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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!

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All Week
Chain Link (2008) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex) (Limited Engagement)
Eleven Minutes (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Limited Engagement)
Hookers, Inc. (2009) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex) (Limited Engagement)
Moscow, Belgium (2008) (Nuart Theatre)

Thursday 2/19
24 City (2008) (Melnitz Movies)
The Brothers Bloom (2008) / Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) (New Beverly Cinema) (Rian Johnson's Festival Of Fakery)
Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Hollywood)
On The Waterfront (1954) / Midnight Cowboy (1969) (Egyptian Theatre) (Oscar Winning Favorites Series)
Outer Tones (2009) (w/ Filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Lubitsch Musicals Series)
Some Like It Hot (1959) (Aero Theatre) (Kevin Thomas' Favorites)

Friday 2/20
Selected Award Winners & Best Of The Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Romans 12:20 (2008) / Balancing The Books (2008) (6:30PM)
* The Maxwell Multiple Climax (2007) / Yesterday Was A Lie (2008) (9:15PM)
3 Women (2008) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (The 19th Annual Celebration Of Iranian Cinema)
The Boys From Syracuse (1940) (Old Town Music Hall)
Chain Link (2008) (w/ Filmmakers & Cast) (9:10PM) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex)
Deep End (1971) / That Cold Day In The Park (1969) (7:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Romantic Obsession Series)
Ghost Busters (1984) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
Hookers, Inc. (2009) (w/ Filmmakers & Cast) (7:10PM) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex)
House Of Games (1987) / The Spanish Prisoner (1997) (New Beverly Cinema) (Rian Johnson's Festival Of Fakery)
Hubley Shorts Program (w/ Animator Emily Hubley) (Aero Theatre)
* The Tender Game (1958) / Windy Day (1968) / Rainbows of Hawai'i (1998) / The Tower (1986) / One Self: Fish/Girl (1998) / Her Grandmother's Gift (1995) / Pigeon Within (2000) / The Toe Tactic (2008)
The Legend Of God's Gun (2007) (w/ Spindrift) (Art Theatre Of Long Beach) (Mondo Midnights)
Network (1976) / Wall Street (1987) (Egyptian Theatre) (Oscar Winning Favorites Series)
The Princess Bride (1987) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Velvet Vampire (1971) (Midnight) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Lesbian Vampires Series)
Yesterday Girl (1966) / The All Around Reduced Personality (1977) (LACMA) (Torn Curtain: The Two Germanys on Film Series)

Saturday 2/21
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
* Rise and Shine! (12PM)
* Witaj Polsko! Three Decades of Animation from Poland (1:30PM)
* Gutsy Guinea Pigs (3PM)
* Power House (2007) / JUMP! (2007) (4:30PM)
Selected Award Winners & Best Of The Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Beautiful Hills Of Brooklyn (2008) / Torn From The Flag (2007) (4PM)
* Manos Partidos (2008) / Bad Blood (2009) (6:45PM)
* For Tomorrow (2008) / Contract Killers (2008) (9:30PM)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (70mm Print) (Aero Theatre)
A Selection Of Short Films & Videos From Iran & The Diaspora (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (The 19th Annual Celebration Of Iranian Cinema)
Another Thin Man (1939) / Shadow Of The Thin Man (1941) (6:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Thin Man Series)
The Boys From Syracuse (1940) (Old Town Music Hall)
Chain Link (2008) (w/ Filmmakers & Cast) (9:10PM) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex)
Escape From East Berlin (1962) / Funeral In Berlin (1966) (LACMA) (Torn Curtain: The Two Germanys on Film Series)
Foxes (1980) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Hidden Universe: Live! - Life And Death In The Cosmos (Ramo Auditorium @ Caltech)
Hookers, Inc. (2009) (w/ Filmmakers & Cast) (7:10PM) (Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex)
House Of Games (1987) / The Spanish Prisoner (1997) (New Beverly Cinema) (Rian Johnson's Festival Of Fakery)
Invisible Art, Visible Artists Seminar (Free Event) (w/ Oscar Nominees For Film Editing) (Egyptian Theatre)
Man On Wire (2008) (Weekend Morning Show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Moment By Moment (1978) (10:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Wretched Romances Series)
Oscar-Nominated Art Directors Seminar (Free Event) (w/ Oscar Nominees For Art Direction & Set Direction) (Egyptian Theatre)
Our Daily Bread (1934) (Echo Park Film Center) (Hardluck Potluck Series)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Trouble The Water (2008) (Weekend Morning Show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)

Sunday 2/22
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
* Gentle Planet (12 PM)
* Game Changers: Films about Growing Up (1:30PM)
* Animated Genius: The Films of John and Faith Hubley (3PM)
81st Academy Awards (Free Event) (Fine Arts Theatre)
81st Academy Awards (The Landmark)
A Place In The Sun (1951) (The Bay Theatre)
The Boys From Syracuse (1940) (Old Town Music Hall)
Man On Wire (2008) (Weekend Morning Show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Sting (1973) / The Man Who Would Be King (1975) (New Beverly Cinema) (Rian Johnson's Festival Of Fakery)
Trouble The Water (2008) (Weekend Morning Show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)

Monday 2/23
A Place In The Sun (1951) (The Bay Theatre)
Deborah Stratman: America's Haunted Spirits (w/ Filmmaker Deborah Stratman ) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
* How Among the Frozen Words She Found Some Odd Ones (2005) / It Will Die Out In The Mind (2006) / The Magician's House (2007) / O'er The Land (2008)
The Inn On The River (1962) (Goethe-Institut)
She Always Knew How: A Celebration Of Mae West (Free Event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive)
The Sting (1973) / The Man Who Would Be King (1975) (New Beverly Cinema) (Rian Johnson's Festival Of Fakery)
The Way We Were (1973) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)

Tuesday 2/24
Double Wedding (1937) (Matinee) (LACMA)
Kicking & Screaming (1995) (Melnitz Movies)
Penitentiary 2 (1982) / Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son In Law (1977) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)
Repo Man (1984) (Free Event) (Ramo Auditorium @ Caltech)

Wednesday 2/25
2010 (1984) / Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) (w/ Visual Effects Supervisor Ricard Edlund) (Aero Theatre)
A Place In The Sun (1951) (The Bay Theatre)
Black On Black (1968) (Free Event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive)
F For Fake (1974) / 8 1/2 (1963) (New Beverly Cinema) (Rian Johnson's Festival Of Fakery)
Flux Screening Series (Free w/ RSVP) (Hammer Museum)
The Godless Girl (1929) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Don't Speak! Series)
Harold And Maude (1971) (Arclight Hollywood)

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