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Politics and cellphones make strange bedfellows in documentary 'Weiner'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Once again, truth proves stranger than fiction in the raucous and provocative documentary “Weiner.”  This absorbing, entertaining film takes a decidedly warts-and-all look at disgraced, seven-term Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner and his propulsive if ill-fated 2013 run for mayor of New York...

'Measure of a Man' boldly tracks tragedy of the working class

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Sobering and political, Stéphane Brizé’s quietly tragic social drama “The Measure of a Man” puts an unemployed, middle-aged husband and father (Vincent Lindon) into the kind of economic and moral quagmire reminiscent of the wrenching working-life stories told by Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne...

In 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,' Seth Rogen and Zac Efron face their femme fears

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

When a concerned dad visits his college-age daughter in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and finds a female party den to rival any beer-soaked lair in “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” he asks the logical question: “So you get to be as dumb as the boys now?” Yep, pretty much. Title IX has finally...

'From Here to Eternity' blasts viewers with atomic bomb

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The Times' longtime critic Edwin Schallert had a strong negative reaction to "From Here to Eternity" on Oct. 1, 1953. Despite that review, the film --  based on James Jones' novel, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra --  went...

Cannes: Pablo Larraín takes the road less traveled with 'Neruda'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

For audiences familiar with the award-winning work of Chile’s Pablo Larraín, the protean writer-director of films such as “Tony Manero,” “No” and “The Club,” it will come as little surprise that even one of his more conventional-sounding pictures should turn out to be anything but. So it is with...

Feminism, Spielberg and a German showstopper: Times staffers make sense of Cannes

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The Cannes Film Festival hits its one-week mark Wednesday night, and while for some that sounds like an endless amount of time, for those at the fest -- where big movies from the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Sean Penn and Nicolas Winding Refn are yet to premiere -- that's far from the end. It's a good...

Sony and Rovio hope $400-million promotional blitz will help 'Angry Birds' soar

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The "Angry Birds" video game has been an object of obsession for celebrities, public intellectuals and government officials.  And now Sony Pictures Entertainment and game developer Rovio Entertainment are hoping to turn the addictive mobile app into a much needed summer box-office hit. Sony, which...

Hello 'Darkness,' my old friend, the same old horror once again

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Blumhouse Productions stays in “Paranormal Activity”/“Insidious” mode with “The Darkness,” its latest slick-looking, modestly budgeted ghost-fest. From the troubled child who communes with the beyond to the featureless suburban home that hosts malicious spirits, this movie ticks all the boxes for...

Cruise-ing in the media stratosphere

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Even though “Top Gun” is now credited as one of the films that helped to launch Tom Cruise’s career, when the movie first came out in 1986, some felt the actor’s performance was divisive. He was also in the midst of navigating his newfound stardom. In an interview with The Times just after “Top...

Travolta, Meloni satisfy in familiar 'I Am Wrath'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The plot points play out like they were written with yellow Hi-Liter, but the standard-issue revenge thriller, “I Am Wrath” still proves somewhat satisfying thanks to the pairing of John Travolta and Christopher Meloni as reformed black-ops agents pressed back into action after a personal tragedy....

Hilarious 'How to Plan an Orgy' has surprising heart

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

“How to Plan An Orgy In A Small Town,” you ask? It starts with a dare -- a dare fueled by a long-standing high school rivalry. After a particularly humiliating teenage sexual experience, and subsequent slut-shaming, Cassie Cranston (Jewel Staite) left home in a huff, streaking topless down Main...

The biblical 'Last Days in the Desert' finds Ewan McGregor playing both sinner and saint

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In the human space between a meditation completed and a ministry begun lies writer/director Rodrigo Garcia’s hushed, speculative parable “Last Days in the Desert,” in which Jesus (Ewan McGregor), his 40-day fast at an end, becomes embroiled in the domestic strife of an isolated family. The quietly...

Early anime 'Belladonna' is no more than a curiosity

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The 1973 Japanese animated feature “Belladonna of Sadness” is receiving a belated U.S. debut in in a newly restored version. The film is the third part of Osamu Tezuka’s “Animerama” trilogy, which was intended to introduce more adult content into animation. But Tezuka neither wrote nor directed...

'The Trust' caper picture reminds us why we liked Nicolas Cage

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

In the sleepy, fitfully eccentric caper flick “The Trust,” Nicolas Cage plays a Vegas cop but thankfully tries to keep his performance from being a Vegas act. As ambitious, socially awkward property department officer Jim Stone, he’s eagle-eyed but full of dumb swagger — as he sniffs out a lead...

This 'Search Party' should have been abandoned

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The dreadful bromantic comedy “Search Party” was shot in 2013, but feels a whole lot moldier.  This spectacularly dumb and unfunny film will likely bore even the staunchest fans of the “Hangover” movies, of which “Search” is a kind of distant, fatally impoverished cousin. Three goofy Los Angelenos...

'Sleeping Beauty' gets a drab makeover

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

“The Curse of Sleeping Beauty” is a hard-working but dreary horror-thriller inspired by the classic Grimm’s fairy tale.  Ethan Peck, the imposingly handsome grandson of Gregory Peck, plays Thomas Kaiser, a depressed loner (there’s a thin back story) long-plagued by frightening dreams involving,...

Troubled 'Congressman' plays small

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

“The Congressman” tracks the fall from grace of fictitious Maine politico Charlie Winship (Treat Williams), a Vietnam vet with a drinking problem and very few damns left to give. Unfazed by a viral video of him putting his feet up during the Pledge of Allegiance on the House floor and mudslingers...

Smart horror comes to the 'burbs in 'What We Become'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Danish horror film “What We Become” delivers what’s AMC’s TV series “Fear the Walking Dead” has only promised: a savvy, sensitive study of suburbanites coping with an encroaching apocalypse. Fans of blood and guts won’t find what they’re looking for here (until the final 10 minutes, that is); but...

Indie icon Whit Stillman takes on Jane Austen with the droll, deviously charming 'Love & Friendship'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Filmmaker Whit Stillman has been dropping Jane Austen’s name since his first movie, “Metropolitan,” the 1990 film that tracked the social mores of a group of Park Avenue preppies (the children of the UHB -- the "urban haute bourgeoisie”) in much the same way Austen slyly cataloged the sensibility...

George Clooney and Julia Roberts get mauled by 'Money Monster'

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The names are big – George Clooney, Julia Roberts, director Jodie Foster – but the results are meager in “Money Monster,” a film that is both less entertaining and less significant than it imagines. An attempt at combining a real-time thriller with a shot across the bow to a deceptive financial...

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