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.

Poolside Cinema at Mr. C Beverly Hills

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Supplement your typical summer drink date with a little cinema at Mr. C Beverly Hills's poolside screening series. Grab a cocktail and settle in to enjoy a classic film, alongside alfresco eats, a special poolside menu and traditional movie snacks, like popcorn and candy. Films begin at sundown every other Tuesday through Labor Day. This year's roster of crowd favorites includes The Talented Mr. Ripley (June 17) and Some Like It Hot (July 29), to name a few. Call Mr. C in advance to guarantee your spot, arrive early and plan to possibly need an Uber home.

  1. Mr C Beverly Hills 1224 South Beverwil Drive, 35
  2. Tue Jul 15
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My Neighbor Totoro screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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 Disney English dubbed version, starring Dakota and Elle Fanning, on the big screen as part of LACMA's wallet-friendly Tuesday Matinee film series.

A Hard Day's Night screening

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

If you've never had the joy of watching A Hard Day's Night, rest assured that its sole effect will be making you adore the Beatles even more. And the Cinefamily has got you covered; the theater will be screening the band's feature debut for two weeks, restored and remastered, in honor of the film's 50th anniversary this year. And if you've seen it, revisit Paul's clean grandfather and Ringo's arrest in the presence of other Beatles diehards. Filmed in the height of Beatlemania and peppered with memorable live performances, A Hard Day's Night reveals the Fab Four to be surprisingly brilliant comedic actors, with plenty of irresistible charm.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Thu Jul 17
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Cinespia screening: Blue Velvet

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

What better way to watch a suspenseful movie then in a cemetery with snacks, drinks and something you can cuddle. We all know that David Lynch's Blue Velvet will get you to a 'creeped out but can't look away' mindset—watch as Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) discovers a world of mystery in an exterminator disguise along with his gal Sandy (Laura Dern), only to find Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini on the other end of the mystery. If you haven't seen it already, then let not only the cast, but Lynch's Academy Award, help pursuade you—it's that good. 

  1. Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Sat Jul 19
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CineInsomnia: Hook

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This 1991 Spielberg-directed family favorite features a stellar cast: Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith, Julia Roberts and Robin Williams as the grown-up Peter Pan. Now a lawyer who's married to Wendy's granddaughter, and with two kids of his own, Peter must remember his childhood and make the voyage back to Neverland with Tinkerbell when Captain Hook kidnaps his children. See the reworking of the classic fairy tale at the Nuart as part of its weekly late-night series.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Jul 18 - Sat Jul 19
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Mood Indigo screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

How's this for the quirkiest of all quirky romantic comedies? French director Michel Gondry's newest flick finds Amélie's Audrey Tautou falling in love in a charmingly surreal version of Paris. But, her new love must learn how to save her life when she starts to suffer from a disease: A flower is growing inside her lungs. The solution? Surrounding her with fresh flowers at all times, naturally. Count us in. The film is playing for one week at the Nuart. Check the ticketing website for showtimes.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Jul 18 - Thu Jul 24
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Sunset Boulevard: A Hollywood Story drive-in screening

  • Price band: 1/4

Lovers of film noir will remember Sunset Boulevard: A Hollywood Story as a searingly accurate satire of Hollywood. Billy Wilder's 1950 classic follows washed up screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), who seeks refuge in a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion – except he discovers its owner, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Norma, a silent movie star who has since fallen from grace, tempts Joe into one final comeback – for both of them – by writing yet another script. Effective both as social commentary and intense character study, the film peels back the layers of Hollywood's glitz and glamor, revealing the fickleness of fandom and its hollow underbelly.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Sat Jul 19
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M screening

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The German-language M is an iconic psychological thriller. Directed by Fritz Lang and starring the always-creepy Petter Lorre as a serial child murderer, the film marks Lang's first foray into sound and Lorre's first starring role. Even if you've never heard of it, you might have witnessed it's legacy; M influenced directors like Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and Christopher Nolan. See the 1931 film for free at the Inglewood Public Library (101 W Manchester Blvd) as part of LACMA's off-site Art + Film Lab.


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