Not feeling particularly excited about any of the movies currently out in theatres? Have no fear! Living in Southern California means we have access to more than just the latest blockbuster or romantic comedy. Here is our curated list of cinematic adventures you can get into this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 3
Gary Oldman will likely be a contender at this year's Oscars for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but this weekend you'll have a chance to see him in person and watch his 2000 political thriller The Contender on the big screen. Oldman plays a conservative Republican who leads an attack on Vice President nominee, played by Joan Allen. A Q&A with Oldman will precede the screening, so get there early.
This one is definitely for adult eyes only. Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Paris's très sexy Crazy Horse revue. This particular documentary follows the performers as they prepare for a new show -- Désir -- created by the renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouffle. The trailer is just a little bit too risque to embed here.
Saturday, Feb. 4
Mountains That Take Wing - Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama
Where: Japanese American National Museum
Time: 2 p.m.
No tickets given out at this free screening. Arrive early to secure a seat.
This inspiring documentary follows 13 years of conversations between Yuri Kochiyama, a revered grassroots community organizer and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and Angela Davis, an internationally renowned scholar-activist. Get insight into their shared experience as political prisoners and their dedication to Civil Rights.
Billed as "The motion picture with something to offend everyone," The Loved One (1965) stars Robert Morse as a young man sent to visit his uncle (played by John Gielgud) in Los Angeles who gets wrapped up in the seedy world of the Southern California funeral business. A hilariously funny black comedy with an ensemble cast that includes Jonathan Winters, Rod Steiger, Anjanette Comer and Liberace, among others.
Sunday, Feb. 5
Super Bowl XLVI
Where: New Beverly Cinema
Cost: Free! 21+
Time: 3 p.ml
OK, so this isn't a movie, but how much fun would it be to watch the Super Bowl on the big screen in a theatre where you can actually buy beer! Drink specials and "Stadium-style food," -- whatever that means -- are available. Oh, and those hilarious Super Bowl commercials bigger than you've ever seen them before, though we're not sure if that's a selling point or not.
Remember this one?
Don't know about you, but I will always have a soft spot for *batteries not included, even though its special effects are incredibly dated. This 1987 science fiction film is about small extraterrestrial living machines -- called Fix-Its -- that save a New York City apartment block under threat of demolition.