ArcLight Cinemas, celebrating their10th anniversary this year, asked filmgoers to choose classic movies for this month's ArcLight Presents. And they came up with some popular choices.
Screening Sunday at the ArcLight Hollywood is Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi epic "2001: A Space Odyssey," with Steven Spielberg's 1981 blockbuster "Raiders of the Lost Ark" set for Monday evening.
"Raiders" is also on tap for Sunday and Wednesday at the ArcLight Pasadena. The ArcLight Sherman Oaks has Rob Reiner's 1987 comedy "The Princess Bride" scheduled for Sunday evening, with Robert Zemeckis' 1985 time-traveler comedy "Back to the Future" screening Tuesday. And the ArcLight Beach Cities is unspooling Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur thriller, "Jurassic Park," on Sunday and Wednesday. http://www.arclightcinemas.com
The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is presenting the 1959 drama "Come Back, Africa," the second feature from Lionel Rogosin, director of "On the Bowery," for a week's engagement beginning Friday. The movie, which is being presented in a new 35-millimeter print, was filmed without the knowledge of the South African government. Rogosin used nonprofessional actors including the legendary singer Miriam Makeba, who was then unknown. Director Charles Burnett of "Killer of Sheep" will appear in person at the opening-night screening. http://www.cinefamily.org
This February, Asghar Farhadi became the first Iranian filmmaker to win the best foreign language film Academy Award for his critically acclaimed drama, "A Separation." And on Thursday evening, the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will be screening two of his earlier films: 2004's "Beautiful City" and 2006's "Fireworks Wednesday."
The Aero kicks off "Kino Croatia: New Films" on Friday with 2010's "The Show Must Go On" and "Just Between Us." The series continues Saturday with 2011's "Lea and Darija" and 2008's "Will Not Stop Here." Branko Lustig, producer of "Lea and Darija," will introduce the screening. The festival concludes early Sunday evening with the 2011 family film "Koko and the Ghosts."
The New Beverly features a Rob Reiner double bill Thursday and Friday evenings: 1987's cult favorite "The Princess Bride" and the 1986 coming-of-age tale "Stand By Me." And Rainer Werner Fassbinder's recently restored 1973 sci-fi epic, "World on a Wire," screens Monday through Wednesday. http://newbevcinema.com
The Japan Film Festival Los Angeles visits the New Beverly with its eighth annual installment Saturday and Sunday. http://www.jffla.org
The Downtown Independent's monthly "Double Feature Drink-Along" series Friday evening features the 1997 guilty pleasure "Spice World," starring the Spice Girls, and 1995's "Clueless," Amy Heckerling's clever take on Jane Austen's "Emma," with Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd. http://www.downtownindependent.com
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles continues through Sunday at the ArcLight in Hollywood. Among the films screening are the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary "Decoding Deepak," the U.S. premiere of the 2011 drama "The Temple," the 2012 thriller "Agent Vinod" and the L.A. premiere of "Patang." http://www.indianfilmfestival.org
Film Independent at LACMA presents the U.S. premiere Friday evening in the Leo S. Bing Theatre of the 2011 South Korean World War II drama, "My Way," directed by Kang Je-gyu. The director will appear in person.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "Adventures in Wonderland: Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds" continues late Saturday afternoon at the Leo S. Bing Theater with Walt Disney's 1951 animated version of "Alice in Wonderland" and Lou Bunin's rarely seen 1948 live-action/stop-motion animation version that was shot both in English and French. The movie is followed by two shorts from the Brothers Quay. http://www.lacma.org
The Los Angeles Conservancy presents a special screening Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre downtown of Roman Polanki's 1974 classic mystery "Chinatown," starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. There will also be a pre-show performance by Robert Salisbury on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and a 1932 short, "Hollywood, City of Celluloid." http://www.laconservancy.org
The Autry presents a screening Saturday afternoon of John Ford's 1946 western "My Darling Clementine," with Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell and Victor Mature. Jeffrey Richardson, Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture and Firearms, will discuss the film. http://www.theautry.org
"Shame," Steve McQueen's controversial 2011 examination of a sex addict played by Michael Fassbender, screens Tuesday at the Aero Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with sex experts and sex addicts.
After his 2011 documentary on capital punishment, "Into the Abyss,' German filmmaker Werner Herzog has joined forces with cable's Investigation Discovery channel to create a series of four 47-minute documentaries about individuals on death row. The documentaries screen Wednesday at the Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. The director will be in attendance.
The Aero Theatre's "The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema" series continues Wednesday with 2011's "Last Winter." http://www.americancinematheque.com
The Hollywood Heritage Museum's "Evening @ the Barn" presents "Starring Griffith Park" on Wednesday evening. E.J. Stephens and Marc Wanamaker, authors of the book "Griffith Park," will show clips about the park and its use as a film location since cinema's early days. http://hollywoodheritage.org
-- Susan King
Photo: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is part of the ArcLight's anniversary celebration. Credit: Lucas Film LTD & TM