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UCLA film festival a fascinating window into our cinematic past

The UCLA Festival of Preservation doesn't have a motto, but if it did it might be "Give me your tired films, your huddled masses of forgotten and decaying cinema, and I will breathe fire into them and set them free." Really.

'Focus' filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa go for the unexpected

Movies don't have to be an either/or proposition. They can be both smart and fun, a pleasure without guilt and self-aware without being snobby.

Oscars 2015: 'CitizenFour' makers keep the focus on Edward Snowden

“CitizenFour” producers Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky and director Laura Poitras called for only serious questions in the pressroom after winning the Oscar for documentary feature, refusing to answer a question about how they would celebrate the night.

Oscars 2015: Patricia Arquette stirs controversy with equal-pay remarks

In accepting the Oscar for supporting actress on Sunday, "Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette wound down with:

'Out of the Dark' brilliantly shot, poorly executed

At almost every juncture in "Out of the Dark," a ghost thriller set in Colombia, something textured and evocative — a poor village, a dark old house, a menacing jungle — is beautifully photographed. Nearly everything else (story, direction, performances, scares) is thuddingly...

'Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead' breathes life into zombie genre

Has every zombie story been told? Probably. Die-rise-chomp doesn't offer much variation. But there will always be a committed few who approach this popular horror subset with the enthusiasm and insouciance of successful used-car sales folk.

'Drunktown's Finest' a didactic look at Navajo life

"Longmire" has done an admirable job portraying Native Americans, but one TV series is hardly enough to sustain a presence in the public consciousness. That's why it's crucial to make room for something like "Drunktown's Finest" by Navajo filmmaker Sydney Freeland as part of the American...

Devastating 'Hunting Ground' documents shocking prevalence of campus rape

Documentary director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering can often be found in the eye of a hurricane. Three years ago, they teamed up on "The Invisible War," and now they are back with the equally devastating "The Hunting Ground."

'Queen & Country' a so-so sequel to 'Hope and Glory'

John Boorman's 1987 masterpiece "Hope and Glory" was autobiographical gold, a young boy's fevered view of the London Blitz: surviving Nazi bombs was fun, but a family on edge? Yikes.

''71' delivers 100% tension amid 'the Troubles' in Ireland

An incendiary film that takes off like a house afire, "'71" is a tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a brea...

'Maps to the Stars' a nightmarish tour of Hollywood narcissism

In its own disturbing, slithery way, the train-wreck watchable melodrama "Maps to the Stars" is as much a horror show as any that the film's director, David Cronenberg, has helmed over his long and provocative career.

'My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn' reveals little

The documentary "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn" tracks the making of Danish filmmaker Refn's 2013 film "Only God Forgives" starring Ryan Gosling. From the six-month shoot in Bangkok to the premiere of "Only God Forgives" at the Cannes Film Festival, it's recounted here — as...

Fudged or not, 'Kung Fu Elliot' is amusing take on a big dream

The already murky parameters of contemporary reality filmmaking are further fudged in "Kung Fu Elliot," an entertaining documentary following two years in the life of an idealistic amateur filmmaker intent on becoming Canada's first action hero.

'The Widowmaker' says doctors thrive on crisis over health

Delivering something of a shock to the system, the documentary "The Widowmaker" follows the money in the treatment of heart disease, revealing how the profit factor has adversely affected millions of people.

'The Business of Disease' is big on propaganda, not facts

The healthcare documentary "The Business of Disease" seeks to cast suspicion on Big Pharma, but it proves to be a glorified PowerPoint presentation interspersed with commentary by people of questionable qualifications who aim to incite paranoia with propaganda, conspiracy theories and straw-man...

'American Sniper' trial: Chris Kyle killer sentenced to life in prison

Troubled veteran Eddie Ray Routh was convicted of capital murder late Tuesday in the slaying of two men, including Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL whose life inspired the blockbuster "American Sniper."

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