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Between special screenings, TV tapings & incestual industry conduct, filmmakers are a common appearance in this town. When the New Beverly hosts a filmmaker, it's truly special. Eclectic personalities take complete control of the theater's programming, spotlighting elements of their own work, their influences, or simply their favorite, lesser-known films. Previous hosts include Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Joe Dante & Peter Bogdanovich, and now writer-director Rian Johnson has the slate. A new kid on the block compared to those names, Johnson's hard-boiled sleeper Brick is one of the most unique & enjoyable films of the last few years. His "Festival Of Fakery" (running through the end of February) features advance screenings of his new film, The Brothers Bloom, and a cadre of con men, criminals, thieves & scoundrels.

Speaking of which, it's finally time to cash in on those Oscar pools. Beverly Hills' Fine Arts Theatre sports a free, all-ages screening; ironically, West L.A.'s Landmark presents the swanky (and pricey) 21+ package featuring appetizers, an open bar & raffles. Haven't finalized your picks? The Egyptian features two panels with the often (unfairly) ignored candidates for Film Editing & Art Direction that could prove aces in the hole. Given its frequent appearances over the last few weeks though, I'd put my money on Trouble The Water. Best Documentary for the tie-breaker!