Film events this week: LA's best films, fests and flicks

Check out our critics' picks for this week's best screenings, fests, Q&As and other film events across Los Angeles.

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Looking for the best film events in LA? Whether you prefer drive-ins, director Q&As or outdoor screenings, we've got you covered with our weekly film critic's picks. Read on for the best of the big screen this week.

CineInsomnia: Enter the Void

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  • Critics choice

Argentinean director Gaspar Noé's 2009 Cannes cause célèbre starts off with its end credits, and goes on to tell the story of a brother and sister adrift in a hellish Tokyo underworld. And one of them's dead! Whatever your ultimate reaction, Enter the Void is a bold, affecting film worth seeing. Watch a 35mm print of the original theatrical version of the hallucinogenic trip as part of the Nuart's late-night series.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Until Sat Sep 20
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High screening

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Cameron Crowe-penned coming-of-age comedy masterpiece Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a slice of American life story about California teenagers who love "malls, sex and rock 'n' roll." Featuring a mega cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ray Walston and the scene stealer Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli, the movie defined a generation of stoners. Transport yourself back to 1982 at this drive-in screening.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Barnsdall Outdoor Movie Nights

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Adolescent angst. Raging hormones. Twisted teachers. Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell present “School Nights,” an outdoor fall film series celebrating the beloved high school movie. Head to the west lawn of the Hollyhock House at dusk for five classic screenings over the course of five fall weekends—each will be presented on a high-res screen along with KCRW DJs, a curated selection of wine and beers from Silverlake wine, and an assortment of tasty food trucks. You can also bring your own food (no alcohol, however), but leave pets at home, as well as kids—these events are 21+. Note: If you're paying for the movie only, it's $10 a pop. If you want to take part in the wine and beer tasting, those sips will run you $25.

  1. Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House 4800 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sat Oct 18
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Last Days in Vietnam screening

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  • Critics choice

This brave new documentary discloses a little-known story about the end of the Vietnam War. When the South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling and the U.S. had largely withdrawn from the country in the face of a Communist victory, a handful of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, carrying out unsanctioned operations in order to save the lives of as many of their South Vietnamese allies and friends as possible. The work, which is in turns shocking and inspiring, will run for a week at the Nuart. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy will be at the theater in person during opening weekend.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Until Thu Sep 25
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Rosemary's Baby screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

A magnificent exercise in escalating unease, Polanski’s poker-faced adaptation of Ira Levin’s neogothic best-seller follows the harrowing gestation of Manhattan mom-to-be Mia Farrow as she unwittingly carries the devil’s offspring. One of the best American films of the 1960s, period. Pack a picnic and behold Rosemary's Baby in all its demonic glory between the headstones at Cinespia's final screening of the summer.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Sat Sep 20
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CineInsomnia: Only Lovers Left Alive

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A vampire love story about as far removed from Twilight as possible, Jim Jarmusch's recent swoonily romantic feature stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston (Thor's Loki)—both are dead ringers for the undead—as soulmates named (what else?) Adam and Eve, who must adjust to the changing world around them. Droll and thorougly Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive's Adam is a depressed musician—he once wrote for Schubert—lamenting the current state of humanity. Eve, on the other hand, embraces modern life a bit more, paying a visit to Jack White's childhood home during a trip to Detroit. The irony, of course, is that it takes these undead perspectives to point out that the humans are actually the ones lacking in life. Catch a 35mm-print screening of the film as part of the Nuart's late-night series.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Sep 27
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CineInsomnia: Bride of Chucky

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Bride of Chucky is the fourth horror comedy film in the Child's Play series, starring Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, the late, great John Ritter, and Jennifer Tilly in her sexed-up role of woman-turned-doll Tiffany. The well-crafted, campy sequel is over the top with a wink as it pays homage to classic horror movies. Catch this screening as the Nuart kicks off the October lineup of its late-night series, and see the film's creator, Don Mancini, in person.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Oct 3
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Fight Club screening

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The first rule of Fight Club is: Don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: Don't talk about Fight Club... All we can say is David Fincher, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt deliver Chuck Palahniuk's debut novel of violent anarchy to perfection in this beloved cult gem. Witness the mayhem from the comfort of your car at this drive-in screening.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Sat Oct 4
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Know of any upcoming film events that would set our hearts aflutter? Email film.la@timeout.com to get them listed.


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