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.
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Head to Santa Monica for a screening of this unexpectedly moving 2014 documentary, which peers into the real-life world of competetive cheerleading—as opposed to, say, the "Bring It On" version. The film follows two squads from New Jersey and Kentucky as they compete for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship. It plays at the Aero for one night only.Read more
Settle in for a double feature of Mark Magidson's stunning two films, Baraka and Samsara. First, circumscribe the globe at the 70mm-print screening of 1992's Baraka, a 96-minute wordless, visual stunner of a documentary—and one of the Cinematheque's favorite movies. The marvel of cinematography consists of a succession of time-lapse images of human life and religion from around the world that range from elevating to heartbreaking. Samsara, another beautiful free-form doc, follows.Read more
Glimpse into the early 1900s Chinese American experience with an exclusive screening of the black-and-white film The Curse of Quon Gwon, directed by earliest Chinese female director Marion Wong. Shocking film enthusiasts and historians across the globe, the discovery of this well-preserved gem helped shed light on eastern adaptations into western culture. Stick around post-screening for an informative Q&A with film-preserver Arthur Dong and Dr. Greg Mark of CSUS.Read more