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LAist Film Calendar 04/05-04/08: Something Old, Something New

Bruce Willis steals the show in HUDSON HAWK, playing this weekend as part of the inaugural "Something Old, Something New" series at the New Beverly.
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Way back when I was a Northern Californian touring colleges, I snuck into a screening at UCLA for students only. I can't remember what it was, but I'll never forget how that print sparkled. Now, UCLA's Student Chapter of the Association of Moving Image Archivists brings that same magic off-campus with the monthly series "Something Old, Something New" at the New Beverly.

The first screening is this weekend's "Reluctant Cat Burglars" double-bill featuring Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief (Cary Grant and Grace Kelly at their finest!) and cult caper Hudson Hawk (story by and starring a post-Die Hard, pre-Pulp Fiction Bruce Willis!). Screenwriter Daniel Waters has a history of off-kilter comedy and action - Heathers, Batman Returns and Demolition Man - and appears Friday night to discuss all that and more. In keeping with the experience and importance of preservation, all films in the series will screen in 35mm, with Hudson Hawk in particular coming fresh from Sony's archives. Can't wait to see that sparkle again!

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Speaking of things old (and new), the documentary Shakespeare High charts the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Competition. The annual event (the film was shot in its 90th year) enables local teens to reinvent the Bard and rewrite their own, often troubled stories. Alumni Kevin Spacey (who executive produced), Val Kilmer and Richard Dreyfus share their experience with the program, but in a time of dwindling arts programs (as with most modern documentaries, there is an advocacy piece) its true importance is detailed through the former gang members, skinheads and survivors of violence and poverty who take the stage. The film plays all week at Downtown Independent, with cast and crew at select screenings.

Of course, another resurrection is front and center this weekend, and the Aero's got an interesting Easter line-up. Good Friday, they screen Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, with actress Barbara Hershey (Mary Magdalene) in person. Hugely controversial upon its initial release (and still suppressed in several countries), this is followed on Sunday by the first alt-Easter screening I can recall, a pairing of the Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey and Donnie Darko. For a more faithful seasonal screening, rejoice at the Egyptian on Saturday for the epic Ben-Hur.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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All Week
Attenberg (2010) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
ATM (2012) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The City Dark (2011) (Downtown Independent)
Damsels in Distress (2012) (Arclight Hollywood) (The Landmark)
Delicacy (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Detachment (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Island President (2011) (Nuart Theatre)
MIS Human Secret Weapon (2011) (Laemmle's Noho 7)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Pretty Poison (1968) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
A Separation (2011) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Shakespeare High (2011) (Downtown Independent)
We Have a Pope (2011) (The Landmark) Thursday 4/5
All She Can (2011) (w/ actress Corina Calderon) (Long Beach Cinematheque) (Museum of Latin American Art)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (2011) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) (Egyptian Theatre)
Housefull 2 (2012) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Ip Man 2 (2010) (w/ live demonstration) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Open Projector Night (free event) (Hammer Museum)
Open Screen (Echo Park Film Center)
Pariah (2011) / My Summer of Love (2004) (New Beverly Cinema)
Pheromone Party feat. The Naked Ape (1973) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
She Wants Me (2012) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Turin Horse (2011) (Aero Theatre)

Friday 4/6
Alice (1988) / Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) (LACMA) (Adventures in Wonderland: Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds)
Carré Blanc (2011) (free event w/ filmmaker Jean-Baptiste Leonetti and producer Camille Havard Bourdon) (Melnitz Movies)
The Dark Crystal (1982) / Labyrinth (1986) (Egyptian Theatre)
House (1977) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) (w/ actress Barbara Hershey) (Aero Theatre)
Pretty Poison (1968) (w/ director Noel Black) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Raid: Redemption (2012) (Arclight Pasadena) (21+ show)
Searching for Elliott Smith (2009) (w/ director Gil Reyes and special guests) (Long Beach Cinematheque) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Shakespeare High (2011) (w/ cast and crew at 8pm show) (Downtown Independent)
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
To Catch a Thief (1955) / Hudson Hawk (1991) (New Beverly Cinema) (Something Old, Something New)
Wrath of the Titans (2012) (Arclight Pasadena) (21+ show)

Saturday 4/7
Alice in Wonderland (1933) (LACMA) (Adventures in Wonderland: Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds)
Back in the Saddle (1941) / Hills of Utah (1951) (Autry National Center) (Saturday Matinee Double Feature)
Ben-Hur (1957) (Egyptian Theatre)
Daisies (1966) / Fruits of Paradise (1970) (LACMA) (Adventures in Wonderland: Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (Aero Theatre)
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)
Shakespeare High (2011) (w/ cast and crew at 8pm show) (Downtown Independent)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Steve Dwoskin's Behindert (1974) (Echo Park Film Center)
To Catch a Thief (1955) / Hudson Hawk (1991) (New Beverly Cinema) (Something Old, Something New)

Sunday 4/8
Coogan's Bluff (1968) / Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) (New Beverly Cinema)
Harvey (1950) / Donnie Darko (2001) (Aero Theatre)
King Kong (1933) (Egyptian Theatre)
Shakespeare High (2011) (w/ cast and crew at 5pm show) (Downtown Independent)
Third Part of the Night (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Unbelievable Genius of Andrzej Zulawski)
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Films of Bela Tarr)