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Documentary 'Dancer' gracefully captures turmoil within Segei Polunin

Ukraine-born ballet superstar Sergei Polunin loves to dance but doesn’t always know why he’s dancing. That internal conflict is at the heart of Steven Cantor’s sensitive, luxuriantly filmed documentary about the princely, magnetic Polunin, “Dancer,” a title that in the 26-year-old artist’s eyes...

Toronto 2016: The hypnotic urgency of Bertrand Bonello's 'Nocturama'

Though the official opening night film is the big-budget Hollywood remake of “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington, there are actually many other movies also screening Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among them is the international premiere of French filmmaker...

Ken Burns' 'Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War' crisply portrays an American couple's heroism

Not everyone hears the drumbeat of war, but those who do, and turn it into life-saving action, often become some of the most memorable, affirming figures to emerge from the horrors of conflict. Such is the case of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, married Unitarians from Massachusetts who heeded their...

Connections are elusive in the dreamy Cabo drama 'El Ganzo'

A voyage south of the border is a truly strange trip in Steve Balderson’s “El Ganzo.” His stars, Anslem Richardson and Susan Traylor, take co-writing credits in this tale of two wandering souls who cross paths at the hotel El Ganzo in Cabo San Lucas. Lizzy (Traylor), endures a fender bender en...

Justin Tipping's nimble East Bay drama 'Kicks' is about a lot more than sneakers

For 15-year-old Brandon (Jahking Guillory), the frizzy-haired, undersized kid protagonist of Justin Tipping’s agile feature debut “Kicks,” navigating adolescence and a rough, depressed Oakland neighborhood is like working a double shift that doesn’t pay. He’s got a status-bump goal, though, and...

'The People Garden' falls in the forest and doesn't make a sound (or much of anything else)

Japan’s Aokigahara forest is infamous as a haunted place, where people from around the world travel to commit suicide. In 2016 though, it’s become where film crews go to make bad movies. First “The Forest,” then “The Sea of Trees,” and now “The People Garden” have all transformed the eerie beauty...

Grindhouse-style 'Happy Birthday' talks its sadistic head off

There’s a fine line between mocking obnoxious bro behavior and celebrating it, and writer-director Casey Tebo’s “Happy Birthday” too often falls on the wrong side of the divide. Though well-acted and stylish, this meta-grindhouse exercise strains under its own self-satisfied cleverness. Matt Bush...

First-time director Justin Tipping isn't in it just for 'Kicks'

At 16, Justin Tipping became a man — or that’s what his older brother told him. Tipping remembers rocking a fresh pair of white-on-white Nikes, known as Prestos, around his Bay Area neighborhood when a car full of guys noticed the shoes. He was “stomped out, beat down,” but able to keep his sneakers...

Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks team up to tell the tale of a stoic, heroic 'Sully'

Several factors might have drawn Clint Eastwood to directing "Sully," the story of 2009's "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing of a U.S. Airways passenger jet on that frigid New York river, but one that's not the most obvious might be the most significant. "Sully" stars Tom Hanks as Captain...

A Border Patrol drug bust goes awry in powerfully taut 'Transpecos'

A seemingly routine inspection by U.S. Border Patrol officers in West Texas proves to have violent repercussions in “Transpecos,” an effectively moody, well-acted and impressively understated thriller by Greg Kwedar in his feature directing debut. It looks like just another day in the sun-drenched,...

'SNL' stars Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan frolic in run-of-the-mill 'Brother Nature'

“Saturday Night Live” favorites Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan square off in “Brother Nature,” an odd couple blended-family comedy scripted by Killam, Mikey Day and Cameron Fay. Directed by longtime “SNL” digital short filmmakers the late Matt Villines and Oz Rodriguez, it derives its formula...

Nothing in the woeful drama 'Max Rose' will make the Jerry Lewis career-highlight reel

Given that 90-year-old show biz legend Jerry Lewis hasn’t been seen in a starring role since 1995’s “Funny Bones,” his lead turn in the drama “Max Rose” should be something of a big-screen event. Unfortunately, the movie, written and directed by Daniel Noah, is such a maudlin, ham-fisted dud, it...

Detroit-set shocker 'Antibirth' explores the horror beneath American drug culture

Detroit has provided a vivid backdrop to the terrific recent horror films “It Follows,” “Don’t Breathe” and “Only Lovers Left Alive,” but Michigan’s urban blight has never been as much of a malevolent character as it is in “Antibirth,” a queasy indie shocker about a young woman getting wasted in...

'Author: The JT LeRoy Story' lets a hoaxster speak rivetingly in her own words

In the decade since she was outed as the mastermind behind the one-time literary phenomenon JT LeRoy, the San Francisco-based writer Laura Albert has been called many things: fraud, disgrace, con artist, pathological liar (her own words, that last one). It’s telling that in his rich and thorny...

New Film4 chief Daniel Battsek on Amazon, Nate Parker and his Miramax past

The British company Film4 was one of the quiet powerhouses of last Oscar season, responsible in part for contenders such as "Room," "Carol," “45 Years” and “Ex Machina.” The financing-and-production firm will be back again this season, with dramatic pieces that include the coming-of-age tale ”American...

Toronto Film Festival: 30 movies our critic can't wait to see - or see again

There is always something new to see at the Toronto International Film Festival, and always something old worth catching up with. It’s a lesson that should be kept in mind as the ever-competitive fall movie season — of which this now 41-year-old festival has long been an important pillar — gets...

Read every single L.A. Times 'Star Trek' movie review from 1979 to 2016

"Star Trek" is celebrating 50 long years of existence, and tucked into those 50 years are 13 "Star Trek" movies of all kinds and caliber; there's even one  hinging on humpback whales. If you're planning a "Trek" movie marathon, look no further: We've cobbled together all the reviews from the first...

Exclusive clip: Blake Lively regains her sight in 'All I See Is You'

It was a big summer for Blake Lively. For years, she's been identified primarily as a television star, best known for her role on “Gossip Girl.” But 2016 was the year she finally proved herself at the movies: Her low-budget shark thriller, “The Shallows,” is about to surpass $100 million in ticket...

Telluride Film Festival audiences take a shine to Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight'

While writer-director Barry Jenkins was shooting his new movie, “Moonlight,” in Miami’s Liberty Square neighborhood, residents gathered around the filmmaker, who grew up in the area nicknamed “the Pork & Beans,” to enjoy a rare sight. “ ‘Miami Vice’ does not shoot in the Pork & Beans,” Jenkins...

Gabrielle Union, herself a sexual assault survivor, on playing a woman who is raped in Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation'

Over the course of her more than 20-year career, actress Gabrielle Union, 43, has turned down multiple offers to play a character who is raped, never feeling that a role was worth the pain she would have to endure to perform it. Union, who was raped at age 19 during a robbery at a Payless shoe...

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