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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

4 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

4 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

4 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'

4 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'

4 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

4 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...

'Unlucky Plaza' undeftly delves beneath Singapore's orderly, multicultural facade

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

With a police standoff as a catalyst, "Unlucky Plaza" imagines what malaises could possibly lie beneath Singapore's orderly, multicultural facade. Porko's, a Filipino eatery inconspicuously tucked away in the sterile Lucky Plaza mall, has seen its business plummet since a well-publicized salmonella...

'13 Hours' is Michael Bay's confusing take on fatal Benghazi attack

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

At first glance, it would appear that the only thing director Michael Bay and the Libyan city of Benghazi have in common is the initial letter B. Yet here they are joined at the hip in "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." Bay, best known for allowing toys to live large in the seemingly...

'The Benefactor' is rich in character, poor in story

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The title character of "The Benefactor" is a poor little gazillionaire, troubled and isolated, his hard-driving brand of charm so aggressive that it's cringe-inducing. It's the sort of showcase role that's all too obviously designed to attract name talent to a debut screenplay. Richard Gere obliges,...

'Anesthesia' a rumination on existential alienation in 21st century New York

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

There's a certain satisfaction that can be found in a looping, tangled cinematic narrative of interwoven lives in an anonymous urban environment — the coincidences and conflicts that elucidate the proximity of city life. This is the idea behind Tim Blake Nelson's "Anesthesia," which starts with...

'Norm of the North' ploddingly follows in footsteps of 'Happy Feet'

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Treading blatantly on "Happy Feet" terrain, "Norm of the North" is a blandly uninspired animated adventure about a gentle polar bear who rises to the occasion when his frozen habitat is threatened by a greedy land developer. Preferring to entertain tourists with his dance moves over hunting seals,...

Oscars 2016: Some nods sadly predictable, others encouraging. And what about Ridley Scott's shocking snub?

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Maybe the film academy can handle only one career coronation at a time. DiCaprio, yes. Ridley Scott, no. How else do you explain the shocking exclusion of legendary filmmaker Scott, even though his movie earned seven Oscar nominations, including best picture? Has the ornery Brit rubbed people the...

Oscars 2016: In the animation race, some favorites and some little-seen gems

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Pixar’s blockbuster about sadness, Charlie Kaufman’s Kickstarter dream project, Hayao Miyazaki’s (probable) lush swan song, England’s swashbuckling silent film starring a sheep and a Brazilian boy’s kaleidoscopic journey are the animated features earning Oscar nods this year. The odds-on favorite...

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