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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 12/18-25/15
ON NETFLIX: Tangerine, written by Chris Bergoch and the director Sean Baker, is a marvelous independent film about a transgendered woman and working girl who spends her Christmas Even hunting down her pimp when she finds out he cheated on her while she was in prison. Funny, moving and marvelous acted, this is one of the best films of 2015. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor are wonderful as the two best friends at the center of the story.
ON HULU: Underappreciated at the time of its release, Cadillac Man is one of Robin Williams’ best performances. In this manic comedy written by Ken Friedman and directed by Roger Donaldson, Williams is a used car salesman whose boss has put an impossible quota on those who work for him. But interrupting the day is a relative early Tim Robbins who crashes the sale and holds everyone at gunpoint because his girlfriend is sleeping with someone at the lot. Hysterical.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Son of Saul, Star Wars: the Force Awakens, He Never Died, Dreams Rewired, (T)ERROR, The Big Short, Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words, Chi-Raq, Theeb, Youth, Creed, Brooklyn, Carol
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, 12/18; It’s a Wonderful Life, 12/19; Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, 12/20
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, 12/18; Elf, Bad Santa, 12/19; It’s a Wonderful Life, 12/20
LACMA: White Christmas, 12/22
NEW BEVERLY: The Silent Partner, 12/21; Die Hard, Three Days of the Condor, 12/24; Horse Feathers, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers, 12/25
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Chicago, Applause, 12/18; Blonde Venus, The Love Parade, 12/19
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Mustang, 12/19, 22-25