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Los Angeles Film Festival Opens with Woody Allen: Advance Picks

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2012 at 9:54PM

Of course folks will flock to see the big ticket items at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," complete with the self-deprecatory filmmaker, who said, "I'm here to introduce the cast. If you like it, tell your friends and Sony so they don't put it in the witness protection program."
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"To Rome with Love."
"To Rome with Love."

Of course folks will flock to see the big ticket items at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," complete with the self-deprecatory filmmaker, who said, "I'm here to introduce the cast. If you like it, tell your friends and Sony so they don't put it in the witness protection program." (Early reviews are mixed.)

The other big titles are DreamWorks/Disney's "People Like Us," starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, and Fox Searchlight's Sundance/Cannes hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which both premiere Friday night.

And there's Disney/Pixar's "Brave," which I'll catch Monday night. But I will miss closing night, Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie "Magic Mike," because I will be attending the Moscow Film Festival. But Sophia Savage will report back.

There's also a studio secret sneak Sunday night.

Here are some insider picks to help you make your selections:

Must-Sees:

"Call Me Kuchu" (documentary competition, English and Luganda)

"Crazy & Thief" (narrative competition, USA)

"The Last Elvis" (international showcase, Argentina)

"A Night Too Young" (narrative competition, Czech Republic/Slovenia)

"Sun Kissed" (documentary competition, USA, English and Navajo)

"Sister" (international showcase, Switzerland)

"Teddy Bear" (international showcase, Denmark)

And based on what I have seen:

Must-Sees

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (gala, Ben Zeitlin, dramatic grand jury prize winner Sundance, Cannes winner of Camera d'Or))

"Gayby" (summer showcase, SXSW, comedy, Jonathan Lisecki)

"Gimme the Loot" (summer showcase, SXSW, Cannes, drama, Adam Leon)

"The House I Live In" (summer showcase, Sundance doc jury prize winner, Eugene Jarecki)

"The Invisible War" (free community screening, Sundance doc, Kirby Dick)

"Neil Young: Journeys" (summer showcase, Toronto music doc, Jonathan Demme)

"The Queen of Versailles" (summer showcase, Sundance doc, Lauren Greenfield)

"Searching for Sugar Man" (summer showcase, Sundance music doc, Malik Bendjelloul )

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Los Angeles Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.