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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 12/25-1/1/15
ON NETFLIX: Now that The Hateful Eight has opened, for those of you who missed Django Unchained, perhaps it’s time to play catch up. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (natch), it’s the story of a slave turned bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) with the help of Oscar winning Christoph Waltz. Also along for the ride is Leonard DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson (who else), Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins and James Remar (to name just a few). A bit overlong (it has a false ending), but still a fun watch.
ON HULU: Akira Kurosawa’s 1965 film Red Beard (his last in black and white) is basically the same story as Dr. Kildare and many other movies about doctors, but with so much more depth and vibrancy that it’s ridiculous to compare the two. It’s also Toshiro Mifune’s last film with the great director (personal and artistic reasons caused the split). With some incredible acting by the supporting characters, perhaps some of the best in a Kurosawa film.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, Joy, Concussion, Son of Saul, Star Wars: the Force Awakens
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: The Poseidon Adventure, 12/26; Lawrence of Arabia, 12/27
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: His Girl Friday, 12/26; My Little Chickadee, You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man, 12/27; Duck Soup, the Coconuts 1/1
LACMA: The Country Girl, 12/29
NEW BEVERLY: Kill Bill, the Whole Bloody Affair 12/25; Django Unchained, Boss Nigger, Blazing Saddles, 12/26; Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Cheap Detective, 12/27-28; The Lost Patrol, The Long Grey Line, 12/30
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Mustang, 12/25-31; Chimes at Midnight, 1/1