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There's Life in the Movies Yet There's Life in the Movies Yet
Septuagenarian romance I'll See You In My Dreams is itself a catch
, May 14, 2015
As a middle-aged woman, I rarely have a conversation with other middle-aged women in which the subject of movies "for us" fails to come up. As a... More>>
The War From Home The War From Home
Drone drama Good Kill examines the way we kill now
, May 14, 2015
Fictional movies that tackle topical subjects often have about them the fusty air of a civics lesson, as if we're supposed to watch while... More>>
Diary of a Mad Festival Diary of a Mad Festival
Random observations from the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival
, May 07, 2015
I spied with my little eye Jake LaMotta on a Balboa Bay Club lanai overlooking Newport Harbor; the 92-year-old smoked a cigar or cigarette and... More>>
Chase It Down Chase It Down
Witherspoon and Vergara lift Hot Pursuit into hilarity
, May 07, 2015
Sofía Vergara is built like an amphora, a living testament to the form ceramicists throughout the centuries have adored. In the fleet and... More>>
Follow That Bird Follow That Bird
Doc I Am Big Bird is warm and sweet—and needs a touch more Grouch
, May 07, 2015
Maybe we contain multitudes, and maybe we contain a couple of great splashes of primary color. With one arm stretched high above his head,... More>>
The First Requited Bromance The First Requited Bromance
Jack Black plays too nice—but offers one great surprise—in The D Train
, May 07, 2015
One of the most inspired ideas in late-middle Woody Allen pictures comes in Deconstructing Harry, a movie about how Allen loves Bergman, hates... More>>
The Right to Remain Disgusted The Right to Remain Disgusted
Brooklyn's most corrupt cop spills all in The Seven Five
, May 07, 2015
Tiller Russell's The Seven Five lets the most corrupt (convicted) NYC cop of the 1980s tell his own story. He relishes the chance. Here's Michael... More>>
Baby, He's a Star Baby, He's a Star
Guitar great Mdou Moctar stars in Niger's own low-key Purple Rain
, May 07, 2015
Please, stop whatever you're doing right now and type "Mdou Moctar" into YouTube—and savor the fact that you can. Moctar is a miraculous... More>>
Not the Hero We Needed Not the Hero We Needed
With Intrepido, an Italian great returns—just not to form
, May 07, 2015
Always an eagle-eyed portraitist of contemporary Italy and its socioeconomic peccadilloes, Gianni Amelio hasn't had a film released here in more... More>>
Avengers: Age of Ultron Doesn't Bother With Surprises Avengers: Age of Ultron Doesn't Bother With Surprises
, April 30, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a complicated, ticking machine—a cuckoo clock under attack. Returning helmer Joss Whedon is earnestly trying to... More>>
Why Avengers: Age of Ultron Fills This Buffy Fan With Despair Why Avengers: Age of Ultron Fills This Buffy Fan With Despair
, April 30, 2015
Depending on whom you talk to, we live in an era of conformity or one of anything-goes individuality, in a golden age of television or the... More>>
J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy Makes a Successful Leap to the Small Screen J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy Makes a Successful Leap to the Small Screen
, April 30, 2015
Author J.K. Rowling's rags-to-riches biography is arguably better known than her most famous creation, Harry Potter. As the oft-repeated origin... More>>
Put Your O-Face On Put Your O-Face On
Kristen Wiig is a crackpot Oprah in Welcome to Me
, April 30, 2015
One of Kristen Wiig's finest moments as a movie star is a throwaway bit of shamed, silent morning-after comedy: Her Bridesmaids character is... More>>
Going Out In Style Going Out In Style
The late Albert Maysles' Iris embraces the creative life
, April 30, 2015
Iris Apfel isn't exactly a household name, unless we're talking about very stylish households. From 1950 to 1992, Apfel ran Old World Weavers,... More>>
Far From the Madding Crowd Means Well But Sells Its Heroine Short Far From the Madding Crowd Means Well But Sells Its Heroine Short
, April 30, 2015
Though it's hard to believe in 2015, there was a time when fictional heroines didn't have to be role models, when a character's backbone could be... More>>
These Walls Can Talk (In 3-D!) These Walls Can Talk (In 3-D!)
Wim Wenders and Co. aspire to capture the souls of buildings
, April 30, 2015
Wim Wenders has been entranced with 3-D—which he calls the new language of cinema—since Pina, his great film tribute to Pina Bausch.... More>>
Newport Beach Film Festival's Groovy Tunes Newport Beach Film Festival's Groovy Tunes
, April 23, 2015
Bojana Sandic mostly helps put together the Newport Beach Film Festival's short films program, but she also has her hand in the music video... More>>
Kurt Cobain Is Honored in the Stunning Montage of Heck Kurt Cobain Is Honored in the Stunning Montage of Heck
, April 23, 2015
A post-Wikipedia biographical documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck finds Brett Morgen constructing a feature-length collage of notebook... More>>
A Quick Guide to This Year's NBFF Music Video Showcase A Quick Guide to This Year's NBFF Music Video Showcase
, April 23, 2015
You gotta love the Music Video Showcase offered every year at the conclusion of the Newport Beach Film Festival. This year's selection offers a... More>>
Do You Remember Rock & Roll Cambodia? Do You Remember Rock & Roll Cambodia?
Don't Think I've Forgotten summons up a beat Pol Pot stamped out
, April 23, 2015
The most beautiful and haunting words in John Pirozzi's vibrant documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll are heard... More>>
Misery Loves Comedy Asks Why Comedians Are So Miserable Misery Loves Comedy Asks Why Comedians Are So Miserable
, April 23, 2015
"When someone's off-balance, that's the best time to hit someone," Jim Gaffigan says in Kevin Pollak's breezy, chatty Misery Loves Comedy, a... More>>
Jonathan Franzen and Emptying the Skies Save the Birds for Love Jonathan Franzen and Emptying the Skies Save the Birds for Love
, April 23, 2015
Jonathan Franzen writes most convincingly about love when writing about birds. In 2011, his love for them inspired a New Yorker essay that... More>>
Jonathan Franzen's Call for Love: 'You Need to Take Care of Birds Now' Jonathan Franzen's Call for Love: 'You Need to Take Care of Birds Now'
, April 23, 2015
“I hope they’re not scared off and think it’s like The Cove,” Jonathan Franzen says, referring to potential audiences for... More>>
Forbidden Games Reminds Us How Films About Belief Can Soar Forbidden Games Reminds Us How Films About Belief Can Soar
, April 23, 2015
The press notes for A.D.: The Bible Continues promise that the TV miniseries (from Survivor creator Mark Burnett) is like House of Cards meets... More>>
Little Boy Shows How Far Films of Faith Have Fallen Little Boy Shows How Far Films of Faith Have Fallen
, April 23, 2015
Did you know there's a new family-audience feature film that implies God nuked Japan because one plucky American moppet dared to dream? That's no... More>>
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