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.

Know of any upcoming film events that would set our hearts aflutter? Email film.la@timeout.com to get them listed.

Jauja screening

Critics' pick

Bask in the glory of a good ol’ fashioned western drama starring Lord of the Rings babe Viggo Mortensen—who’ll also be sticking around for an in-depth Q&A post screening. Set in the late 1800’s during the “Conquest of the Desert,” an anguished father scavenges through enemy territory in search of his runaway lovesick daughter. Check out the show times for the week-long run online and reserve a spot March 27 or 28 for the exclusive Q&A session.

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Nuart Theatre Until Wednesday April 1 2015

CineInsomnia: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Critics' pick

Pair your pack of Twizzlers with a midnight showing of a not-your-average superhero movie starring Superbad’s Michael Cera (no one plays a jobless, geeky hipster quite so well). Watch as this 23-year-old falls for a pink-haired hottie and quickly learns that he must fight off seven of her villainous exes to win her love. Filled with quirky teen romance, epic slow motion fight scenes and several awkward moments, this unconventional love story is the perfect way to spend a Friday night at the theater.

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Nuart Theatre Friday April 3 2015

Big Trouble in Little China screening

Critics' pick

Head to the Japanese American National Museum for its Big Trouble in Little Tokyo film series to see the movie that inspired the series' name—Big Trouble in Little China—on the big screen. Check out Kurt Russell acting kind of like John Wayne opposite a pre-Sex in the City Kim Cattrall in genius filmmaker John Carpenter's 1986 Chinatown-set actioner that's become a cult classic. After the screening, stick around to gain insights from a Q&A.

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Japanese American National Museum Wednesday April 8 2015

White God screening

Critics' pick

Dog lovers, prepare for a gut-wrenching tearjerker (think Homeward Bound meets Planet of the Apes, but Hungarian). Throw back a cherry slushy while watching a young girl be torn apart from her beloved dog, which quickly sparks a K-9 revolt against society’s heartless dog-haters. If you ever questioned the love between owner and dog, this Cannes award-winning film will prove the bond is so real.

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Nuart Theatre Friday April 3 2015 - Wednesday April 8 2015

The Curse of Quon Gwon screening

Critics' pick

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.

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Japanese American National Museum Wednesday May 13 2015

Comments

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Daphna S
Daphna S

I'm definitely going to see Elf. I meeeaaan it features the world's best coffee and pure moments of cinematic genius. Any new indie movies we can add to the list though? I know Arena Cinema in Hollywood is playing "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale", which is one of my favorites. If you haven't seen that one you've gotta go check it out! Plus that theatre is super cozy and a nice way to spend an evening.