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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/11-18/16
ON NETFLIX: Panic in Needle Park, with a screenplay by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne from a book by James Mill, and directed by Jerry Schatzberg, is one of Al Pacino’s earliest performances (it’s before The Godfather) and is realistic and downbeat story about heroin addicts in New York. Intense and often moving.
ON HULU: In Memories of Murder, writers Sung-bo Shim and Joon Ho Bung, who also directed, a serial killer murdering women around a small town is investigated by a detective from Seoul and two incompetent local officers. Joon Ho Bung (more famous for the monster film The Host) is quite possibly South Korea’s greatest new wave filmmakers and this thriller is one of his best.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eye in the Sky, The Boy and the Beast, Barney Thomson, Nightshift (2001), Backgammon, Rabin the Last Day, Bleak Street, The Wave, Knight of Cups, Zootopia
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: Lawrence of Arabia, 3/11; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 3/12; The Passenger, Blow Up, 3/13
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Young Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, 3/11; Blade Runner, 3/12; Tomorrow, Tender Mercies, 3/13
LACMA: Cover Girl, 3/15
NEW BEVERLY: Mean Streets, 3/16-17; Taxi Driver, 3/18-19
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Sorry, Wrong Number, 3/11
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer, 3/11; The Big Knife, 3/13; Repo Man, 3/18