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Director Joe Dante is a genre success

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Director Joe Dante is one of the "monster kids" — people who grew up watching the Universal horror films on TV in the 1950s.

Why Robert Altman's brilliant 'Nashville' never had a sequel

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It was 40 years ago this month that Robert Altman's masterpiece "Nashville" hit screens, but the arrival hadn't come unannounced. In March, New Yorker critic Pauline Kael had taken the extraordinary step of reviewing Altman's three-hour rough cut and proclaiming it an "orgy for movie-lovers," a...

Uneven 'Love & Mercy' saddled with one Brian Wilson too many

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Wouldn't it be nice if "Love & Mercy," the uneven biopic about Beach Boys cofounder Brian Wilson, was as persuasive as the performances of the two actors who play him at different periods of his life?

'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'

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."

'Groundswell Rising' needs to dig deeper

2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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.

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