It's a holiday weekend! Which is great, but also means the latest blockbuster will most likely be sold out (unless you're the type to buy tickets well in advance). Don't worry, there are plenty alternatives to what everyone else is doing. We've searched around and picked out a few movies that might tickle your fancy this weekend.
It's not every day your get a chance to see Bruce Willis as John McClane on the big screen, let alone during the holidays (after all, nothing says Christmas classic like Die Hard, right?). For those of you who missed last week's Die Hard screening/beer pong-a-thon at the Downtown Independent can catch a double feature at the Egyptian on Friday. Great way to kick off a holiday weekend!
Friday Dec. 23>
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Academy 6 Cinemas, Pasadena
Tickets available at the box office
If holiday moves aren't your bag this season -- and you can stay up for a midnight movie -- Academy Cinemas in Pasadena is showing the 1998 hit Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. See Johnny Depp masterfully fill Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's acid-tripping shoes as he and an overweight Benecio Del Toro cause a ruckus in Las Vegas.
Sometimes watching a classic Hollywood films on TV just doesn't cut it. If you have the means to get to the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Friday you can catch the Jimmy Stewart classic It's A Wonderful Life on the big screen.
If you've got an eye (and a stomach) for controversial Japanese cinema, then Cinefamily has your ticket all weekend (and, actually, all week!). Kinji Fukasaku's violent epic Battle Royale is a bona fide gore fest that will likely make even the most iron-stomached cinephile just a tad bit queasy.