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Patience with free-form 'Marfa Girl' pays off

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Funny thing about "Marfa Girl," the 2012 ensemble drama from idiosyncratic writer-director Larry Clark ("Kids," "Bully"): For all its meanderings and indulgences — verbal and visual — this free-form snapshot of a circle of townsfolk in tiny Marfa, Texas, proves a sneakily immersive,...

'A Wolf at the Door' a disturbing noir tale of obsession

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates.

'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Centered on youngsters tempting fate in reputedly haunted woods, "Nightlight" has all the trappings of your garden-variety found-footage horror flick: murky, shaky cinema verité that disorients and leaves much to your imagination. But the film's POV shots aren't as seen through the...

Any way you cut it, 'The Barber' is dumb

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"The Barber" is one of those did-he-or-didn't-he? thrillers that more readily asks another question, the answer to which is: Yes, they did … make a seriously dumb movie.

'3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Awkwardly aiming for a tone landing somewhere between vintage pulp fiction and self-reverential satire, the stagy low-budget crime thriller "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun" is constructed around the admittedly alluring premise of a sought-after movie script that spells doom for everyone it touches.

'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer' a farcical look at the mob

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer" works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.

Quirky 'Home,' with Jim Parsons and Rihanna, keeps it too light

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

As a certain Boov, buoyantly voiced by that alien life force Jim Parsons, might say: Best silly ever is to be having in "Home."

Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence have strong bond in 'Serena'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Several months before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would become bona fide movie stars with the late-2012 release of "Silver Linings Playbook," they shot the Depression-era tale "Serena." However, unlike "Linings" and their third collaboration, 2013's acclaimed "American Hustle," the...

Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The elegant, tantalizing Japanese American neo-noir "Man From Reno," set in the Bay Area and directed with sincere genre artistry by Dave Boyle, threads together a pair of narrative strands appealing to any mystery buff: the percolating thrill of amateur sleuthing and the cool, deductive...

'Apartment Troubles' only the start of pair's problems

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

With the excruciating gal-pal comedy "Apartment Troubles," writer-director-stars Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger have created such blurry, unappealing characters that their film is hamstrung from the get-go. That they never find a functional narrative in which to place said characters only...

Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Kevin Hart is Hollywood's current favorite comic it guy. He's been playing the best black friend in one film after another: "Think Like a Man" 1 and "Too" opposite Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco; "Ride Along," 1 and soon to be 2 opposite Ice Cube; "The Wedding...

Life's amusing little trip-ups 'While We're Young' and ever after

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Sharp, funny and dead-on accurate about the way we live now, "While We're Young" is not a film about eternal youth but, rather, about coming to terms with growing older. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah...

Carl Gottlieb took a bit out of 'Jaws' script and created a monster hit

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Carl Gottlieb met Steven Spielberg through their mutual agent, Mike Medavoy, when the Oscar-winning director was still "the new kid in town" back in 1968.

Julie Andrews on 'The Sound of Music,' film, fame and Lady Gaga

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Julie Andrews will take the stage at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday night for a 50th anniversary screening of "The Sound of Music," where she's appearing with Christopher Plummer, her costar in the beloved best picture-winning film at the opening night of the TCM Classic Film...

'In the Woods' leaps from musical theater to movie theaters

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

New releases on DVD, Blu-ray and/or VOD: 'Into the Woods,' 'The Thin Blue Line,' 'Unbroken,' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' and more. New releases on DVD, Blu-ray and/or VOD: 'Into the Woods,' 'The Thin Blue Line,' 'Unbroken,' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' and more.

Filmmaker Noah Baumbach is hitting that middle-age groove

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Both the exchange from Ibsen's stage play "The Master Builder" that opens the film and the lyrics to Paul McCartney's jaunty song "Let 'Em In" that close it point to similar questions about aging with grace and wisdom while remaining receptive to new ideas. "While We're Young" may not have...

After 45 years, Pepe Serna is finally a leading man

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Pepe Serna arrives carrying a big bag. Inside is a treasured bit of movie history: his prop arm from Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster masterpiece "Scarface."

Behind-the-scenes look at the making of 'The Quiet Man'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

"John Ford: Dreaming the Quiet Man," a 2012 Irish documentary that earned a nomination at the Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, is arriving stateside Tuesday on DVD from Olive Films. Directed by Sé Merry Doyle and narrated by Gabriel Byrne, "John Ford" offers a...

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