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Clint Eastwood westerns on tap for Labor Day

August 30, 2012|By Susan King
  • Clint Eastwood stars in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," screening Monday at the Aero Theatre
Clint Eastwood stars in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," screening… (MGM )

The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre is hoping to make your Labor Day with its “Eastwood Westerns” program. The retrospective of Clint Eastwood’s best sagebrush sagas begins Monday evening with his final spaghetti western for director Sergio Leone, 1966’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which also stars Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef.

On tap for Wednesday is “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” the 1976 revisionist Western he also directed. Sondra Locke, who would be Eastwood's collaborator both on and off screen for several years, is also featured.

The Aero goes 3-D Thursday evening with a screening of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” Werner Herzog’s 2010 documentary about the Chauvet Cave in southern France.

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre’s “Don’t Knock the Rock” festival features “Circle Jerks: My Career as a Jerk,” a 2012 documentary on the Los Angeles punk band, Thursday evening. Director Dave Markey will participate in a Q&A along with Jerks members Greg Hetson and Lucky Lehrer.

The Cinefamily’s “The Silent Treatment” Wednesday series features 1929’s “The Kiss,” Greta Garbo’s final silent film, directed by Jacques Feyder. Film historian Jeffrey Vance will introduce “The Kiss” after the screening of the 1916 Charlie Chaplin  short “One A.M.”’

The New Beverly’s “Slacker Week” continues Friday and Saturday with Amy Heckerling’s 1982 teen comedy-drama “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” penned by Cameron Crowe based on his book and featuring a star-making performance by Sean Penn as surfer dude Jeff Spicoli. Also screening is the 2011 Sundance hit, “Our Idiot Brother,” starring Paul Rudd in the title role.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Outdoor Films: Animation August” at the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater concludes with the 2009 animated family comedy “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” featuring the voices of Anna Faris, Bill Hader and Bruce Campbell.

LACMA’s Tuesday matinee presents 1967’s “In Cold Blood,” Richard Brooks’ lauded adaptation of Truman Capote’s book about the Clutter family murders. Robert Blake and Scott Wilson excel as the two killers. Quincy Jones penned the score; Conrad Hall provided the documentary-style black-and-white cinematography.

Cinespia presents the classic “Dirty Dancing,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Saturday night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Patrick Swayze as Johnny and Jennifer Grey as Baby (please don’t put her in a corner) star.

Sunday evening there's a screening of Brian DePalma’s 1983 thriller “Scarface,” with Al Pacino in the title role. Oliver Stone penned the script.

The Skirball Cultural Center kicks off its “Alexander Mackendrick 100-Year Anniversary Retrospective” with a free Tuesday matinee of the 1949 comedy “Whisky Galore” -- known in the U.S. as “Tight Little Island" -- about what happens when a ship with 250,000 bottles of whiskey sinks near Scotland.

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