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'San Andreas' aims to shake up audiences with an up-close catastrophe

When director Brad Peyton pitched Dwayne Johnson on "San Andreas," a relentless thrill ride that brings the Big One to the big screen for the first time in 40 years, he promised to redefine the disaster genre.

'The Film Critic' takes its time getting to its rom-com heart

Based simply on its playful, intriguing premise, the Argentine import "The Film Critic" should have been a better movie. But like so many of the flicks that the film's gloomy title character seems to review, this kind of anti-romantic comedy proves a mediocre brew.

'Chocolate City' aims for a 'Magic Mike' touch, turns soapy

"Y'all seen 'Magic Mike,' right?" Michael Jai White rhetorically asks in the opening scene of "Chocolate City." "Now, we gonna add a little chocolate."

'Sunshine Superman' profiles early BASE jumper Carl Boenish

After the recent death of BASE jumper Dean Potter in Yosemite National Park, a documentary portrait of the thrill-seeking movement's founding father, Carl Boenish, is an all-too-palpable reminder of the peril that comes with extreme rock climbing.

'When Marnie Was There' deftly creates a magical friendship

"When Marnie Was There," the delicate, evocative new Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, does not fall neatly into any conventional narrative category. But that doesn't get in the way of it being visually spectacular.

Blythe Danner steps out with star turn in 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When Blythe Danner turned 70, her daughter threw her a surprise party. Gwyneth Paltrow even decorated a cake for her mother: The icing read, "A Streetcar Named Retired."

Natalie Portman can relate to 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

— So much to talk to Natalie Portman about, so little time.

'Groundswell Rising' needs to dig deeper

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Occupying much of the same anti-fracking turf as the 2010 Oscar-nominated "Gasland" and its 2013 sequel "Gasland Part II," the new documentary "Groundswell Rising" is an undeniably passionate but frustratingly one-sided examination of the controversial method of gas extraction.

'Shake the Dust' shows break dancing's effect on world's poor

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Of the many break-dancing scenes in the documentary "Shake the Dust," about the form's inspiring effect on impoverished kids around the world, one seems to speak directly to the film's metaphor-catchy title: a young Yemeni twirling, flipping and stepping in a crumbling building, his every contact...

'Time Lapse' an unsettling trip to the future

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A sci-fi thriller with hints of Danny Boyle's 1994 "Shallow Grave," the new film "Time Lapse" revolves around three roommates grappling with the ethics and side effects of a fortune-telling contraption.

'Every Secret Thing,' Amy Berg's fiction feature debut, is listless

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The psychological mystery "Every Secret Thing" boasts crackerjack documentarian Amy Berg's fiction feature debut, Frances McDormand as a producer, a screenplay by awkward-moments master Nicole Holofcener and a killer cast that includes Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Common.

'Miles to Go' an aimless ride

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The Woody Allen posters hanging in his L.A. apartment should tell you everything you need to know about the protagonist in "Miles to Go," played by writer-director-producer-editor Quincy Rose.

Gripping 'Animals' shows harrowing lives of drug-addicted pair

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It's gritty and grim, but "Animals" is also a gripping portrait of young junkies in love. Director Collin Schiffli, making his feature debut, and David Dastmalchian, the impressive writer and actor here, show insight and restraint as they explore the desperate world of drug addiction.

'Echoes of War's' committed cast lifts western tale

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The somber period western "Echoes of War" retraces some well-traveled moral ground but is invigorated by a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry and William Forsythe.

Quentin Dupieux's absurdist 'Reality' is a real groaner

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Crafting a high-concept surrealistic comedy can be a tricky bit of business.

'Know How' a powerful take on real-life teens in foster care

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Based on a 2010 stage musical written by youths in foster care, "Know How" is an interconnected story of five young people systematically failed by family, institutions and other supposed safety nets while navigating violence, drugs and crime with no adult supervision.

'Dreams' lulls young and old through life with grace and truth

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

There is something about Blythe Danner's on-screen essence that is perfect for the gently aged widow she plays in "I'll See You in My Dreams," her first leading role in years.

Cannes: Hirokazu Kore-eda deftly explores family in 'Our Little Sister'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

CANNES, France — The press-day publicity apparatus that surrounds directors of competition films at the Festival de Cannes is never less than surreal, but it feels especially out of place when the filmmaker in question is Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda.

'Good Kill,' with Ethan Hawke, targets human costs of drone warfare

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Form matches content in "Good Kill," a movie about the desensitizing effects of drone warfare. Repeated, suffocating scenes of remote warfare make you acutely aware of the soul-draining despair felt by its pilot protagonist.

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