LAist Film Calendar 02/02-02/05: The Big Game, Bigfoot & Big Scares

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Horror anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE screens Friday at the Nuart. Image courtesy W2 Media Inc.

Something called a "Super Bowl" (is that halftime at the Puppy Bowl?) intercepts many venues' schedules this weekend. If you'd like to see the big game on the big screen, touch down at the Downtown Independent. Should you prefer Bigfoot on the big screen, the New Bev has a 25th anniversary screening of sasquatch comedy Harry and the Hendersons. They've paired it with another Amblin family favorite, *Batteries Not Included, and brought along director & co-writer William Dear along for the ride! The friendly fantasies continue at the American Cinematheque's Studio Ghibli retrospective. We profiled last weekend's opening and this weekend features even rarer material, including the local premiere of Ocean Waves (unavailable on home media in North America) at the Aero.

Twisting the notion of team players is the horror anthology, a series of short shrieks stitched together into one monstrous movie. The subgenre has been a cinematic fixture since the silents (1924's Waxworks) through classic collections inspired by Gothic tales (1963's Black Sabbath), pulp comics (1982's Creepshow) and seasonal spooks (2009's Trick 'r Treat). The terrifying tradition continues Friday at the stroke of midnight, when the Nuart transforms into The Theatre Bizarre! The fright fest features segments from FX master Tom Savini (the original Dawn of the Dead & Friday the 13th), Karim Hussain (the man who shot Hobo With A Shotgun), Richard Stanley (sci-fi/horror Hardware), Buddy Giovinazzo (anthology drama Life is Hot in Cracktown), Jeremy Kasten (2007's Wizard of Gore remake), Douglas Buck (2006's Sisters remake) & David Gregory (co-founder of Severin Films, who released the original Inglorious Bastards & Birdemic).

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
Albert Nobbs (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Coriolanus (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Crazy Horse (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
The Descendants (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Haywire (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Innkeepers (2011) (Downtown Independent)
The Iron Lady (2011) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Kill List (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The King of Devil's Island (2010) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
My Week With Marilyn (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Norwegian Wood (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
W.E. (2011) (The Landmark)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)

Thursday 2/2
Best of BUG: The Evolution of Music Video (Downtown Independent)
Dreileben (2011) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
The Guard (2011) / In Bruges (2008) (New Beverly Cinema)
Man on a Ledge (2012) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ show)
Ocean Waves (1993) (Aero Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
Taste the Waste (2011) (free event w/ director Valentin Thurn) (Goethe-Institut)
A Walk to Beautiful (2007) (w/ Q&A) (Skirball Cultural Center)
With Her (2011) (w/ director Laurent Morlet & special guests) (Egyptian Theatre)
Yankee Clutter: Recently Skewed Histories (Echo Park Film Center)

Friday 2/3
Big Band Films on Parade (Old Town Music Hall)
Education Under Fire (free event w/ panel discussion) (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
Kill List (2011) (w/ director Ben Wheatley & opening night party) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Melancholia (2011) / Take Shelter (2011) (New Beverly Cinema)
Princess Mononoke (1997) (Egyptian Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
Splinters (2011) (w/ director Adam Pesce & producer Perrin Chiles) (Aero Theatre)
Swoon (1992) (w/ filmmaker Tom Kalin, actor Craig Chester & scholar B. Ruby Rich) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (NQC @ 20: Revisiting New Queer Cinema)
The Theatre Bizarre (2011) (w/co-producer Michael Ruggiero) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)

Saturday 2/4
Big Band Films on Parade (Old Town Music Hall)
Castle in the Sky (1986) (Aero Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
The Cat Returns (2002) (Aero Theatre) (Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli)
Hell and Back Again (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Home in Wyomin' (1942) / Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947) (Autry National Center)
If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Loved One (1965) (w/ Jonathan Winters, Haskell Wexler, Robert Morse & Anjanette Comer) (Egyptian Theatre)
Melancholia (2011) / Take Shelter (2011) (New Beverly Cinema)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Outsiders Observe Los Angeles (Echo Park Film Center) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Live Shadowcast Midnight Show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
Splinters (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Sunday 2/5
If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987) / *Batteries Not Included (1987) (w/ director/co-writer William Dear) (New Beverly Cinema)
Hell and Back Again (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Shanghai Madness (1933) / The Painted Woman (1932) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing)
Splinters (2011) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Sunday Studio at MOCA (free event) (Echo Park Film Center)
Super Bowl XLVI (free event) (Downtown Independent)