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Weekend Movie Guide 05/27: Blockbusters For The Family, Frat-House & The Arthouse

Summer blockbuster season is officially in full force! Memorial Day weekend is traditionally Hollywood's highest-grossing (long) weekend. This year brings two highly anticipated sequels, one for the family & one for the frat-house. Even snobs will delight at the big names appearing at the arthouse. Dreamworks' star-studded, stylish Kung Fu Panda 2 is poised for a box-office black belt. Jennifer Yuh worked her way up the CGI boys' club (including production work on the hand-drawn...

LAist Film Calendar 05/26-05/29: Outdoor Screenings All Memorial Day Weekend!

It hasn't felt much like summer lately, but there's something about Memorial Day: time to enjoy some screenings under the stars! The 2011 season of Outdoor Cinema Food Fest begins Saturday at LA State Historic Park with the Farrelly Brothers classic There's Something About Mary. The all-evening event also features a shorts program from Funny or Die, a live performance from Glen Iris & food trucks galore! Tickets are $10. BYOB - bring your own...

Weekend Movie Guide 05/20: How to Live Forever (Like A Pirate)

Dorian Gray believed a portrait & a deal with the devil would grant him a long life. Photojournalist Mark Wexler's latest documentary, How to Live Forever, searches for more doable ways to add decades. Spoiler Alert: there's no silver bullet against silver hairlines (as the film readily acknowledges with the winking subtitle, Results May Vary). The film is instead an entertaining snapshot of society's different views toward aging, which explores two questions: could we live...

LAist Film Calendar 05/19-05/22: On Location with Hollywood Legends, Cops & Freaks!

Los Angeles has no shortage of stories or talented filmmakers. On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project presents the best of both. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau and LA Weekly curate the series of 1-4 minute mixed media shorts at Sunset Gower Studios. Much sunnier than L.A. Noire, the audience selections & grand prizes valued at $100K will leave everyone with plenty to smile about. Tickets are $10 (available online...

Weekend Movie Guide 05/13: Always A Bridesmaid...

Girls just want to have fun! The raunchy comedy goes XX with Bridesmaids. Saturday Night Live alumni Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig headline the Judd Apatow production, which also stars Rose Byrne (Get Him to the Greek), Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911) & Ellie Kemper (The Office). Wiig also co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo (both are Groundlings graduates) and director Paul Feig's resume includes accomplished, hilarious femme dramedies Weeds & Nurse...

LAist Film Calendar 05/12-05/15: Friday The 13th: Jason Takes LA!

Famous last words: "Isn't that the sign for Camp Crystal Lake back there?" For the past 30 years, the image of Jason Voorhees, wearing a hockey mask & wielding a machete, has become so synonymous with the worst of horror franchises that it's easy to forget how good the original Friday the 13th actually is. What better time to revisit this truly classic slasher than this Friday, the 13th? No less than three theaters, in...

Weekend Movie Guide 05/06: A Sight For Thor Eyes

It's the first weekend of May, and there's already a battle of the blockbusters! Last week, Fast Five kicked the summer movie season into high gear with a surprising $86 million take. This week, Thor enters the fray. Marvel's latest superhero film has already banked nearly $90 million overseas and, especially considering its genre, wields a divine score on Rotten Tomatoes. Thor sports some impressive talent: Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and, surprisingly, Shakespearean actor/director Kenneth...

LAist Film Calendar 05/05-05/08: Vanishing Honey Bees & Villainous Queen Bs

The Do Something Reel Festival closes out at the Laemmles this weekend (see our previous coverage) with a film sure to create buzz: Vanishing of the Bees. Ellen Page narrates the documentary, which details the disturbing decimation of bee colonies. If you think this won't affect you because you eat plain Cheerios instead of honey nut, think again. Veteran documentarians George Langworthy & Maryam Henein filmed Vanishing of the Bees over many years and several...

Weekend Movie Guide 04/29: Mo Cars, Mo Money, Mo Vampires, Mo Problems

Last week, Disney proved itself adept at wrangling packs of wild cats. They follow it up with a deadlier pride of preeners in Prom. Not to burst their bubble, but my prom was neither Fast nor Furious. Luckily, Vin Diesel & Paul Walker were, and they mark their ten-year reunion with Fast Five.

LAist Film Calendar 04/28-05/01: High Times with Low Lifes

The late David F. Friedman was truly the Mighty Monarch of exploitation films. His ribald roadshows were unrivaled. In an era when a bare breast could get you driven out of town, his films went all the way. This Saturday, the New Beverly & Grindhouse Film Festival go all out in his memory with an all day tribute. The madness begins at 3PM with Space Thing, a psychedelic sci-fi shoestring send-up. Next comes Scum of...

Weekend Movie Guide 04/22: Put The 'Eat' In Earth Day

The Do Something Reel festival continues this Earth Day weekend at the Laemmles (here's a series refresher from a previous Film Calendar) with Planeat. The British documentary highlights how simple changes in diet - fewer animal-based meals and more plant-based meals - can have profound effects on personal health, global society & the environment. Less incendiary than Food Inc. & less guilt-inspiring than Eating Animals, the Planeat trailer promises practicality & personal choice rather than...

Weekend Movie Guide 04/15: The Princess and The Scream

Hollywood's recent royal renaissance has been fantastic - but a bit bromantic. The King's Speech centers on Colin Firth's & Geoffrey Rush's close friendship, while Your Highness is bogarted by James Franco & Danny McBride's two questing brothers. The French epic The Princess of Montpensier, fittingly opening at Laemmle's Royal Theatre, stems this tide with the lovely Mélanie Thierry at the heart of its sensual core. Of course, the film offers so much more than...

LAist Film Calendar 04/15-04/17: The Indian Film Festival Turns Arclight Bollywood!

The Indian Film Festival returns to LA! Bring your best bangles to Arclight Hollywood for a masala blend of high drama, social documentaries, romance and, of course, song and dance. The festival kicked off last night with the gala premiere of award-winning feature I Am Kalam, with many more premieres & returning favorites on hand throughout the weekend. Tonight, witness the LA premiere of The Bengali Detective. This real-life film noir traces hard-boiled detective Rajesh...

Weekend Movie Guide 04/01: It's A Bird, It's A Rainn, It's 'Super' Man!

Dwight's gone off the deep end! Super stars Rainn Wilson as super-skewer The Crimson Bolt, a 40-something loser who takes to the streets after sleazy drug dealer Kevin Bacon. Armed with a trusty wrench & teen sidekick Ellen Page (who works by day at Studio City's SuperSmash! comics store), The Bolt promises to make it rain a bloody beatdown on criminals everywhere! Fans of 2004's Dawn of the Dead & 2007's Slither know Super writer/director...

LAist Film Calendar 03/31-04/03: Save The World, Then Send It To Hell!

The Antelope Valley has set the stage for many a film (including Star Trek, Stephen Spielberg's Duel, Kill Bill & countless westerns), but rarely gets to be the star of the show. The hipster road movie LiTTLEROCK bucks this trend, following two Japanese tourists whose car breaks down amidst the sweeping vistas & dusty trails of Littlerock (hope they hit up Charlie Brown Farms!)....

Weekend Movie Guide 03/25: Sucker Punch, Potiche & "Scratch" Perry!

Zack Snyder's 300 is the epitome of macho mythology. With Sucker Punch, he attempts to craft a feminine fable. It's Alice in Wonderland by way of Sin City, as a gun-toting, super-sexy teen retreats into a steampunk fantasyland to free herself & her gun-toting, super-sexy teen friends. Boys, hold your drool. Girls, hold your nose. It's far from brainy, but it may be a mind-blower in IMAX. (Personally, I prefer this Disney Princess trailer mash-up.)...

LAist Film Calendar 03/24-03/27: Kids, Cartoons, Captain Kirk & Craze-O's

The 6th Annual REDCAT International Children's Film Festival is on this weekend! The festivities begin Saturday with three shorts programs: "Tally Ho: Films That Fly High", a global animation showcase (includes one short w/ subtitles); "Legends Come Alive", with fun-filled fables & twists on tall tales (includes five shorts w/ subtitles); and "Family Matters", featuring families from all over (includes two shorts w/ subtitles). Sunday features exclusive sneak previews from Nickelodeon & Nick Jr. You...

Weekend Movie Guide 03/18: The British Are Coming - To Take Our Aliens!

Hollywood's alien invasion continues, and the British are coming along for the ride! The sci-fi road-trip comedy Paul stars Edgar Wright's favorite funnymen, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, a CGI alien voiced by Seth Rogen and appearances from every comedian under the sun, including Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Lo Truglio, Bill Hader & Blythe Danner. Furthering the film's comedic cred, Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) directs, with Pegg & Frost pulling...

The Desert of Forbidden Art: A Thrilling Story, A Visual Treat

The art collectors Getty, Huntington & Broad are world-renowned for their cultural contributions and good taste. The new documentary The Desert of Forbidden Art traces the life of Russian aristocrat-turned-archaeologist-turned-artist Igor Savitsky, whose collection at Uzbekistan's Nukus Museum of Art has a more unique history and reception. Equal parts Indiana Jones & Quentin Tarantino, Savitsky's passion project aims to preserve local Uzbek culture and Russian avant-garde for the people. While appreciated today, until the fall...

LAist Film Calendar 03/17-03/20: Cinefamily's 'Leprethon' & Battleship Potemkin Charms

History teaches that St. Patrick went to Las Vegas, on a spaceship, with Ice T. Or something like that. The Cinefamily celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a run of short statured slasher series Leprechaun!...

Weekend Movie Guide 03/11: Kill The Irishman & Battle The Aliens

St. Patrick's Day isn't until next week, but get the festivities off to an explosive start with Kill The Irishman! The film stars Ray Stevenson as Danny Greene, who awakens the wrath of the Walken. Cleveland rocks with explosions, bullets & mob assassins, but this Irishman's got a hell of a clover. All it does is bring out the feckin' fight! The Punisher director Jonathan Hensleigh lenses the crime actioner, which also stars Vinnie D'Onofrio...

LAist Film Calendar 03/10-03/13: Charlie Sheen Goes Downtown & Cinefamily Goes Cassavetes

The Downtown Independent has a winning line-up this weekend! Everyone's favorite Adonis warlock has been booted from the small screen, but Charlie Sheen truly explodes on the big screen! The Charlie Sheen Weekend Bender features Wall Street on Friday night, and a tenacious trio of The Chase, Hot Shots & Major League on Saturday! Between films, the Bender boasts #tigerblood competitions & a Charlie Sheen Lookalike contest. Fans of the Downtown Independent have also started...

Weekend Movie Guide 03/04: I Saw The Devil & It Looked Like Rango

Johnny Depp's built his career on characters as varied as they are unusual. In his latest film, the animated Western Rango, he's literally a chameleon actor. More transformation abounds in Beastly, a teen twist on Beauty & The Beast with heartthrobs Neil Patrick Harris, Alex "Number Four" Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen & Vanessa Hudgens. But enough of high school! Topher Grace finally graduates from that '70s show to that '80s movie with Take Me Home Tonight,...

LAist Film Calendar 03/03-03/06: Quentin Tarantino's March Madness & 'Stupid Questions' Premiere

Four years ago, Quentin Tarantino began a proud tradition of guest programming the New Beverly. Fellow film geeks have followed in his wake, including Edgar Wright (twice!), Eli Roth, Diablo Cody, Joe Dante (another two-timer) & even Peter Bogdanovich, and now the king's returned to his cinematic castle. QT's opening his private vaults for some of the grimiest, craziest, rarest exploitation to hit the silver screen - and luckily for us, they're staying open for...

A Purgatory Path: From LAist Straight To 'Hell Walk'

In 1983, new-wavers Missing Persons famously sang that "nobody walks in LA." Events like the Wilshire Walk valiantly challenge this adage (we've spotlighted plenty of local hikes ourselves!) with enthusiastic inner circles, but fall on largely deaf ears. For the vast majority of Angelenos, walking is hell. On May 1, former LAist Film Editor Josh Tate aims to make up for all who stay in their cars - and raise $25,000 for the charity Children's...

LAist Film Calendar 02/24-02/27: The Oscars & 'A Week of Sex' at Laemmle's Sunset

The Academy Awards are finally here, and there are a few lovely locales to share your shock & terror (or glee, depending on how your picks fare). The specialty stalwarts at Cinefamily host their annual awards fundraiser, while The Art Theatre of Long Beach sports red carpet festivities & prizes to benefit The Center. If you can't afford to be philanthropic, Yankee Doodles hosts the Long Beach Cinematheque's viewing party for $10, while the Downtown...

Weekend Movie Guide 02/18: Unknown Mommas Four: The Last Lion

Liam Neeson puts the "action" in "conspiracy thriller" with Unknown! The film finds Neeson squaring off against a plot to kill and impersonate him. Talk about identity fraud! Spaniard Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan) directs from a French novel, with well-knowns Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz & Frank Langella along for the ride. They hope Unknown repeats the success of Neeson's surprise hit Taken. (We just hope it kicks as much...

LAist Film Calendar 02/17-02/20: Mothra, Wikipedia & India

Godzilla may be Tokyo's most famous giant monster, but Mothra's a close second. The behemoth bug turns 50 this year, and the Egyptian celebrates with an English dub of the original Mothra alongside a subtitled print of Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. The latter film, which turns 10, pits Mothra against The Big G (you just can't keep a good radioactive dinosaur down!) and fellow beasts King Ghidorah & Baragon. For more mutant reptiles, get shell-shocked...

Weekend Movie Guide 02/11: Indie Comedies Battle The Bieber

It truly is a big world for little people this weekend! Justin Bieber will be every tween's Valentine, unless they're the type for red vs. blue. Then they'll plant themselves in front of Gnomeo & Juliet, Shakespearean lore by way of lawn ornament lovers. Both are in 3D, to squeeze a few more dollars out of parents/sitters/creepy old men, but at least Gnomeo & Juliet features Elton John's back catalogue for the grown-ups. The closest...

LAist Film Calendar 02/10-02/14: Cinema Plays Cupid All Valentine's Weekend

Love is in the air, but since Valentine's Day falls on a Monday, this weekend is cupid's best shot at dinner & a movie. The Egyptian Theatre boasts Harold and Maude, a pairing of The African Queen & From Here to Eternity, Doctor Zhivago and even the throbbing hearts of Beatlemania. Its Santa Monica soulmate, the Aero, goes double dutch with The Princess Bride & The Notebook, Casablanca & Double Indemnity, and rounds out the...

Weekend Movie Guide 02/04: College Killers Go Kaboom!

The Roommate brings back fond memories of freshman year: new friends, independence, wild parties and murderous roommates. The film's perfectly poised for a gimmick release in September - and dumping it this early in the year means Sony can get the DVD/Blu Ray/VOD on shelves in time for homecoming. Kaboom bursts into the Nuart with an even crazier college caper, which may culminate in the end of existence. Written & directed by Gregg Araki (The...

LAist Film Calendar 02/03-02/06: Iranian Vengeance, Acts of Violence & The Puppy Bowl

Packers. Steelers. Who will prevail? Biff knows. Watch him abuse the privilege - and McFly - Thursday in Back to the Future II, playing alongside the timeless original at the New Beverly. It's part of a touchdown weekend that packs in two thrillers from the French Hitchcock, Henri-George Cluzot (the masterful Diabolique & the unfinished, psychedelia-tinged Inferno) and the return of the steeliest balls of all, Phantasm II....

Film Review: Danish Drama 'Applause' Deserves A Standing Ovation

Applause is a truly sobering character study. This is not to make light of the Danish film's portrayal of alcoholism, but to testify how realistic it gets, and how low it goes. You'll think twice before stopping for drinks afterward. But Applause is no heavy-handed buzz-kill. There's a real clarity amidst the pain, and an impressive lead performance seizes all empathy and never lets go....

Weekend Movie Guide: After Dark Originals Herald A Whole Lotta Horror

The After Dark Film Festival is an annual showcase for new voices in horror. This year, they make the leap from distributors to producers with After Dark Originals. For one week only, Laemmle's Sunset screens these five fearsome features, some with filmmakers in tow. Here's the rundown:...

LAist Film Calendar 01/27-01/30: Oscar Catch Up, Roman Polanski & Claude Chabrol

Yesterday's announcement of the Academy Awards nominees leave you scratching your head? Laemmle's got your back. From heavy hitters like Black Swan & True Grit to lower-profile offerings like Ozarks noir Winter's Bone & Aussie crime drama Animal Kingdom, pretty much everything that wasn't already playing there is coming back this week. Blockbusters Inception & Toy Story 3 are notable exceptions, but there are redboxes on every corner & sales in every big box for...

Weekend Movie Guide: No Strings Attached. Just Bullets & Alcoholism.

Natalie Portman, you're forgiven for No Strings Attached. Call me an apologist, but if I'd just broken my body & soul as part of a regimen to become the perfect neurotic ballerina, I'd want to follow it with something fluffy too. But I haven't. Hence, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man....

LAist Film Calendar 01/20-01/23: Epics at the Egyptian & Lemmy at Laemmle's

It's the most epic Egyptian weekend since they unveiled the pyramids! Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films with 10+ hours of magic & mayhem, as the entire trilogy screens back-to-back-to-back in the extended director's cuts. The all-day affair begins in the Egyptian's courtyard, with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire bringing medieval mirth, merchants, music & munchies. Hope they have 'taters!...

Weekend Movie Guide: The Green Hornet & Dilemmas Abound

The crux of The Dilemma is that Vince Vaughn can't tell best bud Kevin James that the best things he has going for him may not be all that great. The same caring, cautious approach should be taken towards The Green Hornet....

LAist Film Calendar 01/13-01/16: Edgar Wright Returns to the New Beverly!

Told you so! Edgar Wright returns to the New Beverly for a triple feature of his films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz & Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and both Friday and Saturday night shows sold out in 4 minutes. But don't despair! This is but the opening night of an entire month of The Wright Stuff, a series programmed by the eclectic English entertainer....

LAist Film Calendar 01/06-01/09: LACMA Hits The Road, Cinefamily Has Dogteeth

The year's just begun, and LACMA already wants to drop out. Their Golden Age of Road Movies series kicks off this week with counterculture combos Five Easy Pieces & Play It As It Lays (Friday night) and Easy Rider & Zabriskie Point (Saturday night). Actress Karen Black appears in-person after Five Easy Pieces, whereas Saturday's program goes a little easier on the pieces, halving LACMA's standard admission to $5. It's all in conjunction with LACMA's...

Weekend Movie Guide: Another Year is Biutiful

It's fitting that Another Year opens this weekend. The British dramedy orbits around Tom & Gerry, a long-married couple who remain in simple bliss despite boundless negativity from friends & family. The film itself is the product of another happy marriage: that of writer/director Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake) and his stable of character actors, including Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge), Ruth Sheen (Run, Fatboy, Run), Lesley Manville (Disney's A Christmas Carol) & Peter Wight (Hot...

LAist Film Calendar 12/30-01/02: Fear and Poetry in Afghanistan

As countless hours of news coverage have illustrated, Kabul is a city without hope, suffocated by endless war, religious extremism and deep-seated corruption. While these menaces are certainly present in The Black Tulip, Afghanistan's submission for the 2011 Academy Awards, the film chooses instead to focus on everyday Afghanis, their perseverance and the daily struggle for free expression. The Black Tulip follows a decade of triumphs and tragedy for the Mansouri family, whom Taliban insurgents...

Weekend Movie Guide: Have Yourself A Gritty Focking Christmas!

My only frames of reference for Christmas movies are Gremlins, A Nightmare Before Christmas and Bing Crosby. But it's after midnight (in Helsinki) and I'm not 14 any more, so it's back to Bing. Here we go a-caroling!...

LAist Film Calendar 12/23-12/26: Sick Santas & Golden Globe Nominees

Bing Crosby may have sung of a White Christmas, but the holiday brings us plenty of dark theaters. Have no fear! There are still more gems than lumps of coal!...

Weekend Movie Guide: Tron's Legacy? Awesomeness!

You've tracked the rotating light-cycle billboards on Santa Monica & Westwood all year. You've listened to the Daft Punk-composed soundtrack all month. You've visited the pop-up shop at Royal/T. You may have even stole a peek at San Fernando Valley spoof Pron. Finally, Tron: Legacy bursts off the screen this weekend! The blockbuster sequel to the cult sci-fi hit screens in 3D, but to really get in the game, try and catch an IMAX 3D...

Weekend Movie Guide: Emotional Scars of Black (Swan) & Blue (Valentine)

Between Kanye West's Runaway and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, ballet is staging a serious cinematic comeback. Black Swan opened at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, and the psychosexual thriller has soared from festival to festival ever since, in the same company as Aronofsky's previous film The Wrestler....

LAist Film Calendar: The Los Angeles Animation Festival

It's like Sunday - silent, gray and cold. Dash the December doldrums with a colorful change of pace! The UCLA Film & Television Archives kicks off its Les Illusionistes: A Celebration of French Animation series Friday with jazz-inspired The Triplets of Belleville, paired with a preview of L'Illusioniste, the latest from Triplets director Sylvain Chomet. Mia et Le Migou is a charming rainforest adventure, while Kirikou and The Wild Beasts builds off of West African...

Weekend Movie Guide: Tangled Up in Burlesque

Big hair fans have plenty to be thankful for. The Disney camp brings three dimensions of follicles with Tangled, their CG take on Rapunzel. Screen Gems' Burlesque offers a fantastic turkey recipe: stuff with Cher, baste with Christina Aguilera and stick in the oven until it glitters golden brown. It's A Star Is Born by way of The Pussycat Dolls, and I can't get enough....

LAist Film Calendar: This Big Bird's No Turkey!

If you aren't one for turkey, the Aero screens Singin' In The Rain Thanksgiving Day with an introduction from Gene Kelly's widow Patricia. While that's Thursday's lone screening, the rest of the weekend is stuffed with classics and Muppet Magic....

Weekend Movie Guide: Harry Potter and The Japanese Spirits

Trailers for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 promise "the motion picture event of a generation." While that honor (sadly) still belongs to Avatar, franchise fans have plenty to cheer about with the release of the penultimate Potter film. Warner Bros. unleashes The Deathly Hallows on over 4,000 screens nationwide this weekend, including IMAX screenings in Burbank, Century City, The Howard Hughes Center, Universal CityWalk and Woodland Hills....

LAist Film Calendar: Destroy All Movies' Punk Rock Pandemonium at the Cinefamily

Destroy All Movies is the punk film Bible, and a weekend-long release party at Cinefamily proves LA's still the mohawk Mecca. Raw concert clips, post-apocalyptic gang fantasies and scene survivors will blow the doors off the Not-At-All-Silent Movie Theatre with rare footage from the East Coast, West Coast and both ends of the pond. The chaos begins Saturday afternoon with "TV Party Tonight", ripped from the small screen's attempts to make sense of a movement....

Weekend Movie Guide: UFOs, Trains & Automobiles

If you think life is hard on a cruise ship, try taking the train! Unstoppable pits Captain Kirk and Malcolm X against an iron horse with a serious vendetta, several tons of chemicals, and a hundred schoolkids thrown in for good measure....

LAist Film Calendar: Islamic Punks & Michel Gondry

When you think of Islam, you probably don't picture mohawks and leather jackets. That may change after viewing The Taqwacores, a new film about a motley crew of New Yorkers that bring the music to Muhammad and crank it past 12. These American-born artists take their faith very seriously (taqwa meaning a conscious obedience to Allah), while embodying the punk ethos of challenging authority and welcoming outsiders. Though The Taqwacores is fiction, its source material...

LAist Film Calendar: AFI Film Festival & California Parks Benefit

Writer/director/transcendental meditator David Lynch emerges for a screening of cult classic Eraserhead on Saturday afternoon at the Egyptian. The cryptic auteur appears as the first Guest Artistic Director of AFI's Annual Film Festival, and will answer three questions drawn from tweets directed @AFIFEST. Lynch's other selections for the festival include classics Sunset Boulevard, Rear Window, Mon Oncle, Lolita & The Hour of The Wolf. Of course, AFI has programmed plenty of new films as well....

Weekend Movie Guide: If It's Halloween, It Must Be Saw!

For better or worse, Saw is the defining horror franchise of the oughts. Along with Eli Roth's Hostel films, it forged the horror sub-genre "torture porn", and put the gross in "box office grosses". Saw 3D, the seventh film in seven years, aims to revive the Jigsaw juggernaut one more time, closing the series in bloody extravagance. Unsurprisingly, Saw 3D is critic-proof. The real question: is it a ghost-buster? Last year's surprise hit Paranormal Activity...

Film Calendar 10/28-10/31: Dusk-to-Dawn Halloween Mega-Horrors!

I'd be remiss to my Lord Samhain if I put off the Halloween coverage a second longer. But before plunging into the depths of hell, take a moment to plumb the depths of heaven at the Aero. Counterculture cartoonist Bill Plympton appears in support of his latest work, Idiots and Angels. The hand-crafted dark comedy finds a drunken curmudgeon sprouting a pair of wings that compel him to do good deeds. The only problem is...

Weekend Movie Guide: Demon Meets Damon

Last year, Paranormal Activity scared up the greatest ROI in Hollywood history. This weekend, Paranormal Activity 2 tries to recapture lightning in a bottle, and if this reaction to an Arclight preview screening is any indication, they've got it.

LAist Film Calendar: Star-Studded Seed of Chucky & Tommy Wiseau!

While the pint-size terrors of Orphan and Seed of Chucky aren't considered quality motion pictures, they're a ton of fun. The New Beverly pairs both on Thursday, and gives Seed of Chucky the Criterion treatment by bringing together Jennifer Tilly and everyone responsible for the deadly doll's life: scribe Don Mancini, voice Brad Dourif and puppeteer Tony Gardner. The program is co-presented by Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, and if the blog's extensive...

Weekend Movie Guide: Politics & Swank Jackasses

Even Hollywood's been breached by the midterm elections! Gloria Allred, apparently bored with muckraking the governor's race, has her sights set on Conviction, the new Hilary Swank film where the actress goes from low-life to lawyer to defend her brother from a murder rap. Go rattle your own saber at Inside Job, the Wall Street corruption doc in limited release at the Landmark. Propositions 20 & 27 aim to change the process of redistricting -...

LAist Film Calendar: Recent Spanish & Revolutionary Mexican Cinema

This weekend, the Egyptian hosts Spanish thespians Luis Tosar, Antonio de la Torre and Eduardo Noriega, as well as director Emilio Aragon, as part of its 16th annual Recent Spanish Cinema series. Thursday, Tosar opens the series with Even the Rain, Spain's official Oscar submission. The film follows the fight against privatization of water in Bolivia, blurring fact and fiction by cutting footage of real protests within its story. It's preceded by Voltereta, a coming-of-age...

Weekend Movie Guide: 3D Horrors, Horses and A Beatle's Biopic

It's a three dimensional brawl between horror films My Soul To Take and Scar 3D! The former has the advantage of genre legend Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) as writer/director, but the disadvantage of a fake 3D conversion and title change (it was known as 25/8 - which title is worse?). Scar 3D has the advantage of being shot in 3D, but the disadvantage of only playing on one screen. Last Saturday,...

LAist Film Calendar: $20 for 12 Hours of Terror at the New Beverly's All Night Horror Show

It's the spook-spookiest season of all! This Saturday, the New Beverly shocks from dusk to dawn with the Third Annual All Night Horror Show. $20 nets 12 hours of terror: Dario Argento's Tenebrae ("a beautiful ballet of deplorable violence and stunning photography"), Lucio Fulci's Gates of Hell ("[a] mastery of atmosphere [... and] straight-up, old school gore"), The Evil ("one of the best haunted house pictures ever"), a sinful secret film, big-bad-buzzard-bomb The Giant Claw,...

Weekend Movie Guide: Ghouls & Geeks

As someone who had used Facebook since its inception, only to participate in Quit Facebook Day earlier this year, I'm very interested in The Social Network. It's a rare peek into the real world behind our augmented reality, with plenty to "like": David Fincher as director, Aaron Sorkin as writer and Jesse Eisenberg as "the CEO, bitch!" himself, Mark Zuckerberg. The film has a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics comparing it to Citizen...

LAist Film Calendar: John Lennon's Birthday at The Egyptian

Thousands of years ago, the pharaohs revered the scarab. This weekend, the Egyptian Theatre comes together to worship The Beatles. A Celluloid Celebration of John Lennon's 70th Birthday begins Thursday with the premiere of Nowhere Boy, a dramatization of Lennon's early life and the formation of Beatles proto-type The Quarrymen....

Weekend Movie Guide: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Normally, a 3D family adventure isn't worth a hoot, but Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole may be a bonafide barn storm. The animated film's voice talent includes Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren and Sam Neill. Critics are middling, but cite director Zack Snyder's dark tones and violence as high-points, so your kids may grow some teeth in the process...

LAist Film Calendar: 'Boobs and Blood' and Armenian Independence Film Festivals

Never has an event been more tailored for the LAist Film Staff than the Boobs and Blood International Film Festival at the New Beverly. These connoisseurs of carnage and cleavage curate several incredible (and incredibly rare) programs. The fest opens Friday night with Suicide Girls Must Die!, the "reality horror" film that begs the question: aren't they technically Homicide Girls if they're disappearing during a calendar shoot in the woods? Saturday boasts the afternoon's biggest...

Weekend Movie Guide: Your Favorite Stars Shoot Themselves

Let’s start this weekend with actors directing themselves. Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut in Jack Goes Boating, a very quirky romance based on the Off-Broadway play which also starred Hoffman. I can’t swim either, so I’m totally into it. Then Ben Affleck returns to Beantown with The Town, a bank robbery thriller starring him and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as bank robbers pursued by Don Draper. Thankfully, Emma Stone stays in front...

LAist Film Calendar: Halloween in September, Alfred Hitchcock Tribute & More

One Hundred Mornings | Courtesy Blinder Films Halloween comes a little early this year, as the film that introduced the world to Michael Myers tears through The Egyptian on a double bill with the classic sci-fi/horror hybrid The Thing. It's part of a weekend long tribute to writer/director/producer/composer/probably-leaving-something-out-because-he's-done-everything John Carpenter, that also pairs '80s action funfests They Live (best film starring a wrestler, hands-down) and Big Trouble in Little China, as well as a...