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'Woman in Gold' an adequate film on dazzling Klimt painting

15 hours agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"That's quite a painting," someone says in "Woman in Gold" on first glimpsing Gustav Klimt's celebrated "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," and anyone seeing the artwork in person during its brief visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or at its current home at New York's Neue Galerie...

Nicolas Winding Refn starts shooting 'Neon Demon' with Elle Fanning

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is back on the streets of Los Angeles, where production has begun on his upcoming horror film, "The Neon Demon."

'My Italian Secret' honors unsung heroes who saved Jews in WWII

Back in 1938, Italian sports idols didn't get much bigger than Gino Bartali, the champion cyclist who had just won the Tour de France.

Review: 'Control' is a quiet triumph with a distinctive voice

Anja Marquardt's striking debut feature, "She's Lost Control," depicts the slow unraveling of behavioral psychology student and sex surrogate Rhona (a remarkable Brooke Bloom) as she attempts to navigate the clinical intimacies with her clients. Simultaneously, she's trying to finish her...

'The Forecaster' could have profited from even-handedness

"The Forecaster," a documentary study of the rise and fall of commodities advisor Martin Armstrong, would have paid greater dividends by taking a more impartial approach to its subject.

'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter's' path winds through fact, legend, truth

Truth, supposedly, is stranger than fiction — except when truth and fiction intertwine to create some wondrous, unpredictable hybrid.

Patience with free-form 'Marfa Girl' pays off

Funny thing about "Marfa Girl," the 2012 ensemble drama from idiosyncratic writer-director Larry Clark ("Kids," "Bully"): For all its meanderings and indulgences — verbal and visual — this free-form snapshot of a circle of townsfolk in tiny Marfa, Texas, proves a sneakily immersive,...

'A Wolf at the Door' a disturbing noir tale of obsession

Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates.

'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre

Centered on youngsters tempting fate in reputedly haunted woods, "Nightlight" has all the trappings of your garden-variety found-footage horror flick: murky, shaky cinema verité that disorients and leaves much to your imagination. But the film's POV shots aren't as seen through the...

Any way you cut it, 'The Barber' is dumb

"The Barber" is one of those did-he-or-didn't-he? thrillers that more readily asks another question, the answer to which is: Yes, they did … make a seriously dumb movie.

'3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire

Awkwardly aiming for a tone landing somewhere between vintage pulp fiction and self-reverential satire, the stagy low-budget crime thriller "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun" is constructed around the admittedly alluring premise of a sought-after movie script that spells doom for everyone it touches.

'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer' a farcical look at the mob

Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer" works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.

Quirky 'Home,' with Jim Parsons and Rihanna, keeps it too light

As a certain Boov, buoyantly voiced by that alien life force Jim Parsons, might say: Best silly ever is to be having in "Home."

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence have strong bond in 'Serena'

Several months before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would become bona fide movie stars with the late-2012 release of "Silver Linings Playbook," they shot the Depression-era tale "Serena." However, unlike "Linings" and their third collaboration, 2013's acclaimed "American Hustle," the...

Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity

The elegant, tantalizing Japanese American neo-noir "Man From Reno," set in the Bay Area and directed with sincere genre artistry by Dave Boyle, threads together a pair of narrative strands appealing to any mystery buff: the percolating thrill of amateur sleuthing and the cool, deductive...

'Apartment Troubles' only the start of pair's problems

With the excruciating gal-pal comedy "Apartment Troubles," writer-director-stars Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger have created such blurry, unappealing characters that their film is hamstrung from the get-go. That they never find a functional narrative in which to place said characters only...

Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

Kevin Hart is Hollywood's current favorite comic it guy. He's been playing the best black friend in one film after another: "Think Like a Man" 1 and "Too" opposite Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco; "Ride Along," 1 and soon to be 2 opposite Ice Cube; "The Wedding...

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