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'Birth of a Nation' star Gabrielle Union: 'Sexual violence happens more often than anyone can imagine'

In an op-ed written for The Times, actress Gabrielle Union addressed the controversy surrounding “The Birth of a Nation” director and Oscar-hopeful Nate Parker. Union, who portrays an unnamed slave in the film who is sexually assaulted, said learning about Parker’s 2001 sexual assault trial left...

How Rooney Mara's incendiary 'Una' will advance the sexual-assault conversation at Telluride, Toronto and into Oscar season

Whether it's the squirmy complexity of the Nate Parker scandal, the family accusations aimed at Woody Allen or the ongoing legal battle against Bill Cosby, Hollywood has recently grappled with a number of sexual-assault controversies. But those cases have tended to play out abstractly, via details...

Critics' picks: 'Mia Madre' and 'Ixcanul' among the best choices

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Café Society Woody Allen’s new film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, is of course funny, but it also ends up, almost without our realizing it, trafficking in memory, regret and the fate...

It's all in the family for Kevin Smith's sloppy horror-comedy 'Yoga Hosers'

“Yoga Hosers” is a spinoff of Kevin Smith’s last film, “Tusk,” a project that he conceived of on a podcast and then took to Twitter for a fan vote. In “Tusk,” a grotesque horror comedy about a man being turned into a walrus, Smith’s teen daughter Harley Quinn Smith and co-star Lily-Rose Depp — Johnny...

AMC theaters pay tribute to Gene Wilder with 'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' showings

This isn’t pure imagination: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles” are making their way back to the big screen. AMC theaters will show the two films to pay tribute to their late star, Gene Wilder. The theater chain and Warner Bros. distribution will bring the iconic Wilder...

Live-action/animated hybrid 'Zoom' is a playful narrative turducken

In one of the three stories that make up the cheeky narrative infinity loop that is “Zoom,” a creatively stymied film director gets schooled by his more commercially savvy producer on how to get by in Hollywood. “You’re shooting stuff,” he says. (He actually puts it differently, but this is a family...

'Los Angeles Plays Itself' retains its brilliant sting

There are many reasons to cherish “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” though mine are more sentimental than most. My wife and I went on our first date 10 years ago to see Thom Andersen’s brilliantly indignant 2003 essay film during one of its always-welcome revivals by the American Cinematheque. For a...

Grace shines past the emotional manipulations of 'The Light Between Oceans'

There’s an early scene in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans” that precisely captures the movie’s tempestuous emotional undercurrents in miniature. It’s the early 1920s, and Isabel Sherbourne, who has recently suffered a miscarriage, rebukes her husband, Tom, for having sent for a doctor...

With Van Damme reduced to supporting role, 'Kickboxer: Vengeance' lacks star power

The 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle “Kickboxer” is a classic of its kind: a dopey underdog sports melodrama that takes advantage of its stripped-down plot to load up on scenes of people beating the tar out of each other. The quasi-remake “Kickboxer: Vengeance” tries its best to do the same,...

In a dazzling restoration, 'Howards End' reemerges as a mannered masterpiece

“Howards End” endures.     Re-released in a sparkling new 4K restoration that dazzled audiences at its Cannes debut, this landmark example of a movie of passion, taste and sensitivity that honestly touches every emotion has not only not dated, it is as moving and relevant as it was the day of its...

Is the next Oscar best picture winner playing at the fall film festivals?

"The Revenant” came close last year. And who knows? Maybe Denzel Washington’s “Fences” or Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be the exception this year. But you have to go back more than a decade to Martin Scorsese’s crime drama “The Departed” to find the last best picture Oscar winner...

AFI Fest to open with Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes picture 'Rules Don't Apply'

The 30th edition of AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of “Rules Don’t Apply” on Nov. 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written, directed and produced by and starring Warren Beatty — recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award and an Academy Award winner...

Aaaah: 'Don't Breathe' takes top spot at the box office

That airy, wooshing sound? It’s a deep sigh of relief from Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films. Their low-budget horror movie, “Don't Breathe,” surpassed “Suicide Squad” and pulled into the top spot at the box office on Saturday. It grossed about $10 million on Friday, and is expected...

New on video: Disney's entertaining 'Jungle Book' remake

New on Blu-ray “The Jungle Book” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99; also available on VOD) This year’s slate of Hollywood remakes and sequels has mostly drawn mixed responses from critics and audiences, yet just about everybody has liked Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.”...

The 'King and I' gets a widescreen release for its 60th birthday

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Walter Lang’s 1956 film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” returns to the big screen next week in its opulent Cinemascope majesty. The lavish and boisterous 20th Century Fox musical will screen in theaters nationwide for two days as part of...

The indie summer provided a cure for for blockbuster blues

The aggregate opinion on this summer movie season seems to be that it was full of disappointments. Films made from the seemingly critic-proof formula of sequels and reboots with built-in audiences nevertheless seemed to let down critics and audiences alike week after week. From “X-Men: Apocalypse”...

Frederick Wiseman's first decade of docs kicks off a vital retrospective

One of the timeliest, most urgent movies you can see in a Los Angeles theater next month was first shown nearly 50 years ago, not long after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the devastating race riots that followed in its wake. Among the cities hit the hardest was Kansas City, Mo.,...

Eddie Murphy makes a new bid for serious-movie stardom with 'Mr. Church'

On a recent afternoon, Eddie Murphy sat and reflected on how much the world around him has changed in the past few years. “It’s not just comedy – it’s a brand new world,” Murphy mused in the restaurant of a Beverly Hills hotel, dressed all in black, his manner far more serious and composed than...

In movies, all the men are usually straight and all the gays are white. But not in the Korean American 'Spa Night'

When Andrew Ahn came out as gay, he was told by his Korean father that gay Koreans didn’t exist; that being gay was an American concept and he was only gay because he was Korean American. That statement left Ahn feeling “fractured, like your Korean identity and your gay identity can’t live in the...

Fede Alvarez and Sam Raimi plumb new depths of horror in 'Don't Breathe'

Two small objects were stacked on a worktable in the East Hollywood office of filmmaker Fede Alvarez on a recent morning, one prop each from his first two features. From his feature debut, 2013’s “Evil Dead,” was a midsized book, crafted and distressed to look like the mystical ancient tome known...

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