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So what to make of 'Batman v Superman's' box-office plummet?

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Few box-office indicators are more confounding than the second-weekend drop. On the one hand, the drop -- the percentage of box-office dollars by which a release falls in its second weekend -- connotes that a film is neither good enough, nor has a fan base deep enough, to sustain itself beyond...

Indie Focus: A fresh look at Chantal Akerman all across L.A.

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. I cannot stress enough how exciting the Chantal Akerman tribute programs spotlighted below are for the cinema scene in Los Angeles. We are a world-class city for moviegoing, and to see multiple organizations...

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' rockets toward becoming a beloved classic

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney/Buena Vista, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available now on VOD Given that the seventh "Star Wars" chapter has made $2 billion worldwide, pretty much everybody who wants to see it probably already has. But it's in watching movies over and over at home that blockbusters...

The many deaths of Bruce Wayne's parents, ranked

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The melodramatic offing of the Wayne family is, understandably, the mental springboard that launches baby Bruce Wayne into his vigilantism career as Batman. It’s the cornerstone of the unraveling of the mind of the millionaire and the physical representation of the corruption and injustice in Gotham...

Kenneth Turan's pick of the week: 'My Golden Days'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

This weekend may be the last chance to see one of the best-reviewed films of the new year, French director Arnaud Desplechin's Cannes sensation "My Golden Days," remarkable for its intoxicatingly realistic portrayal of the intense emotionality, the intertwined joy and pain, of first love. "My Golden...

Classic Hollywood: Gregory Peck in his own words and Hollywood on horseback

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

This is Kevin Crust, your new tour guide as we continue to write about notable birthdays and deaths, movie and TV milestones, fun events around town and the latest in DVDs, soundtracks and books every Friday in our Classic Hollywood newsletter. You can also follow us on the Classic Hollywood Los...

'Standing Tall' really does in its take on France's juvenile justice system

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It's rare for moviegoers to see public institutions depicted in a heroic light, which makes "Standing Tall" something of an unfashionable eye-opener. The French drama's juvenile justice system is neither inept nor corrupt. Devoted personnel face seemingly incorrigible kids and insurmountable odds...

Truly 'Transfixed' by a documentary about a transitioning transsexual and waiting husband

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Talk about a pair of romantic underdogs. That would be Martine Stonehouse and John Gelmon, whose one-of-a-kind relationship is the focus of "Transfixed," an engrossing and deeply felt documentary that proves, once again, that love conquers all. Director Alon Kol tracked his Toronto-based subjects...

'Notfilm' gifts us with a charming look at an unlikely Beckett-Keaton pairing

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Unlikely and unlooked-for collaborations are thick on the land where moviemaking is concerned, but few have the resonance of the once-in-a-lifetime connection between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton. Hard as it is to believe, the inscrutable Irish avant-garde playwright and novelist and the American...

'Chongqing Hot Pot' serves up a twisty crime caper

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The title of writer-director Yang Qing's caper picture "Chongqing Hot Pot" refers to the city's culinary specialty: a spicy boiled dish served in hole-in-the-wall restaurants on nearly every block. The movie is similarly flavorful, but also just as common. Chen Kun, Qin Hao and Yu Entai play lifelong...

'They'll Have to Kill Us First' underscores the courage of Mali's musicians

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The music of Mali has long been a source of fascination and inspiration for Western artists — including Britpop star Damon Albarn, who produced a compilation of some of the country's gritty, polyrhythmic pop songs in 2002. But in global hot spots a lot can change in a hurry. In 2012, the northern...

'Kill Me, Deadly' takes a fun shot at a 1940s-style Hollywood mystery

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

There's lots of throwback fun to be had from "Kill Me, Deadly," a lovingly mounted and performed film noir spoof that evokes "The Big Sleep" by way of "The Naked Gun" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid." It's Hollywood, 1947, and hard-boiled, tough-talking gumshoe Charlie Nickels (Dean Lemont) finds...

'Dark Horse' pulls away with its sensitive portrayal of poverty and mental illness

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In "The Dark Horse," a New Zealand drama from writer-director James Napier Robertson about a real-life Maori chess coach with mental illness, star Cliff Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you're watching one more adversity saga with...

'Mexico's Bravest Man' or not? This documentary makes it hard to tell.

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

As its name suggests, the documentary "Mexico's Bravest Man" comes down on the side of its title character, Julian Leyzaola, the controversial former police chief of both Tijuana and Juárez. Still, director Charlie Minn wisely offers opinions and testimony from several naysayers to provide some...

Cop thriller 'Baskin' turns into imaginative gore-fest horror film

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Turkish director Can Evrenol's debut feature "Baskin" starts out as a gamy cop thriller then takes a hard right turn into horror. The pacing is slack and the splatter excessive, but this twisted cross-genre exercise should be red meat to gore-hounds. Gorkem Kasal stars as Arda, a green rookie suffering...

Plunge into the wonders of 'April and the Extraordinary World'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Though its output is at times overshadowed by work from other countries, French animation is a force to be reckoned with, and never more so than in the strangely wonderful, wonderfully strange "April and the Extraordinary World." With Marion Cotillard voicing the title character in both the original...

'Someone Else' leaves its audience somewhat less than impressed

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Those taking in "Someone Else," an unconvincing, nonlinear drama about a pair of dramatically different Korean American cousins who are attracted to the same woman, will soon likely be wishing they had chosen to watch something else. Arriving in New York City, Jamie (Aaron Yoo), a timid, recently...

'Miles Ahead,' Don Cheadle's valentine to jazz and Miles Davis, hits a few strange notes

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Is it easier to create a brilliant, mesmerizing performance than to write and direct a film that convincingly contains it? Based on the evidence presented by "Miles Ahead," the answer would have to be yes. A biographical drama centering on a handful of periods in the life of jazz trumpeter Miles...

Inside the team effort to make Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some!!'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Populated by a library, swimming pool, golf cart and several donkeys, the compound of Richard Linklater, the Oscar-nominated director of "Boyhood," isn't your typical filmmaker retreat. And when it comes to helping actors unwind after a long day, not many places on the property can compare to the...

Inspired by 'Zootopia,' kids in China are begging for rare, protected foxes as pets

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ever since Li Xing's son saw Disney's "Zootopia" two weeks ago, the 7-year-old from Tianjin, China, has been obsessed with getting his own Nick Wilde, the red fox con artist at the heart of the movie. "The kids wouldn't shut up about it. All they talk about is that film and the fox," said Li. "I...

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