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If you're a connoisseur of "psychotronic cinema", scanning the New Beverly's weekend line-up just might melt your face. Thursday, the Alamo Drafthouse rolls into town and saddles up some good ol' backwoods sleaze, joining forces with L.A.'s own Grindhouse Film Festival. Friday, those crazed Texans whip out '80s nightmare Surf II (there is no Surf I), in which a mad scientist turns surfers to zombies and everyone grooves to Oingo Boingo. That party lasts all the way to midnight, when whitey goes to bed & the Black Devil Doll (NSFW) comes out to play. Finally, Saturday's "I Will Break You" line-up features Dolph Lundgren fighting African rebels & Russian soldiers, Dolph Lundgren fighting Jean-Claude Van Damme after both come back from the dead, Dolph Lundgren fighting Sylvester Stallone after sending Carl Weathers to the dead, Dolph Lundgren fighting the yakuza, and, should you remain unbroken, Dolph Lundgren fighting a drug dealer from outer space. There are even Dolph Lundgren giveaways. The only thing missing is He-Man.

If you also happen to be a scholar of "world cinema", the Arclight just might allow you to escape with some dignity after that long weekend. Their 21+ series classes it up avec le French historique-musicale-cabaret-comedie Paris 36; enjoy it with a fine wine (or at least a crappy theme cocktail). Even better, hold out for the Indian Film Festival, kicking off Tuesday with the world premiere of existential con-man caper The Fakir of Venice, leading into a week of political potboilers, gutsy documentaries, animated shorts, humanist drama, Bollywood fantasy & even a cowboy comedy. No Tamil cinema though; for that you'll have to trek out to West Hills. Should you wish to continue your cinematic journey across the subcontinent, Laemmle's in Santa Monica & the Downtown Independent host the Japan Film Festival, while the Getty boasts a free screening of two rare jidai-geiki (period film) classics.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!