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Now Playing • Dec 19

Die Hard

Yippee-ki-yay, Father Christmas! C-4 stocking stuffer Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his cohort of depraved sugarplums are out to wreak havoc on Angelenos’ yuletide cheer. It’s up to NYPD Detective Lieutenant--and professional nutcracker--John McClane (Bruce Willis) to stop them. Bosnian distributors retitled this explosive Christmas caper Die Manly in the late 1980s.

Now Playing • Dec 19–Jan 1

Wild

A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

Coming Soon • Dec 20

It's a Wonderful Life

An angel helps a compassionate but frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Now one of the most loved of all Christmas films, it was not necessarily the case at it’s release in 1946. It’s a Wonderful Life received an official mark of disapproval from the FBI, which pegged the film as Communist propaganda thanks to its populist themes and, more specifically, unflattering portrayal of big-city bankers.

Coming Soon • Dec 21

Miracle on 34th Street

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. The film features what was a very real rivalry between department stores Macy’s and Gimbels. On its current website, Macy's says: "The still classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street opened in 1947 and is set in Macy's Herald Square, proving that Macy's has the one and only true Santa Claus."

Coming Soon • Dec 22

It's a Wonderful Life

An angel helps a compassionate but frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Now one of the most loved of all Christmas films, it was not necessarily the case at it’s release in 1946. It’s a Wonderful Life received an official mark of disapproval from the FBI, which pegged the film as Communist propaganda thanks to its populist themes and, more specifically, unflattering portrayal of big-city bankers.

Coming Soon • Dec 24

Home Alone

Macaulay Culkin stars in this whimsical tale of parental neglect from writer John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club). When his mother and father flee to Paris just days ahead of the Christmas holiday, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Culkin) must defend his home against witless burglars. And defend it he does. Rumor has it that Joe Pesci repeatedly forgot he was in a family comedy and dropped many improvised Goodfella’s-esque lines.

Coming Soon • Jan 2

Sleepaway Camp

This twisted 1983 Friday the 13th rip-off slasher movie has a well-deserved reputation as one of the WEIRDEST horror films of the 1980s. If you've seen it YOU KNOW and if you haven't seen it don't let anyone who has spoil the INSANE ending for you. This one deserves to be seen in a theater full of people ready to scream their guts out.

Coming Soon • Jan 9–Jan 10

The Babadook

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Coming Soon • Jan 9

Selma

Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, that changed America forever. Based on a true story.

Coming Soon • Jan 12

A Will for the Woods

Musician. Psychiatrist. Folk dancer. Clark Wang defies easy categorization. That he should turn a fatal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to preserve the natural environment in and around his North Carolina home is not altogether surprising. Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, a man prepares for his own green burial.

Coming Soon • Jan 18

Evolution of a Criminal

Filmmaker Darius Monroe tells his story of carrying out an armed bank robbery when he was 16 years old.More than just a tale of a good kid gone wrong, Evolution of a Criminal is filled with compassion for human frailty and the knowledge that a person is not forever defined by their mistakes.

Coming Soon • Jan 19

Rebirth of a Nation

A “DJ mix applied to cinema,” Rebirth of a Nation reinterprets D.W. Griffith’s infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation. DJ Spooky created the video remix as a live show and performed it around the world. The inventive use of video and audio re-contextualizes the film’s historical significance in a distinctly modern fashion.

The screening will include a special intro and post-film discussion led by DJ Spooky in person.

Coming Soon • Jan 19–Feb 16

Burn to Shine

The Nickelodeon’s Burn to Shine series will work to generate dialogue on a range of topics stemming from the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia and the beginning of Reconstruction. Through six different film screenings – each featuring conversations with scholars – audiences will have the opportunity to discuss the utopian drives and political realities communities in the South continue to address.

Coming Soon • Jan 26

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

This biting mockumentary explores what would happen if the Confederate army had won the Civil War and gained control of the United States. The film traces the alternate history of the United States from the end of the civil war to the 21st century, ultimately lampooning contemporary real-world issues of discrimination.

Coming Soon • Jan 27

Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour concept, starting with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles and Berkeley in 1964. Since that time, the AAFF Tour has presented hundreds of influential works, including films by Barbara Hammer, Gus Van Sant, Sally Cruikshank, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Brown, Ross McLaren, Paul Winkler, James Duesing, Martha Colburn and Jay Rosenblatt.

Coming Soon • Feb 1

The Battle of Bull Run

Moving Image Research Collections at USC, in collaboration with the School of Music, proudly present the first ever local screening of The Battle of Bull Run (1913). This civil war costume drama directed by and starring Francis Ford (elder brother of John Ford, director of The Searchers) is a story of spies and romance and will be screened with musical accompaniment provided by students from the School of Music. Come early for a special pre show to see and hear actual Civil War veterans as filmed by the crews of Fox Movietone News. They may be old, but there's still a lot of yell left in them!

Coming Soon • Feb 2

The Searchers

John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate soldier returning from the war to live with his brother in Texas. When his niece (Natalie Woods) is abducted by a Native-American tribe, Ethan embarks on a quest to find her. Called “the most influential movie in American history” by New York magazine, The Searchers delivers a gripping tale of one man’s life after the Civil War. Film will be introduced by Bob Brinkmeyer, director at the Institute for Southern studies at USC.

Coming Soon • Feb 6

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine might have been the most notorious Slasher film of the 80's if it had not been severely censored upon release. The only good thing that came out of 2009's big-budget remake of the film was Lionsgate restoring the 9 minutes of MPAA-cut gore for a DVD re release of the superior original to coincide with the theatrical release of the remake. This is a highly entertaining horror film with a masked killer, high body count of horny teenagers, and most shockingly: interesting, memorable characters.

Coming Soon • Feb 9

Sherman's March

Filmmaker Ross McElwee initially planned to make a documentary detailing the lingering effects of Sherman’s March on the American South. When his girlfriend breaks up with him shortly before he begins filming, his plans abruptly change. Featuring a key scene in Columbia, McElwee ends up creating a picaresque film about tracing Sherman’s footsteps while looking for love.

This screening will be followed by a Skype conversation with Ross McElwee.

Coming Soon • Feb 15

Gone With the Wind

A scheming and manipulative Scarlett O’Hara played by British actress Vivian Leigh embraces her inner Southern belle and carries on a turbulent affair with Rhett Butler, a blockade runner played by Clark Gable, against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the burning of Atlanta. Perhaps the happiest depiction of slavery on film, Gone with the Wind is a powerful display of epic storytelling and features the full might of big studio production and the star power of 1930’s Hollywood.

Coming Soon • Feb 16

Gone With the Wind REDUX

The beloved, historical and epic film is sure to be laid bare with in-depth discussion and creative criticism in this unique event. Local scholars, filmmakers, and artists will host a panel discussion and present their own short remixes of Gone with the Wind. The panelists will include Susan Courtney, professor of Film and Media Studies at USC, and Tom Brown, associate professor of History at USC. Filmmakers and artist to be announced.

Coming Soon • Feb 23

Finding Fela

In the 1970s and 80s, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afrobeat liberated the musical mind of a Nigeria under siege. Fela struck at the chords of oppression and released the strains of a people desperate for democracy. Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) stirring chronicle of artistic revolution recalls the personal and political sacrifices of a man in tune with the needs of his country.

Coming Soon • Mar 22–Mar 23

Love's Labour's Lost

Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years – but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive.

Coming Soon • Apr 26–Apr 27

Love's Labour's Won

Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years – but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive.