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Music legends hail the mind behind many '60s hits in 'Bang! The Bert Berns Story'

Throughout the 1960s — before the ascendancy of the singer-songwriter — writers, producers, musicians and businessmen collaborated on pop, rock and R&B, each of them trying to stamp their own personalities onto records. Bert Berns was one of the behind-the-scenes geniuses of that era, framing the...

A strong Steve Coogan-led ensemble just about keeps 'The Dinner' on course

In the four films he’s directed, Oren Moverman has mounted what feels like a career-long inquiry into the lost soul of America. That may be a crushingly pretentious thing to say about a filmmaker who shuffles moods, genres and visual palettes with enviable ease, and who can leap from the sun-streaked...

Low-budget action flick 'Black Site Delta' is DOA

Where’s Dolph Lundgren when you need him? The aging action figure likely would have found himself right at home in “Black Site Delta,” a slab of D-grade, B-movie nonsense set in a maximum security military prison that serves as a cover for a secret drone control operation. Following a violent bar...

A quirky time traveler offers message of hope from the future in 'Tomorrow Ever After'

Ela Thier brings a fresh perspective to the time travel movie genre in “Tomorrow Ever After.” Usually present day is the norm, the apex of human evolution and achievement. But Thier imagines the way a time traveler from 2592 might experience the New York City of 2015. Turns out she’s horrified...

Art doc 'Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait' dawns rather than make the deep dive

Actors, fellow artists and filmmakers, children and former wives — everyone Pappi Corsicato interviewed for his new documentary, “Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait,” has come to praise the man, not to bury him. In reasonable doses, there’s nothing wrong with praise, and in the case of Schnabel,...

Boxing drama 'Chuck' delivers with Liev Schreiber as the real-life 'Rocky'

Good boxing movies, as predictable as they may be, understand that as exciting as the punches in the ring are, they’re no match for life’s left hooks and right jabs. What happens on the canvas is often just the externalizing of a striver’s will to survive, fulfill a dream or beat the odds. Or,...

Chantal Akerman's masterful 'Jeanne Dielman' screens at Cinefamily

Chantal Akerman’s monumental 1975 film, “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles,” spends 201 minutes observing a Belgian widow (Delphine Seyrig) as she goes about her domestic routine, performing the kinds of mundane tasks that most movies would leave out. Happily, “Jeanne Dielman”...

Laura Poitras zeroes in on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the elusive, unsettling 'Risk'

Laura Poitras’ “Risk” is hardly the first feature film to take on Julian Assange, the elfin WikiLeaks mastermind who has spent the past decade exposing powerful secrets and cultivating his notoriety on the world stage. He has been addressed in several prior documentaries, notably Alex Gibney’s...

Horror-comedy 'Another Evil' never finds its genre

“Another Evil” may not be just another haunted house movie, but after watching this tedious DIY dramedy-thriller you may wish it were more standard issue. Writer-director Carson Mell adds a kind of “What About Bob?” twist to this tale of a schlubby painter, Dan (Steve Zissis of HBO’s “Togetherness”),...

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' has that familiar feeling, maybe too much of it

It's not always commented on, but success in Hollywood can be as much of a danger to creativity as failure. Latest case in point? "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." When the original "Guardians of the Galaxy" debuted in 2014 its anarchic B-picture soul made it such a scruffy, raffish interloper...

Hollywood is relieved after Writers Guild of America reaches deal and avoids a strike

The entertainment industry went back to work as usual on Tuesday after the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative deal in the early morning hours for a new contract with the major Hollywood studios. Although the deal still has to be ratified by guild members, the possibility of a strike now...

LA Film Festival to open with Colin Treverrow's 'The Book of Henry' premiere

The LA Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry,” starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Trembly, Sarah Silverman, Maddie Ziegler, Lee Pace and Dean Norris. Produced by Film Independent, the 2017 LA Film Festival is set for June 14-22, based...

Strike averted: Writers Guild of America reaches agreement with studios

Hollywood can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Writers Guild of America early Tuesday morning reached a deal with the major studios and networks for a new film and TV contract. “It came right down to the wire,” said one person close to the talks who was not authorized to comment. “We didn't...

Writers Guild of America contract talks stall, move Hollywood closer to a possible strike

Members of the Writers Guild of America scripted themselves a classic Hollywood nail-biter in their contract negotiations with the major studios. Talks between the two sides stalled late Monday as the countdown clock approached the midnight deadline without any announcement about a deal. It appeared...

Writers Guild of America and studios appear to make progress in negotiations as strike deadline looms

The Writers Guild of America and the major studios appeared Sunday to be moving closer toward a deal that would avert a strike, with the studios increasing their offers on several contentious issues, including the writers' health fund. But no deal has been announced so far and a strike could still...

'How to Be A Latin Lover' overperforms as 'Fate' crosses $1 billion

It’s no secret that Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” cannot be stopped at the box office. With $19.4 million this weekend, the eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise has grossed $192.7 million domestically to date. On the international front, the picture crossed the billion-dollar...

New video: 'I Am Not Your Negro' a showcase of James Baldwin’s challenge to America

New on Blu-ray “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia DVD, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; also available on VOD) One of the most popular documentaries to hit art-house theaters in years, Raoul Peck’s provocative, probing “I Am Not Your Negro” turns an abandoned James Baldwin writing project into a far-reaching...

Tribeca Film Festival: Five new VR projects you need to know

Hillary Clinton had come to talk about elephants. But she reserved some enthusiasm for a brewing technological revolution too. “This virtual reality experience you’re providing is so critical because it’s a portal — a portal you can go into,” she said. Clinton was speaking on a panel at a Tribeca...

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