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Los Angeles Film Festival Starts Tonight

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Driving Miss Daisy 2: The Revenge | Photo courtesy of Universal

The Los Angeles Film Festival officially kicks off tonight with the premiere of the awful-looking Angelina Jolie action flick, Wanted. It's something about assassins, tattoos, curving bullets and explosions--you know, standard indie fare. Starting tomorrow, the festival begins in earnest with films and events rolling at 18 locations all around Los Angeles. Most, however, are relegated to Westwood and the surrounding neighborhoods. While parking will certainly be tight and pricey, any cinema lover will find an over-abundance of things to do.

The festival's centerpiece film is the Sundance sensation, Anvil which plays on June 26. The band documented in the film will play their special brand of heavy metal after the screening. Closing the festival this year on June 28 is Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Everyone is back for another joust with evil. In between these big tent poles, though, are dozens and dozens of smaller pictures--all of which will almost certainly be better than Wanted. Tickets will typically be scarce in the first few days, but demand should ease up later in the festival.

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A short list of intriguing films and events after the jump!


Isn't that guy on the left one of the bounty hunters from 'Empire Strikes Back'? | Photo courtesy of Universal

American Teen


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Swear-A-Long Scarface

The American President

The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale



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Una Noche con Antonio Banderas

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Boy A

Cargo 200


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A Conversation with Guillermo del Toro

Encounters at the End of the World

Film Financing Conference

A Girl Cut in Two

Hafner's Paradise

Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal

Hotel Very Welcome


Jeff Garlin's Combo Platter

Journey to the Center of the Earth

La France


Made in America

Man on Wire


The Order of Myths

Paper or Plastic?

The Pleasure of Being Robbed


The Right Men: Ivan & Jason Reitman in Conversation


Sixty Six

Spaced: Invasion USA - A Conversation with Edgar Wright

Still Hot: Medium Cool


The Wackness