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Gripping 'Animals' shows harrowing lives of drug-addicted pair

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It's gritty and grim, but "Animals" is also a gripping portrait of young junkies in love. Director Collin Schiffli, making his feature debut, and David Dastmalchian, the impressive writer and actor here, show insight and restraint as they explore the desperate world of drug addiction.

'Echoes of War's' committed cast lifts western tale

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The somber period western "Echoes of War" retraces some well-traveled moral ground but is invigorated by a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry and William Forsythe.

Quentin Dupieux's absurdist 'Reality' is a real groaner

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Crafting a high-concept surrealistic comedy can be a tricky bit of business.

'Know How' a powerful take on real-life teens in foster care

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Based on a 2010 stage musical written by youths in foster care, "Know How" is an interconnected story of five young people systematically failed by family, institutions and other supposed safety nets while navigating violence, drugs and crime with no adult supervision.

'Dreams' lulls young and old through life with grace and truth

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

There is something about Blythe Danner's on-screen essence that is perfect for the gently aged widow she plays in "I'll See You in My Dreams," her first leading role in years.

Cannes: Hirokazu Kore-eda deftly explores family in 'Our Little Sister'

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

CANNES, France — The press-day publicity apparatus that surrounds directors of competition films at the Festival de Cannes is never less than surreal, but it feels especially out of place when the filmmaker in question is Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda.

'Good Kill,' with Ethan Hawke, targets human costs of drone warfare

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Form matches content in "Good Kill," a movie about the desensitizing effects of drone warfare. Repeated, suffocating scenes of remote warfare make you acutely aware of the soul-draining despair felt by its pilot protagonist.

'Pitch Perfect 2' brings more lowbrow fun

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The comedy choir wars are more intense, more absurd and more lowbrow fun than ever in "Pitch Perfect 2." It is almost impossible not to be amused by the cutthroat world of competitive a cappella.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' rules: Keep it real and really wild

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

For longtime fans of director George Miller's "Mad Max" franchise, the brutal and often bizarre landscape of his reboot, "Mad Max: Fury Road," will be both nostalgically familiar and as alien as ever.

Female film directors are on outside looking in, but will ACLU flip the script?

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

On Valentine's Day two years ago, film director Maria Giese met with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission staffers in downtown L.A. to talk about an issue she said was stalling her career — gender discrimination.

ACLU calls for investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking on Hollywood's boys-club mentality.

Amy Berg's newest dark movie isn't a documentary -- finally

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

After directing "Deliver Us From Evil," her Oscar-nominated 2006 documentary chronicling sex-abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church, Amy Berg set her sights on directing a narrative feature.

'In the Company of Legends' recalls their documentary career with stars

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When they were looking for a host for their 1987 PBS documentary "Jimmy Stewart: A Wonderful Life," producer Joan Kramer and director David Heeley decided to approach Johnny Carson.

'Preggoland' delivers biting satire on modern pregnancy

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Writer and star Sonja Bennett skewers modern pregnancy culture in the cynical but stealthily heartwarming satire "Preggoland."

'Playing It Cool' leaves you cold despite star-packed cast

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"Playing It Cool" is a strained romantic comedy that seems to exist only to show how many talented, successful actors — first and foremost "Captain America" star Chris Evans — can be featured in one unworthy movie.

Actors keep sitcom-sentimental 'D Train' on track

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

A recognizably delusional schlub sits at the center of the loser comedy "The D Train," thanks to the sad-sack acumen of Jack Black.

'Skin Trade' turns serious issue into bare-knuckle brawl

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa team up for an international human-trafficking investigation in "Skin Trade," but first, they don't waste the opportunity to beat each other to a pulp.

On the lam with 'The 100-Year-Old Man'

3 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

One can pretty much ascertain from its title the basic plot of the Swedish film "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared."

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