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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/19-2/26/16
ON NETFLIX: Writer/director Rick Famuyiwa’s comedy Dope is one of the best films of 2015. It revolves around three “nerds” trying to navigate high school who find themselves caught up in a drug conflict after they try to be cool. A fun film with sharp dialog and characterizations.
ON HULU: Blow Out is perhaps one of writer/director Brian de Palma’s best films. Starring John Travolta as a sound engineer for movies who one night accidentally records a gun shot that causes a car accident and the near death of a party girl, Nancy Allen. A tribute to both Alfred Hitchcock movies about an average man who finds himself caught up in something bigger than he is, as well as the movie Blow Up, about a photographer who accidentally takes of something he maybe shouldn’t have, it’s taught, fun movie.
SPECIAL SHOWINGS: The Oscar nominated short subjects (live actions, documentaries and animation) will be shown in various locations and theaters up until the Academy Awards are held
FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Witch, Embrace of the Serpent, Race, Risen, Deadpool, Where to Invade Next, A War
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sugarland Express, 2/20
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Viridiana, 2/20;
LACMA: Suspicion, 2/23; Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, 2/25
NEW BEVERLY: Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, 2/19-20; Straw Dogs, The Hateful Eight, 2/21-22; Reservoir Dogs, The Hateful Eight, 2/24-27
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Brother From Another Planet, Piranha 2/19; City of Hope, 2/20; Lianna, Baby, It’s You, 2/21; Sunset Boulevard, 2/22;
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Passport to Darkness, Eight Hours of Fear, 2/22