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December 3, 2018

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

MALCOLM X (1992)

dir. Spike Lee

December 8, 7:30 PM

Malcolm X

Egyptian Theatre (MAP)

Between the release of BlacKkKlansman earlier this year and the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s second feature, School Daze, it was strange that Los Angeles didn’t get a proper Lee retrospective. Now the Egyptian comes to the rescue. The theater has a four-film series, 4 From 40 Acres, which features this 70mm presentation of Malcolm X as its centerpiece. Lee’s sixth feature — and his second collaboration with Denzel Washington, who plays the title role — is an ambitious epic that covers the life of the man born Malcolm Little, from birth to death. Though Lee at times tries to stuff the film with too much material, the film’s evolving tone captures the many phases of the activist’s life as Washington performs with masterful control.

70mm |  INFO | TICKETS

SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS (1998) / THE SAVAGES (2007)

dir. Tamara Jenkins

December 7, 7:30 PM

Slums of Beverly Hills

Aero Theatre (MAP)

We recently highlighted a screening of Dog Day Afternoon featuring a discussion with director Tamara Jenkins, but this is even better: a 35mm double-bill of her first and second features. Slums of Beverly Hills is sharp and funny, with observations about the social and sexual maturity of teen girls, often drawn from Jenkins’ own experience. It’s also got a wicked ensemble cast (Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan, Jessica Walter and Carl Reiner) which finds sincerity and absurdity in the story of a family which constantly slips out of one fringe Beverly Hills apartment and into another. And The Savages has painfully effective performances from Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as siblings forced to care for their estranged elderly father.

35mm |  INFO | TICKETS

ECSTATIC SUBJECTIVITY: Barbara Hammer Experimental Shorts

dir. Barbara Hammer

December 8, 7:30 PM

Pools

Billy Wilder Theater (MAP)

Barbara Hammer once said: “I think lesbian film really calls out for experimental work.” And, yeah, her films — which explore queer life and identity, sex, death, and feminism — are all experimental by mainstream standards. This program of 8mm and 16mm films, beginning with her very first movie, Schizy from 1968, is even more psychedelic than her standard. These films layer and manipulate images to create sensation and texture. They use single frames to chronicle a journey across time and distance (Bent Time, 1984) and dip into the pools of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon (Pools 1981). There’s one more installment of the Barbara Hammer, Superdyke series after this, but this set of shorts, many restored, is her more rarely screened work — and material that can have a particularly captivating effect on the big screen.

16mm/Super 8 | INFO | TICKETS

AND MORE

 

THE FAMILY (1970) / FAMILY ENFORCER (1976)

dir. Sergio Sollima / Ralph De Vito

December 4, 7:30 PM - New Beverly Cinema (MAP)

Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, and Jill Ireland star in this cocktail of backstabbing and revenge originally known as Violent City. The movie was a hit overseas and got a wide U.S. release two years later as The Family. This one predates both Bronson’s Death Wish years and the wave of gritty Italian crime thrillers cranked out by Italian studios later in the ‘70s, but you can see the roots of both as Bronson plays a grimly determined hitman. (Like other New Beverly events, shows sold out online still have many seats reserved for sale on the day of show.)

35mm | INFO | TICKETS

 

FREE SOLO (2018)

dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

December 6, 7:30pm - Hammer Museum/Billy Wilder Theater (MAP)

This free-climbing documentary might be the best thriller of 2018, as it follows professional rock-climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan ("the tallest rock-face on earth”) with no safety gear. Part of the MoMA Contenders 2018 series; a discussion with directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin will follow the screening.

DCP | INFO | TICKETS

 

THE BOSTONIANS (1984)

dir. James Ivory

Opens December 7 - Laemmle Royal (MAP)

James Ivory’s 1984 adaptation of the Henry James novel The Bostonians has been overshadowed by later Ivory films. This new 4K restoration is a chance to rediscover Vanessa Redgrave’s performance as a wealthy suffragette who, in 1875, can’t quite come to terms with her love for a young woman played by Madeleine Potter. Christopher Reeve plays the romantic villain, who also has his eye on Potter’s character.

DCP | INFO

 

A SERIOUS MAN (2009)

dir. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

December 8, 11:59 PM - Vista Theatre (MAP)

There’s a certain allure to the idea of this film being the closest thing to an autobiography that the perpetually reticent Joel and Ethan Coen have ever made. Whether or not the film tells us much about the Coens is ultimately irrelevant, but A Serious Man is among their most challenging and rewarding films, a maze of misfortune that offers no resolution even as it suggests the possibility of hope around every new turn.

35mm | INFO + TICKETS

 

LOVE STREAMS (1984)

dir. John Cassavetes

December 9, 2:00pm - Zebulon (MAP)

This film can be described as a series of data points: it’s Cassavetes’ next-to-last movie; the final one he made with wife Gena Rowlands; and therefore the last movie that feels like “core” Cassavetes. And yet it is so much more than that. Love Streams, which stars Rowlands and the director as middle-aged siblings who lean on one another after each finds themselves alone, is as emotionally charged, exasperating, and vital as the filmmaker’s other best — and often better-known — work. The screening will be introduced by Natasha Gregson Wagner and Jim Hosney.

Digital | INFO | FREE

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