If you're like us, Thanksgiving probably isn't going to cut into your week as much as you might like. But while we're still providing plenty of high-quality content about movies past, present and future, and you're struggling through a few more days of staring at the walls of your office cubicle while awaiting that turkey dinner, take a gander at some of the moviegoing choices you have over the next week. Oh yeah, sure, you could go see 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' for the fifth time, or discover precisely what "slow justice is no justice" means by checking out Dwayne Johnson's 'Faster,' but we've collected a short list of films and film-related events being offered as dessert to your holiday feast with the family.
But before we present our picks for the film-related events of the week, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for evens, screenings, or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it.
If you're looking for a little culture in addition to fun, make sure you check out the November 22 screening of Buster Keaton's 'The Cameraman,' featuring a like score performed by Bee vs. Moth. Keaton's glorious performances are only outshown by his filmmaking expertise, and seeing one of his most groundbreaking works accompanied by a live band should make for a memorable night. Check out the official Alamo Drafthouse Ritz website for showtimes and ticket information.
On November 23, join your fellow Harry Potter fans at the Alamo Drafthouse Lamar for a 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Feast, featuring a five-course meal and of course a screening of the blockbuster first half of Warner Brothers' adaptation of the final novel in the series. Check out the official Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar website for menu details, showtimes and ticket information.
And on Friday, November 26, while you're huddling for warmth outside the nearest Best Buy for a 5% discount on a TV that was 10% off last weekend, make sure you check out the Mondo Tees website for a special Black Friday offer: artist Kevin Tong has produced "A Linch Pin Droid," a five-color 'Star Wars' print of none other than R2D2. Available in a run of only 400, follow @mondonews for exact details when the sale begins, and check out the store's official site for other incredible posters, t-shirts and more.
On November 26 and 27, the Music Box Theatre is showing a Sing-A-Long version of Robert Wise's iconic musical, 'The Sound of Music.' Although the film just arrived on Blu-ray with a sterling new high definition transfer, the big screen is the best way to see this epic film, especially if your involuntary parroting of "My Favorite Things" will be embraced rather than discouraged. Check out the official Music Box Theatre website for showtimes and ticket information.
When Tommy Wiseau first released 'The Room,' it's hard to imagine he expected it to become such a cult smash. But seven years later, the film keeps chugging along and playing to gobsmacked audiences – this week in the heart of Texas. Check out the official Inwood Theatre website for showtimes and ticket information.
On November 26 and 27, the New Beverly Cinema is playing 'The Sweet Smell of Success' and 'Some Like It Hot,' a double-feature tribute to the late Tony Curtis. 'Hot' is a comedy classic that remains as funny today as when it was first released, but definitely check out 'Success' if you haven't seen it before; Alexander Mackendrick's film is one of the most prescient and incisive portraits of Hollywood publicity ever put on celluloid. Check out the official New Beverly Cinema website for showtimes and ticket information.
And on November 27, the Egyptian Theatre, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque, is showing none other than Victor Fleming's 'Gone With the Wind' on the big screen. As one of the biggest movies ever made, Fleming's film not only deserves but absolutely must be seen on the silver screen. Check out the official Egyptian Theatre website for showtimes and ticket information.
From November 24 to 27, The Sunshine Theatre is showing an exclusive engagement of the most famous of all films about the Big Apple: 'The Muppets Take Manhattan.' Although (or perhaps because) my strongest memory of the film is a Burger King collectible glass with an image of Miss Piggy riding a motorcycle through a stained-glass window, this has got to be the must-see movie next weekend. Check out the official Sunshine Theatre website for showtimes and ticket information.
Also from November 24 to 27, the IFC Center is showing none other than Bruce Lee's most famous film, 'Enter the Dragon.' The combination of Robert Clouse's effective storytelling, Lalo Schifrin's terrific score, and Lee's too-fast-to-follow moves is simply undeniable, and seeing it on film is simply too rare to resist. Check out the official IFC Center website for showtimes and ticket information.
On November 24, head over to the storied Castro Theatre for a unique but unforgettable double feature of two early 1980s classics – Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' and Paul Schrader's 'Mishima.' Both are unquestionably worth seeing but it should be noted that the print of 'Bull' is brand new, so look forward to stellar presentation of this iconic film. Check out the official Castro Theatre website for showtimes and ticket information.