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December 10, 2018

Marquee L.A. is a curated weekly newsletter highlighting exceptional films, screenings, and film events in the Greater Los Angeles area.

TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A. (1985) / CUTTER'S WAY (1981)

dir. William Friedkin / Ivan Passner

December 15, 7:30 PM

Cutter's Way

Egyptian Theatre (MAP)

This double-feature! It's a tangle of corruption and despair, the beautiful feel-bad choice for December 2018. William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A., with William Peterson and John Pankow as secret service agents chasing a skilled counterfeiter, is the rare procedural that actually merits being described as iconic. Robby Müller’s golden cinematography is an ideal fit for the loose, location-heavy shoot orchestrated by Friedkin, and the Wang Chung soundtrack is just so effortlessly 1985. Then there’s Cutter’s Way, a real rough gem, with friends Cutter (John Heard, in Tom Waits mode) and Bone (an Adonis-like Jeff Bridges) caught up in a Santa Barbara murder conspiracy. Yet it is Lisa Eichhorn, as Cutter’s wife Mo, who’ll wring out your sense of emotional well-being like she’s twisting a wet rag.

35mm |  INFO | TICKETS

THE THIN MAN (1934)

dir. W.S. Van Dyke

December 15, 11:00 AM

The Thin Man

Vista Theatre (MAP)

The amount of booze Nick and Nora Charles can consume is absolutely astounding. William Powell and Myrna Loy star as the couple — a retired detective and a socialite — in this first of six films based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel of the same name. While the knotty plot captures the technical appeal of Hammett’s novel, the mystery isn’t what kept audiences coming back to these characters for over a decade: It’s the chemistry, so sparkling it is nearly cosmic, between Powell and Loy. Their banter — enlivened by Loy’s lovingly eye-rolling reactions to Powell’s character’s drinking — is hall of fame work.

35mm |  INFO + TICKETS

EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)

dir. Stanley Kubrick

December 18, 1:00 PM

Eyes Wide Shut

Bing Theater at LACMA (MAP)

Has Tom Cruise, a sex symbol whose performances are not exactly sexual, ever been more ideally cast? Stanley Kubrick’s final film throws Cruise’s character, a wealthy doctor, into a dreamlike nighttime odyssey that forces the sexually stunted physician to confront a whole range of near-miss encounters and fantasies. With Nicole Kidman, then married to Cruise, playing the doctor’s wife, Kubrick tapped into a whole range of wildly personal emotions — and then pushed them fully into the surreal. Eyes Wide Shut, shot on sets that, by design, never look quite authentic, is equally alluring and anxiety-inducing. If not for Kidman’s one-word mic-drop final line, which offers a glimmer of hope, it would be a horror film. As is, it's a deeply unsettling vision of intimacy, marriage, and sex.

35mm |  INFO | TICKETS

AND MORE

 

WE THE ANIMALS (2018)

dir. Jeremiah Zagar

Open Through December 13 - Laemmle Glendale (MAP)

Director Jeremiah Zagar transitions from documentary to narrative filmmaking with this adaptation of Justin Torres’s novel about three brothers — the sons of a young, mixed white and Puerto Rican couple — coming of age in an unstable environment. Zagar strips back plot to focus on the kids’ experiences and impressions. Raúl Castillo and Sheila Vand play the parents, but the three non-professional actors who play the boys (Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, and Josiah Gabriel) stand out as great discoveries.

DCP | INFO + TICKETS

 

SPIRITED AWAY (2001)

dir. Hayao Miyazaki

December 14, 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre (MAP)

The Aero has a good Miyazaki program running this week, with English- and Japanese-language presentations of My Neighbor Totoro; a Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service double-feature; and the new documentary Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki. Most are on 35mm with the original language track, including this screening of the director’s supreme fusion of fairy tale and Japanese folklore.

35mm | INFO | TICKETS

 

NO SEX LAST NIGHT (1996)

dir. Sophie Calle, Greg Shephard

December 14, 8:00 PM - Now Instant Image Hall (MAP)

Sophie Calle breaks down the concept of the road movie as she and Greg Shephard set out across America in a rattly old Cadillac. Calle and Shephard both carried video cameras to film the trip, and this film — documentary, diary, and experiment all in one — fuses their detached perspectives into one story that takes them from New York to their Vegas wedding en route to California.

Format N/A | INFO | $10 at Door

 

SICILIAN GHOST STORY (2017)

dir. Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza

Opens December 14 - Nuart Theatre (MAP)

This genre-bender tells the true story of a 1993 mafia kidnapping in Sicily, but it doesn’t use the sort of thriller structure and visual syntax you might expect given that logline. Instead, co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, who previously made Salvo in 2013, fuse elements of fantasy, fairy tales, and — as the title suggests — even a haunting, ethereal sensibility to depict a community deeply stained by crime.

DCP | INFO + TICKETS

 

New Filmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival

December 15 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (MAP)

This month's set of short film programs presents new work in three international categories: Dutch Cinema, Arab Cinema (which “showcases Palestinian, Tunisian, Lebanese and Qatari stories”), and Middle Eastern cinema, “a selection of striking short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers who have made their work all over the world – Lebanon, Israel, France, UK, Canada and the US.”

DCP | INFO + TICKETS

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