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.

Trailer Show by Quentin Tarantino / The Dirty Dozen screening

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Quentin Tarantino's obsession with film delves deeper than simply his work as a director; he's also an avid cine-curator and historian. The gritty filmmaker has owned the New Beverly Cinema for years, and now takes over its programming, only screening 35mm prints of films, largely from his own personal collection. This weekend, see one of the many classic films that inspired Tarantino's upcoming western, The Hateful Eight. The Dirty Dozen follows 12 death-row-bound misfits who are recruited by Major Lee Marvin to carry out a suicide mission in Nazi-occupied France. For before the movie, Tarantino has put together a special trailer show featuring old previews of coming attractions starring the film's actors, from Lee Marvin to John Cassavetes.

  1. New Beverly Cinema 7165 W Beverly Boulevard, at N Detroit Street
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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Don't Sleep: An All-Nighter On Elm Street

  • Price band: 3/4
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Stay up all night—it's for your own good!—at this epic slasher marathon featuring the dream-invading Freddy Krueger. The Cinefamily will be screening parts one—where a young Johnny Depp gets devoured by a bed in his first film role—through seven of the A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise in 35mm. That's: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy's Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, The Dream Child, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Look for special appearances by cast and crew from select films throughout the night.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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Rosemary's Baby screening

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Electric Dusk Drive-In kicks off its two nights of Halloween with this 1968 classic. Roman Polanski's first American film, Rosemary's Baby was a critically praised hit that garnered Ruth Gordon an Oscar for best supporting actress. Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes also star in this chilling supernatural masterpeice that helped usher in a new wave of fear. One of the greatest horror films ever made, it still holds up four decades later—just the way Satan would have wanted.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screening

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The Egyptian Theatre is showing the 1920 silent movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari— considered by many to be the first true horror film—right in time for Halloween. The unsettling tale of a hypnotist and his dutiful slave has influenced everything from Citizen Kane to Beetlejuice. An example of German Expressionism at its best, see the new, digitally restored version at this special 95th anniversary screening. If that makes a fan out of you, learn more about the striking film at LACMA's Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s exhibition this fall.

  1. Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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SpectreFest: Jerry Beck's Cartoon Spooktacular!

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Cinefamily presents a spooky screening you can actually bring kids to: Animation historian Jerry Beck has curated a top-notch compilation of creepy cartoons, from the classic to the offbeat. Get in the spirit of the upcoming holiday with animated witches, pumpkin-heads and more, and watch as iconic characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Popeye stumble upon scary figures from specters to monsters. The vintage 16mm and 35mm prints are a Halloween treat, indeed.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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Cinespia Halloween screening: Beetlejuice

  • Price band: 2/4
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Just in time for that hallowed, ghoulish day when adults are not only permitted but encouraged to act like punk kids, put on your spookiest and head to Hollywood Forever Cemetary for a special Halloween screening. Candy corn and wine bottle(s) in tow, behold Tim Burton’s cult classic Beetlejuice, starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder. Ridden with ghosts, maniacs and other fruits of Burton's macabre imagination, this kooky flick both chills the spine and tickles the funny bone, suiting Hollywood on Halloween like caramel to an apple.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Until Sat Oct 25
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Friday the 13th screening

  • Price band: 1/4
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Electric Dusk Drive-In concludes its cinematic tribute to Halloween with Friday the 13th. The independent cult horror B-movie has become one of the most profitable slasher films of all time, and has spawned far too many sequels. If Jason's killing spree is just too much bloody fun for you, note: you can use the film for a jumping-off point when playing the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Sun Oct 26
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The General screening

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Buster Keaton's The General was considered a flop when it was released in 1926. The silent comedy with a massive budget for the time lost Keaton his independent reign as a filmmaker. As it goes with most great works of art, however, the film was underappreciated in its day, but is now considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. It tells the story of a train conductor, his girl and the Civil War. American Cinematheque is screening the masterpiece as part of its "The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert" series; the beloved film critic once listed the film on his all-time top ten list.


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