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  • All trick, no treat, 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' is a shoddy, low-laugh outing

    All trick, no treat, 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' is a shoddy, low-laugh outing

    The cinematic equivalent of getting Necco Wafers in your trick-or-treating bucket, “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is a cheap, outdated effort for his beloved character Madea. While its predecessor at least pleased his fans, writer-director-star Perry’s latest offers few laughs and embarrassing...

  • Calendar Letters: Oh, the horrors!

    Calendar Letters: Oh, the horrors!

    Kudos to Times critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang for their fine pieces on horror movies [“The Age of Horror: It Doesn’t Thrill Him” and “The Age of Horror: The Ideal Genre for These Times,” Oct. 15]. As one who has avoided horror films for many years, I was grateful to Turan for explaining...

  • TV This Week, Oct. 22-28: 'Stranger Things,' the World Series and more

    TV This Week, Oct. 22-28: 'Stranger Things,' the World Series and more

    SUNDAY “The Simpsons” get their trick-or-treat on with an all-new edition of their annual Halloween special “Treehouse of Horror.” 8 p.m. Fox The bewitching Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) is back in the new TV movie “Good Witch: Spellbound.” 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel The horror drama “The Walking...

  • California Sounds: Hear 13 Los Angeles songs that'll scare the bejesus out of you

    California Sounds: Hear 13 Los Angeles songs that'll scare the bejesus out of you

    As with life itself, there exists in music a dark side, a realm where grim themes swirl through musical notation as if bats through catacombs. For every “Walking on Sunshine” there is a “Hell Awaits.” Judy Garland might wonder on the heaven that lives “Over the Rainbow,” but be careful not to fall...

  • Griffin Dunne chronicles the life and work of his aunt, Joan Didion

    Griffin Dunne chronicles the life and work of his aunt, Joan Didion

    Griffin Dunne hadn’t always planned to make a film about his aunt, the celebrated essayist and novelist Joan Didion. But when they collaborated on a trailer for her 2011 memoir, “Blue Nights,” he realized Didion was long overdue for the documentary treatment. “I asked her and from the moment she...

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  • 'Killing Gunther' is an amusing sendup of action flicks — and Arnold is a hoot

    'Killing Gunther' is an amusing sendup of action flicks — and Arnold is a hoot

    Keep your expectations low and you could do far worse, comedy-wise, than “Killing Gunther,” an amusing if dispensable mockumentary from former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman Taran Killam, who wrote, directed and stars. Killam plays elite contract killer — and snappy dresser — Blake, who hires a...

  • Korean historical war drama 'The Fortress' portrays and requires fortitude

    Korean historical war drama 'The Fortress' portrays and requires fortitude

    Hwang Dong-hyuk’s South Korean historical epic “The Fortress,” a grim look back at the infamous 1636 siege of a mountain stronghold, is so evocative that by the end viewers may be as cold and hungry as the movie’s cast of courtiers. Based on Kim Hoon’s novel “Namhansanseong,” “The Fortress” covers...

  • Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short

    Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short

    Partying like it’s 1995, “Where’s the Money,” a throwback mash-up of the “Friday” series and frat boy comedies like “PCU,” is short on big laughs despite the game efforts of an energetic cast. With his family-owned Dre’s Gym in South Central falling seriously behind in bill payments, the resourceful...

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