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Outfest Los Angeles explores a world of transgender experiences on film

8 hours agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Visibility of transgender men and women is at an all-time high thanks in large part to television: scripted shows like Netflix's "Sense8" and Amazon's "Transparent," along with reality series such as ABC Family's "Becoming Us" and Caitlyn Jenner's forthcoming "I Am Cait," all of which create an...

'Misery loves comedy' in 'Tangerine,' a seriocomic film about trans sex workers

Standing on its own in the parking lot of a strip mall at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Donut Time is a place countless Angelenos have driven by countless times and likely wondered about the bustle that seems to be going on at all hours of the day and night.

'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies

Mutant wasps wreak havoc at a country-estate garden party in "Stung," a homage to those 1980s creature features that reveled in grotesque details.

'A Borrowed Identity' shows life in Israel from an Arab's view

"A Borrowed Identity" starts out nice and easy but don't be fooled. This is a soft-seeming film about a hard-edged, difficult subject, an Israeli film that offers a picture from life's other side.

Breathless outrage accompanies investigation of 'A Murder in the Park'

Tabloid breathlessness meets advocacy outrage in the documentary "A Murder in the Park," which revisits a 1982 Chicago double homicide and argues against a notorious death penalty reversal, a case that led Illinois' then-Gov. George Ryan to commute all death row sentences.

Unconventional 'In Stereo' explores love in three time-twisted parts

In the unconventional love story "In Stereo," writer-director Mel Rodriguez III bounces between the two individuals who form one relationship.

'Jackie & Ryan' a strong duet of searching musical souls

The heartland drama "Jackie & Ryan" may prove too low-key and deliberately paced for less patient viewers, but distinct pleasures are to be had from this compactly shot film's easy rhythms, affecting tone and nicely modulated performances.

'Jimmy's Hall' is a subdued story of Irish activist Jimmy Gralton

There's a striking juxtaposition in the opening moments of "Jimmy's Hall" between a zippy, black-and-white montage of Jazz Age New York, vibrant and rollicking, and the hushed green hills of Ireland's County Leitrim.

'Amy' tracks singer Winehouse's soaring talent, tragic demise

Before she won six Grammys (including a trio for her massive breakout hit "Rehab"), before she descended into a morass of addiction and public humiliation, before she died of alcohol poisoning at age 27, bravura British songwriter and vocalist Amy Winehouse was simply a young woman with an extraordinary...

Going solo at Disneyland helps the imagination go wild

The Disneyland employee - "cast member" in park parlance - caught me by surprise. "You look really lonely," she said.

Classic thriller 'The Third Man' screens in a new light at Landmark Nuart

A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, "The Third Man" is back in the best shape of its life. Opening Friday for a one-week run at the Landmark Nuart in West L.A., the film appears in the new 4K high-resolution version that was the toast of Cannes, the first restoration of...

Indie Focus: Joining in (or not) with ‘The Tribe,’ ‘Ted 2’ & the Academy

  Subscribe to the newsletter   Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. We here at Indie Focus HQ are just bubbling over with excitement at the run of screening events that will be coming up in July and August. Times subscribers are given priority...

The superb, thrilling 'Third Man' returns in a brilliant restoration

It was the rare film of Graham Greene's work that the novelist was happy with, the only example of Orson Welles' that the actor liked well enough to watch on television. A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, it could only be "The Third Man," and it is back in the best shape...

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites 322 to join in diversity effort

Actors David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Stone and director Justin Lin were among an unusually large and demographically broad group invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this week.

'Fresh Dressed' checks out the why of what gets worn

Given the demand for today's latest "It" label and status accessories, and the constant push by media toward the next must-have purchase, a film that approaches clothing from a timeless point of view is a welcome respite from the exhausting cycle of trends that fuel the fashion industry.

6 women in film talk about the movie industry's challenges and pluses

When a U.S. senator praises a movie studio for hiring two women, a Hollywood issue has officially entered the wider conversation.

Benicio Del Toro brings out the menace in 'Escobar'

The grandly titled "Escobar: Paradise Lost" follows the fall of not, as Milton would have it, Man, but of one particular (fictional) man, a naive Canadian surfer who finds himself enmeshed in the turbulent life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

'Glass Chin' a neo-noir knockout with fight-ready cast

Punchy dialogue, sharply drawn characters and excellent performances fuel "Glass Chin," an intimate drama that's set in the boxing world but is about so much more. It's the kind of terrific little indie that not so long ago might have gone quite a few rounds on art-house screens before hitting...

'Jurassic World' battles sexism claims, in heels

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"Jurassic World" may have had a record-setting box office opening, but claims of sexism are chasing after this movie like a giant T. rex. For a film that intentionally surrounds itself with scads of glorious female dinosaurs, many accuse director Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic" of having surprisingly...

Black nerd culture has its day in 'Dope'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The world of the black nerd in contemporary Inglewood, as depicted by screenwriter and director Rick Famuyiwa in his new film "Dope," is one I instantly recognize.

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