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The subversive pleasure of Gael García Bernal's scoundrel in 'You’re Killing Me Susana'

Gael García Bernal is the most charming of actors, and one of the pleasures of his satisfying “You're Killing Me Susana” is watching him display that quality in a decidedly subversive way. Directed by Roberto Sneider as an engaging romantic comedy with some serious things on its mind, “Susana” is...

Quirky indie drama 'The Great & the Small' delivers emotional depth

Writer-director Dusty Bias takes a singular approach to telling an offbeat, oddly resonant tale of family, survival and redemption in “The Great & the Small.” Though it’s often too quirky for its own good and its bumpy narrative structure can be jarring, the film sneaks in quite a bit of depth...

Something new in found-footage horror flick 'VooDoo'

Strong lead performances and a startling twist juice up the found-footage exercise “VooDoo,” which squeezes unexpected novelty from an exhausted subgenre. Writer-director Tom Costabile brings real imagination to the form, producing something that fright fans might appreciate for being a little...

Screening Room: 'Dream Big's' engineer heroes in IMAX; Chinese Theatre looks toward 90; and 'O.J.' all day

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray majestically engaged the great outdoors in such documentaries as “Everest,” “The Living Sea,” “Dolphins” and “National Parks Adventure.” Now, he goes inside the human mind to explore how we make the seemingly impossible possible in “Dream Big:...

Cats and the city: 'Kedi' investigates the feline lives of Istanbul

“Kedi” means cat in Turkish. And while you don’t have to be crazy about cats to enjoy this documentary, it would certainly help.  As that Turkish title indicates, “Kedi” is shot on the streets of modern Istanbul, with director Ceyda Torun, who was born in the city, and her intrepid cameraman and...

Sam Fuller tribute in Westwood features screening of an unaired TV pilot and biographical doc

A tribute to the rambunctious Sam Fuller, director of such pulp classics as "Pickup On South Street” (1953) and "Shock Corridor" (1963), is always welcome, but the one scheduled by the UCLA Film & Television Archive for 7:30 p.m Saturday at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood is...

'Moonlight,' 'Manchester by the Sea' and more critics' picks, Feb. 17-23

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,...

Oscar ceremony producers promise joy, earnestness — and that they'll bring the funny

Veteran movie producers Jennifer Todd and Michael De Luca landed the job producing next week’s Oscars telecast by pitching the academy a novel concept: They wanted to bring “an overarching tone of joy.” Last week, De Luca (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Tropic Thunder”) and Todd (“The Social Network,”...

Flamboyant costumes for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' mirror the real-life inspiration

The first time audiences see Meryl Streep portraying real-life New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, she’s dressed in a lavish, white satin winged-angel costume, suspended in the air during a performance one could graciously call awkward, though no one dared. Costume designer Consolata Boyle...

Director Denis Villeneuve embraces the unknown with 'Arrival'

“At one point in my life I had to choose between mathematics and cinema,” says “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve, who sees a similarity in the two disciplines: problem-solving. “There’s pleasure in the complexity. When I’m talking to my editor, I start to draw equations, trying to understand...

Some tips for getting that Oscar speech just right — first, start writing it now

Barring something spectacular happening at the Oscars on Feb. 26, we know who's a shoo-in to win the imaginary best Speech of the Season statuette this year: Meryl Streep. The Oscar-winning actress' use of her lifetime achievement award acceptance at the Golden Globes in January to focus on political...

Thor is still the worst roommate in new 'Team Thor' short

Thor may have what it takes to wield Mjolnir, but he definitely is not worthy enough to be anybody's roommate.  Marvel has released a teaser for the next installment of "Team Thor" and with it fans get another glimpse inside roommate Darryl's woes: trying to get an Asgardian god of thunder to pay...

How will the SAG Awards influence the Oscars?

The Screen Actors Guild Awards has become such a strong indicator of the Oscars that it has created its own cottage industry of reasoning that publicists use to explain why their clients, the ones who lost at the SAGs, could still prevail with the film academy. The most common explanation offered:...

Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

Some award acceptance speeches are models of grace and class. Others are … well, a little out there. Here’s a look at some of each. Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia” (1994) Here's a measure of how popular Hanks was and is: He won his first lead actor Academy Award (of two in a row) for a groundbreaking...

Oscars select nine unique films as contenders — or are they?

With the Academy Award nominations now out, the race is finally on to guess wildly about which of the nine nominated films will win the big enchilada, best picture. Of course you could read our Buzzmeter panelists (latimes.com/buzzmeter) or The Gold Standard column (latimes.com/theenvelope) for...

From 'Arrival' to 'Moonlight' to 'Silence,' a look at the first frame of 9 films meant to pull you in

The first scene of a movie is often its defining moment: In subtle and large ways it lets the audience know where they are, where they’re going — and often, what to expect along the way. But deciding on that first major statement can be a challenge; sometimes, a main character dancing to “Thriller”...

Looking for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's 'La La Land'? Find James Dean's crowbar, for starters

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling first worked together auditioning for the 2011 romantic-comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Asked to improvise a scene, Gosling remembers, “We just couldn’t shut up. It was just lots to talk about and very easy.” That instant rapport was evident in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Gangster...

Two Oscar-nominated foreign-language films examine cruel times in young lives

Cruel stories of youth tie together a pair of movies nominated for the foreign language Academy Award. The Australian “Tanna,” directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, re-creates the legend of two star-crossed lovers who run afoul of tribal custom on a remote South Pacific island. Denmark’s...

Oscar nominee Ruth Negga's red carpet style blends demure and bold

Ruth Negga's starring role as Mildred Loving in "Loving" earned the film its only Oscar nomination, launching the Ethiopian-Irish actress on an intercontinental jet stream of red carpet appearances. At each, Negga has arrived fully in character - as Ruth Negga, force of nature. Though she's a petite...

The bonds of friendship are tight between 'Moonlight' director and cinematographer

The movie business can often be cutthroat. But this Oscar season may be most distinct for the number of loyal friendships that have imprinted on the nominated works. Whether it’s the longstanding collaboration between “La La Land’s” director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz or Denzel...

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