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Boots Riley stays true to his own voice with the Sundance premiere 'Sorry to Bother You'

Boots Riley isn’t into biting his tongue. As the frontman of the socially conscious hip-hop group the Coup since 1991, with witty, searing criticism of sociopolitical issues weaved into his lyrics, he never does. But as a member of the rap rock supergroup Street Sweeper Social Club, which was formed...

With 'Private Life,' Tamara Jenkins takes on marriage, female biology and movie manspreading

If getting a film every ten years or so from writer-director Tamara Jenkins means something like “Private Life,” it’s worth the wait. Her latest movie premiered opening night of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is a deeply felt look at the messy realities of marriage and the difficulties of...

R.I.P. for the spec script, long a source of some of Hollywood's most beloved films.

Entertainment has lost a key pipeline for fresh ideas. Started by Preston Sturges and mastered by William Goldman and others, scripts written on spec gave screenwriters a chance to develop their own stories.

Producers Guild lays out guidelines to combat Hollywood sexual harassment

On the eve of the first glitzy Producers Guild Awards ceremony to be held in the Time’s Up era, the Producers Guild of America has unveiled comprehensive anti-sexual harassment guidelines to its 8,200 members with a clear credo: Ensuring safety on film, television and new media sets by ending a...

If our film critic picked the Oscar nominees ...

Filling out an Oscar nomination ballot — even a hypothetical one — can be an exercise in purest agony. That turned out to be especially true this year. I remain startled by the sheer quantity and range of great movies and performances I saw in 2017, which made it even harder than usual to settle...

Sundance Film Festival: Susan Bay Nimoy's film 'Eve' focuses on 'women of age'

"It's a once in a lifetime thing," says Susan Bay Nimoy, matter-of-fact and convincing. "It came together as if it was meant to be." Nimoy is sitting in the Bel-Air home she shared for decades with husband Leonard Nimoy talking about "Eve," an honest and quietly affecting short film she wrote,...

A year after the 'Moonlight' Oscar win, Trevante Rhodes is standing '12 Strong'

Checking in with Rhodes about his last year, working with Ava DuVernay for Jay-Z and Beyonce's 'music movie' and his latest film project.

'The Post,' 'Humor Me' and other movie picks for Jan. 19

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Call Me by Your Name Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino...

Lazy actioner 'Showdown in Manila' is no thrilla

If “The Room” impresario Tommy Wiseau had been given the opportunity to make an action film, the result would still have been more entertaining than the egregiously nonsensical and amateurish “Showdown in Manila.” A crass shoot-em-up that only Rodrigo Duterte could love, it harks back to a simpler...

Chris Hemsworth vehicle '12 Strong' is a rah-rah war movie set in post-9/11 Afghanistan

Set during the tense and uncertain autumn of 2001, “12 Strong” kicks off with five of the least trustworthy words in the Hollywood lexicon — “based on a true story” — and a blast of adrenaline-pumping music that seems to cast its honesty further into doubt. Does the truth really need this much...

'Juliet, Naked' director Jesse Peretz returns to Sundance with one of the year's buzziest titles

It was more than 20 years ago, but Jesse Peretz has no trouble remembering his first film at Sundance. "The title was 'First Love, Last Rites' and it was in a super art section," the director recalls, thinking back. "The theater was tiny; 40 people came, four walked out, maybe more. It did not...

John Hawkes takes the wheel in quirky pulp drama 'Small Town Crime

Engagingly anchored by character actor John Hawkes, “Small Town Crime” is a satisfyingly quirky serving of frisky pulp fiction. Hawkes’ Mike Kendall is a piece of work — an unrepentant alcoholic of a disgraced ex-cop who attempts to outrun his past behind the beer-can-cluttered dashboard of his...

A wicked premise and unhinged Nicolas Cage release submerged parental horrors in 'Mom and Dad'

Early in Brian Taylor’s edgy horror-comedy “Mom and Dad,” snarling suburbanite Brent Ryan descends on his shrieking son Josh, while playing a game of “tickle monster.” The scene illustrates what “Mom and Dad” has going for it: a gleefully unhinged Nicolas Cage performance, and an understanding...

No longer disruptors, Netflix and Amazon are now firmly in the Sundance Film Festival family

Both Netflix and Amazon made a resounding splash last year at the Sundance Film Festival, with high-priced acquisitions that are still maintaining their profile a year later. Netflix picked up “Mudbound,” which has been gaining momentum in awards races, for $12.5 million. “The Big Sick,” now also...

Closeted preacher faces a reckoning in delicately wrought drama 'The Revival'

The often difficult squaring of religious fervor and sexual longing receives poignant, powerful treatment in “The Revival,” deftly directed by Jennifer Gerber from a sensitive script by Samuel Brett Williams, based on his stage play. Set in rural Arkansas, the film follows the travails of Eli (David...

'Forever My Girl' is country-flavored romantic escapism that (for once) is written and directed by women

Romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks cornered the market on a subgenre he essentially invented — exceedingly pleasant, Southern-set epic romances (between young, attractive, white, Christian, heterosexual couples). But this is a subgenre that overwhelmingly appeals to a female moviegoing...

Gerard Butler stars in the clever crime noir 'Den of Thieves'

Cops and robbers, robbers and cops. It's a classic genre, from children's games to cinema. And it's the spine of Christian Gudegast's directorial debut, the L.A. crime noir flick “Den of Thieves,” where “cops and robbers” is writ so large it nearly becomes abstract. It's a film that wears its inspirations...

'Humor Me,' starring Jemaine Clement and Elliott Gould, delivers heart and laughs

“Humor Me” will humor you — and then some. It’s one of the best films of its kind, along with Albert Brooks’ “Mother” and “In Her Shoes,” in which a floundering adult gets back on track with help from a senior-age parent (or grandparent). If writer-director Sam Hoffman’s charming, well-performed...

Alex Lawther shines in flamboyant bullying drama 'Freak Show'

Actress and producer Trudie Styler makes her feature directorial debut with the flamboyantly genderqueer “Freak Show,” an adaptation of the novel by the legendary club kid, writer and host James St. James. Scripted by Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio, the story puts a young adult spin on the...

'Dance Baby Dance' taps out predictable, poorly-made story

Bad movies can inspire derision or disappointment, but indie comedy “Dance Baby Dance” mostly just evokes pity. Writer, director, producer and star Stephen Kogon is clearly trying his hardest to create an entertaining film fueled by a passion for tap dance, but what’s on screen demonstrates an...

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