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Muppet double feature at New Beverly Cinema

The New Beverly Cinema gets warm, fuzzy and family-friendly for Christmas with a charming double-bill: 1992’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and the underrated 1984 “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” Both movies screen Friday and Saturday. www.newbevcinema.com

The Silent Movie Theatre offers a “Mondo Christmas” on Friday -- a schlock fest of verité footage of department store Santas, bad holiday specials and a 16-millimeter screening of the 1964 turkey “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” which features a young Pia Zadora. www.cinefamily.org

On Saturday, the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre presents two of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s: “Singin’ in the Rain,” directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and starring Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen, and Vincente Minnelli’s best picture Oscar- winner “An American in Paris.” Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant star in this stylish Technicolor soufflé, which features the songs of George and Ira Gershwin.

Sunday evening, the Egyptian will show a 70-millimeter print of Alfred Hitchcock’s erotically charged 1958 thriller, “Vertigo,” starring James Stewart as a retired San Francisco police detective with a fear of heights who becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman (Kim Novak) he is hired to follow. Barbara Bel Geddes also stars in this gem, which features a great score by Bernard Herrmann. www.americancinematheque.com.

Director Jon Amiel is scheduled to do a Q&A Sunday at the Nuart Theatre after the 4:30 p.m. showing of his new film, the Charles Darwin biopic, “Creation.” He will introduce the 7:15 p.m. screening. www.landmarktheatres.com.

susan.king@latimes.com


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