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Make sure to take the Kubrick odyssey

One of my favorite directors is Stanley Kubrick. Big surprise there. Anyone who has a scintilla of movie sense feels the same. I mean, you can have varying opinions about Kubrick (I, for one, think he had far more of a visual sense than he always had control over his plot points), but you can't deny that his best films — "Dr. Strengelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange" and so on — were powerful and influential and definitely worthy of belonging on any list of the greatest films ever made.

So, I was happy to head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (which goes under the bizarre acronym of LACMA) to see the special Kubrick exhibit. The filmmaker's whole career was outlined, from his first barely-better-than-amateur efforts to his final flawed effort, 1999's "Eyes Wide Shut."

Movies clips, essays, testimonials, display of costumes and screenplay representations, all give evidence to the man's genius (yeah, sure, a word that is thrown around all too often but in this case applies).

The exhibit has been up since Nov. 1 and will run through June 30. If you've planning a trip to L.A., you chould check it out. Movie fans especially won't regret it.