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'Goosebumps' goes all meta with R.L. Stine's juvenile horror series

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Goosebumps Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $38.99/$45.99 Available on VOD on Tuesday A pleasant surprise all around, the big-screen adaptation of R.L. Stine's juvenile horror series does a lot more with the franchise than it has to, using the books as the basis for a complex piece of meta-fiction, about...

Sundance: Robert Redford talks diversity, says 'I'm not into Oscars'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Follow our ongoing coverage of Sundance, the nation's most prestigious film festival, taking place January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. This year's competition slate includes movies about abortion rights, a prominent Islamic State victim, fraternity hazing, embattled LGBT teens, the current tech investment...

'All Mistakes Buried' uncovers fine acting with a gritty mood

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Time and memory collapse and overlap in the mind of a grieving addict in Tim McCann's "All Mistakes Buried." Lead actor Sam Trammell — who also earns a "story by" credit on the film — plays the wildly strung-out Sonny, hollow-eyed, fast-talking and manic, living in a dumpy motel, copping drugs...

How the Sundance Film Festival helped 'Holy Hell' filmmaker find his way back from a cult

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The interview is over, the goodbyes have been said, but then Will Allen realizes he has one more thing he wants to say. "Do you know what Joseph Campbell wrote about the hero's journey?" he asks. "It's the return that's the hardest part, reintegrating into the world, but it's so important. The...

Six must-see films scheduled to screen at Sundance

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The altitude. The snow. The shuttle schedule. The sprawling theater venues. The throngs of selfie-seekers. Navigating the Sundance Film Festival can be tricky enough before you even figure out which films you want to see. But don't panic: We've got you covered. Here are the six films you should...

Maggie Smith looks back at early typecasting. It isn't what you think

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It's been 60 years since Maggie Smith made her Broadway debut. But despite her current standing as one of the grande dames of British acting, she didn't appear in a Shakespearean tragedy, a George Bernard Shaw satire or a sophisticated Noel Coward comedy. Instead, the then-21-year-old Smith was...

Playwright Tom Stoppard recalls first and last film he directed, his own 'Rosencrantz & Guildenstern'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Tom Stoppard became an overnight success at age 29 when his play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1966. A year later, the National Theatre production opened at the Old Vic in London and on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards, including best...

As Terrence Malick releases his latest film, 'Knight of Cups,' his methods remain as elusive as the man himself

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Terrence Malick has apparently mastered the art of hiding in plain sight. Once known as a man who turned his back on Hollywood — following his masterful duo of "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven" followed by 20 years of silence until "The Thin Red Line" in 1998 — he gave no interviews and was photographed...

Oscars 2016: 'The Big Short's' heart trumps 'The Revenant's' art

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

If a movie is all-encompassing enough to be embraced by both Bernie Sanders and Bill O'Reilly, how can the film academy deny it? The film is "The Big Short," Adam McKay's scathing dramedy that illuminates, with clarity and righteous anger, how the subprime mortgage bubble caused the economy to...

Joshua John Miller's horror film 'Final Girls' conjures up an afterlife as a growing theatrical cult film

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Screenwriter Joshua John Miller thinks horror films are part of his DNA. Miller, 41, appeared in Kathryn Bigelow's first film, the 1987 vampire thriller "Near Dark," the same year his half-brother, Jason Patric, starred in the 1987 vampire blockbuster "Lost Boys." His mother, Susan Bernard, was...

Oscars 2016: Major movie studios, including 20th Century Fox, grab fistfuls of nominations

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Hollywood's mainstream fare returned to the Oscar limelight this year. Hits from the leading studios fared especially well in Thursday's Academy Award nominations, which handed honors to the likes of "The Martian," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Revenant." Tellingly, the eight 2016 best picture...

Oscars 2016: Three major nominees had to step aside to make 'Room' for this one

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

There were surprises in at least three major Oscar categories when voters announced their nominations Thursday morning: best picture saw "Carol" omitted, adapted screenplay was missing "Steve Jobs" and the director field had no trace of "The Martian." On its face, those movies — a period lesbian...

Oscars 2016: It's time for Hollywood to stop defining great drama as white men battling adversity

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The winner of the 2016 Oscar in practically every category is … white men facing adversity. Just two years after the much-touted breakthrough of "12 Years a Slave," the best picture nominees announced Thursday, with a few notable exceptions, follow a dishearteningly repetitive story line of white...

Oscars 2016: Brie Larson rides a wave of acclaim with a lead actress nomination for 'Room'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Brie Larson had just finished a day of shooting "Kong: Skull Island" in Australia when she learned she was an Oscar nominee, the latest high in what has been a buoyant and transformative awards season for the 26-year-old Sacramento-born actress. "I'm completely over the moon and speechless," Larson...

'Moonwalkers' is a tired British comedy

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A famously crackpot conspiracy theory, psychedelic humor and arty ultraviolence make for dreary bedfellows in the scattershot British comedy "Moonwalkers," set in swinging 1969 London. Ron Perlman plays Kidman, a grizzled, volatile American special-ops agent scarred by 'Nam flashbacks, who's tasked...

'A Perfect Day' is a regrettable meander through standard antiwar sentiments

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It's 1995 in the Balkans, and driving over that dead cow in the road may trigger a land mine, but then again, so might going around it. Yet this what-to-do scenario, as presented in writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa's "A Perfect Day," holds little suspense or dark comedy. SIGN UP for the...

'Band of Robbers' squanders its time with Tom and Huck

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Brothers Aaron and Adam Nee update Mark Twain's beloved Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn characters in the crime comedy "Band of Robbers." Translating Sawyer's irascible impishness to a modern day twentysomething is a clever conceit, but the film overemphasizes concept over character. SIGN UP for...

Locked into a simulated space mission for a limit-testing '400 Days'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Despite the intriguing "Twilight Zone"/"Outer Limits" premise — a quartet of would-be astronauts are subjected to a psychologically daunting simulated interstellar journey — the sci-fi drama "400 Days" ultimately disintegrates upon impact because of a lazy payoff. SIGN UP for the free Indie Focus...

Martin Starr leads a strong cast in surprising 'Intruders'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The admirably nasty "Intruders" is a hit-and-miss home invasion thriller with a few twists. The best surprise is its cast: unusually accomplished for a B-picture. Martin Starr's the MVP, veering away from his usual comic deadpan to play a ruthless criminal, ready to resort to violence when a routine...

A weekend of films by the little-known but fascinating Cy Endfield

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Kudos to the UCLA Film & Television Archive for putting together a series about little-known but fascinating writer-director Cy Endfield, an American whose progressive politics led to a career working in self-exile in England because of the shadow of the Hollywood blacklist. Endfield's best known...

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