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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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All Week

Che (2008) (Nuart Theatre) (Full Roadshow Version) (exclusive engagement)

Thursday 1/01

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Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* For Tomorrow (2008) / Am I A Fire Fighter Yet? (2008) / Beautiful Hills Of Brooklyn (2008) (5:00 PM)
* Lumpur: The Story Of The Indonesian Mud Disaster (2008) / Absent (2008) / Flying Full Circle (2008) / Sebastian's Voodoo (2008) (7:30 PM)
* 3, 2, 1 FIREworks (2008) / Candy (2008) / Fly (2008) / John's Hand (2008) (10:00 PM)
A Night At The Opera (1935) / Animal Crackers (1930) (Aero Theatre) (Screwball Comedy Series)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946) (Egyptian Theatre) (Movies With Holiday Spirit Series)
Tell No One (2006) / A Girl Cut In Two (2007) (New Beverly Cinema) (through 01/03)

Friday 1/02

Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* Semblance (2008) / The Companion Americans (2009) (12:00PM)
* Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green: One Man's Fight To Bring Stevia to America's Table (2008) / Howard (2008) / The Rhapsody (2008) / Worth (2008) (2:30PM)
* The Understudy (2007) / Old Grace (2008) (5:00PM)
* Remembering Phil (2008) / Saint Simon (2008) (7:30PM)
* Dudley's Raft (2007) / Romans 12:20 (2007) / The Cookie Thief (2007) (10:00PM)
The Adventures Of Baron Von Munchhausen (1988) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Feel My Pulse (1928) (Old Town Music Hall) (through 01/04)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) / Meet John Doe (1941) (Aero Theatre)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) (Egyptian Theatre) (Masters Of Disaster Series)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) (Nuart Theatre) (Cineinsomnia Midnight Show)
Tell No One (2006) / A Girl Cut In Two (2007) (New Beverly Cinema)

Saturday 1/03

Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
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* Balancing The Books (2008) / Split Hands (2008) (12:00PM)
* Truth And Consequence (2008) / Hatemail (2008) / Inebriatus Rex (2008) / The Last Tenant (2008) (2:30PM)
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* Bad Blood...The Hunger (2009) / Exact Bus Fare (2008) (5:00PM)
* A Line In The Sand (2007) / Back To Me (2008) (7:30PM)
* What Matters Most (2008) / Hooking Up (2008) (10:00PM)
Earthquake (1974) (Egyptian Theatre) (Masters Of Disaster Series) (w/ Special Guest TBA)
Feel My Pulse (1928) (Old Town Music Hall)
Future Kill (1985) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975) / Life Of Brian (1979) (Aero Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Nuart Theatre) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show)
Tell No One (2006) / A Girl Cut In Two (2007) (New Beverly Cinema) (LAST DAY)


Sunday 1/04

Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest (Fine Arts Theatre)
* The Damnedest Finest Ruins (2008) / Deddon (2008) / The Maxwell Multiple Climax (2008) (12:00PM)
* Who Will Stand (2008) / Papiroflexia (2008) (2:30PM)
* Yesterday Was A Lie (2008) / Collector (2008) (5:00PM)
Feel My Pulse (1928) (Old Town Music Hall) (LAST DAY)
The Hindenburg (1975) (Egyptian Theatre) (Masters Of Diaster Series)
Last Stop 174 (2008) (Aero Theatre)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) (The Bay Theatre)
Vera Cruz (1954) / A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) (New Beverly Cinema)

Monday 1/05

Midnight Cowboy (1969) (The Bay Theatre)
Vera Cruz (1954) / A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) (New Beverly Cinema)

Tuesday 1/06

I Love Maria (1988) / Return Of The Demon (1987) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival )
Planet Of The Apes (1968) (Skirball Cultural Center) (Celebrating Darwin's 200th Birthday: Evolution In Cinema Series)
Tortilla Flat (1942) (LACMA) (Matinee)

Wednesday 1/07

4th Annual Focus On Female Directors (Egyptian Theatre) (Shorts Series w/ Filmmakers Amy Axelson, Kimberly M. Wetherell & Nicole Mitchell)
* Welcome (2007) / Green Porno (2008) / Family Portrait (2004) / Why We Wax (2007) / Zoologic (2007) / C'mon Baby (2008) / The Sun & The Moon (2007) / Man (2007)
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008) (Aero Theatre) (Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Series w/ Director Uli Edel & Writer/Producer Bernd Eichinger)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) (The Bay Theatre)
Milk (2008) (Arclight Hollywood) (w/ Director Gus Van Sant)
Tom Verlaine & Jimmy Rip: Music For Experimental Film (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Avant-Garde Silent Films Series)

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Compiled by Ed Robins