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'Hateful Eight' amounts to hot air

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"The Hateful Eight" is an ultrawide bore. If you have the option, and you're committed to seeing the thing, you should see Quentin Tarantino's latest in one of its 100 or so limited-release "roadshow" screenings, projected on film, complete with overture (a lovely, eerie one from the great composer...

'Joy' has too many distractions to mop up

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

What makes writer-director David O. Russell's best work, films such as "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," so thrilling is that each is a high-wire act that runs the moment-to-moment risk of tumbling to the ground. In "Joy," his latest, Russell has more trouble than...

Hard-hitting 'Concussion' may have tried to tackle a bit too much

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Both intentionally and otherwise, "Concussion" is a troubling film. As the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who was key to discovering a link between playing football, concussions and a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, that can cause...

TMC's 'Thin Man' marathon helps ring in the new year

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

William Powell and Myrna Loy made a staggering 14 films together. Six of those were as the wealthy sophisticated married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles in MGM's popular "The Thin Man" series based on the Dashiell Hammett mystery novel. "The Thin Man," which also starred Skippy as their whip-smart...

Diane Ladd sees kindred spirit in 'Joy' costar Jennifer Lawrence

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

As a struggling teenage actress in New York, Diane Ladd worked as a Copa Girl at the famed Copacabana night club appearing with the likes of Buddy Hackett and Vic Damone. "That gave me a living," she said. "They auditioned 500 girls every month and only picked 13." To survive, the actress, author...

'The Revenant' is a survival tale of beautiful, brute strength

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Previous Alejandro G. Inarritu films such as "21 Grams," "Babel" and the Oscar-winning "Birdman" have not lacked for pretension and self-importance, so it comes as something of a pleasant surprise, possibly even to the director himself, that what he's come up with in "The Revenant" is a classic...

Michael Moore shows off his kinder, gentler side in the new film 'Where to Invade Next'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

For a notorious rabble-rouser and publicity hound, Michael Moore has kept a pretty low profile during the Obama presidency. The issues that animate Moore haven't disappeared, but from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to the Democratic presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, the social...

Michael Moore loses his way in the optimistic 'Where to Invade Next'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Michael Moore has said the early inspiration for "Where to Invade Next" came to him as a 19-year-old with a Eurail pass, astounded by the free healthcare he received in Sweden for a broken toe. It makes sense, then, that his new movie has the feel of an activist travelogue. How much filmgoers enjoy...

Adam Driver of 'Star Wars' reflects on the man behind the mask, Kylo Ren

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

His identity shielded by a scuffed-up mask, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens'" villain Kylo Ren could be mistaken for a DIY cosplayer if his rage and malevolent powers weren't so intimidating. But behind each scar is something more. We spoke with Adam Driver, the face behind the eyeless mask of Ren,...

The Vatican fails to give 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' its blessing

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

An organ of the Vatican has slammed the new "Star Wars" film as a thorough disappointment because its villains are not sufficiently evil. The Vatican's daily newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has given a dismal review to "Star Wars:The Force Awakens," even as it breaks box-office records. While...

New on DVD: In spectacular 'Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation,' Tom Cruise & Co. go underground

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available now on VOD Nearly 20 years after the first "Mission: Impossible" movie, Tom Cruise's stylish action-adventure series remains one of the most reliable bets in blockbusterdom: a money-making franchise loaded with talent...

'Mojin: The Lost Legend' is an overreaching action-comedy

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

If nothing else, you have to give "Mojin: The Lost Legend" credit for having moxie — it's not every movie that thinks it's got the goods to take on the opening weekend of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." While based on a series of bestselling fantasy adventure novels, the bloated, over-the-top Chinese...

Friendship finally blossoms between '45 Years' stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay both came to fame in London during the Swinging '60s, though they never met until they began working on the marital drama "45 Years," which opens Wednesday. But two-time Oscar nominee Courtenay ("The Dresser," "Doctor Zhivago") almost had a brief encounter with...

Henry Rollins brings life to horror-noir 'He Never Died'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Back when Henry Rollins was the frontman for L.A. punk band Black Flag, he got a lot of aesthetic mileage out of the contrast between his muscular body, permanent grimace and poet's soul. Writer-director Jason Krawczyk finds that same uneasy balance in his horror-noir "He Never Died," a future...

'The Big Short,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Spotlight' and other movie recommendations from our reviewers

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Movie recommendations from critic Kenneth Turan and other reviewers. The Big Short Adam McKay, with the help of Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, has made a very funny film about a very serious situation, 2008's global financial collapse. (Kenneth Turan) R. Read the review...

'Sound of Redemption' plays it straight and true on jazzman Frank Morgan

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Jazz progressed rapidly during the 1950s and 1960s but be-bopper Frank Morgan mostly missed it because he was in jail, paying for the crimes he committed to support his heroin habit. Incredibly, when Morgan re-emerged in the 1980s he picked up where he left off, playing old-fashioned music that...

'Ghostbusters,' 'Top Gun' and 'L.A. Confidential' among titles joining National Film Registry

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The 1984 Ivan Reitman blockbuster "Ghostbusters" is one of 25 films being named Wednesday to the 2015 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Joining the comedy are the 1986 Tom Cruise high-flying "Top Gun" and 1894's "Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze," the oldest surviving copyrighted...

'X-Men: Apocalypse' trailer unleashes a godly villain

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The first trailer for "X-Men: Apocalypse" has been released, and if the title of the film weren't enough of a hint, the first words spoken hopefully clear everything up. "I saw the end of the world," says Jean Gray (Sophie Turner). "I could feel all this death."  It seems the psychic mutant has...

'Brooklyn' tops Kenneth Turan's best films of 2015

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Finding 10 films for a 10-best list can be a challenge and a chore. The year 2015, however, presented the opposite problem. In fact, the surfeit of worthy candidates encouraged me to throw caution to the winds and extend the list to 14. "Don't be stingy, baby," Greta Garbo once famously advised,...

The truth is, even movies based on real life are made for the drama, not factual faithfulness

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction — the jury is still out on that one — but it's certainly as alluring as fiction when it comes to the predilections of feature filmmakers. More movies than ever, it seems, showed up in 2015 with some variation of the words "based on a true story" typed...

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