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Weekly Movie Picks: Indian Film Fest, COL.COA, Wild Party, Cry of the City

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Monday and Tuesday it's The Muthers, a combination blaxploitation and women-in-prison flick that stars Janine Bell and Rosanne Katon as a pirate duo who must rescue Bells sister from the private jail of an evil coffee plantation owner, followed by Fight for Your Life, a revenge thriller about a pacifist black minister whose family is taken hostage and tortured by a trio of convicts, until he finally snaps and wreaks his vengeance.

Wednesday and Thursday it's kung fu action featuring Barry Chan in Dragon's Vengeance and a chop-socky take on Chinese folk hero Fong Sai Yuk in Kung Fu: The Punch of Death.

The weekend kicks off with a trio of sexploitation flicks involving barmaids, pussycats and cheerleaders: The Swinging Barmaids, The Swingin' Pussycats and The Swinging Cheerleaders.

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WHEN: Mon., April 16 - Sat., April 21; various times
WHERE: The New Beverly: 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea Ave.)

COL.COA - City of Light, City of Angels
COL.COA brings Paris to Los Angeles for a week of French film premieres that includes Guillaume Canet's film noir Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne); Claude Berri's romantic wish-fulfillment drama starring Audrey Tautou, Hunting And Gathering (Ensemble, c’est tout); Lionel Bailliu's psychological thriller Fair Play; Twice Upon A Time (Désaccord parfait), a romantic comedy about middle-aged people (one of whom is Charlotte Rampling) falling in love; and Olivier Dahan's biopic of Edith Piaf, La Vie En Rose (La Môme).

WHEN: April 16-22
WHERE: The Directors Guild Theater: 7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Fairfax)
COST: $10 general admission; $7 seniors; $5 students under 21; $7 for members of ASC, ICG, IFTA, SAG, The American Cinematheque, Film Independent, LACMA and Women in Film.

Year Of The Dog
Written and directed by Mike White (writer of Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, Nacho Libre, School of Rock), this dark comedy stars Molly Shannon as Peggy, a happy-go-lucky secretary who descends into emotional turmoil when beloved beagle, Pencil, unexpectedly dies.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Melnitz Movies at the James Bridges Theater: 1409 Melnitz Hall, UCLA Campus (Westwood)

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
As LAist's own tomdog said, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles celebrates its fifth anniversary this year and is now six days long. There will be over 40 films, both shorts and features.

Tonight's Opening Night Gala showcases the Los Angeles premiere of Provoked: A True Story, the British-Indian version of a standard Lifetime fem-jep movie. Based on a true story it stars Aishwarya Rai as a Punjabi woman who leaves India to marry a man in London. The marriage turns into a nightmare, and after years of physical, mental and sexual abuse she murders the bastard and ends up in prison. A reception will follow at Ivar featuring a DJ set from the Bombay Dub Orchestra.

More interesting is the tribute to Indian actress Deepti Naval on Thursday, April 19, which includes a discussion with the actress and screenings of three of her films; the new Bollywood By Night series, which features late night, 21+ screenings of Bollywood blockbusters; and EcoVision, a program that showcases films on sustainability, utilizing eco-friendly products and processes.

WHEN: April 17-22
WHERE: Arclight Cinemas: 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. (between Vine and Ivar in Hollywood)
COST: $11 general admission; $9 seniors, children, AFI and ArcLight members; $60 opening and closing night galas; $15 tribute.Click here for tickets.