03/16/2012 12:04 pm ET Updated May 16, 2012

L.A.'s 4 Best Bargain Omakase + The 'Jiro Effect'

If you're planning on seeing David Gelb's brilliant documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi this weekend when it premieres at Santa Monica's Nu-Art Theater you might be well advised to pass on the popcorn and soda. The film clocks in at just under an hour and a half -- a good portion of that is dedicated to sweeping shots of immaculately cut slabs of fish, buttery lozenges of uni, and plump, wriggling shrimp plucked from the ocean that morning. If your appetite is anything like ours, you'll be leaving the theater with an intense craving for proper sushi. Call it the "Jiro Effect."