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Why Clea DuVall cast Melanie Lynskey and other pals in her directorial debut 'The Intervention'

A movie that proved to have unexpected therapeutic value, and one that involved a bit of therapy to get made, “The Intervention” is an ensemble comedy about friendship and coupledom and the work required to make both flourish. And it also found unlikely benefits from a broken leg. The film was...

'No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story' revealed via her father's letters

Just when you thought you’d heard every vital story about the Holocaust, along comes the stirring documentary “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story” to shine further light on one of history’s darkest periods. In 2005, an archivist at New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research...

'Morris From America' delivers refreshing take on teen angst

Putting a fresh slant on adolescent growing pains without quite breaking new ground, “Morris From America” revolves around a black American teen transplanted to Germany by his widowed dad. Much like the father-son bond at its center, the comic drama is warmhearted but never cloying. Comedy vet...

How one slim novel, 300 soul classics and 3,000 hopeful musicians transformed 'The Commitments' into Alan Parker's most enjoyable film to make

In summer 1991, a small movie about a group of young Dubliners who form a band to play American soul music opened with little fanfare. “The Commitments,” directed by Alan Parker and based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, braved the likes of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” and “Freddy’s Dead: The Final...

Usher's extracurricular film career gets serious with his role as Sugar Ray Leonard in 'Hands of Stone'

In the music industry, there are few modern artists as successful as Usher. At 37, he’s won eight Grammy awards, sold over 65 million albums worldwide and served as a coach to aspiring singers on NBC’s “The Voice.” But in Hollywood? His film career has been kind of a joke. If that sounds harsh,...

'Rocky,' 'Ali' and beyond: Boxing has a rich history in the movies

Cinema has long been fixated on the sweet science. As far back as 1931's "City Lights," in which Charlie Chaplin took a beating in the ring on his quest to win the heart of a blind woman, the brutal sport of boxing has repeatedly taken center stage on the silver screen. Biopics like "Gentleman...

'Snakes on a Plane' and our favorite monster mash-up movies

“Snakes on a Plane” tapped into two of many people’s biggest fears — flying and snakes — and launched its own B-movie mash-up subgenre. The film hit theaters Aug. 18, 2006, and took the top spot at the box office that weekend, earning $15 million. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of “Snakes...

10 years later, the writer of 'Snakes on a Plane' looks back on a phenomenon

In honor of the 10th anniversary of New Line Cinema’s “Snakes on a Plane,” screenwriter John Heffernan looks back on the cult film’s genesis, its evolution and the rather unique place it holds in Hollywood lore. When people ask me about “Snakes on a Plane,” I get two questions. What is Samuel L....

A decades-old college rape case casts cloud over Oscar hopeful Nate Parker

When Nate Parker premiered his provocative drama about the 1831 Nat Turner slave rebellion at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the audience response was electric. After a fierce bidding war, Fox Searchlight acquired “The Birth of a Nation” for a record $17.5 million and Parker, a first-time...

'Hell or High Water' and 'Little Men' top critics' picks for Aug. 19-25

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Café Society Woody Allen’s new film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, is of course funny, but it also ends up, almost without our realizing it, trafficking in memory, regret and the fate...

'Birth of a Nation' director Nate Parker responds after learning of the suicide of his college rape accuser

Director Nate Parker penned a message Tuesday night expressing his “profound sorrow” at learning of the 2012 suicide of a Penn State classmate who accused him of rape in 1999. “I look back on that time, my indignant attitude and my heartfelt mission to prove my innocence with eyes that are more...

Jeff Bridges, 'Hell or High Water' and refining the modern Western

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Some images just conjure the traditions of the American West, such as lawmen chasing bandits across a barren plain. Even with modern additions such as cellphones, cars or foreclosure concerns, the iconography of the Western still has a powerful pull for filmmakers and audiences alike. The new “Hell...

Animators love them, audiences respond to them, so why isn't there more adult animation like 'Sausage Party'?

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were pitching their latest movie, “Sausage Party,” to studios, they got a consistently maddening reaction. “Everyone would laugh hysterically, and then say, ‘No way,’” said Goldberg, who serves as a writer and producer on the film about a hot dog on an existential...

Indie Focus: The silly and the serious with 'Sausage Party,' 'Hell or High Water' and 'Little Men'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week is another with more movies worth checking out than I really have room for here. (This newsletter is intended to be more of a thoughtful, sharp curation than a completist’s laundry list, out...

'Star Wars' cast, Hollywood creators and fans mourn the loss of Kenny Baker, the original R2-D2

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

After news that Kenny Baker - the man who brought the beloved droid R2-D2 to life - passed away Saturday at age 81, there was a great disturbance online. Hollywood directors, actors and "Star Wars" fans took to Twitter to share their grief and appreciation for Baker.   The chorus of "sad beeps"...

Kenny Baker, 'Star Wars' actor who brought R2-D2 to life, dies at 81

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Kenny Baker, who gave life to the “Star Wars” droid R2-D2 — one of the most beloved characters in the space-opera franchise and among the most iconic robots in pop-culture history — has died at the age of 81. The British actor, who was 3-foot-8, first played the plucky droid in George Lucas’ 1977...

Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party' beats 'Suicide Squad' at the Friday box office

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Sony’s R-rated, animated talking-food film “Sausage Party” took a major bite out of the box office on Friday with a stronger-than-expected opening. But when the final weekend numbers are fully digested, Warner Bros.’ supervillain mash-up “Suicide Squad” should still hold onto its spot at the top...

Seth Rogen and friends serve up a filthy, funny 'Sausage Party'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

For something steeped in the juvenile directness of puns and body humor, there is an enigmatic heart to the new “Sausage Party,” an R-rated animated film from the sweetly filthy minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Does it want to be a dirty movie or theological treatise? But first, a warning....

Neo-noir 'Sole Proprietor' benefits from distinct vision of filmmaker

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A true auteur project, writer-director-producer-star Dan Eberle’s neo-noir “Sole Proprietor” is mostly helped — but a little harmed — by having only one strong voice at its center. The movie sports more personality than most low-budget thrillers, yet sometimes devolves into the kind of ponderousness...

Watch: Barry Jenkins' anticipated indie drama 'Moonlight' starring Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monáe

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Amid the recent programming announcements for fall festivals, one film has quietly slipped into some of the year’s most prestigious slots, setting it up as a possible surprise discovery for the coming awards season. “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, saw its first trailer released Thursday,...

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