As always, there are some fab film events happening in London this week. Here are five of the best:
1. Al Pacino Season: ‘Serpico’
This week, the BFI begins a two-month celebration of iconic American actor Al Pacino. His greatness may have diminished in recent years, but in his prime Pacino was a wonder to behold, at once dangerous and innocent, beautiful and unsettling. The first month will tackle the actor’s early, pre-’Revolution’ period, including films like ‘The Godfather’, ‘Scarecrow’, ‘Panic in Needle Park’ and this true-life tale of an upstanding New York City cop who turned on his corrupt colleagues. Outsider Frank Serpico’s idealism and odd dress alienate him from his fellow cops, who take bribes left, right and centre. The result is a colourful, thoughtful drama. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. £12.50. 8.20pm. Sun Feb 2.
2. East Side Stories: ‘Colorful’
East Side Stories is a touring programme of recent Japanese feature films, focusing on the topic of youth, and showcasing work by both new and well-known directors. The opening film, ‘Colorful’, is an award-winning animated epic about a young, unhappy schoolboy who gets a new perspective on life when his body is invaded by a wandering spirit. This screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with director Keiichi Hara. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. £10, £8 concs. 7pm. Fri Jan 31.
3. Truffaut Tuesdays: ‘The 400 Blows’
Le vin, le fromage, et le Truffaut… what could be more perfectly French? This is the first in a monthly series of films by the great director, all of which will be accompanied by the finest wine and a selection of fancy cheeses from La Cave a Fromage. And if that isn’t tres Continental enough, there’ll also be live accordion music while you tipple and nibble. The film, Truffaut’s debut, is one of the first glistening droplets of the French New Wave, a joyous cinematic experience. Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Rd, NW10 3JU.£12, £10 concs. 6.30pm. Tue Jan 28.
4. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Stars come and stars go, but Harry Dean Stanton endures. The 87-year-old character actor has been appearing in movies since 1956, resulting in arguably the most impressive acting CV in movie history: ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘The Godfather Part 2’, ‘Alien’, ‘Paris, Texas’, ‘Repo Man’, ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Wild at Heart’, ‘The Avengers’ – the list goes on and on. This documentary covers Stanton’s life both on screen and off, from his navy service during the Battle of Okinawa to his on-off career as a guitarist and singer, and features interviews with the likes of Sam Shephard, Kris Kristofferson and, of course, David Lynch. Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5DY.£13.75. 6.20pm. Tue Jan 28.
5. Bruce Springsteen Music Video Singalong
This could either be a revolutionary new step in the increasingly popular sing-along movie craze, or a complete and utter nightmare. Come dressed in your favourite classic Springsteen outfit (he’s not Bowie, there really aren’t that many) and sing along to live clips and music videos spanning the Boss’s epic career. We imagine that when ‘Dancing in the Dark’ comes on, you’ll be able to hear the hullaballoo all the way from New Jersey. Plus it’s all for charidee – Macmillan Cancer Support, to be precise – so there really is no excuse not to go along and sing your socks off. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP.£13.50, £11 concs. 9pm. Fri Jan 31.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.