With Christmas fast approaching, several local theatres are scheduling holiday classics. The American Cinematheque screens our personal favorite, Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Friday, December 19 at 7:30pm. For those of you who think of this as a Halloween film, here is a chance to re-assess your opinion; Christmas is actually a far more appropriate time than the traditional Halloween sceenings afforded by Disney at El Capitan Theatre every year. The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenuem Santa Monica, CA 90403. Call (323) 634-4878 for more information or check out their official website.
Also worth seeing on the big screen is a double bill of Paul Verhoeven science-fiction films, TOTAL RECALL and STARSHIP TROOPERS. For some reason, these films are not as well-respected as Verhoeven's earlier ROBOCOP, but RECALL has its virtues, and I think TROOPERS is rather under-rated. They screen at the New Beverly New Beverly Cinema (7165 Beverly Blvd - Los Angeles, CA 90036) Sunday through Tuesday, December 21-23. Call (323) 938-4038 for more info or check out their official website: www.newbevcinema.com.