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.

Queer/Art/Film screening series

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

For a cultural palate cleanser from the summer's CG-ridden blockbusters, snag your tickets for what The New Yorker has deemed an "essential" film series. Sundance Cinemas hosts the west coast residency of this NYC born, community-driven event, which showcases films that reckon with LGBTQ history and creativity. This season's eclectic lineup includes Liquid Sky (1982), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) and Jubilee (1978). One of three queer culture icons will present each screening—hosts include provocative multi-media artist A.L. Steiner, filmmaker and performer Wu Tsang and artist-curator Zac Blas. All shows are 21+.

  1. Sundance Sunset Cinemas 8000 W Sunset Blvd, 90046
  2. Until Mon Jul 28
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Labyrinth screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Labyrinth is the last film directed by the late great Jim Henson, and is produced by George Lucas, no less. Although it was a box office bomb, it still holds its cult status mostly because of its stars: David Bowie as Jareth, King of the Goblins, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, who has thirteen hours to solve Jareth's Labyrinth in order to rescue her baby stepbrother. Catch this mythical, Muppet-infested tale on the big screen, as part of LACMA's wallet-friendly Tuesday Matinee film series.

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 29
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The Other Side of the Mirror screening

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Capturing Bob Dylan's earliest years, The Other Side of the Mirror (2007) shows his performances at the Newport Folk Festival from his first appearance in 1963 to his controversial and electrifying performance in 1965. Watch as he grows into the charismatic musical icon that he is today with performances such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Like a Rolling Stone." This free screening at Vidiots on Thursday night is one of several free events at the video store, so keep checking back for more screenings, trivia nights and panel discussions. 

  1. Vidiots 302 Pico Blvd, at 3rd St
  2. Thu Jul 31
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CineInsomnia: Howl's Moving Castle

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

After falsely hinting at premature retirement like a rock star (which he essentially is, in Japan) following 2001's Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki got right back to work with this fantasy—about a boy wizard, a teenage girl transformed into a 90-year-old woman, a witch and a giant floating edifice—for Disney. The film, with its crazily diverse voiceover cast that includes Lauren Bacall, Josh Hutcherson, Christian Bale and Billy Crystal, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. See a subtitled version as part of the Nuart's weekly late night series.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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9 to 5 drive-in screening

  • Price band: 1/4

Colin Higgins' 9 to 5 makes 2011's Horrible Bosses seem like child's play. Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) work as secretaries in the same office for the same sleazy chauvinistic boss, Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman). Hart makes passes at Doralee, unfairly looks over Violet for promotion, and as for Judy, her husband recently left her for another secretary. One fateful night, the trio chance upon each other drowning their sorrows at a bar, and together they decide to concoct harebrained but uproarious revenge fantasy schemes to kill Hart. Hilarity ensues when things backfire and the ladies try (incompetently) to cover things up.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Cinespia screening: Casablanca

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This movie hardly needs an introduction. The three-time Oscar winning film Casablanca may have started as a modest success in the ‘40s, but has since become known as one of the greatest movies of all time. Humphrey Bogart, in his first romantic role, plays a man who is torn between his love for Ilsa and doing the right thing by helping her Nazi-resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled Casablanca. If it’s your first time watching, you absolutely can’t miss the famous scene where Sam (played by Dooley Wilson) sings “As Time Goes By.” We can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday night than watching this classic at the renowned Hollywood Forever Cemetery with some friends, snacks and maybe a card game while you wait for the movie to start (you’ll want to secure a spot on the grass early).

  1. Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Malibu Country Mart's Summer Movie Series

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Screening Neverending Story

  1. Malibu Country Mart 3835 Cross Creek Rd
  2. Sun Aug 3
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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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