Activities, Movies, LA, OC: “The Lord of the Rings”

Find a movie with our weekly curated list of movie classics, cult favorites, film festivals, etc. that are played in theaters and pop-ups and / or streamed online. Before you go, be sure to call or check online for reservation requirements and other COVID-19 logs.

‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’
All 14 episodes of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s relentlessly uncomfortable miniseries from 1980 about various low-life characters in Germany before the Second World War are shown on five consecutive nights. In German with English subtitles. Secret Movie Club Theater, 1917 Bay St., 2nd Floor, Downtown LA 7.30 p.m. December 6, 8 p.m. 7-10. December. $ 15 per night; Series pass $ 50.

‘Double compensation’
Femmes are not much more fatal than Barbara Stanwyck starring alongside Fred MacMurray in Billy Wilder’s hot film noir classic from 1944. Edward G. Robinson also stars. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Ted Mann Theater, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., LA 3:00 pm Dec 8, 5–10 USD.

“The murder of a Chinese bookmaker”
Ben Gazzara is an LA strip club owner owed to a few local gangsters in this classic 1976 crime drama directed by indie film icon John Cassavetes. Brain Dead Studios at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 8 p.m. Dec 8, 12; Advance booking required.

“The long riders”
Everyone and their brother star in Walter Hills’ 1980 dark western about the outlaw Jesse James and his infamous gang. With siblings James and Stacy Keach, Dennis and Randy Quaid, Christopher and Nicholas Guest, and David, Keith and Robert Carradine. Presented in 35mm. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., LA 7:30 p.m. Dec 8, 12; Advance booking recommended.

‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy Extended Editions Marathon
Go all the way to Mordor and back with this all-day celebration of Peter Jackson’s acclaimed adaptations of the 2001-2003 JRR Tolkien fantasy novels. Presented with two pauses. The Frida Cinema, Calle Cuatro Plaza, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana. 11:30 am Dec 4th $ 25.

‘Love actually’
Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy and Rick from “The Walking Dead” star in this 2003 Christmas rom-com from writer and director Richard Curtis. Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA, Level, 4th Floor, 888 S. Olive St., Downtown LA 8:15 p.m. Dec 3, 8 p.m. Dec 8, 17.55- $ 26; only from 18 years; Advance booking required.

“Love really” is also running at the Rooftop Cinema Club Presents the Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport, 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica. 9:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 22 – $ 44.25; Advance booking required.

‘North of 36’
A Texas girl takes the reins to save the family ranch in this newly restored 1924 western with live music from Cliff Retallick. Part of the Autry silent film series. Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, LA 2:00 p.m. Dec 4, closed on Mondays. Included with museum admission (6-14 USD); Reservations recommended. (323) 667-2000.

“The shop around the corner”
James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan form the pre-Internet age Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in this Ernst Lubitsch-directed 1940 comedy based on the same play that inspired You’ve Got Mail in 1998. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo. 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm Dec 4th, 7:00 pm Dec 5th $ 10, $ 12.

“Through the lens of James Wong Howe”
The UCLA Film & Television Archive celebrates the work of the groundbreaking Sino-American cinematographer with a double bill that rocked the 1957 comedy “Sweet Smell of Success” starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster with the crazy 1966 science fiction thriller “Seconds” Hudson combined in the lead role. Presented in 35mm. UCLA Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4th Free; Pre-registration closed; Standby line available.

‘Whale Rider’
In Niki Caro’s deeply moving coming-of-age fable from 2002, a young Maori girl (Keisha Castle-Hughes) comes into close contact with marine mammals of the whale conviction. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, David Geffen Theater, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., LA 7:30 pm Dec 5, 5–10 USD.

“And your mother too”
Join Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal in this sexy 2001 story set in modern Mexico and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. In Spanish with English subtitles. Laemmle Anniversary Classic, Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA; Laemmle Glendale, 207 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale; Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Laemmle Newhall, 22500 Lyons Ave., Newhall. 7:00 p.m. Dec. 8, $ 12.50.

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