, underaged, dies from a drug overdose, it leads to a series of events that threatens Suburra’s goal. The screenplay by Giancarlo De Cataldo, Carlo Bonini, Sandro Petaglio and the director Stefano Sollima creates a first rate crime thriller of an almost epic nature.
ON HULU: Just in time for Halloween, Theatre of Blood is not a good movie. In fact, it’s probably a pretty terrible one, but it’s one of those terrible ones that is great fun to watch over and over again. A ham Shakespearian actor commits suicide after terrible reviews of his latest season. But when the critics are being killed off one by one in ways parallel to the final sets of plays the actor starred in, one wonders whether he really is dead. With Vincent Price (of course) as the actor, Diana Rigg as his daughter, and a host of familiar British faces as the victims. Directed by Douglas Hickox and written by Anthony Greville-Bell.
SPECIAL NOTE: The AFI Film Festival box office opens Monday, October 2. This is a great festival, especially since all the tickets are free.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Wonders, The Russian Woodpecker, Tab Hunter Confidential, Bridge of Spies, Room, The Final Girls, The Martian
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Ghost Busters, 10/30; AFI Fest
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Ed Wood, 10/30; The Shining, 10/31; Citizen Kane, 11/4; All the President’s Men, Ace in the Hole, 11/5;
LACMA: Sullivan’s Travel, 11/3
NEW BEVERLY: Curse of the Demon, Carnival of Souls, Night of the Living Dead, 10/31
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Tingler (in Percepto), 10/31; 23 quai du Commerce, 1080, Bruxelles, 11/2
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Bat Whispers, 10/31; Follow Thru, Becky Sharp, 11/1