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LAist Movie Review: The Black Balloon

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The Black Balloon. Photo courtesy Platform Media Group.

If there is ever a time to get people out of their house and into movie theaters, it is now. The weather is turning colder, Oscar season is fast approaching, and a large amount of turkey makes it hard to want to do anything besides sit in plush chairs with 40 oz. of liquid crack within easy reach. The problem, though, is that everyone knows this, from the big picture houses on down to the independent filmmakers trying to earn a living. And most people, like it or not, will go see the American film with star power and an 8-figure budget that gets wasted on sending plumes of smoke and fire into the air. It's a tough season for the independent outsiders. Just ask Ron Paul.

That doesn't mean that there aren't very worthy films out there that deserve the attention of the masses; there are. Hidden beneath the crusty upper layer of your Regal Cinemas and Arclights are the Landmark Theatres and arthouses sprinkled around this fair city that struggle to do the thankless work of bringing independent productions to our plates, even in this gorged-out holiday season. Starting December 5th, The Crest in Westwood will be doing just such a service when it begins a run of the new Australian film The Black Balloon.