September 11, 1997 |
The Nuart's fifth annual "Festival Hong Kong" presents a week of double features old and new through Sept. 18. A number of the films have played Los Angeles previously, but, excepting the local Chinese-language theaters, they have had only limited exposure. Consequently, the festival gives fans of films from the former British Crown Colony a chance to catch up on a number of pictures they have either missed or would like to see again.
May 1, 1997 |
It captivated New York and then London as movies with an L.A. imprimatur rarely do, dazzling critics and inspiring dozens of newspaper and magazine stories. Now it's coming back to the town where it all began for an exclusive five-day run. Not bad for a film that's simultaneously more than 50 years old and brand-new.
April 4, 1997 |
If you head for "Spike & Mike's 1997 Festival of Animation" with visions of Betty Boop dancing in your head, be warned: They don't make cartoons like they used to. Opening today at the Nuart, this year's animation survey comprises 14 shorts, only five of which use pen and ink. Whereas mainstream animation has come to be dominated by the brightly bland Disney style, underground animation is in the grip of clay animation, a technique combining clay figures and stop-action photography.
March 28, 1997
The 20th edition of "Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation" commences a one-week run April 4 at the Nuart. It is composed of a selection of 14 animated shorts from around the world. Information: (310) 478-6379.
January 20, 1997
A five-day film tribute to actress Gena Rowlands kicks off on Thursday at the Nuart Theatre with the 1977 film "Opening Night," which was directed by Rowlands' late husband, John Cassavetes. Other films in the series include: "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971) and "Once Around" (1991) on Friday; "Gloria" (1980) and "Another Woman" (1988) on Saturday; "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) on Sunday; and "Faces" (1968) and "The Neon Bible" (1996) next Monday.
December 9, 1996 |
Thanks to Filmforum, Claire Denis' "I Can't Sleep," one of the best films to play L.A. all year, will at least get two screenings, Saturday and Sunday at noon at the Nuart. Denis, who made a notable debut several years ago with the anti-colonial "Chocolat," has created a taut, elegant, acutely observant study of several intersecting lives in contemporary Paris, where a beautiful, aspiring actress (Katerina Golubeva) arrives from Lithuania.
July 22, 1996 |
One of Outfest '95's impressive lesbian films, Marta Balletbo-Coll's "Costa Brava" (tonight through Wednesday at the Nuart) asks, "Can an aspiring monologuist/Barcelona tour guide (Balletbo-Coll) and a Tel Aviv-born, Boston-bred seismic engineer (Desi del Valle) find happiness together?" This romantic comedy, made in English, is as refreshing as a summer breeze as two ambitious women cope with making a life together. Information: (310) 478-6379. The 7:30 p.m.
March 25, 1996 |
Greg MacGillivray's 37-minute Oscar-nominated "The Living Sea," which opens today at the Imax Theater in Exposition Park, celebrates the beauty and infinite variety of ocean life while making us realize that the sea is as fragile as it is essential to our very existence. Shrewdly, he'd rather beguile us with an adorable baby otter of a species saved from extinction instead of preach at us with overly familiar images of pollution.