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    Mess with this 'fro and you out the do' | Photo courtesy of Shadow Distribution Coming soon to theaters is Skills Like This, a first-time film attempt by director Monty Miranda. The story follows Max Solomon (Spencer Berger), a man who is at odds not only with himself but also the craft of writing. He swears off the hobby altogether after his first play, "The Onion Dance," bombs terribly in a local theater. And...
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    Experience the fantasia of Amarcord! | Photo courtesy of Criterion Amacord, one of Federico Fellini's most personally telling films, opens at the Landmark Nuart Theater in Santa Monica today for a limited engagement. Told through a series of narratives from each of the main character's perspectives, the film follows some of Fellini's childhood experiences in the seaside village of Rimini, set against the peak of Fascism in Italy in the 1930s. For those who...
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    Photo courtesy of Shelbey Howard Davis Ever thought about skipping a trek to a restaurant on Valentine's Day and instead doing something just as impactful, but more appealing to the senses? If restaurants are your only bag, you're missing out on a little gem of a place called Hipcooks, where professional chefs and amateurs alike can come together for an evening of relaxed instruction and hands-on participation in the wonderful world of food preparation....
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    Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures Just in time for Valentine's Day is the release of Two Lovers, an emotionally-charged, quiet drama by director James Gray. At the center of the story is Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix), a depressed thirty-something who is forced to move in with his parents after a painful, life-threatening break-up with his fiancé. With a nowhere job at his family's dry cleaning business, very few friends and an unintentionally abrasive nature,...
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    Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures It's the week before Valentine's Day, and you know what that means! Angry anti-consumerists, miserable jilted lovers, and of course, a smattering of (choke) happy people. But no matter your current romantic status, LAist is here to help you get yours. We proudly present Sex Week, starting with the best sex scenes from movies. Ladies and gentlemen, ready your right hands, and enjoy! With that pesky, couples-oriented, Hallmark holiday...
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    I'm totally not gay! | Photo courtesy of Furious Theater Tucked away in a cozy upper floor of the Pasadena Playhouse is the Carrie Hamilton Theater, a dark, unassuming, 99-seater that is regularly packed with patrons eager to see stage performers with a lot of heart. These performers are members of the Furious Theater Company, a successful nonprofit organization that was formed over seven years ago, whose plays have continued to not only entertain,...
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    Silly rabbit! Tricks are for bad magicians. Photo courtesy of Pixar I recently had the privilege of plopping myself on the sofa for an evening with a glass of wine in one hand and a bowl of chocolate ice cream in the other (and for once it was completely unrelated to my secret addiction to Lifetime Television's empowering melodramas). Indeed, this time was different. This time was all about the Oscars, baby, and in...
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    Photo courtesy of Jill Feldman Ralph Macchio's role in the new indie comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (screening at Slamdance this year) will prompt speculation that he's back in the business. Truth be told, he never left. With a recurring role on ABC's Ugly Betty, a pilot in the works which he will co-write and a feature film under wraps, he's as in-demand and career-focused as ever. His latest venture is a quirky,...
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    Photo courtesy of rosa mosqueta via flickr When considering the pioneers of fantastic film-making within the thriller genre, there is but one name that undoubtedly comes to mind first: Hitchcock. The name alone conjures up some of the most classic images of horrific suspense ever to hit the silver screen. From shadows on shower curtains to crazed black crows, he was a master in exploring the depths of psychological terror. This week the American...
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    This is how we deal with shoplifters! | Photo courtesy of Lionsgate My Bloody Valentine 3-D, directed by Patrick Lussier, may be a remake of the original 1981 horror classic of the same name, but this time around it's a fearless festival of blood, guts and gore, packed with enough explicit sexual content to taunt an NC-17 MPAA rating (though we'll have to settle for an R.) One of the film's most memorable scenes...

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