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Hong Kong film festival offers view of a changing China

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"Coca-Cola has no place here," declares the 19-year-old protagonist of "A Young Patriot," one of the films showcased at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival. "Coca-Cola is very foreign."

Songs and love, served with 'Cupcakes'

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Romantic woes give way to guilty-pleasure song stylings in "Cupcakes," Eytan Fox's affectionate sendup of the Eurovision contest and better living through kitsch. Popping with crayon-bright hues and bubbly diversity, the gentle silliness unfolds in contemporary Tel Aviv, where six friends'...

Andy Summers' 'Losing You' gets lost in bitterness

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Resentment runs rife in "Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police," a decidedly dour documentary based on a memoir by band guitarist Andy Summers.

'Sagrada' visits Gaudí's cathedral, built with faith

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The film begins with a slow pan of a city, a hectic metropolis indistinguishable from its brethren around the world. But then the camera picks up a multi-spired building, a one-of-a-kind structure that tells us immediately where we are. The building is Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia, a...

'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

If you're familiar at all with indie filmmaker Hal Hartley's work, you know there's a surreal quality to it. Slightly mannered performances, with a skewed theological and sexual didactic underpin his morality plays. Good and evil, God and the devil in a sense costar.

'Clouds of Sils Maria' shaped by Juliette Binoche, Olivier Assayas

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Turns out putting together one French filmmaker, one international grande dame and two young American stars makes for lightning in a bottle. "Clouds of Sils Maria" is an electric combination of self-awareness and emotional exploration told via a story that touches on time, celebrity and...

'Effie Gray' paints a poignant portrait of Victorian era

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Genteel almost but not quite to a fault, "Effie Gray" is the decorous treatment of a story that shocked Victorian England: the romantic triangle of critic John Ruskin, his seriously unhappy wife, Euphemia "Effie" Gray, and his protege, the painter John Everett Millais.

'Fast and Furious' strives to be more than a fast-cars, hot-people flick

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When it was first released in 2001, "The Fast and the Furious" didn't seem the stuff franchises are built on.

'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In Noah Baumbach's tartly incisive "While We're Young," aging past 40 becomes a grand exercise in denial for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who are determined that marriage and middle age will not slow them down. They hadn't realized they had been growing more settled in their...

'Woman in Gold' an adequate film on dazzling Klimt painting

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"That's quite a painting," someone says in "Woman in Gold" on first glimpsing Gustav Klimt's celebrated "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," and anyone seeing the artwork in person during its brief visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or at its current home at New York's Neue Galerie...

Nicolas Winding Refn starts shooting 'Neon Demon' with Elle Fanning

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is back on the streets of Los Angeles, where production has begun on his upcoming horror film, "The Neon Demon."

'My Italian Secret' honors unsung heroes who saved Jews in WWII

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Back in 1938, Italian sports idols didn't get much bigger than Gino Bartali, the champion cyclist who had just won the Tour de France.

Review: 'Control' is a quiet triumph with a distinctive voice

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Anja Marquardt's striking debut feature, "She's Lost Control," depicts the slow unraveling of behavioral psychology student and sex surrogate Rhona (a remarkable Brooke Bloom) as she attempts to navigate the clinical intimacies with her clients. Simultaneously, she's trying to finish her...

'The Forecaster' could have profited from even-handedness

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"The Forecaster," a documentary study of the rise and fall of commodities advisor Martin Armstrong, would have paid greater dividends by taking a more impartial approach to its subject.

'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter's' path winds through fact, legend, truth

Truth, supposedly, is stranger than fiction — except when truth and fiction intertwine to create some wondrous, unpredictable hybrid.

Patience with free-form 'Marfa Girl' pays off

Funny thing about "Marfa Girl," the 2012 ensemble drama from idiosyncratic writer-director Larry Clark ("Kids," "Bully"): For all its meanderings and indulgences — verbal and visual — this free-form snapshot of a circle of townsfolk in tiny Marfa, Texas, proves a sneakily immersive,...

'A Wolf at the Door' a disturbing noir tale of obsession

Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates.

'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre

Centered on youngsters tempting fate in reputedly haunted woods, "Nightlight" has all the trappings of your garden-variety found-footage horror flick: murky, shaky cinema verité that disorients and leaves much to your imagination. But the film's POV shots aren't as seen through the...

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