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My first month in Los Angeles, I worked a short stint at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre, and one of the Mouse's lesser-known secrets is the large number of foreign exchange workers employed at the snack bar. I remember the Thai teens best; they were all sweet kids, and it's in their honor that I recommend the Thai Film Miracles Festival at the Arclight. Well, them and Tony Jaa, who steps behind the camera between bouts for the sequel to his muay-thai masterpiece Ong-Bak. For those with tastes running more regal, Princess Ubolratana makes her dramatic debut in Where The Miracle Happens, and the oldest surviving Thai film, The King Of The White Elephant, makes a rare theatrical appearance. And to seal the deal, each of these screenings are free with RSVP!

The Egyptian Theatre's "New Hollywood Strikes Back" series reads like an awesome almanac of American auteurs; many films in the fest are unavailable on DVD. Everyone name-drops Scorsese, Spielberg & Lucas, but discussing the directorial merits of Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs), Peter Yates (Bullitt) and Richard Brooks (The Blackboard Jungle) will net you a thousand points from the true cineaste (or at the very least, a PBR from the hipster who regards himself as one). L'assault d'auteur continues at the New Beverly, whose Peter Bogdanovich Film Festival boasts newly minted prints, hand-picked films & Bogey himself (Humphrey who?) at select screenings. Looks like Bogey's a fan of the Master of Suspense; luckily for him, the Aero's got a jaw-dropping Hitchcock program from the Master of Suspense. Unluckily for him, the Nuart's got Donkey Punch.