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What better way to celebrate the birth of baby New Year than with emerging talent? This week, the Egyptian hosts the 4th Annual Focus On Female directors, a shorts program spanning animation, environmentalism & waxing. Considering how Hollywood lauds female filmmakers as it casts them aside (witness the recent Twilight debacle), nights like this are vital opportunities to support double-X auteurs. For those more interested in emerging technology, the Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest continues through Sunday. Its scattershot schedule pairs surrealist animation with disaster doc, drunken comedy with disabled veteran, and male orgasm with ancient earthquake. Something for everyone!

Those looking to keep their quake on can check out the "Masters Of Disaster" series, featuring 1974's Earthquake in Sensurround, where the speakers are put to the floor so the bass can raise the roof. Or perhaps you've made a resolution to engage in more intellectual foreign fare? For your consideration, the Aero hosts Brazil's Last Stop 174 (submitted for the Oscar) and Germany's The Baader-Meinhof Complex (nominated for a Golden Globe), while the New Beverly sports a deadly double of French thrillers Tell No One and A Girl Cut In Two. Me? I'm going to start training to defend the planet from Marxists, apes & robot women.

Full list comes after the jump. See you at the movies!

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