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'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle writes about his favorite musicals

Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s new film “La La Land” is an unabashed love letter to the movie musical. The film, which opens Dec. 9, stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who sing and dance their way around Los Angeles (including on a freeway). Music is clearly in Chazelle’s filmmaking blood; his...

Stephen Gaghan, one-time Hollywood wunderkind, returns after a long absence with 'Gold'

Maybe it was the time he hurled a script at the Warner Bros. production president, frustrated by the studio’s notes. It might have been the interview in which he upset “Syriana” collaborators Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney by breaking an edit-room code of silence and revealing he'd ceded...

For Robert De Niro, fears of obsolescence, channeled into 'The Comedian' and constant work

From the moment he first appears in the new film “The Comedian” as the washed-up stand-up Jackie Burke — quixotically self-loathing, unapologetically hacky, at times ferociously funny — Robert De Niro's presence poses a question. Is the actor hashing out an alternative view of performance, a kind...

From 'tragic character' to 'bad guy,' Hugh Grant takes his time picking roles

Hugh Grant is driving through London traffic for an 8:30 a.m. production call time. He’s headed to set for his role in the sequel to 2014’s critical and family hit “Paddington,” which is currently shooting. The “About a Boy” star claims he gets car sick when someone else is behind the wheel, but...

'Incarnate,' the latest Blumhouse shocker, takes a little too long to get to its chills

The latest mid-budget Blumhouse thriller “Incarnate” is a demonic possession picture for folks who’ve seen too many devil movies, and are hankering for anything new. Dense with plot and mythology, the film is refreshingly unpredictable — if only because guessing what comes next would require understanding...

Natalie Portman on getting into the mind-set of the widow Kennedy for 'Jackie'

Walk into any college dorm and you’ll find one of them — Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy. There, covering the cinder blocks, is almost always a black-and-white poster of a glamorous icon still recognized more for her beauty than anything else. But in her freshman dorm room at Harvard...

In 'SiREN' a bachelor party goes oh, so wrong

Based on one of the best segments from the hit horror anthology “V/H/S,” the slick thriller “SiREN” loses the found-footage format of the original but keeps the concept of randy bros getting in over their heads. Director Gregg Bishop re-imagines David Bruckner’s grubby “Amateur Night” into something...

Railroaded by an overzealous prosecutor: That's 'Evan's Crime'

It’s a bit of a structural and thematic hodgepodge, and a few key moments feel cursorily handled, but “Evan’s Crime” remains an effectively scrappy and involving us-against-them drama. Evan White (Douglas Smith) is a 20-year-old Baton Rouge, La., college student and musician with a pretty girlfriend...

The dreary 'Run the Tide' is no place for likable Taylor Lautner

Still struggling to find his place in a post-“Twilight” universe, likable Taylor Lautner tries a family drama on for size, but the bland, incessantly mopey “Run the Tide” will make you pine for his pouty Jacob the werewolf days. Lautner plays Rey, a quietly resentful gas station employee who has...

Beneath the shiny facade of 'Anonymous,' nothing but emptiness

The biggest con that “Anonymous” features isn’t any of the identity theft, credit card forgery or upending of the global financial systems its unlikable characters commit; instead, it’s the wool pulled over the eyes of an unsuspecting audience. Director Akan Satayev’s hacker thriller looks gorgeous,...

In documentary 'Mifune: The Last Samurai,' Spielberg, Scorsese and others shed light on the legendary Japanese actor

Toshiro Mifune was a name to conjure with. A galvanic performer who was as present in his roles as anyone who ever lived, the legendary Japanese actor is the subject of "Mifune: The Last Samurai," a smart and thoughtful examination of who the man was and how he got that way. As directed by Oscar-winning...

Offbeat 'Fools' weaves a romantic fantasy world for two troubled strangers

Two imaginative misanthropes connect over a wordless interaction on a Chicago train in the offbeat romantic drama “Fools,” written and directed by Benjamin Meyers. Both Sam (Michael Szeles) and Susan (Mary Cross), find themselves in various states of arrested development. Sam is continually getting...

Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

The superb French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than 100 films in a career that began a decade before writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve, who has made five, was even born. Yet their strong joint commitment to emotional truth above all else has produced the quietly wonderful "Things...

'La La Land' gets love from New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice voters

Two groups that fancy themselves as Oscar predictors weighed in Thursday with awards and nominations. And the results were … pretty predictable. The New York Film Critics Circle, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious critics organizations, spent the morning alternating honors between...

Boldly creepy 'Pet' tweaks captive-captor conventions

The psychological horror thriller “Pet,” directed by Carles Torrens and written by Jeremy Slater, takes a familiar trope and turns it on its head. The caged woman, imprisoned by a male captor, is unfortunately an image seen all too frequently in horror and possibly even more frequently on the news....

'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

When you peel back the aggressive soundtrack, offensive racial stereotypes, gratuitous nudity, and music-video style editing, one finds that the Los Angeles real estate drama “Pocket Listing” is essentially a bonkers, beefed-up episode of the Bravo reality show “Million Dollar Listing.” The main...

Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old funnyman played with a wink and a scowl by Robert De Niro in “The Comedian,” originally came to fame as the star of a hugely popular, thoroughly dreadful sitcom called “Eddie’s Home.” Everywhere he goes, Jackie is greeted by nostalgic fans (“Eddie! Eddie!”) who demand...

'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

“The Eyes of My Mother,” Nicolas Pesce’s hypnotically eerie debut feature, builds calmly and quietly to one of the most appalling sequences I’ve seen in a film this year. I’ll keep the details vague; anyone inclined to seek out this movie’s dread-soaked pleasures may as well take their poison straight....

'77 Minutes' is a gritty immersion into grim criminal territory

The 1984 massacre at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Calif., in which a gunman killed 21 people and wounded 19 others, is revisited in the tough and emotional, if slightly overlong, documentary “77 Minutes.”  Although this horrific event, then the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, may seem a bit...

Hong Kong action auteur Ringo Lam returns to the scene with overblown 'Sky on Fire'

Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam’s action bona fides are unquestioned, and after a long break out of the director’s chair, he’s thrown himself back into his signature genre with guns blazing and cars careening. Last year’s aptly titled “Wild City” has been followed up with “Sky on Fire,” a title perhaps...

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