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Oscar foreign-language shortlist includes 'Toni Erdmann,' 'Land of Mine' and 'The Salesman'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the shortlist of nine films making it on to the next round in the race for the Oscar for best foreign-language film. Whittled down from 85 films in consideration, the shortlist will be narrowed to five when Oscar nominations are announced...

Oliver Stone to receive Writers Guild of America, West 2017 Laurel Award

The Writers Guild of America, West announced Thursday that Oliver Stone will receive the 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement as part of the guild’s award show  Feb. 19. Known as a politically-minded provocateur, Stone’s work as writer and director includes “Snowden,” released earlier...

Even with the ultimate clock ticking, 'Two Weeks to Go' is more selfie than movie

It’s a long shot to categorize “Two Weeks to Go” as a “movie,” as it’s really just an hour-long video blog shot (poorly) on a laptop and iPhone. It’s written, directed and performed by filmmaker Cameron Pazirandeh, who plays  a reclusive Los Angeles man claiming to have been given two weeks to...

'Sins of Our Youth' lacks emotional heft to tackle gun violence

By all the on-screen evidence, the idea behind “Sins of Our Youth” appears to have originated in a night of substance abuse. Directed by Gary Entin and written by his twin brother, Edmund, the thriller tries to address guns and violence in our culture, but it does a better job of simply turning...

Genre-confused 'City of Dead Men' led astray by pretense

In the grim crime story “City of Dead Men,” Diego Boneta plays Michael, a cash-strapped, globe-hopping American who makes the mistake that so many gringos do in genre pictures: He trusts an exotic lady promising something too good to be true. Michael gets involved with a group of rebellious Colombian...

'Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil' looks at the country's horrifying Nazi past

Director Belisario Franca based the chilling documentary “Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil,” which she co-wrote with Bianca Lenti, on a doctoral thesis by professor-historian Sidney Aguilar Filho. His research showed how, in the early 1930s, 50 black boys were moved from a Rio de Janeiro orphanage,...

'Southside With You' winningly revisits the Obamas' first date

The final year of Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House brought with it two remarkably sensitive cinematic portraits of the president as a young man: Vikram Gandhi’s “Barry,” which opens this week in theaters and on Netflix, and Richard Tanne’s “Southside With You,” newly out on DVD. Inspired...

Long-gestating 'Solace' delivers some old-school serial killer flair

The serial killer thriller “Solace” was stuck in development limbo for over a decade — so long that at one point its story was pitched as a possible sequel to “Se7en.” The movie feels like a leftover from an earlier era, when cops chased mad geniuses across multiplex screens seemingly every weekend....

The erotic fan fiction of 'Slash' provides a coming-of-age tale for the social media age

Clay Liford’s refreshingly queer and progressive “Slash” is the nerd-sexy coming-of-age tale the Internet age so desperately needs. Take a quick scan of Tumblr to discover the new world of fluidly networked sexualities, played out on the canvas of popular culture. “Slash” perfectly captures that...

Aussie western 'The Legend of Ben Hall' goes on and on

Often the word “legend” in a film title can be a fairly good indicator that you’re not in for a breezy frolic, but that still doesn’t prepare you for the ponderously protracted slog that is “The Legend of Ben Hall.” Chronicling the last five months (feeling like they’re playing out in real time)...

Border drama 'The Hollow Point' sacrifices logic for violence

It shouldn’t be that difficult to wring nasty fun out of Ian McShane as a hard-drinking sheriff with an itchy trigger finger and a penchant for addressing suspects as “Hey, stupid!” But somehow, “The Hollow Point,” directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, doesn’t, finding the least pleasurable route...

'American Wrestler' winningly combines sports drama with immigrant saga

It might not add any fresh moves to the inspirational sports movie playbook, but the nicely crafted “American Wrestler: The Wizard,” about a teen who escapes from post-revolution Iran only to face hostile discrimination in Northern California circa 1980, possesses a potent timeliness. Taking its...

Palm Springs International Film Festival unveils 2017 line-up, to open with 'The Sense of an Ending'

The Palm Springs International Film festival unveiled the lineup for its 2017 edition on Thursday morning.  Running Jan. 2-16, the festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries. Among the selections will be 43 of the 85 official submissions for the foreign language Academy Award. The festival’s...

Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn roar through the lovingly restored Oscar winner 'The Lion in Winter'

A classic from a bygone era, "The Lion in Winter" has got some years on it, but it can still roar when it counts. A literate epic that utilizes both pageantry and splendid language, "Lion" — now digitally restored — was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture, in 1969.  It took home...

Pablo Larraín's 'Neruda' is a richly imagined biographical fantasia

“Neruda,” an intoxicating puzzle of a movie directed by Pablo Larraín, chronicles a strange, harrowing episode from the late 1940s, when the Chilean government’s crackdown on communism drove the great poet and politician Pablo Neruda underground. Specifically, the film unravels the tricky game...

'Barry' is the amiably low-key, mostly imagined portrait of the man who would be president

Spend enough movie time with a youthful Barack Obama and one thing will be perfectly clear: That young man was a heck of a heavy smoker. “Barry," the latest pre-presidential Obama biopic, takes place a few years before the recent "Southside With You," but both depict a young person who went through...

Felicity Jones, the heroine of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

Despite the media and fan excitement generated by the consecutive casting of a female lead in the two most recent “Star Wars” movies, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” star Felicity Jones seems politely unsurprised. “I’m asked a lot, ‘Oh, my God. It’s a female lead.’ I sort of feel like, if it was...

'Silence,' 'Moonlight,' 'Manchester' highlight Times film critic Justin Chang's Top 10 movies

To interpret cinema through the lens of current events has long been the critic’s prerogative, challenge and occasional Achilles’ heel. But by the end of a year like 2016, it also felt like an obligation. When the elegant, mind-bending sci-fi thriller “Arrival” opened Nov. 11, three days after...

'Manchester By the Sea,' 'Fences' and 'Moonlight' lead the Screen Actors Guild awards nominations

Screen Actors Guild Awards voters mostly went along with the crowd Wednesday, nominating the actors and ensembles from “Moonlight” and Manchester by the Sea,” but, notably, overlooking the ensemble from “La La Land" in the cast category. Among the movie pairings nominated for this year’s SAG Awards:...

National Film Registry makes a 2016 list for the ages including 'East of Eden,' 'The Birds,' 'Thelma & Louise' and more

The National Film Registry’s Class of 2016 has arrived, bringing to 700 the number of titles in the collection of “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant motion pictures.  Get this: It’s loaded with millennials.  Ten of the 25 films selected by the librarian of Congress this year...

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