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'Mission: Impossible,' 'Vacation' to kick off slower summer month at box office

8 hours agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Setting box office records this summer may end up becoming "Mission: Impossible."

'Monkey King' breaks 'Kung Fu Panda 2' record in China as 'Monster Hunt' surges

8 hours agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Box-office records continued to drop like flies last week in China as the homegrown "Monkey King: Hero Is Back" surpassed "Kung Fu Panda 2" to become the top-grossing animated film in Chinese history and the live-action/animatedĀ "Monster Hunt" became the top-grossing Chinese movie of all time.

Richard Linklater baseball movie on deck for April release

Richard Linklater's next film, a to-be-titled baseball comedy that has been described as a spiritual sequel to "Dazed and Confused," will hit theaters April 15, Paramount Pictures announced Monday.

Indie focus: Movies go to work, 'Paper Towns,' 'The Passenger' and our podcast

Subscribe to the newsletter Hello! I'mĀ Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Last week we had an Indie Focus Screening Series event with the pregnancy dramedy "Unexpected." Director Kris Swanberg couldn't attend -- in an ironic twist not lost on her...

Marlon Brando's private audiotapes tell his story in 'Listen to Me Marlon'

"Listen to me, Marlon... This is one part of yourself speaking to another part of yourself. Listen to the sound of my voice and trust me. You know I have your interests at heart."

Hollywood salute for production designer James Bissell

The American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild's Film Society celebrate the career of Oscar-nominated production designer James Bissell on Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Among the films Bissell designed are 1982's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 2005's "Good Night, and Good Luck"...

Omar Sy, Hollywood-hot post-'Intouchables,' returns to France for 'Samba'

French actor Omar Sy decided to take a "step back" after the international success of the 2011 comedy-drama "The Intouchables."

Rachel McAdams does fame her way

There's a story that always comes up when people talk about Rachel McAdams, one that reveals her ambivalence about the machinery of Hollywood.

'Frank the Bastard' a complex, engrossing mystery

A complex, engrossing mystery that holds up in repeated viewings, "Frank the Bastard" premiered in 2013 under the less unfortunate title "East of Acadia." Revolving around a dark chapter in a quaint New England town's history, like writer-director Brad Coley's previous effort, "The Undeserved,"...

'American Heist' a tepid potboiler despite star power

Despite a few strong emotional beats, the crime drama "American Heist" proves as undistinguished as its generic title. This derivative story of hard-luck brothers drawn into an ill-fated robbery is notable for raising one pervasive question: What are Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and the underrated...

'10 Cent Pistol' wants to be pulp fiction but misfires

"10 Cent Pistol" serves as a perfect example of getting what you pay for.

'Dark Was the Night' gets lost chasing thrills

In "Dark Was the Night," an ancient two-legged creature has descended on and left three miles of what resemble hoof prints over the fictitious small town of Maiden Woods, apparently as the result of deforestation. Local animals have been either acting strangely or vanishing without a trace.

Review: Green vs. green backs in 'Runoff'

Economic ruin meets ecological disaster in the environmental drama "Runoff," from biochemist-turned-filmmaker Kimberly Levin.

'Pixels' never comes into focus as a real picture

Some movies are so interminable that it seems they might never end, while others are assembled with such indifference that you are essentially left waiting for them to start. "Pixels" somehow manages both.

Charm, goodwill and distinct pleasures reside in overlong 'Samba'

For much of its overlong running time, the French dramedy "Samba" is a warm and captivating look at the world of workers in that country illegally and the immigrant advocates battling on their behalf. However, by its second half, the film, from writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano...

For teen romance 'Paper Towns,' Jake Schreier draws from ... Scorsese?

The names of many different movies might come up if you're discussing "Paper Towns," the new millennial romance from the novelist and screenwriters behind last year's teen weepie "The Fault in Our Stars."

How 'End of the Tour' became a very David Foster Wallace kind of film

Right after the new road movie "The End of the Tour" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, a movie-industry friend texted me her thoughts. Starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, "End of the Tour" chronicles a real-life journey taken by then-Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky...

Critic's Pick: A rare chance to see the work of Claude Sautet

Though he's not much talked about today, France's Claude Sautet, who died in 2000, was one of his country's great humanist directors. A chance to see his films on screens of any size is rare, but five of them will play between July 24 and July 30 at Laemmle's Royal in West Los Angeles. (None of...

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