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'3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Awkwardly aiming for a tone landing somewhere between vintage pulp fiction and self-reverential satire, the stagy low-budget crime thriller "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun" is constructed around the admittedly alluring premise of a sought-after movie script that spells doom for everyone it touches.

'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer' a farcical look at the mob

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer" works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.

Quirky 'Home,' with Jim Parsons and Rihanna, keeps it too light

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

As a certain Boov, buoyantly voiced by that alien life force Jim Parsons, might say: Best silly ever is to be having in "Home."

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence have strong bond in 'Serena'

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Several months before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would become bona fide movie stars with the late-2012 release of "Silver Linings Playbook," they shot the Depression-era tale "Serena." However, unlike "Linings" and their third collaboration, 2013's acclaimed "American Hustle," the...

Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The elegant, tantalizing Japanese American neo-noir "Man From Reno," set in the Bay Area and directed with sincere genre artistry by Dave Boyle, threads together a pair of narrative strands appealing to any mystery buff: the percolating thrill of amateur sleuthing and the cool, deductive...

'Apartment Troubles' only the start of pair's problems

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

With the excruciating gal-pal comedy "Apartment Troubles," writer-director-stars Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger have created such blurry, unappealing characters that their film is hamstrung from the get-go. That they never find a functional narrative in which to place said characters only...

Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Kevin Hart is Hollywood's current favorite comic it guy. He's been playing the best black friend in one film after another: "Think Like a Man" 1 and "Too" opposite Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco; "Ride Along," 1 and soon to be 2 opposite Ice Cube; "The Wedding...

Life's amusing little trip-ups 'While We're Young' and ever after

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Sharp, funny and dead-on accurate about the way we live now, "While We're Young" is not a film about eternal youth but, rather, about coming to terms with growing older. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah...

Carl Gottlieb took a bit out of 'Jaws' script and created a monster hit

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Carl Gottlieb met Steven Spielberg through their mutual agent, Mike Medavoy, when the Oscar-winning director was still "the new kid in town" back in 1968.

Julie Andrews on 'The Sound of Music,' film, fame and Lady Gaga

4 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Julie Andrews will take the stage at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday night for a 50th anniversary screening of "The Sound of Music," where she's appearing with Christopher Plummer, her costar in the beloved best picture-winning film at the opening night of the TCM Classic Film...

'In the Woods' leaps from musical theater to movie theaters

New releases on DVD, Blu-ray and/or VOD: 'Into the Woods,' 'The Thin Blue Line,' 'Unbroken,' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' and more. New releases on DVD, Blu-ray and/or VOD: 'Into the Woods,' 'The Thin Blue Line,' 'Unbroken,' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' and more.

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach is hitting that middle-age groove

Both the exchange from Ibsen's stage play "The Master Builder" that opens the film and the lyrics to Paul McCartney's jaunty song "Let 'Em In" that close it point to similar questions about aging with grace and wisdom while remaining receptive to new ideas. "While We're Young" may not have...

After 45 years, Pepe Serna is finally a leading man

Pepe Serna arrives carrying a big bag. Inside is a treasured bit of movie history: his prop arm from Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster masterpiece "Scarface."

Behind-the-scenes look at the making of 'The Quiet Man'

"John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man," a 2012 Irish documentary that earned a nomination at the Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, is arriving stateside Tuesday on DVD from Olive Films. Directed by Sé Merry Doyle and narrated by Gabriel Byrne, "John Ford" offers a...

Visual effects artist's Hollywood path began in Albania, with detour in Kosovo

Gunfire from a dying war echoed in the distance as Ergin Kuke, who didn't know it at the time but was destined for Hollywood, hustled through a mountain night. Tanks clattered. Paramilitaries roamed. Kuke had spent days translating for journalists. He had escaped death at least once, and now,...

'Sex and the Single Alien' off the mark in aim for silly, adult fun

Movies don't come much lamer than "Sex and the Single Alien," a nonsensical sci-fi comedy whose saving grace is that it's barely an hour long.

'Like Sunday, Like Rain' is tender, hitting the right notes

Writer-director Frank Whaley, primarily a busy film and TV actor ("Field of Dreams," "Ray Donovan"), has crafted a tender, evocative tale of an unlikely friendship in his fourth outing behind the camera, "Like Sunday, Like Rain."

'The Gunman' with Sean Penn a misfire that wastes strong cast

At one point in "The Gunman," a pack of well-armed assassins is in hot pursuit of Sean Penn's sniper and his beautiful distressed damsel when suddenly she stops, refusing to go one step farther until he explains what the heck is going on.

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