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Black is beautiful, and the rest of this week's screenings

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  • Criterion Collection
  • Warrendale
You've got one chance yet, Saturday at 12:30 PM, to see the Gene Siskel Film Center's program of rare shorts from the L.A. Rebellion, the black filmmaking movement that emerged from UCLA in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The program kicks off a series of 12 retrospective screenings through June; check out our long review here. We also have recommended reviews of From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest animation from Japan's Studio Ghibli; Gimme the Loot, an indie comedy about two taggers hoping to spraypaint the giant apple at Citi Field; Reality, the latest from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone; and Warrendale, a 1967 cinema verite documentary about emotionally disturbed children.

What else? In Olympus Has Fallen, North Korean terrorists take over the White House and cancel the Easter egg hunt; in The Sapphires, four aboriginal women from the Cummeragunja Reserve in Australia set off for Vietnam as USO entertainers; and in Starbuck, a Canadian slacker discovers that his sperm donations have yielded 533 children, 142 of whom are suing him.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped
  • New Yorker Films
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Best bets for repertory: Jacques Audiard's The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), Wednesday at Alliance Francais by video projection, admission free; Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), midnight Friday and Saturday at Landmark's Century Centre; and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), all week at Film Center, with discounted tickets for an additional screening of Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock. For Easter weekend, Music Box has two family screenings: on Saturday, The Sound of Music (1965), and on Sunday, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

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