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Haven't been to the cemetery in forever? There's two prime opportunities this weekend, courtesy of Cinespia's latest season of "drive-in" (sit-in?) screenings at Hollywood Forever. Saturday brings super-dead superstars Cary Grant & Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock's masterful heist mystery To Catch A Thief. Sunday hosts super-living unsuper-stars Ben Affleck & Matthew McConaughey in Richard Linklater's beloved period piece Dazed and Confused. Keep the drive-in dream alive all weekend - Friday, the all-American classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, plays the Steve Allen parking lot, joined by special guest Tobe Hooper (maybe he'll sign my bloody Leatherface doll-erm, "collectible"). If chainsaws & cemeteries are a bit creepy, bask in the cherubic glow of Matthew Broderick & roller derby girls at the Angel City Drive-In's screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Bring your own backseat.

Haven't been to a classic movie in forever? The Egyptian salutes blacklisted-screenwriter-turned-Oscar-winner Dalton Trumbo, including rare screenings of haunting anti-war drama Johnny Got His Gun & Kirk Douglas vehicle Lonely Are the Brave, as well as historical blockbusters Spartacus & Exodus. If those last two aren't big enough, the Aero has 70mm prints-a-plenty; Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm is unquestionably the most epic theatrical experience. Ever. And you can mail that to the Marx Brothers!

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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All Week
Easy Rider (1969) (Nuart Theatre)
Easy Virtue (2008) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Fados (2007) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (The Landmark)
O'Horten (2007) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Stripped Down (2006) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Wild Combination (2008) (Downtown Independent)

Thursday 5/21
$9.99 (2008) (Free event) (Melnitz Movies)
Adoration (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Big Man Japan (2007) (Nuart Theatre)
Heartworn Highways + Live Performances by Frank Fairfield and DJ Turquoise Wisdom (1981) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (F is for Folk)
Jerichow (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Johnny Got His Gun (1971) / Lonely Are the Brave (1962) (Egyptian Theatre) (Thirty Years Over Hollywood: A Tribute to Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo)
Kassim the Dream (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Limits of Control (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
My Mexican Shivah (2007) (Skirball Cultural Center)
PXL This 18 (w/ filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
Revanche (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Skeptic (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) (w/ Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, C.O. "Doc" Erickson, Rosemary Mankiewicz and Tom Mankiewicz) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) (An Academy Centennial Salute to Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Tommy (1975) (Aero Theatre) (Bigger than Life: 70MM Returns)
True Romance (1993) (w/ DJs Life Reskall and Deeskee) (Downtown Independent) (Spinner and A Movie)
Unbroken Will / Unbroken Will USA Tour (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)

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Friday 5/22
All-Star Comedy Festival (Silent and Sound Comedy) (Old Town Music Hall)
Bad Lieutenant (1992) / Dangerous Game (1993) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Abel Ferrera)
Carrie (1976) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Midnights)
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2006) (w/ filmmaker Sara Lamm) (9:30pm) (Echo Park Film Center)
Easy Rider (1969) (w/ actress Karen Black @ 7:30PM & 9:50PM) (Nuart Theatre)
EPFC Youth Film Festival: Native Youth Film Showcase (Free event) (7pm) (Echo Park Film Center)
Gremlins (1984) / Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) (w/ director Joe Dante and actor Glynn Turman) (Aero Theatre)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) (Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
The Intervention (2008) (Midnight Show) (Fine Arts Theatre)
The Mating Season (1951) / To Each His Own (1946) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
The Mechanic (1972) / Mr. Majestyck (1974) (New Beverly Cinema)
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Present (2009) (w/ musical guests Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (Midnight Movie) (New Beverly Cinema)
Spartacus (1960) (Egyptian Theatre) (Thirty Years Over Hollywood: A Tribute to Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo)
Stripped Down (2006) (w/ filmmakers at 7:10 show) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) / Masters of Horror: Dance of the Dead (2005) (w/ director Tobe Hopper) (Steve Allen Theater) (Masters of Horrow-Drive In Series)
Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968) / Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (1967) (LACMA) (In the Realm of Oshima)
Willie Dynamite (1974) (Midnight Show) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Soul Hustlers)

Saturday 5/23
100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (Free event) (5pm) (LACMA) (In the Realm of Oshima)
All-Star Comedy Festival (Silent and Sound Comedy) (Old Town Music Hall)
EPFC Youth Film Festival: Persistance of Vision (Free event) (6-9pm) (Echo Park Film Center) (Downtown Independent)
EPFC Youth Film Festival: Stereotypes (Free event) (2-5pm) (Echo Park Film Center)
Exodus (1960) (Egyptian Theatre) (Thirty Years Over Hollywood: A Tribute to Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) (Angel City Drive-In)
The Girlfriend Experience (2009) (w/ actress Sasha Grey) (The Landmark)
Gleaming the Cube (1989) (Midnight Show) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Gohatto (2000) / The Catch (1961) (LACMA) (In the Realm of Oshima)
The Mechanic (1972) / Mr. Majestyck (1974) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Red Balloon (1956) (w/ live score by asDSSka and Lucky Dragons, plus L.A. Ladies Choir live sing-a-long) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Fuzzy Felt Films)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Smash Up: The Story of a Woman (1947) / The Lost Weekend (1945) (The Starlight Studio)
To Catch a Thief (1955) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings)
Torn Curtain (1966) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Vertigo (1958) / The Untouchables (1987) (Aero Theatre) (Bigger than Life: 70MM Returns)
X-Rated Animation Night / Once Upon A Girl (1976) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: That's F*ckin!)

Sunday 5/24
All-Star Comedy Festival (Silent and Sound Comedy) (Old Town Music Hall)
Animal Crackers (1930) / Duck Soup (1933) (New Beverly Cinema)
Dazed and Confused (1993) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings)
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
Flash Gordon: Rocketship (1936) / Flash Gordon (1980) (w/ panel discussion) (Egyptian Theatre)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (Aero Theatre) (Bigger than Life: 70MM Returns)
Runners High (2006) (Echo Park Film Center)

Monday 5/25
The 5 Minutes Game & Cinefamily Memorial Day BBQ (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Animal Crackers (1930) / Duck Soup (1933) (New Beverly Cinema)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (AFI 100s)
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
Stand By Me (1986) (Space15 Twenty)

Tuesday 5/26
The Long, Long Trailer (1954) (LACMA) (Tuesday matinee)
School on Fire (1988) / Till Death Do We Scare (1982) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)

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Wednesday 5/27
Beggars of Life (1928) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Silent Wednesdays)
Chicago (2002) (Arclight Hollywood) (AFI 100s)
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
Lake of Fire (2007) (Free event) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) (Contemporary Documentaries Series)
Let the Right One In (2008) / Timecrimes (2007) (New Beverly Cinema)
Queer Shorts (w/ filmmakers) (Egyptian Theatre)
Restoring the Los Angeles Avant-Garde: Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher (w/ Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher) (Free event) (Hammer Museum)
Rivers & Tides (2003) (Space15 Twenty)
Ruthless (1948) / Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (2004) (w/ Arianne Ulmer Cipes and Bernd Herzogenrath) (Aero Theatre)
Torn Curtain (1966) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)

That's all for this week. Love it or Netflix it.

As always, written and compiled by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins