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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar: Thanksgiving Brings Few Turkeys to LA Theaters

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You keep your turkey, I've got BEEFCAKE | Photo courtesy of Props, Inc.

This Thanksgiving, classics abound, while the family's in town. The Alex Theatre brings the slapstick with its 12th annualThree Stooges event featuring four Curly titles & 100% pure Shemp, in eye-poking 3D! If that's not rare enough, feast your eyes on the special guests & Stooges memorabilia raffled off at intermission. Nyuck nyuck. The American Cinematheque celebrates 70 years of Gone With The Wind & The Wizard of Oz with lavish screenings & costume contests to win shiny new blu-rays. LACMA thrills the stuffing out of you with two Hitchcock doubles, while Cinefamily showcases the live-action/claymation hybrid Alice in Wonderland. Disney suppressed its theatrical run to avoid competing with their animated adaptation, and considering they've got their own live-action adaptation forthcoming, I wouldn't bank on this seeing the light of day anywhere else soon.

Surprisingly, most of the turkey's kept on the plate this week. Notable exceptions include Planet Mormon!, a collection of Mormon scare films & educational shorts, and Wisdom, the 1986 masterpiece of Emilio Estevez, auteur. Despite Arnold being Arnold & Verhoeven being Verhoeven, I refuse to stuff Total Recall in the turkey list. If you've never seen it, get ready for a surprise! And while Slamdance says it's no turkey, Strongman, documenting a man who bends scrap metal & coins with his bare hands, has golden breast in spades. Scrumptious.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

Wizard of Oz Costume Contest Cheat Sheet | Photo courtesy of Archie McPhee Seattle via Flickr

All Week
M. Hulot's Holiday (1953) (Nuart Theatre)
The Missing Person (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Sun (2005) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)

Thursday 11/26
2012 (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
Mr. Sadman (2009) (Downtown Independent)
No Impact Man (2008) (Downtown Independent)

Friday 11/27
12th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event (Alex Theatre)
The 39 Steps (1935) / Number 17 (1932) (LACMA)
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) (Egyptian Theatre)
Holiday Inn (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (Egyptian Theatre)
Love Exposure (2008) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (midnight screening) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Singin' In The Rain (1952) (Aero Theatre)
Strongman (2008) (Downtown Independent)
Total Recall (1990) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)

Saturday 11/28
Alice in Wonderland (1949) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (New Beverly Cinema)
Gone With The Wind (1939) (Egyptian Theatre) (70th anniversary screening w/ blu-ray giveaway)
A Hard Day's Night (1964) / Head (1968) (Aero Theatre)
Holiday Inn (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Lady Vanishes (1938) / Young and Innocent (1937) (LACMA)
Mon Meilleur Ami (2007) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Planet Mormon! feat. Trent Harris's Plan 10 From Outer Space (1995) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: That's Godsploitation!)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Strongman (2008) (Downtown Independent)
The Sun (2005) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Visual Acoustics (The Modernism of Julius Shulman) (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Wisdom (1986) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)

Sunday 11/29
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (New Beverly Cinema)
Bingo Confidential (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Holiday Inn (1943) (Old Town Music Hall)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (Egyptian Theatre)
Strongman (2008) (Downtown Independent)
The Sun (2005) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) (w/ costume contest) (Aero Theatre)
Women's International Film and TV Showcase (New Beverly Cinema)

That's all for this week. Me? I've got Blood Freak queued up in my PS3 & a fresh handle of Wild Turkey.

Compiled, as always, by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins (and family!)

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