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Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in November:

 

Tuesday, November 2– 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! NICE GUY JOHNNY, 2010, Marlboro Road Gang Productions, 89 min. Dir. Edward Burns. Johnny Rizzo (Matt Bush) has just traded in the job of his dreams for a higher paying gig to meet the needs of his fiancee. To help ease Johnny’s blues, his philandering Uncle Terry (Burns) takes Johnny on a weekend excursion to the Hamptons, with the hopes of arranging a casual fling for his nephew. Instead, Johnny meets the lovely Brooke, which throws his plans for the future into question. [HD Cam] Discussion following the film with writer-actor-director Ed Burns. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Wednesday, November 3 – 7:30 PM

Theatrical Premiere! TALHOTBLOND, 2009, Paramount, 76 min. Dir. Barbara Schroeder. A teenage vixen with the screen name "Talhotblond" enjoys playing with men in online chat rooms. When she discovers that one of her victims has double-crossed her, she vows revenge and unleashes an online plot that spirals out of control into murder. This riveting documentary explores the very real and very tragic repercussions of fantasy relationships between online "friends" who have never met in person. Winner of the Seattle International Film Festival's 2009 Best Documentary Grand Jury Award and one of the top three docs at IDFA. [Beta SP] Discussion following the film with director Barbara Schroeder and psychologist Rex Beaber. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Thursday, November 4 – 7:30 PM

Larry Karaszewski presents: Full Length European Version! QUEIMADA (aka BURN!), 1969, MGM Repertory, 132 min. Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo. This controversial real life saga of 19th-century British colonials instigating a slave revolt to serve their own imperialist agenda is a trenchant allegory of U.S. interference in the Caribbean, and features one of Marlon Brando's most mesmerizing performances as the bigger-than-life Sir William Walker. [35mm] Introduction by Larry Karaszewski and Maurizio Grimaldi, son of QUEIMADA producer Alberto Grimaldi. Clip | Buy Tickets

 

 

Friday, November 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, 2010, Focus Features, 106 min. Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are living out one of the many modern family scenarios: a happy marriage with teenage children whom they conceived with the help of a donor. When their daughter and son find and start up a tentative relationship with long-ago "Donor Dad" Paul (Mark Ruffalo, perfectly capturing aimless, bohemian masculinity), Nic and Jules’ smoothly functioning relationship with each other and with the kids is thrown into chaos. [35mm] Trailer

Los Angeles Premiere! SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, 2010, Crispy Films, 101 min. DJ "Delicious" Dean (Christopher Thornton) is recently paralyzed and wheels about the unkind streets of Los Angeles in the hopes of resuscitating his once-hot career. In a desperate and foolhardy move, Dean opts out of the community of faith-healers he has become close with, and instead turns his focus to an unstable rock band that offers the alluring Band-aid of quick cash and brief fame. Directed by and co-starring Mark Ruffalo, with Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney. [35mm] Discussion between films with actor-director Mark Ruffalo. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, November 6 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! POUND OF FLESH, 2010, Rock 'n' Read Productions, 97 min. Dir. Tamar Simon Hoffs. In this darkly comic psychological drama, classics professor Noah Melville (Malcolm McDowell) is a model of respectability - or so everyone thinks. In fact, he runs an upscale escort service using his most attractive students, a secret that comes out when one of them is murdered and Noah becomes the target of obsessive cop Patrick Kelly (Angus Macfadyen). The self-righteous cop has moral contradictions and complexities, and as he pursues Melville the two men discover that their skeletons in the closet are more alike than they ever imagined. [Blu Ray] Discussion following the film with director Tamar Simon Hoffs and actors Malcolm McDowell and Timothy Bottoms, moderated by F.X. Feeney. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, November 7 – 5:00 PM STAN LEE DOCUMENTARY

WITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY, 2010, Emerging Entertainment & 1821 Pictures, 80 min. Dirs./Prods. Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes, Will Hess. Arguably the most recognized name in comics, Stan Lee co-created over 500 legendary pop culture characters including Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Silver Surfer, Daredevil and The Hulk to name a few. Documentarians Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes and Will Hess explore the vivid life and imagination of the comic great, from the early days of his Depression-era upbringing through the Marvel Age of Comics and beyond. [Blu Ray] Introduction by Stan Lee (schedule permitting) preceding the film. Discussion following the film with filmmakers Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes and Will Hess. Stan Lee will be signing Marvel ArtWorks across the street at Every Picture Tells A Story at 3 PM. Trailer | Official Website | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Monday, November 15 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! QUEEN OF THE LOT, 2010, Rainbow Releasing, 114 min. Dir. Henry Jaglom. Being under house arrest isn't about to stop up-and-coming actress Maggie Chase (Tanna Frederick) from the two things she craves the most: real fame and true love. Things get complicated when a trip home to meet her boyfriend’s legendary family introduces Maggie to the world of Hollywood Royalty (Kathryn Crosby, Mary Crosby, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Christopher and Jack Heller) and to her boyfriend's attractive brother Aaron (Noah Wyle). Discussion following the film with director Henry Jaglom. Buy Tickets

 

 

Wednesday, November 17 – 7:30 PM

Presented by the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Flanders Image and Wallonie Bruxelles Images, with the support of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America).

Belgium’s Official Submission for 2010 Foreign-Language Oscar:

Los Angeles Premiere! ILLEGAL, 2010, Film Movement, 90 min. Dir. Olivier Masset-Depasse. This recent Belgian release follows Tania and her 14-year-old son Ivan, Russian citizens who have been living illegally in Belgium for almost a decade. Constantly on the alert, Tania’s biggest fear is the police identity checks. When she is arrested, mother and son are separated and Tania is placed in a detention center. She will do anything to be reunited with her son – but can she avoid deportation? [35 mm] Belgian beer reception to follow the film. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Thursday, November 18 – 7:30 PM

THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART, 2010, 80 min. Dirs. Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope. During the Soviet rule, artists who stayed true to their vision were executed or sent to mental hospitals or gulags. Their plight inspired young Igor Savitsky, who pretended to buy state-approved art but instead rescued 40,000 works by forbidden artists and created a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Intercut with recollections of the artists' children and rare archival footage, and voiced by Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner, this documentary takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Discussion following the film with directors Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Friday, November 19 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: MICKEY ONE, 1965, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Nightclub comic Warren Beatty on the run from the Mob, flees to Detroit hoping to start a new life - but gangsters are less of a problem than his own personal demons. Dazzlingly shot by Ghislain Cloquet and featuring Stan Getz on the soundtrack, this is a bold and unique achievement for Beatty and director Arthur Penn, who two years later would reteam for a little item called BONNIE AND CLYDE. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets

NIGHT MOVES, 1975, Warner Bros., 95 min. Dir. Arthur Penn. Gene Hackman plays an ex-football star-turned-private eye whose life unravels when he finds his wife (Susan Clark) has been unfaithful. Adding to Hackman’s midlife crisis, his job finding a missing teenager (a young Melanie Griffith) goes abruptly sour in a nightmarish labyrinth of betrayals and sudden death. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, November 20 – 3:30 PM

PUFNSTUF, 1970, Universal, 98 min. Dir. Hollingsworth Morse. Children’s television icons Sid and Marty Krofft, the far-out creators of classics shows "Sigmund and the Sea Monster," "Lidsville," "The Bugaloos," "Land of the Lost" and, of course, "H.R. Pufnstuf," brought the TV hit to the big screen to the delight of kids everywhere. Magic flute in hand, Jimmy travels to a mystical island where he makes many friends, including a talking dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf, and one dangerous enemy: the evil Witchiepoo. Witchiepoo wants Jimmy's flute and is determined to steal it so she can impress her peers and win a "witch of the year award." [35mm] Discussion following the film with Sid and Marty Krofft, moderated by Olivia Munn. Following the discussion join us across the street at Every Picture Tells A Story for a reception featuring original Krofft artwork. Clip | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, November 20 – 7:30 PM

Actor, producer and activist Pierce Brosnan first gained international fame as television sleuth Remington Steele in the 1980s. Since then he has appeared in blockbuster comedies (MRS. DOUBTFIRE) and action movies (the James Bond series) as well as potent indie character studies (THE GREATEST, MARRIED LIFE). Join us for an in-person tribute that includes two of Brosnan's finest performances.

Double Feature: THE GHOST WRITER, 2010, Summit Entertainment, 128 min. Dir. Roman Polanski. Ghost writer Ewan McGregor gets a lucrative assignment penning the memoirs of a controversial former prime minister (Pierce Brosnan), but finds out he might be getting more than he bargained for when he investigates the violent fate of his predecessor. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

THE MATADOR, 2005, The Weinstein Co, 96 min. Dir. Richard Shepard. Mild-mannered businessman Greg Kinnear meets professional assassin Pierce Brosnan while on vacation and the two strike up a very unorthodox - and potentially life threatening - friendship. Brosnan was nominated for a Golden Globe for his pitch-perfect performance in this smart, hilarious, and understated black comedy. [35mm] Discussion between films with actor Pierce Brosnan. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, November 21 – 7:30 PM

SOLD OUT THE SOCIAL NETWORK, 2010, Sony Pictures, 120 min. Dir. David Fincher. Spurred on by a bitter taste for revenge after his girlfriend dumps him, computer whiz Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates a social networking site that evolves into an international phenomenon: Facebook. He and his partners quickly discover, however, that success comes at a very large price. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s swift, witty script recalls both the rapid-fire newspaper comedies of the classic studio era and the smart adult dramas of the 1970s, yet is also the most modern and timely movie of 2010. [35mm] Discussion following the film with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Armie Hammer and Andrew Garfield. Trailer | Buy Tickets There will be a stand by line that will form once box office has opened.

 

 

 

Friday, November 26 – 7:30 PM

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career is imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show! [35mm] Gene Kelly's widow Patricia Kelly will introduce the film. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, November 27 – 7:30 PM

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, 1934, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Frank Capra. The first film to win all five major Oscars remains a jewel of timing and charm, as runaway bride Claudette Colbert finds herself saddled with pushy reporter Clark Gable, who smells the story of his career. Screenplay by Robert Riskin; with Walter Connolly, Alan Hale and Roscoe Karns. [35mm] Clip

MY MAN GODFREY, 1936, Universal, 94 min. Dir. Gregory La Cava. "You people have confused me with the U.S. Treasury!" barks Eugene Pallette to his spoiled, filthy-rich family, including daughter, Carole Lombard, who acquires tramp William Powell during a scavenger hunt and makes him her butler, whereupon he teaches her a few lessons about being human. [35mm] Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, November 28 – 4:00 PM

THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke) and the Wicked Witch of The West (Margaret Hamilton). [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, November 28 – 7:30 PM

RETURN TO OZ, 1985, Buena Vista Pictures, 113 min. Legendary sound designer Walter Murch directs this pleasantly subtle and delightfully bizarre sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ. After a disturbing stint in a mental hospital, a cherubic Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) gets washed away to Oz, only to find it a changed place. Menacing Wheelers swivel around a broke-down Emerald City, a vain witch Mombi covets her walk-in chamber of human heads, and a nefarious Nome King has wreaked terror on the land. With the help of new friends (the adorable Tik Tok and hapless, affable Jack Pumpkinhead), Dorothy sets out once again to save Oz from seemingly insurmountable villains. [35mm] Discussion following the film with director Walter Murch moderated by screenwriter Josh Olson. Clip | Buy Tickets