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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 4/22-29/16
ON NETFLIX: Writer/director Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky is a character study of someone who can never been down or unhappy, even when dark events occur. It has a marvelous performance by Sally Hawkins (she got an Oscar Nom for Blue Jasmine), she manages to be always up without being annoying or alienating, includes a scene where an equally great Eddie Marsan tries to teach her how to drive and things don’t go well.
ON HULU: A Short Film about Love is one tenth of Krzystof Kieslowski’s omnibus film, The Decalog in which each section corresponds to one of the Ten Commandments. Written by Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, it’s an expanded version of Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery. Kieslowski is one of the greatest filmakers of the late 20th Century and all of his films are highly recommended.
Of Special Note: COLCOA, the French film festival (that has a ton of free screenings) ends 4/26/2016 http://www.colcoa.org/
Of Special Note: The Noir City: Film Noir Festival ends 4/24/2016 at American Cinematheque at The Egyptian. Not to be missed for any hard boiled fans. http://ow.ly/10qBEm
Of Special Note: The TCM Film Festival begins 4/28/16 www.tcm.com
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Elvis & Nixon, Miles Ahead, A Hologram for the King, The Meddler, Born to Be Blue, Fraconfonia, Louder Than Bombs, Men & Chicken, Green Room, Sing Street, Hardcore Henry, The Invitation
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: The annual film noir festival and the TCM film festival (see above).
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Cool Hand Luke, The Human Factor, 4/22; Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Eiger Sanction, 4/28; The Dirty Dozen, Earthquake, 4/29
LACMA: The Misfits, 4/26
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: River of Grass, 4/22-24; Purple Rain, 4/23, 24, 26, 28; La Collectionneuse, 4/24
NEW BEVERLY: The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here, 4/24-25; Footlight Parade, Follow the Fleet, 4/27-28
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Baby Face, Female, 4/22; The Hard Way, What Price Hollywood, 4/29