Don't worry, be happy — or at least get the warm fuzzies at the Feel Good Film Festival, which "celebrates films and the filmmakers and creative artists that create entertainment with positive themes, happy endings that make audiences laugh and that capture the beauty of the world."
The third annual festival, which includes feature, short and student films, begins Friday at the Egyptian Theatre with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines hosting the opener, "Father vs. Son," starring "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet. Meanwhile, "Queer as Folk" star and comedian Hal Sparks will preside over the closing night awards on Sunday, which includes honoring Shirley Jones for the Feel Good Tribute. http://www.fgff.org.
Cowboy in Congress
It's happy trails to you at the Autry National Center on Saturday afternoon with a screening of "Under Western Stars," the 1938 film that marked Roy Rogers' first lead role, as a new congressman fighting to help ranchers. A variety of Rogers' artifacts will be on display at the museum. http://www.theautry.org.
Kenji Mizoguchi ("Ugetsu"), one of the giants of the golden age of Japanese cinema, considered his 1952 drama "Life of Oharu" to be his greatest accomplishment. The film, starring Kinuyo Tanaka as a onetime concubine who is banished from the court after falling in love with a samurai (Toshiro Mifune), screens Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. http://www.lacma.org.
Oh, the horror!
If your tastes run more toward blood and gore, don't feel left out. The American Cinematheque is offering up "Zombies, Chainsaw Massacres & Other Forms of Terror" for a feast of the undead and the criminally insane. The horror fest launches Saturday at the Aero Theatre with Tobe Hooper's 1981 "The Funhouse" and his 1974 masterwork of mayhem, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Hooper will appear with writer-director Mick Garris. http://www.aerotheatre.com.
The ArcLight theaters in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena are presenting a month-long retrospective of Walt Disney films. Screening Monday at the ArcLight Hollywood is the terrific 1954 whale of a tale "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," with Kirk Douglas and James Mason. On Tuesday, the Sherman Oaks theater picks up the action with Disney's underrated 1951 animated "Alice in Wonderland." The 1977 live-action/animated musical "Pete's Dragon," with Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney and Helen Reddy, screens Wednesday in Pasadena. http://www.arclight.com.