LAist Film Calendar 03/15-03/18: An 'Alien' Invasion Honoring Alex & Israelis

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'ALIEN' courtesy 20th Century Fox

It's an Alien invasion Friday night! In anticipation of Prometheus, Ridley Scott's summer return to spaces where no one can hear you scream, the Downtown Independent screens the 1979 original alongside 1986's James Cameron-directed sequel Aliens. In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, it's a trademark Drink A Long double-feature. Should you wish to up the chest-bursting (or give your liver a break), Alien screens again at the Nuart as part of its Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie series.

While the characters played by Malcolm McDowell are technically human, they're so far outside of our experience they're not of this earth. Be it his fierce debut as a revolutionary lad in If..., his iconic role as A Clockwork Orange's menacing charmer Alex, or a more recent turn as Russian serial killer Evilenko, the American Cinematheque brings the ultimate outsider inside the cinema for an in-person tribute. The series opens Friday night at the Egyptian with A Clockwork Orange & Time After Time, continuing at the Aero with If... & Evilenko on Saturday and closing with a rare 35mm screening of O Lucky Man! on Sunday. McDowell appears all three nights, accompanied by Time After Time co-star Mary Steenburgen on Friday & Evilenko director David Grieco on Saturday. In addition to the series, McDowell will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday morning at 11:30 outside the Pig & Whistle.

There won't be any pig at Laemmle's Fallbrook or Music Hall locations this weekend, but there will be plenty of great films courtesy of the 26th Annual Israel Film Festival. Leading the pack are premieres of family dramas Restoration and My Lovely Sister. Each racked up countless nominations at the 2011 Israeli Academy Awards, with Restoration also bringing home a screenwriting award from Sundance last year. Throughout the next couple weeks, these films screen alongside a host of other narratives, documentaries & shorts. The stories shared come from Israel's Jewish, Arabic, Palestinian & immigrant communities, ranging from before statehood through to the present day. Here's a trailer for one of the lighter films, 2 Night, with a story all too familiar even if you've never made Aliyah.

The Israel Film Festival runs through March 29th (visit their website for the festival schedule). Full listings for this weekend appear below. See you at the movies!

All Week
Around June (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Being Flynn (2012) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Boy (2010) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Casa de Mi Padre (2012) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
Chico & Rita (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Decoy Bride (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Descendants (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Footnote (2011) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
In Darkness (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) (Arclight Hollywood) (Arclight Pasadena) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
The Kid With a Bike (2011) (The Landmark)
The Salt of Life (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
A Separation (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Understudy (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)

Thursday 3/15
Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) (New Beverly Cinema)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Kren / Lowder/ Schaller (Echo Park Film Center)
Miracle Mile (1988) / Cherry 2000 (1987) (w/ director Steve De Jarnatt) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) (w/ special guests) (Aero Theatre)
Safe House (2012) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ show)
The Snowtown Murders (2011) (Egyptian Theatre)
Sound of Noise (2010) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)

Friday 3/16
Alien (1979) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Alien (1979) / Aliens (1986) Drink a Long (Downtown Independent)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (New Beverly Cinema)
Around June (2008) (w/ filmmaker James Savoca and actors Samaire Armstrong & Jon Gries at 7:10pm & 9:45pm shows) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
A Clockwork Orange (1971) / Time After Time (1979) (w/ Malcolm McDowell) (Egyptian Theatre) (Outside Looking In: An In-Person Malcolm McDowell Tribute)
Father of the Bride (1950) / The Actress (1953) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing)
La Femme Publique (1984) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Unbelievable Genius of Andrzej Zulawski)
The FP (2011) (midnight show w/ cast & crew) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Drafthouse Films Presents)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (w/ filmmaker David Gelb at 7:30pm & 9:40pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)
Jon Jost's Chameleon (1978) (w/ Jon Jost) (Echo Park Film Center) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Klown (2010) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Drafthouse Films Presents)
Laurel & Hardy Silents and Talkies (Old Town Music Hall)
Silent Comedy Shorts Program (Aero Theatre)
The Snowtown Murders (2011) (Egyptian Theatre)
Tom and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays) (Long Beach Cinematheque)

Saturday 3/17
26th Israeli Film Festival (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
An Afternoon with Jon Jost feat. Angel City (1977) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (New Beverly Cinema)
Around June (2008) (w/ filmmaker James Savoca and actors Samaire Armstrong & Jon Gries at 7:10pm & 9:45pm shows) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Cinema Indigene presents Reel Injun (Echo Park Film Center)
City Lights (1931) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Chaplin in March)
The FP (2011) (midnight show w/ cast & crew) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Drafthouse Films Presents)
If... (1968) / Evilenko (2004) (w/ Malcolm McDowell) (Aero Theatre) (Outside Looking In: An In-Person Malcolm McDowell Tribute)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (w/ filmmaker David Gelb at 7:30pm & 9:40pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)
Klown (2010) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Drafthouse Films Presents)
Laurel & Hardy Silents and Talkies (Old Town Music Hall)
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)
The Snowtown Murders (2011) (Egyptian Theatre)
This Is Not a Film (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Three Songs of Lenin (1935/38) / Lullaby (1937) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Kino-Eye: The Revolutionary Cinema of Dziga Vertov)
Tron (1982) (Egyptian Theatre)
yHomeless (2011) (Downtown Independent)

Sunday 3/18
26th Israeli Film Festival (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Around June (2008) (w/ filmmaker James Savoca and actors Samaire Armstrong & Jon Gries at 1:50pm & 4:30pm shows) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Baraka (1992) (w/ filmmaker Mark Magidson) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Blue Note (1991) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Unbelievable Genius of Andrzej Zulawski)
Casa de Mi Padre (2012) (w/ Will Ferrell at 7:30pm show) (The Landmark)
Damsels in Distress (2012) (free sneak preview w/ filmmaker Whit Stillman & actress Analeigh Tipton) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) (The Bay Theatre)
Laurel & Hardy Silents and Talkies (Old Town Music Hall)
O Lucky Man! (1973) (w/ Malcolm McDowell) (Aero Theatre) (Outside Looking In: An In-Person Malcolm McDowell Tribute)
Say Anything (1989) / Almost Famous (2000) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Seventh Cross (1944) / Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing)
The Snowtown Murders (2011) (Egyptian Theatre)
Swimming in Nebraska (2010) (w/ Jon Jost) (Egyptian Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
This Is Not a Film (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)