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Going solo at Disneyland helps the imagination go wild

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The Disneyland employee - "cast member" in park parlance - caught me by surprise. "You look really lonely," she said.

Classic thriller 'The Third Man' screens in a new light at Landmark Nuart

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, "The Third Man" is back in the best shape of its life. Opening Friday for a one-week run at the Landmark Nuart in West L.A., the film appears in the new 4K high-resolution version that was the toast of Cannes, the first restoration of...

Indie Focus: Joining in (or not) with ‘The Tribe,’ ‘Ted 2’ & the Academy

  Subscribe to the newsletter   Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. We here at Indie Focus HQ are just bubbling over with excitement at the run of screening events that will be coming up in July and August. Times subscribers are given priority...

The superb, thrilling 'Third Man' returns in a brilliant restoration

It was the rare film of Graham Greene's work that the novelist was happy with, the only example of Orson Welles' that the actor liked well enough to watch on television. A film of brilliant pieces that coalesce into a superb whole, it could only be "The Third Man," and it is back in the best shape...

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites 322 to join in diversity effort

Actors David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Stone and director Justin Lin were among an unusually large and demographically broad group invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this week.

'Fresh Dressed' checks out the why of what gets worn

Given the demand for today's latest "It" label and status accessories, and the constant push by media toward the next must-have purchase, a film that approaches clothing from a timeless point of view is a welcome respite from the exhausting cycle of trends that fuel the fashion industry.

6 women in film talk about the movie industry's challenges and pluses

When a U.S. senator praises a movie studio for hiring two women, a Hollywood issue has officially entered the wider conversation.

Benicio Del Toro brings out the menace in 'Escobar'

The grandly titled "Escobar: Paradise Lost" follows the fall of not, as Milton would have it, Man, but of one particular (fictional) man, a naive Canadian surfer who finds himself enmeshed in the turbulent life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

'Glass Chin' a neo-noir knockout with fight-ready cast

Punchy dialogue, sharply drawn characters and excellent performances fuel "Glass Chin," an intimate drama that's set in the boxing world but is about so much more. It's the kind of terrific little indie that not so long ago might have gone quite a few rounds on art-house screens before hitting...

'Jurassic World' battles sexism claims, in heels

"Jurassic World" may have had a record-setting box office opening, but claims of sexism are chasing after this movie like a giant T. rex. For a film that intentionally surrounds itself with scads of glorious female dinosaurs, many accuse director Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic" of having surprisingly...

Black nerd culture has its day in 'Dope'

The world of the black nerd in contemporary Inglewood, as depicted by screenwriter and director Rick Famuyiwa in his new film "Dope," is one I instantly recognize.

'Infinitely Polar Bear' emphasizes resilience with bipolar dad

Recalling her 1970s childhood, screenwriter Maya Forbes makes her directorial debut with a work of fond nostalgia about a difficult time in "Infinitely Polar Bear," which views the fallout of mental illness through the bright prism of family resilience and good humor.

Indie Focus: Diversity, discovery and the L.A. Film Fest. And lots of Lily Tomlin

    Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to this week's Indie Focus newsletter. Think of this as your field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. It's been a busy week here at Indie Focus HQ. And that's the way we like it, and hope you all do too. We're very excited about our Indie Focus Screening...

Christopher Lee dies: Six of his sinister villain roles

Christopher Lee, the courtly British actor who died at age 93 this week, was a prolific performer who made more than 275 movies during a screen career stretching back to the 1940s. And while he played such diverse characters as Sherlock Holmes, Georges Seurat and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Lee will forever...

Watching 'GoodFellas' with 'The Wolfpack' brothers who escaped their isolated world through movies

Mukunda Angulo, one of the most outgoing of the six fraternal cinephiles known as the Wolfpack, looked around the stately confines of the Upper West Side's Beacon Theater.

Indie Focus: ‘Spy’ v ‘Entourage’ and the RomCom you have to see

    Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to this week's Indie Focus newsletter. Think of this as your field guide to a world of Only Good Movies, spotlighting what's going on in the world of cinema in Los Angeles and the world beyond. We had an exciting Indie Focus Screening Series event last week...

It's Shirley Temple week

It's a Shirley Temple-palooza this week. Two of the Mop Top's most popular films - 1935's "Curly Top," in which she introduced "Animal Crackers in My Soup," and 1937's "Heidi" - screen Sunday afternoon at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theater in Santa Monica, which was the Depression-era superstar's...

Director Joe Dante is a genre success

Director Joe Dante is one of the "monster kids" - people who grew up watching the Universal horror films on TV in the 1950s.

'The Nightmare' seems more thin mood piece than documentary

There's a reason Rodney Ascher's documentary is called "The Nightmare" as opposed to, say, "Nightmares." That's because his eight interviewees, who were filmed separately and do not know one another, all endure a version of the same wretched sleep vision: an inability to move, terrifying sounds...

This rom-com regimen gets good 'Results'

The rom-com isn't such a lost cause, after all. It was just waiting for someone like indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski to resuscitate it.

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