Rod Pocowatchit: Best bets opening Oct. 4

10/04/2013 7:15 AM

10/04/2013 7:16 AM

Best bets opening Friday

•  “Enough Said” – Nicole Holofcener (“Plese Give”) writes and directs this comedy/drama about a divorced woman (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who pursues a relationship with a man (James Gandolfini, in his final starring role) but learns that her massage client (Catherine Keener) is the man’s ex-wife.

• “Gravity” – Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men”) directs this sci-fi adventure about a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a brilliant engineer (Sandra Bullock) who get stranded in space when their shuttle is destroyed during a routine spacewalk. Bullock’s getting Oscar buzz – again, perhaps proving that “The Blind Side” wasn’t a fluke.

Also opening Friday

•  “Runner Runner” – Justin Timberlake stars in this drama as a Princeton grad student (yeah, right) who believes he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront an online gambling tycoon (Ben Affleck) and is seduced by the man’s promise of riches.
•  “Grace Unplugged” – Faith-based drama about a talented young singer-songwriter whose Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her pastor father to pursue pop music stardom.
•  “Pulling Strings” – After being denied a visa so he can bring his daughter from Mexico City to the U.S. to visit her grandparents, a professional mariachi seizes on a chance encounter to help an embassy worker and get in her good graces.

Blast from the Past

The Landmark Starlite Drive-in at 3900 S. Hydraulic is again having a retro program of films on Friday and Saturday. It will show “ American Graffiti” at 7:45 p.m., “The Breakfast Club” at 10 p.m. and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” at 11:45 p.m. Admission is $12 per carload.

Cult Film Series

Kicking off the Palace West’s October Cult Film Series is “Child’s Play,” the campy creeper about a dying murderer who uses black magic to put his soul inside a doll named Chucky. Showing at 9:30 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3.50, and proceeds benefit the L.A.P.P. Animal Shelter.

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