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SONDHEIM’S FOLLIES

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FOLLIES—a psychological, philosophical memory play with showstoppers (“Broadway Baby,” “Who’s That Woman,” “Losing My Mind,” and the trouper’s biographical tour de force “I’m Still Here”)—is Sondheim at zenith, brilliantly staged in its current London revival by director Dominic Cooke, and available to Los Angeles audiences via a series of National Theatre Live screenings presented at UCLA […]

NIGHT AND THE CITY

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NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950)—Jules Dassin’s essential London gangland saga with an indelible performance by Richard Widmark—plays this weekend at the Wilder in a 35mm nitrate print of the British release version.* In the late 1940s, the New York office of 20th Century Fox ordered Darryl Zanuck to fire Dassin for his leftist politics. Instead, Zanuck […]

RYOJI IKEDA AT ACE

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Music and visual artist, “arch data manipulator” Ryoji Ikeda brings two programs to downtown Los Angeles this week: FORMULA [ver.2.3] (2000–) will be featured on opening night, and Program II will include C⁴ I (2004–). DATAMATICS [ver.2.0] (2006–) will close out both nights. Ikeda’s “highly charged kinetic environments… probe the essential characteristics of sound and light,” and “bridge the worlds […]

JAMES GRAY IN CONVERSATION

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James Gray—the writer and director of The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, and The Immigrant—brings his latest film THE LOST CITY OF Z to the Aero Theatre, where he will participate in a post-screening Q & A. One of the best movies of 2017, THE LOST CITY OF Z stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna […]

EL NORTE AT THE ACADEMY

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EL NORTE (1983) was the first of its kind: a contemporary drama detailing a brother and sister’s escape from persecution in Guatemala, and their journey north through Mexico to find work in Los Angeles—told from the siblings point of view. This landmark of American independent cinema has been restored by the Academy Film Archive, and […]

I, TONYA

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“All of the characters are rebellious and wrong-headed, and I wanted the screenplay to be that, too.” — Steven Rogers, screenwriter of I, TONYA, at the Film Independent screening at LACMA, December 8. I, TONYA—director Craig Gillespie’s biopic of the infamous Tonya Harding and cohort—is a complicated film of multiple subjectivities. Wildly entertaining on one […]

ALTERNATE ENDINGS — RADICAL BEGINNINGS

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SCREEN: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS at MOCA Grand—commemorating the twenty-eighth iteration of Day With(out) Art—begins with seven new video shorts by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye and Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell.  Following the screening, event curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett (for Visual AIDS) will present a performance […]