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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/17-24/201
A change here. I now also have HBONOW and Amazon, as well as Netflix and Hulu, so I will be rotating these from now on.
ON AMAZON: 1945’s And Then There Were None is quite possibly the best adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel (I have yet to see Acorn Channel’s new version) in which a group of people are invited and then trapped in a remote location whereupon they are killed off one by one in accordance to a nursery rhyme. Directed by Rene Clair (probably his best American film) and wittily written by Dudley Nichols, one of Hollywood’s best screenwriters. It also boasts a fun cast of some our best character actors including Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald, Roland Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Mischa Auer, Richard Haydn and Judith Anderson.
ON NETFLIX: Carlos is a television mini-series about the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez ‘Carlos’¸who eventually earned the nickname The Jackal after the man who tried to assassinate De Gaulle. Directed by one of France’s best director Olivier Assayas and written by Assayas, Dan Franke and Daniel Laconte, it’s a first rate political thriller in which Carlos is often portrayed as leading a gang that couldn’t shoot straight. And with a compelling performance by Edgar Ramirez in the title role.
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Finding Dory, Tickled, The Keeper of Lost Causes, From Afar, Bang Gang, Genius, The Witness, De Palma, King Jack, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Fits, The Wailing, The Nice Guys, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: closed for technical renovations
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Duck Soup, The Coconuts, 6/17; Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, 6/18; Horse Feathers, A Day at the Races, 6/18; Wake in Fright, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, 6/24
LACMA: Show Boat, 6/21
NEW BEVERLY: Valley Girl, The Wicker Man, 6/21
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Witches, 6/17; Welcome to the Dollhouse, Palindromes, 6/20