Your Last-Minute Guide to the L.A. Film Festival

There are three more days of the festival; here’s what you need to see, and how to see it

When you hear the word “festival,” perhaps you (like us) immediately picture long lines, expensive passes, and festival maps that require a PhD in nuclear physics to decipher. But the Los Angeles Film Festival – like most film festivals — is, in fact, much easier to navigate than all that.

Nearly all LAFF screenings are being held at the ArcLight in Culver City, and most offer individual tickets for $15. Like your typical Sundance or Tribeca, LAFF showcases independent movies made by up-and-coming filmmakers. So, with only three days left — the last of which is devoted to handing out awards — here’s how to decide what to watch:


"They Call Us Monsters"
Antonio, Jared and Juan in “They Call Us Monsters”

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They Call Us Monsters
This documentary follows three teenage boys who, after being tried as adults and found guilty, are awaiting their sentences in prison.

See It If You Loved: Capturing the Friedmans
When It’s Playing: Tuesday, June 7 at 4:15 p.m.
Run Time: 84 minutes
To Buy Tickets: Click here

Alexi Pappas in "Tracktown"
Alexi Pappas in “Tracktown”

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This narrative feature — written, directed by and starring a real-life Olympic track champion — details the sacrifices involved in being the best in the world.

See It If You LovedSearching for Bobby Fischer
When It’s Playing: Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Run Time: 87 minutes
To Buy TicketsRush Line Only (line up outside the ArcLight one hour in advance of the screening)

Jean of the Joneses
The Joneses of “Jean of the Joneses”

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Jean of the Joneses
When a 25-year-old woman visits her family following the death of a relative, bonds are tested, personalities are revealed, and relationships are brought to a boiling point.

See It If You LovedAugust: Osage County
When It’s Playing: Tuesday, June 7 at 9:00 p.m.
Run Time: 86 minutes
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"Sensitivity training"
Anna Lise Phillips and Jill Alexander in “Sensitivity Training”

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Sensitivity Training
An abrasive and unkind microbiologist must go through sensitivity training after her attitude is fingered as the cause of a co-worker’s death.

See It If You LovedOffice Space
When It’s Playing: Wednesday, June 8 at 4:15 p.m.
Run Time: 87 minutes
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A Wall Street executive at the top of her game is confronted with her past, her choices, and her legacy as she tries to take a hugely promising young company public.

See It If You LovedWall Street
When It’s Playing: Wednesday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Run Time: 100 minutes
To Buy Tickets: Rush Line Only (line up outside the ArcLight one hour in advance of the screening)

All films listed above are showing at the ArcLight Culver City, 9500 Culver Blvd, 90232. Parking is available for $2 at The Culver Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd, 90232, located in the lot next door to ArcLight.