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Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War' takes no prisoners at box office

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Marvel’s Avengers going to war can mean only one thing: complete box-office domination.  “Captain America: Civil War,” the latest offering from Disney’s Marvel Studios, grossed an estimated $75.2 million at the box office Friday, including $25 million from Thursday night showings alone, according...

'Star Wars' bit players look back on a galaxy far, far away in the genial 'Elstree 1976'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Given what a multibillion-dollar behemoth the "Star Wars" universe has become, it's fascinating to discover that a long time ago in a studio sound stage far, far away,  no one took it very seriously at all. "It didn't seem anything special to me," one man says of being in the 1977 film Star Wars,"...

This documentarian is fighting back against gay culture's 'No Fats, No Femmes' mantra

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Nobody wants to be fat and men don’t often want to be seen as effeminate, but for those in the gay community who live at the intersection of such identities, life can be like the worst case of double jeopardy. For Jamal Lewis however, who is also black and gender deviant, being fat and effeminate...

New in home entertainment: 'Joy,' 'Sin Alas' and '10 That Changed America'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

New on Blu-ray "Joy" (20th Century Fox DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) Many awards-season pundits predicted that David O. Russell's "Joy" would be a major player in the best-of-the-year race last fall, though ultimately only star Jennifer Lawrence got much attention. There's...

Inside the moment when Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It is one of the most unlikely images in existence. Two men of extreme power and influence, yet from completely different realms, one a politician and the other an entertainer. It is the kitschy incongruity of their appearance and body language, one stiff in a businessman's suit and the other relaxed...

Forgettable 'Term Life' doesn't pay off

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Early in the dramedy “Term Life,” Vince Vaughn’s character, Nick Barrow, explains that he has an odd job: “I plan heists.” Right from the jump, the film declares its allegiance to the universe of pulp paperbacks, B-movies, and trashy syndicated TV, where every hero is an antihero and every criminal...

'Hopelessly dated crapfest': Critics weigh in on 'Mother's Day'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When critics feel passionately about a movie, their writing sometimes seems elevated, as though the words come more easily and they're tapping into the pure critical center of their brain.  Unfortunately for "Mother's Day," it may not have solicited the type of critical passion it was looking for. ...

Peter Atencio, the silent partner behind 'Key & Peele,' makes his presence known throughout 'Keanu'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ads for the new film "Keanu," which combines kitten cuteness and gangster hardness, proclaim it as coming "from the visionary minds of Key and Peele." That would be Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's sketch television show "Key & Peele," which concluded its fifth and...

'Dough' is a bland mix of ingredients

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Attempting to give enhanced meaning to "high concept," the British export "Dough," about a kosher bakery that sees a boost in business after a little cannabis is added to the batter, is a stickily genteel, cross-cultural comedy-drama that comes up blandly lacking on all counts. When Nat Dayan (Jonathan...

Moody and in mourning, 'L'Attesa (The Wait)' explores depths of grief

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A psychological connection forms between two women around an unspoken secret in "L'Attesa (The Wait)," the feature debut of director Piero Messina. Jeanne (Lou de Laâge), on a trip to visit her estranged boyfriend, Giuseppe, at his home in Italy, unknowingly wanders into an oppressively stifling...

Dull 'Pali Road' captures Hawaii's beauty but not much else

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In the stately, stiff which-world-is-real drama "Pali Road," set in a Hawaii we know is actual and beautiful from director Jonathan Lim's many picturesque establishing shots, a woman suffers from consciousness problems tied to two men who love her. When young doctor Lily (Michelle Chen) and her...

'Keanu' will be catnip for 'Key & Peele' fans, but for the rest of the world... meh

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

We expect our comedies to be hit-and-miss. They're different from action movies, which in recent years have become numbingly relentless — hit-and-never-miss, unless you're third thug from the left and swarthy, and your job is to shoot and then die. Now we have the strange case of "Keanu," starring...

In the deft 'Viva,' a son's dream of being a drag performer is opposed by his surly father

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Emotional and effective, "Viva" is a torch song melodrama convincingly set in Havana even though it's written and directed by a pair of Irishmen. Nothing happens you won't see coming, but it's all so deftly done you're more than happy to wait for the inevitable to arrive. Shortlisted for the foreign...

Francis Ford Coppola to be honored with footprint ceremony and screening of 'The Conversation'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Is there any doubt that Francis Ford Coppola is the greatest American filmmaker of the 1970s? "The Godfather." "The Conversation." "The Godfather: Part II." "Apocalypse Now." Any two of those movies would put him in the running with Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, Martin...

'The Man Who Knew Infinity' is limited by formulaic treatment that adds up to a less-than-great film

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The story of self-taught mathematical wizard Srinavasa Ramanujan — who in 1913 traveled from colonial India to the halls of Cambridge in Britain, shattering stereotypes with his theoretical ingenuity before dying tragically young at 32 — has already inspired a number of books, plays and films....

'Mother's Day' is a monotonous and predictable group therapy session

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Much of the pre-release chatter around "Mother's Day," the latest holiday-themed group therapy session from director Garry Marshall ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve"), has focused on the subject of Julia Roberts' hair — specifically, the strawberry-blond Anna Wintour bob that her character wears...

'Sworn Virgin' is an absorbing glimpse at Balkan tradition

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"Sworn Virgin," Laura Bispuri's subdued and intimate debut feature, follows a young woman who has availed herself of a centuries-old Balkan tradition to live as a man. You could say the movie arrives at a fortuitous moment, given that transgender stories and experiences have never been more culturally...

'Vita Activa' raises provocative questions and insights into the life of philosopher Hannah Arendt

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Even decades after her death in 1975, political philosopher Hannah Arendt remains a figure of intense controversy, a situation the woman who said "there are no dangerous thoughts, thinking itself is dangerous" would doubtless approve of. As revealed in "Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt,"...

Alicia Vikander will step into Angelina Jolie's boots in the 'Tomb Raider' reboot

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ready your sidearms, Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander has been tapped to play Lara Croft in the upcoming "Tomb Raider" movie. This new "Tomb Raider," from MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films, will tell the story of a young Croft setting off on her first adventure. Yep, folks, it's another...

Actor Dev Patel has gone from 'Slumdog' to 'Infinity'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Actor Dev Patel has played many roles: a Slumdog Millionaire, a Marigold Hotel owner, a Network intern, an Airbender. Now he's grappling with impossible equations as Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in "The Man Who Knew Infinity." For the film, Londoner Patel had to master a Southern Indian...

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