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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/13-20/2016
ON NETFLIX: In 1845, a group of pioneers take a shortcut at their guide’s behest in order to get over the Cascade Mountains. They get lost as writer Jonathan Raymond and director Kelly Reichart take them all down a road of existentialism. Are they really lost, and if they are, what do they do? An intriguing small western starring Michelle Williams.
ON HULU: This time round, I am going to recommend a television series, the anarchic and almost nihilistic, but very darkly funny animated Rick and Morty. The premise is difficult to explain clearly, but it’s about an alcoholic scientist who takes his often clueless nephew on a series of outrageous adventures.
A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT FOR: Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, written by Amir Ohebsion and its star Maz Jobrani, and directed by Jonathan Kesselman, “A wannabe private investigator wins the Green Card lottery and moves to America to pursue his dream only to find himself embroiled in a conspiracy to start the next world war.” It plays at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 and the Town Center Five
OF SPECIAL NOTE: Jean Luc Godard’s great film Band of Outsiders plays at (It’s the one where our heroes run across the Louvre)
FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Lobster, Money Monster, Highrise, Last Days in the Desert, Captain America: Civil War, A Bigger Splash, The Dark Horse, Elstree 1976, Sing Street, The Meddler
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: Blade Runner, 5/13; The Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, 5/15; Taxi Driver, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 5/19
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: European Film Festival
LACMA: A Place in the Sun, 5/17
NEW BEVERLY: All night Elm Street marathon, 5/13; The French Connection, The French Connection, II, 5/14; Sorcerer, 5/20-23
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Story of Temple Drake, Call Her Savage, 5/14; Daughter of Shanghai, Madame Du Berry, 5/15; The Great Race, 5/15
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Belladonna of Sadness, 5/13-16, 18-19; Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 5/15; Pickpocket, 5/20