Alternative Weekend Box Office - January 20

Not feeling particularly excited about any of the movies currently out in theatres? Don't forget about the smaller, independent theatres out there! We've compiled this handy list of cinematic adventures that you can check out this weekend in the LA Area.

Friday, Jan. 20

Marina Goldovskaya Documentary Film Retrospective: The Prince Is Back and Three Songs About Motherhood
Where: UCLA's Billy Wilder Theatre
Cost: Free!
Time: 7:30 p.m.
No tickets given out at this event. Get there early to secure a seat.

One of Russia's most famous documentary filmmakers, Goldovskaya is known for her unique ability to capture the essence of people from all walks of life. She is also currently a professor at the UCLA School of Film and Television.

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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Where: Nuart Theatre
Cost: $10.50
Time: 12:45, 3:00. 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 (Showing Fri-Sun)
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Three-time Tony-Winning Broadway producer Dori Berinstein brings this intimate look into performer Carol Channing's life, both on and off the stage.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Los Angeles Observed: Alternate Visions of Los Angeles
Films include: Muscle Beach, Grand Central Market, Shoppers Market and more!
Where: The Cinefamily
Cost: $10
Time: 5 p.m.
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See Los Angeles like you've never seen her before through the lens of experimental filmmakers from as far back as 1948. William Hale, Baylis Glascock and others are featured in this series of beautifully restored prints that will challenge your opinions about our fair city.

El Violín (The Violin)
Where: LACMA's Bing Theater
Cost: Free, reservations required
Time: 3 p.m.
Call 323-857-6010 for tickets or reserve online

Mexican director Francisco Vargas's 2005 feature film debut about the struggle between the peasants and military in 1970s-era Mexico. This beautifully shot and acted film boasts a 94% fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website and is definitely worth your time.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Miss Bala
Where: Laemmle Playhouse 7 - Pasadena
Cost: $11
Time: 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:40pm (Other dates available)
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Miss Bala tells the gripping story of a Mexican beauty queen who gets unwillingly wrapped up in a drug gang at war, from executive producer Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Already a hit on the festival circuit, it's also Mexico's submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar this year.

Hey, Hey, Hey ... It's Bill Cosby
Where: The Paley Center
Time: 12:30pm
Call or visit the Paley Center for tickets: (310) 786-1091

The Paley Center has a series of screenings of Bill Cosby's best to mark 2012 as his 50th year in comedy. This Sunday, watch The Bill Cosby Show -- his first special, which originally aired March 18, 1968 -- and The Second Bill Cosby Special, which originally aired April 9, 1969).

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