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Post-Holocaust drama 'To Life' lacks emotional connection

More resonant in theory than in execution, the post-Holocaust drama “To Life” never truly embraces the promise of its title or the roiling emotion beneath its surface.   Director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann, who co-wrote with Danièle D'Antoni, was inspired here by the experiences of his late Auschwitz-survivor...

An overlooked classic, 'The Fallen Idol' gets a triumphant rerelease

For a brief but dazzling period, from 1947 through 1949, Carol Reed was the director of the moment in the English-speaking world. Two of the films of that era, “Odd Man Out” and “The Third Man,” have been widely admired, but the third, 1948’s “The Fallen Idol,” has been more difficult to experience....

Xavier Dolan is annoyed ... and resigned ... and a little depressed

Film directors are well-known for sloughing off bad reviews, or saying they don't read critics entirely. Such an attitude might have helped the emotional health of Xavier Dolan, the 27-year-old French-Canadian director of "Mommy" and the divisive new Cannes drama "It's Only the End of the World,"...

Five films that were faced with the theatrical/streaming choice

Here are five prominent films that showcase the choices filmmakers face about how to distribute their work: "Beasts of No Nation" (Netflix) Director: Cary Fukunaga Netflix picked up the rights to Fukunaga's brutal drama about a child soldier in West Africa for $12 million. Released simultaneously...

Qualifying for the Oscars can affect distribution plans for films

If the distinctions between film and television seem to be breaking down with creators and audiences alike, one place that still holds to a strict definition between the two is the Oscars. As the official rules and eligibility guide states, the Academy Awards are “to honor outstanding artistic...

The Blur: To stream or not to stream: Filmmakers face a tough choice on getting their films to audiences

As everyone knows, Spike Lee has never been afraid to take a strong stand for what he thinks is right. But these days, when he speaks to aspiring young filmmakers, the man who made "Do the Right Thing" says that — at least when it comes to making movies in the digital age — there is not necessarily...

Healthcare is a 'Monster' we can all relate to and fear

Although the title might suggest cheesy sensationalism, “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” serves as a sobering, all-too-relatable indictment of the bureaucratic Hydra that is the medical insurance industry. When their healthcare provider won’t approve a drug treatment for her cancer-stricken husband...

'Manhattan Night' is a classy, if confusing, neo-noir

“Manhattan Night” is a modestly budgeted urban neo-noir and a throwback to the days when moody detective stories were B-picture staples. It’s not a great movie but a welcome one, if only for how it attempts to revive a whole genre. Writer-director Brian DeCubellis adapts a Colin Harrison novel about...

Going under the shell of Cannes' animated sensation 'The Red Turtle'

CANNES, France – The opportunity to make a feature film is, for most directors, the ultimate grail, a pearl without price, but for Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit, it’s always been an offer he felt he had to refuse. Until he couldn’t. The 62-year old Dudok de Wit, a Dutch filmmaker based in...

Politics and cellphones make strange bedfellows in documentary 'Weiner'

Once again, truth proves stranger than fiction in the raucous and provocative documentary “Weiner.”  This absorbing, entertaining film takes a decidedly warts-and-all look at disgraced, seven-term Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner and his propulsive if ill-fated 2013 run for mayor of New York...

'Measure of a Man' boldly tracks tragedy of the working class

Sobering and political, Stéphane Brizé’s quietly tragic social drama “The Measure of a Man” puts an unemployed, middle-aged husband and father (Vincent Lindon) into the kind of economic and moral quagmire reminiscent of the wrenching working-life stories told by Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne...

In 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,' Seth Rogen and Zac Efron face their femme fears

When a concerned dad visits his college-age daughter in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and finds a female party den to rival any beer-soaked lair in “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” he asks the logical question: “So you get to be as dumb as the boys now?” Yep, pretty much. Title IX has finally...

'From Here to Eternity' blasts viewers with atomic bomb

The Times' longtime critic Edwin Schallert had a strong negative reaction to "From Here to Eternity" on Oct. 1, 1953. Despite that review, the film --  based on James Jones' novel, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra --  went...

Cannes: Pablo Larraín takes the road less traveled with 'Neruda'

For audiences familiar with the award-winning work of Chile’s Pablo Larraín, the protean writer-director of films such as “Tony Manero,” “No” and “The Club,” it will come as little surprise that even one of his more conventional-sounding pictures should turn out to be anything but. So it is with...

Feminism, Spielberg and a German showstopper: Times staffers make sense of Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival hits its one-week mark Wednesday night, and while for some that sounds like an endless amount of time, for those at the fest -- where big movies from the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Sean Penn and Nicolas Winding Refn are yet to premiere -- that's far from the end. It's a good...

Sony and Rovio hope $400-million promotional blitz will help 'Angry Birds' soar

The "Angry Birds" video game has been an object of obsession for celebrities, public intellectuals and government officials.  And now Sony Pictures Entertainment and game developer Rovio Entertainment are hoping to turn the addictive mobile app into a much needed summer box-office hit. Sony, which...

Hello 'Darkness,' my old friend, the same old horror once again

Blumhouse Productions stays in “Paranormal Activity”/“Insidious” mode with “The Darkness,” its latest slick-looking, modestly budgeted ghost-fest. From the troubled child who communes with the beyond to the featureless suburban home that hosts malicious spirits, this movie ticks all the boxes for...

Cruise-ing in the media stratosphere

Even though “Top Gun” is now credited as one of the films that helped to launch Tom Cruise’s career, when the movie first came out in 1986, some felt the actor’s performance was divisive. He was also in the midst of navigating his newfound stardom. In an interview with The Times just after “Top...

Travolta, Meloni satisfy in familiar 'I Am Wrath'

The plot points play out like they were written with yellow Hi-Liter, but the standard-issue revenge thriller, “I Am Wrath” still proves somewhat satisfying thanks to the pairing of John Travolta and Christopher Meloni as reformed black-ops agents pressed back into action after a personal tragedy....

Hilarious 'How to Plan an Orgy' has surprising heart

“How to Plan An Orgy In A Small Town,” you ask? It starts with a dare -- a dare fueled by a long-standing high school rivalry. After a particularly humiliating teenage sexual experience, and subsequent slut-shaming, Cassie Cranston (Jewel Staite) left home in a huff, streaking topless down Main...

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