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Monday, February 5
Creative Screenwriting Magazine is sponsoring a free screening of Children of Men followed by a Q&A with writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and co-writer Tim Sexton.
WHEN: Mon., Feb. 5 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: DGA Theater, 7920 Sunset Blvd. (betw. Crescent Heights & Fairfax)
RSVP: Go to the Creative Screenwriting website and sign up to receive information about future events. You should then receive an email with further instructions about how to sign up for this event.

Tuesday, February 6
UCLA's Melnitz Movies offers a sneak preview of The Lives Of Others, Germany's selection for the Oscars. An East German secret police officer who is charged with spying on a celebrated couple is gradually drawn further and further into their lives.
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA campus
ADMISSION: Tickets are available at the Melnitz box office the day of the screening, one hour before show time and are given out on a first come, first serve basis--one ticket per person.

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Tuesday-Wednesday, February 6-7
Enjoy a double-fisted feature of spaghetti westerns -- A Fistful of Dynamite (AKA Duck You Sucker) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly -- from the best film director ever in the entire history of the universe, Sergio Leone. I say that totally without hyperbole.
WHEN: Feb. 6-7 at 7:30 & 9:35 PM.
WHERE: The New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea)


Wednesday, February 7
Hey, you got your art film in my porno! Hey, you got your porno in my art film!

Avant-garde work of gay erotica (some would say porn) Pink Narcissus (1971) is screened as part of Outfest's 25th Anniversary retrospective. The film originally played in as a midnight screening in the 1985 festival.
WHEN: Feb. 7 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, (just east of Highland Ave.) in Hollywood

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Wednesday & Thursday February 7-8
The New Beverly screens a double feature of 1956 sci-fi- thriller Forbidden Planet and 1974 camp classic Flesh Gordon. Forbidden Planet stars Leslie Nielsen as a space commander sent to discover what happened to a colony of human settlers on a distant planet. When he and his crew arrive, they find that only two of the settlers have survived, Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his comely daughter Altaira (Anne Francis), who live amidst the technology from an alien race of geniuses that destroyed itself overnight some time in the distant past. In space nudie Flesh Gordon football player Flesh Gordon (Jason Williams) must save the earth after Emperor Wang The Perverted uses his Sex Ray to transform everyone into sex-mad fiends.
WHEN: Feb. 7-8 at 7:30 & 9:05 PM.
WHERE: The New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea)


Thursday, February 8
With a mission of presenting and showcasing a broad spectrum of black creative works, the 15th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), which claims to be the largest Black History Month event in the United States, kicks off. With Forest Whitaker as its guest host, the festival will present nearly 90 features including everything from the struggles of Ethiopian coffee farmers in the face of globalization to an action-packed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
WHEN: Feb. 8 - Feb. 19
WHERE: Magic Johnson Theaters
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., LA, CA 90008

Friday, February 9
A rare opportunity to see a program of this year's Academy Award-nominated documentary short films.
The Blood of Yingzhou District -- Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Recycled Life -- Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad
Rehearsing a Dream -- Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Two Hands -- Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr
WHEN: Feb. 9 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St.) in Santa Monica

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Friday, February 9
Powell & Pressburger's 1946 romantic drama A Matter of Life and Death (AKA Stairway to Heaven) stars David Niven as a British aviator who suffers an untimely demise but due to a mix-up in heaven, he has a chance to argue for his life in a celestial court. This is followed by Pennies from Heaven a 1981 musical set in Depression-era Chicago that stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters and Christopher Walken.
WHEN: Feb. 9
7:30 pm A Matter of Life and Death AKA Stairway to Heaven
9:30 pm Pennies from Heaven (1981/color/108 min.)
WHERE: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (a few blocks East of Fairfax)


Saturday, February 10
The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre presents Buddy Films: The Art of Playing Off Each Other, February 8 - 18. On Saturday it's a double bill of con-artists in the Old West as Paul Newman and Robert Redford co-star in The Sting and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
WHEN: Feb. 10 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave. (at 14th St.) in Santa Monica