My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 6/24-7/1/2016


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/24-7/1/2016
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.
ff 1ON HULU: Mommy is French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s latest film and his best since his début with I Killed My Mother. A mother removes her son from a mental institution. But her son’s emotional difficulties promise to send him back until a new neighbor helps. But is that help going to be enough? Wonderful acting by the three leads, some interesting directorial flourishes, and a deeply moving ending.
ff 2ON NETFLIX: As an actor, Tab Hunter was never a great one, maybe not even a particularly good one, and he was only a box office star for a relatively short period of time, so it may be hard to conceive that a documentary about him would be anything but fluff. But Tab Hunter Confidential, directed by Jeffrey Schwartz, is a fascinating look at the Hollywood acting machine, what is was like to be closeted in the U.S. at the time, and how Hunter came to terms with his life and found peace. Hunter, who is interviewed for most of the movie, is very candid about his life. A fascinating portrait.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING:  Swiss Army Man, The Shallows, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Neon Demon, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Seoul People, Les Cowboys, My Love, Don’t Cross That River, Finding Dory, Tickled, The Witness, De Palma, King Jack, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Wailing, The Nice Guys, The Lobster

 

REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at the Egyptian: Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, 6/24; The Shining, 6/25; Barry Lyndon, 6/26; Jaws, 7/1

 

AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Wake in Fright, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, 6/24; On the Waterfront, 6/; A Fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, 6/30; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 7/1

 

LACMA: Now Voyager, 6/28

 

NEW BEVERLY: My Little Chickadee, The Bank Dick, 6/26-27

 

CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: Susperia, 6/24-26, 28; Black Girl, 6/30

 

UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Cinema Paradiso, 6/26

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