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This theatre is located on Santa Monica Boulevard just west of the 405 Freeway. It features special programming that includes world premieres of independent film, foreign language cinema, and restored classics.
Turns out, Ricky Jay is one of those guys who has to sit in the restaurant with his back to the wall. That's not just because the sleight-of-hand master and historian of magic is-- as interviewees in this new doc attest-- a cantankerous sort who... More »
Turns out, Ricky Jay is one of those guys who has to sit in the restaurant with his back to the wall. That's not just because the sleight-of-hand master and historian of magic is-- as interviewees in this new doc attest-- a cantankerous sort who is thick with the great card-sharps of the age. It's also because, for all his on-stage triumphs, Jay, like the great Max Malini, prizes the impromptu deception as his art's finest expression. Deep into Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, a reporter for the Guardian recounts a long afternoon with Jay. They wound up at a bustling Sunset Boulevard taco joint, where Jay worked a trick so grand that if someone had pulled it in Old Testament times we might have a competing set of gospels. The reporter burst into tears—this feat, executed just for her, over lunch! This spirited doc keeps its back to the wall, too, the better to dazzle you with its clips of Jay pulling astonishments with the decks of cards he is forever just unwrapping from their plastic. Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein are never stingy with footage of the magicians with whom Jay has studied: Cardini, Slydini, Francis Carlyle, Al Flosso, Dai Vernon, and more. We also see mad and gorgeous excerpts from his library of magic guides and posters and paraphernalia, dating back centuries. But what sticks with you is Jay, supremely calm, shuffling a deck, performing impossibilities like he's just making them up as they come to him. Here’s a movie with magic. « Less
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Todd Solondz's strange, oddly moving new film stars Jordan Gelber as Abe, a fat, mid-30-something who lives with his parents and works for his dad (Christopher Walken). Garishly uncool, he wears horrible novelty T-shirts and drives a yellow... More »
Thursday, June 21 Cinefamily's Friday Night Frights series presents a special sneak preview of Alejandro Brugués' Juan of the Dead — so special, in fact, that it's happening on a Thursday. Brugués will be present for a Q&A about his Cuba-set... More »
Performance art pioneer Marina Abramovi? caused quite a stir in November with her controversial direction of the 2011 MOCA Gala. Her deployment of nude performers as live centerpieces at a festive d... More »
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