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UCLA fest looks at writers and directors from TV's golden age who transitioned to movies

It's a time when television is all the rage, when what's being done on the small screen is the envy of Hollywood. It's a time like today, only it's not. That time was the 1950s, when anthology shows like “Playhouse 90,” “Studio One,” “The Elgin Hour” and “Goodyear Television Playhouse” ran original...

João Pedro Rodrigues' 'The Ornithologist' is a transfixing spiritual and sexual odyssey

Early on in “The Ornithologist,” an entrancingly strange wilderness odyssey from Portuguese writer-director João Pedro Rodrigues, a handsome explorer named Fernando (Paul Hamy) awakens to find himself stripped to his underwear and tied to a tree. His bulging tighty-whities notwithstanding, Fernando’s...

The future of 'Spider-Man' rests with indie director Jon Watts

It’s been a wild ride for director Jon Watts. Tasked with bringing everyone’s favorite web-slinger to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Watts has entered the swirling $11.7-billion-grossing maelstrom of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And as every super hero knows, with great power...

Trey Parker on giving voice to 'Despicable Me 3' villain, mulling the end of 'South Park' and ignoring Trump

Trey Parker on playing a villain in "Despicable Me 3," satire in the Trump era and the future of "South Park."

The film academy's diversity push means neglected films have their shot at the canon

The first time I saw myself — black, queer and fabulous — fully reflected on the big screen was in 2008 with the release of Patrik-Ian Polk’s “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom.” I was 16 years old. In the 10 years since, I’ve discovered Polk’s “Punks” and “The Skinny,” Dee Rees’ “Pariah,” Tina Mabry’s...

Viggo Mortensen to accept Motion Picture Academy's membership invitation after previously declining

Joining the Motion Picture Academy is seen by many as one of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious memberships, an elite recognition in a profession that is admired and envied the world over. For others, not so much. Membership invitations went out to a list of 774 industry professionals released...

Documentary 'Food Evolution' turns to reason to discuss GMO controversy

Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, "Food Evolution" is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic. Persuasive rather than polemical, it's the unusual issue film that deals in counterintuitive reason rather than barely controlled hysteria. As directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, "Food...

German drama '13 Minutes' details 1939 assassination attempt on Hitler

A man is placing sticks of dynamite into a wall and setting a timer. Intensely focused and sweating profusely, he's under a lot of stress, and no wonder. The date is Nov. 8, 1939, the place is Munich, the target is Adolf Hitler. Inspired by a plot against der Führer that most people have never...

Brothers face off in woefully inept war drama 'Unfallen'

A risible misfire of a contemporary war drama, the low-budget “Unfallen” stands as an epic fail on all fronts. The ham-fisted saga, co-directed by Josh Hodgins and the single-named Dante, begins in early ’90s Tajikistan (courtesy of Washington state), where a pair of 7-year-old twin brothers are...

The cost of denying identity on display in powerful Swedish drama 'Sami Blood'

Breaking away from family is more than mere teen rebellion in “Sami Blood,” an eloquent coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden that revolves around a spellbinding performance by young Lene Cecilia Sparrok. For Elle-Marja, the tough and quick-witted 14-year-old at the charged center of the film,...

Chinese time-travel thriller 'Reset' could use some fast forward

Time creeps by in “Reset,” a Chinese sci-fi film with a strong concept and weak execution. Director Chang and screenwriter Cha Muchun create a vision of 2025, when two rival corporations vie to be the first to successfully travel through time and that discovery is worth killing for. Xia Tian (Yang...

Randy nuns run amok in failed nunsploitation parody 'The Little Hours'

In Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours,” a cheeky adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century collection of novellas, “The Decameron,” the filmmaker makes an attempt at “nunsploitation,” that 1970s sub-genre of repressed sexuality and confused perversity. However, the casualness with which the film...

Errol Morris reveals subject's charm in doc 'The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography'

Large pictures, small joys and an archive’s radiance are the building blocks for the charm offensive that is “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” Errol Morris’ winning documentary about his unsung artist friend, a fixture in Cambridge, Mass., whose specialty is large-format Polaroids...

A strong story propels hair mogul bio-doc 'Good Fortune,' but it's still just product

To fairly critique the documentary “Good Fortune,” one must separate the film from its subject, famed entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria. As presented by producers-directors Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the billionaire philanthropist seems legitimately beyond reproach: humble, optimistic,...

NBC's 'Timeless' relocating to California under expanded tax credit program

NBC’s “Timeless,” which the network canceled last month only to resurrect a few days later amid outcry from fans, will move production to California from Vancouver, marking the 12th TV series to relocate under the state’s expanded tax incentive program that went into effect in 2015. The science-fiction...

Bracing doc 'Nowhere to Hide' puts you on the ground and on the run in war-torn Iraq

“Have you been injured before?” asks Iraqi emergency room nurse Nori Sharif of a patient being treated for head trauma. “No, never,” replies the older man. “Then you are not from Iraq,” jokes Sharif. It’s one of the extremely rare moments of levity shared in the potently immersive “Nowhere to Hide,”...

'The Reagan Show' captures the moment when style overtook substance

Before Ronald Reagan, presidents looked at television, rolled their eyes and dealt with it. With the movie cowboy from California, though, the love and respect was mutual. Documentarians Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill give us a semi-cheeky tour of this pivot point in performance-driven leadership...

French drama 'Marie Curie — The Courage of Knowledge' delivers stylish view of noted scientist

Though its subject might have been known for her scientific expertise, “Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge” takes a decidedly poetic approach to the life of the Nobel-Prize-winning scientist. Director Marie Noelle brings a dreamy, impressionistic style to this drama, focusing on Curie’s romantic...

Going home again can be terrifying in otherwise bland horror film 'Darkness Rising'

The haunted house thriller “Darkness Rising” is the latest in a recent wave of horror films that root supernatural terror in real childhood trauma. Veteran TV director Austin Reading, accomplished genre screenwriter Vikram Weet, and a well-traveled cast all make this picture a smoother ride than...

Well-intended Appalachia-set drama 'Blue' fails to gel

The well-intentioned drama “Blue” has some poignant moments, a few nice performances and a relatable message but is undercut by a flat visual style and an often simplistic narrative. Director-editor Charles Huddleston, who co-wrote with actress Michele Martin, was inspired by the real-life story...

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