Best film events over Thanksgiving weekend 2013

We've rounded up seven classic films playing during the Thanksgiving weekend, from family-friendly flicks to creepy thrillers and more.

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Staying in LA this Thanksgiving? What better way to digest and relax than with a classic movie (or seven)? Whether you're entertaining a cult film-obsessed cousin or a nostalgic nana—or are spending the holiday solo, there's something for everyone in our round-up of the best classic films screening this holiday weekend. Rather not doff your sweatpants? We get it. Scroll down to see our best movie recommendations for every mood—no need to leave the house (or your leftovers). Enjoy!

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For the classic comedy lover: Planes, Trains and Automobiles + Uncle Buck double feature

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American Cinematheque's Thanksgiving weekend full of crowdpleasing favorites kicks off with a John Hughes and John Candy double feature. 2014 will mark 20 years since we lost comedic genius Candy and these are two of his funnier films, both directed by fellow late legend Hughes. In Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Candy plays an obnoxious shower-curtain-ring salesman trying to make his way home for Thanksgiving, alongside Steve Martin. In Uncle Buck, he plays the title role of the horrible babysitter. Both movies are chock-full of one-liners and laughs.

For the young and young-at-heart: My Neighbor Totoro screening

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Bring the kiddies for this screening of Hayao Miyazaki's beloved family film. In it, sisters Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe encounter magical woodland spirits and creatures—in particular Totoro, a huge, friendly bunny-like animal—when they move to a new house in rural Japan. The absence of villains and fighting make it a refreshingly positive children's movie. Catch this English dubbed version on the big screen just in time for the film's 25th anniversary.

  1. American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave
  2. Until Tue Jul 15
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For the cult-classic geek: Heavy Midnites: They Live 25th Anniversary screening

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Stay up past midnight this Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Director John Carpenter's sci-fi cult flick. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as the owner of a pair of magical sunglasses that let him see conspiracy lurking behind every billboard and—more alarmingly—creepy skeletal aliens disguised as ordinary people—all on the streets of Los Angeles, no less. Behind the bizarre fun, the "pre-Shepard Fairey critique on consumer culture" still retains its relevance.

For the musical lover (and sing-happy seniors): Singin' in the Rain screening

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Among the most beloved of all musicals, Singin' in the Rain is the most fun of the small genre of films dealing with Hollywood's transition to talkies (sorry, The Artist). Gene Kelly stars as silent movie star Don Lockwood making an uneasy transition to sound, though he admittedly has a much easier time of it than his squeaky-voiced leading lady. Luckily Debbie Reynolds and pal Donald O'Connor are around to help him out. The film's musical performances are what stick in your mind, from O'Connor's hilarious "Make 'Em Laugh" routine to the title track to the stylized "Broadway Melody." The song-and-dance numbers and laughs never fail to disappoint, even after 61 years.

For the anti-footballers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly screening

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American Cinematheque closes out its Thanksgiving Weekend film lineup with a true classic. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is Sergio Leone's epic Italian spaghetti western from 1966, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. The film is the third of Leone's Dollar Trilogy and follows the three men—a drifter, a bandit and a bounty hunter—as they reach a standoff over buried Confederate gold. Ennio Morricone's brilliant score went on to set the bar for every Western to follow.

  1. American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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For the college film student: 2001: A Space Odyssey screening

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Straight off the heels of its Shining screening, Egyptian Theatre follows up with another of Stanley Kubrick's classics. This sci-fi masterpiece is an epic film both visually and aurally. It's widely recognized as one of the most influential films ever made. Originally a bit of a flop, the film has endured, developing a cult audience and standing the test of time thanks to its meditation on everything from the dangers of technology to the future of the human race. The immense space vistas are best seen on the big screen, so you're in luck.

  1. Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Until Sat Nov 30
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For the conspiracy theorist (every family has one): The Shining + Room 237 double feature

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If you're experiencing Stanley Kubrick withdrawals after the closing of LACMA's exhibit, the Egyptian Theatre has got you covered with this double feature of his 1980 masterpiece the Shining and last year's Room 237 documentary all about the creepy classic. Stephen King never liked the direction Kubrick and Jack Nicholson took with the role of writer Jack Torrance, but Nicholson's onscreen madness adds up to his scariest role. In Room 237, Director Rodney Ascher explores the Shining's legacy, as well as some wild theories surrounding the film. Redrum redrum.

  1. Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Fri Nov 29
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