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'Hostiles' represents a reawakened genre

Once feared dead but found only sleeping, the western has sprung back to strong and compelling life with the intense, involving "Hostiles" (selected theaters) being the latest case in point. Written and directed by Scott Cooper and powered by a dynamic trio of interwoven performances by Christian...

Christopher Nolan on the power of the people and why '2001' should be required preschool viewing

Christopher Nolan has become a brand-name director by challenging audiences' expectations for big-budget Hollywood fare. With "Dunkirk," he did so by weaving together three narrative strands - on land, sea and air-- to tell the story of the WWII rescue of stranded British troops.

Jessica Chastain promises 'change' at Palm Springs International Film Festival gala

As the sun set behind the mountains in Palm Springs on Tuesday, what had struck me earlier that day as a quaint desert town — save perhaps for the big-name hotels and casinos — took a slight turn. Starting at 5 p.m., men and women in their finest fashions and rented tuxedos filed into the Convention...

How Molly Bloom went from 'poker princess' to the 'movie heroine' of 'Molly's Game'

A hotel manager was circling the Polo Lounge, surveying the stately dining room, when he suddenly did a double take. “Molly? Molly Bloom? I thought I saw you come in,” he said. “Mind if I sit — just briefly?” Stephen Boggs, the director of guest relations at the Beverly Hills Hotel, slid into the...

Tom Cruise pairs intensity and charisma in 'American Made'

New on Blu-ray “American Made” (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98; 4K, $37.98; also available on VOD) Tom Cruise may not be the can’t-miss box-office draw he once was, but “American Made” proves he’s still one of the greatest movie stars of his generation: a legitimately fine actor who’s a joy...

'The Shape of Water' Golden Globe nominee Richard Jenkins on the mastery of Guillermo del Toro and loving Sally Hawkins

Veteran character actor Richard Jenkins reflects on his work in Guillermo del Toro's romantic fable "The Shape of Water," which has earned him a supporting actor nomination at the Golden Globe Awards.

'Hostiles,' 'Happy End' and other movie picks for Dec. 29

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Call Me by Your Name Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino...

Under the radar: Animation with meaning and hand-drawn beauty

Our annual compilation of overlooked films. Each reviewer chose five films to highlight. “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”: This delightful, slapstick comedy won a Special Jury Award at the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival for its “celebration of the joys of traditional cartoon animation.” (Full...

Under the radar: The Amazon, enlightened animation and happy docs

Our annual compilation of overlooked films. Each reviewer chose five films to highlight. “A River Below”: Serving as a revealing reminder that you can’t always judge an eco-doc by its cover, a pair of conservationists bringing attention to the plight of the Amazonian pink river dolphin drift into...

Under the radar: Monsters, Tracy Letts and adventure at the multiplex

Our annual compilation of overlooked films. Each reviewer chose five films to highlight. “Colossal”: Even for a movie about a woman’s psychic connection with a kaiju, this one goes in totally unexpected directions. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo never limits himself or his bonkers story to a single...

Why Annette Bening fans need to see ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ the Gloria Grahame story

Annette Bening's luminous turn as Hollywood glamour girl Gloria Grahame lights up romantic drama "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool."

Under the Radar: Keanu, Hasidic Jews and streaming support

Our annual compilation of overlooked films. Each reviewer chose five films to highlight. “John Wick: Chapter 2”: The original “John Wick” was a low-to-the-ground revenge flick that gradually opened up into a strange, intricate alternate universe of slick criminals. The sequel cranks up the crazy,...

Under the radar: Twang, Salinger and bold type

“Wheeler”: Stephen Dorff’s highly affecting, career-best performance as a late-blooming country singer-songwriter who heads to Nashville for a shot at the brass ring anchored this terrific, docudrama-like tale from director Ryan Ross, who co-wrote with Dorff. The actor also made impressive contributions...

Under the radar: The NYPL, indie grit and women filmmakers

“Ex Libris: The New York Public Library”: Our greatest living filmmaker – never mind just documentarian — is Frederick Wiseman, so for him a subject like New York’s Public Library is about how we continue processing the world. It’s people with tools extending civilization, passing on knowledge,...

Political intrigue stirs South Korean thriller '1987: When the Day Comes'

Probably no one movie could capture the scope of citizens forcing regime change in a dictatorial country, but the South Korean feature “1987: When the Day Comes” valiantly tries in its own thriller-ish way. It’s a fast-paced, multi-character epic centered on the seeds of the country’s democratic...

The year ahead in movies: Things to look for on the big screen in 2018

If 2017 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. A year in which the nightly news seemed farther fetched than anything a sci-fi screenwriter could dream up still gave us plenty of reasons to keep believing in the power of movies. From “Get Out” to “Lady Bird,” fresh voices found their...

'The Post' gives Tom Hanks a perfect vehicle to combine his love of history and passion for acting

In the spring and summer of 1971, the American political landscape was on fire. In March, the Weather Underground set off a bomb in the United States Capitol. In April, half a million people marched on Washington to protest the Vietnam War. And in June, the Nixon administration battled with the...

Howard Hawks' 'His Girl Friday' and 'Ball of Fire' bring screwball bliss to the Aero

If “The Post” has whetted your appetite for breathless Hollywood portraits of old-school print journalism in action, you could hardly find a better, livelier or funnier specimen than “His Girl Friday.” Much prized for its razor-sharp, mile-a-millisecond dialogue, Howard Hawks’ gender-bending 1940...

From 'Wonder Woman' to 'Girls Trip': Our film critics pick their 3 favorite characters of 2017

LA Times movie critics name their favorite movie characters of 2017, including Wonder Woman and a "Star Wars" breakout

First person: Being a film buff in Arkansas isn't as hard as it used to be

If you’re a movie buff living in Los Angeles, New York or a handful of other major American cities, this should be one of the most glorious times of the year for you. Whatever the critics have been raving about, you can see — either right now or by New Year’s Eve. “I, Tonya”? “The Shape of Water”?...

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