The antidote to blockbuster season: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series

Hand-picked by Martin Scorsese, this series of Polish movies is an impeccable lineup, and its arrival in L.A. couldn't be better timed. A curious moviegoer won't go wrong with any of these medieval epics and politically charged thrillers — and you might be surprised to find a certified stoner classic in here as well. Read more [...]

The return of ‘Mauvais Sang,’ the grooviest French movie you might never have heard of

DCP restoration now playing in L.A.: Leos Carax reminded the world of his talent with 2012's Holy Motors. This revival of 1986's Mauvais Sang — a compulsively watchable testament to young love, and the love of movies — shows why Carax was a name to reckon with back in his proverbial enfant terrible days. Read more [...]

The twisted brilliance of the Cinefamily’s ‘United States of Horror’ series

Every night this month, leading up to Halloween (natch), L.A. repertory cinema the Cinefamily is screening a different horror movie at midnight, in a series dubbed “The United States of Horror.” Not to get too hifalutin,' but the series could make a case for low-budget horror movies as outsider art. Read more [...]

Lights, camera, inaction: ‘L’avventura’ returns, in glorious 35mm

This week a new 35mm print of Antonioni’s breakthrough L’avventura plays at the Cinefamily in L.A. It’s a great way to revisit — or discover — a vision that initially prompted boo’s and catcalls at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, but which rapidly came to be understood as a turning point in cinema history. Read more [...]

Brazil’s ‘Neighboring Sounds’ finally makes it to L.A. screens

Voted one of the Best Films of 2012, Brazil's Neighboring Sounds finally makes it to L.A. screens this week. This "daylight noir" is a pointed break with stereotypical images of Brazil — good to see before next year's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Read more [...]