The Marx Brothers Lark Up New Year's Day

Start your year with a mondo dose of mirth, in Santa Monica.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 6:11 AM PDT
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The Marx Brothers, less Zeppo, will be on the big screen at The Aero Theatre on New Year's Day.

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Eating cuisines specific to New Year's Day, and perhaps making a wish on each dish, is a tradition many revelers abide by, with foodie fervor.

But we'd like to suggest another luck-filled tradition of the non-food kind. Every film fan should view a movie that symbolizes the year they'd like to have. A romantic comedy would help stir up love, while an adventure tale would promise more travel.

So what does watching the Marx Brothers crack wise and raise eyebrows and happily harangue those in need of haranguing say about our New Year's Day movie-viewing? We believe it says this: Let's make the coming 365 days a little sillier, a little weirder, and a lot more light-of-heart.

American Cinematheque screens a pair of Marx merrymakers each and every New Year's Day, and Wednesday, Jan. 1 will be no exception. It dare not be an exception, with screwball-loving cineastes wanting to kick their year off right with Groucho, Harpo, and Chico.

The films? "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races" are the le plus ultra picks. The place? The Aero Theatre. The time? 5 p.m.

"Opera" is considered the familial gaggle's "biggest hit" and it is easy to how it nabbed that billing: The stand-no-fools brothers go against some swank swells, with hilarious results. "A Day at the Races" walks the hoity-toity road again, with more hilarity.

Yep, we want 2014 to funnier, livelier, and take-less-guff-ier. Even if you can't make the Aero, perhaps you should watch a film that symbolizes your year ahead, and make a wish. If we can do it on various foods, why not on various films?

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