This Week at the New Beverly: January 29 - February 4

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our complete February calendar is online:

Friday & Saturday January 29 & 30

1973, Italy / France, 123 minutes
dir. Federico Fellini, starring Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:15 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Language Film

Blending scenes of pathos and humor, vulgar carnal desire and transcendent magical illumination... it remains a triumph of personal filmmaking. - All Movie Guide

If ever there was a movie made entirely out of nostalgia and joy, by a filmmaker at the heedless height of his powers, that movie is Federico Fellini's Amarcord. - Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

Radio Days

1987, USA, 88 minutes
written & directed by Woody Allen
starring Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow, Mike Starr, Paul Herman, Leah Carrey, Danielle Ferland, William Flanagan, Seth Green
Fri: 9:55; Sat: 5:40 & 9:55, Watch The Trailer!

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards including Best Screenplay

4 Stars - In form and even in mood, it is closest to Federico Fellini's "Amarcord," which also was a memory of growing up - of family, religion, sex, local folk legends, scandalous developments and intense romantic yearnings - Roger Ebert

Saturday January 30

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
New Beverly Midnights

Happy Birthday to Me
1981, Canada, 110 minutes
dir. J. Lee Thompson, starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker
11:59 pm, All Seats $7, Watch The Trailer!

Happy Birthday to Me stands out from the slasher movie pack of the early '80s because it pushes all the genre's elements to absurd heights. - All Movie Guide

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Sunday Jan. 31 Monday & Tuesday February 1 & 2

(500) Days of Summer

2009, USA, 95 minutes
dir. Marc Webb, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
Sun: 3:20 & 7:30; Mon/Tue: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

4 Stars - Roger Ebert

(500) Days of Summer is something seldom seen: an original romantic comedy. - Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times

Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility. - Claudia Puig, USA Today

- plus on the same bill -

High Fidelity
2000, USA / UK, 113 minutes
dir. Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins
Sun: 5:15 & 9:25; Mon/Tue: 9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Further proof of how funny we can be when we're at our most despondent, "High Fidelity" is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment that utilizes Stephen Frears' incisive direction and some very knowing and sophisticated writing to give actor Cusack one of the best roles of his career.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

4 Stars - In its unforced, whimsical, quirky, obsessive way, "High Fidelity" is a comedy about real people in real lives. The movie looks like it was easy to make--but it must not have been because movies this wry and likable hardly ever get made. Usually a clunky plot gets in the way, or the filmmakers are afraid to let their characters seem too smart. Watching "High Fidelity," I had the feeling I could walk out of the theater and meet the same people on the street--and want to, which is an even higher compliment.
- Roger Ebert

Wednesday & Thursday February 3 & 4

Two Written & Directed By John Cassavetes

1970, USA, 154 minutes
written & directed by John Cassavetes
starring Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Jenny Runacre

The history of American male aggression and insecurity comes filtered through Cassavetes, Falk and Gazzara's bravado. Better than authentic, they're fascinating. - Armond White (!!)

Those who are able to give themselves over to Cassavetes will find Husbands immensely rewarding, an exhausting probe into the psyche of middle-aged, middle class American males circa 1970.
- All Movie Guide

- plus on the same bill -

1980, USA, 123 minutes
written & directed by John Cassavetes
starring Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, John Adames, Buck Henry
10:20, Watch The Trailer!
It's clear from the opening montage that we're in the hands of a master. - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

John Cassavetes clearly set out to make a commercial film, but, intransigent personality that he was, he turned in a slice of pure avant-garde. - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

7&8: Pee-wee's Big Adventures + 3 Stooges
9: Grindhouse Film Fest tribute to Dan O'Bannon
10-13: The Exiles with Killer Of Sheep
13: The Last American Virgin
14&15: Summertime & All That Heaven Allows
19-25: Jason Reitman guest-programs the Beverly!
27: David Cronenberg's Videodrome

Schedule subject to change

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