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Friday, February 23, 2018

‘Spotlight’ Wins Top Oscar Prize On Night Of Racial Critique

The film, which traces the journalism probe of sex abuse in the Boston Catholic Church, also won best original screenplay.

February 29, 2016
Actor Chris Rock arrives for the National Board of Review gala in the Manhattan borough of New York January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Oscars Host Chris Rock Faces Tricky Balancing Act Of Humor And Diversity

Rock was chosen to host Sunday’s Academy Awards for a second time last October — long before the #OscarsSoWhite furor that has overshadowed the biggest annual celebration of the movie industry. He first hosted the awards in 2005.

February 24, 2016
General view of the 'Berlinale Palast' main screening facility prior to the awards ceremony of the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hansche

Israeli-Palestinian Hip-Hop Movie Wins Audience Prize In Berlin

“Junction 48” tells the story of a Palestinian rap star and his girlfriend who live near Tel Aviv in the mixed Jewish-Palestinian city of Lod,

February 20, 2016

Portrait Of The Actor: Sean Penn’s Scenes In Real Life (Remembered)

Sean Penn sat in front of me in history class, junior year at Santa Monica High School — the school rising on a hill with a quadrangle you see in ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’ He kept turning around to talk, the blue-eyed boy with all the questions. The younger, brown-eyed girl had all the answers — at least in history class. At 16, the existentialist devilish streak was already a mile wide. I got to know him well, coming of age.

January 15, 2016

Sylvester Stallone Leads Night Of Surprises At Golden Globes

Gervais, returning to host the Globes for the fourth time, riled up the audience with an opening monologue in which he called the A-list audience “disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum.”

January 10, 2016

How Fox News Plans To Use Michael Bay’s Benghazi Film To Sink Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Run

Spoiler alert: It involves lying. Treating a Michael Bay film as if it’s a documentary with bearing on Hillary Clinton’s service as secretary of state doesn’t make a lot of sense. But that’s exactly what Kelly did.

January 6, 2016

What Theaters Had To Do For Tarantino’s Wide Version Of ‘The Hateful Eight’

The movie’s release — think reels of printed film and the red-carpet premieres of Hollywood yesteryear — requires special projectors, equipment and human operators.

January 1, 2016

Pop Culture Warned Us About Trump, Part 4: ‘The Dead Zone’

Stephen King’s most terrifying invention may be something much closer to home — a coarse, unstable demagogue who enters the political arena seemingly out of nowhere, rides a wave of populism to an unlikely White House victory, and raging with messianic self-regard incites a nuclear apocalypse. Sound at all familiar?

December 19, 2015

‘Creed’ — A Reminder To ‘Rage Against The Dying Of The Light’

In the new film, Rocky still ascends those steps. But he walks, he needs help. He has to take a breather. It is a soulful juxtaposition to his run up those same stairs when he was young, a moment of almost unbearable tenderness that reminds you just how long — and how short — is 39 years.

December 6, 2015

Column: ‘Home Alone’ A Holiday Classic? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Home Alone has made enough hundreds of millions of dollars by now and solidified enough of a multigenerational fan base to survive the following review: to hell with it.

November 24, 2015

Column: Is James Bond Having An Identity Crisis?

James Bond, Sir Ian Fleming’s suavely ruthless assassin and persnickety orderer of drinks, came to light in the Cold War. Can it be that it was all so simple then? Or has time rewritten every line?

November 9, 2015

Sylvester Stallone Is Back As Rocky Balboa, Who’s In A Fight With Mortality

if we’ve learned anything about the Italian Stallion, it’s that whenever you think he’s down for the count, he somehow manages to get back on his feet.

November 5, 2015

‘Back To The Future’ Is Back! How Much Did It Get Right?

It’s not quite the future imagined. When Back to the Future Part II hit theaters in 1989, it included what the world might look like in 2015.

October 20, 2015

Q&A: Aaron Sorkin On ‘Steve Jobs’ And What He Wants To Invent

When writing ‘Steve Jobs,’ Aaron Sorkin had no interest in the conventional elements of a biopic, which he calls “that cradle-to-grave structure where you land on a protagonist’s greatest hits.”

October 19, 2015

‘Truth’ Is Plodding Retelling Of Downfall Of CBS News’ Dan Rather

‘Truth’ is a movie curiously in conflict with itself. There is a constant shift between granular detail and big-picture sweep that the film never fully resolves.

October 17, 2015

With ‘Bridge Of Spies,’ Steven Spielberg Continues His Fascination With American History

Spielberg says his new project resonated deeply with his own childhood memories, as a self-described “Sputnik kid” growing up during the height of the Cold War.

October 9, 2015

Movie Review: Malala’s Light Shines Through Flawed Documentary

When we see her in a more personal light, we know that she’s not someone extraordinary — she’s just an ordinary girl who believed so much in standing up for the right thing that she couldn’t help but do it.

October 9, 2015

‘Time Out Of Mind’ Is Haunting Masterpiece On Homelessness

In ‘Time Out of Mind,’ set in a teeming New York City, a man with a bruised face and a bruised soul looks for places to sleep, for a reason to keep going.

October 2, 2015

Movie Review: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution’ Is Insightful, Timely

Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver are dead, Bobby Seale is 78, Kathleen Cleaver is 70, the events that turned all of them into national figures are decades in the past. So how is it that ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ comes off as the most relevant and contemporary of documentaries?

September 25, 2015

An Open Challenge From A Gay Muslim Filmmaker

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma crossed several dangerous lines when documenting his 2010 hajj pilgrimage to Mecca on his iPhone for the newly released “A Sinner in Mecca.”

September 19, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Grandma’ Is Terrific Showcase For Tomlin

‘Grandma’ hands Lily Tomlin the first leading role she has played since the ’80s, reveling in every drop of the sharp-tongued sarcasm this consummate comedic actor conveys like no one else.

September 11, 2015

Wes Craven’s Horror Legacy: The Intelligent Slasher

Filmmaker will forever be identified with the slasher, which he perfected, reinvented, deconstructed and reconstructed with genius, humor, and grace throughout his career.

September 3, 2015
Star Wars Legos

Disney Using The Force Of Unboxing Videos To Hype Star Wars Merchandise

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Long ago in a galaxy not so far away, selling toys was a lot simpler. Put a commercial on TV. Lure shoppers to Toys R Us. Today, it’s not so easy to attract the attention of digital-savvy kids and their parents, who are watching less television and more […]

August 28, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Compton’ Nails The Rise Of Groundbreaking Rap Group

“Straight Outta Compton” is a depiction of a time and place — from its low-rider Chevys on hydraulics blaring hip-hop radio station KDAY to police batter ram vehicles crashing into suspected crack houses.

August 14, 2015