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Night Catches Us: See Wednesday.
Friday, Nov. 23
The American Cinematheque purchased a newly struck 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia from Sony last fall with the intention of exhibiting it a few times each year on the big screen. It’s still the best way to see David Lean’s stirring in- tellectual epic, which masterfully blends historical drama with high adventure while offering a multilayered character study. Peter O’Toole is perfection as T.E. Lawrence, the British military officer who helped unite the Arab tribes during WWI. The desert imagery is justly famous, but the film’s appeal lies in its nuanced and cumulatively rich portrait of a man who achieves the impossible only to find himself a political and national orphan. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Fri. & Sat., Nov. 23 & 24, 7:30 p.m.; $15. (323) 466-3456, american
Tuesday, Nov. 27
LACMA’s Tuesday Matinees tribute to Jean Harlow concludes with a screening of Bombshell. Harlow gives her best comedic performance as Lola Burns, a glamorous movie star seeking to revamp her image through such bourgeois conventions as marriage and children. This sparkling farce was penned by Jules Furthman and John Lee Mahin from a play by Caroline
Franck and Mack Crane; Victor Fleming was the MGM studio hand tasked to direct. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Nov. 27, 1 p.m.; $4. (323) 857-6000,
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Tanya Hamilton’s 2010 feature Night Catches Us is in the spotlight in CSUN’s Wednesday Night at the Cinematheque program this week. Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie star in this icy, Philadelphia-set drama about a group of ex–Black Panthers who must contend with the sudden reappearance of a figure from their past. It’s the latest in CSUN’s She Makes Media series, an ongoing weekly festival that “celebrates the contributions of women to film, television and other me- dia.” CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Wed., Nov. 28, 7 p.m.; free. (818) 677-1200,
Thursday, Nov. 29
Edgar Wright’s exuberantly witty 2010 comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — a movie about a video game nerd shot in the style of a video game — returns to theaters for a single evening as part of Laemmle’s Throwback Thursday series. Featuring Michael Cera, this Canada-set lark has something to surprise and delight in every frame, and plays its silly premise to the hilt. Eat/See/Hear is the co-spon- sor, which means food trucks will be on hand. Laemmle NoHo, 5420 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (310) 478-3836, —NATHANIEL BELL
role. “This is no bedtime story,” the narrator in- sists early on, in an attempt to incite excitement, but the story immediately becomes a snooze. There is little to enjoy in making Robin Hood more a buff mascot than a real working-class hero.
At one point, the camera lingers on a shirtless Robin as he nurses a leg wound (his pants are on but his shirt is not, and I’m no medical expert but that seems unnecessary). But the film doesn’t even commit to a “sexy Robin Hood” — which, if that’s what you’re going for, then by all means go for it — despite the flirty tête-à-tête with Marian
(Eve Hewson) in the opening scene. Little John gets an interesting update in the form of Jamie Foxx, playing him as a Moorish commander set on overthrowing the English leadership. John taps his former Crusader foe and trains him in archery, helping create the masked avenger known as “The Hood.” The double life gives this Robin Hood a superhero arc, which could have been noteworthy if not for the video game–like rendering of fight scenes with slo-mo sequences and POV shots. There’s quite a lot of fighting, but it’s too chaotic to be effective. (Kristen Yoonsoo Kim)
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in an endorphin rush. The climactic fight, too, is satisfyingly staged; people sitting near me in the theater gasped and sucked in their breath along with the most brutal blows. (Alan Scherstuhl)
A PRIVATE WAR Hard-edged and harrowed, Rosamund Pike is magnificent in A Private War, the story of Marie Colvin, the behind-the-front- lines war reporter for England’s Sunday Times who died in Syria in 2012. Pike wears a black eyepatch for much of the film and makes her voice husky, to suggest years of self-care via cigarettes. Her Colvin snarks and snarls at her editor and her unfaithful husband, and the men around her on her reporting tours of war zones
— Lebanon, Sri Lanka — spend much of their time aghast at her methods: Rather than embed with Western troops, she’s just going to strike out on her own, to meet civilians or rebel forces? Colvin at first shakes off friends’ suggestion that she might be suffering from PTSD after losing that eye in Sri Lanka — she can’t let anything or anyone slow her down, keep her from exposing the hor- rors of wars the West knows nothing about. In short, Colvin is very much the kind of crusading
hero that men usually play in movies. A Private War succeeds on two fronts. First, it’s a celebra- tion/examination of Colvin herself, of the report- er’s courage, and the toll that all that time under enemy fire takes on a mind and body. Second: It’s the chance to see Pike do all that dude-hero stuff, barging into danger as everyone tells her not to, insisting on sticking around a basement that’s being shelled so that she can broadcast word of Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of his own people. Still, by emphasizing above all else Colvin’s own story, the filmmakers subordinate the stories that Colvin herself cared so deeply about to something like a backdrop. (Alan Scherstuhl)
ROBIN HOOD Imagine a 2018 Robin Hood done right: a real wealth-redistributing, anti-fascist hero fighting against a rich tyrant who uses po- litical power to get richer. That Robin Hood could have been a real hoot, some biting commentary for these times. This latest retelling, which ar- rives only eight years after Ridley Scott’s Russell Crowe starrer, is a haphazard action thriller taking place sometime during the Crusades, with Taron Egerton basically reprising his breakout Kingsman
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