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  • Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Sisters face the end of the world in 'Into the Forest'

    Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest” walks a blade’s edge between terrifying and uplifting, taking place during an apocalypse that’s all too plausible. Adapted from Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel, the film stars Ellen Page, who shepherded the book to the screen, alongside Evan Rachel Wood, as sisters...

  • Documentary tells story of Chinese women's rights activist 'Hooligan Sparrow' by any means necessary

    Documentary tells story of Chinese women's rights activist 'Hooligan Sparrow' by any means necessary

    Budding filmmakers can take away a valuable lesson from the documentary “Hooligan Sparrow”: You don’t need fancy camera equipment (or in some instances, even a camera) if you’re passionate enough about the story you want to tell. Nanfu Wang’s urgent, compelling portrait of a group of Chinese women’s...

  • Mike Birbiglia and friends tackle ups and downs of the improv life in 'Don't Think Twice'

    Mike Birbiglia and friends tackle ups and downs of the improv life in 'Don't Think Twice'

    “Don’t Think Twice” is actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia’s funny and endearing love letter to the world of improvisational comedy and the spontaneous performers who keep it bubbling. It’s an ensemble film in the truest sense, one that gives each of its well-drawn, interdependent characters their due....

  • First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    First look at Supergirl and Superman together

    The second season of “Supergirl” is doubling down on the number of superheroes. And with the addition of Superman we now have twice the capes. Together, the CW show’s stars, Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin, revealed a first look at the Superman suit.  Superman, played by Hoechlin (“Road to Perdition,”...

  • Stirring 'Gleason' documents an unsentimental embrace of life, but you'll still cry

    Stirring 'Gleason' documents an unsentimental embrace of life, but you'll still cry

    Get out your handkerchiefs. Odds are high that you’ll be verklempt through much of the running time of “Gleason,” but those tears and the lump in your throat won’t merely be expressions of sorrow. As Steve Gleason, the extraordinary man at the center of the documentary, acknowledges at one point,...

  • Memorable movie moms

    Memorable movie moms

    Who doesn't love a good matriarch? From over-protective, loving and caring, to downright psychotic, here are some of the most memorable moms in movies. 

  • As Kirk Douglas turns 100, a major UCLA retrospective looks at his amazing body of work

    As Kirk Douglas turns 100, a major UCLA retrospective looks at his amazing body of work

    I recently spent a day with Kirk Douglas, and the experience was exhilarating, energizing and surprising. This was not time spent with the vital actor himself, who turns 100 on Dec. 9, but rather with a generous sampling of the films still to be shown in the UCLA Film & Television Archive's continuing...

  • Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Women on the verge as 'The Group' turns 50

    Rarely revived and not often remembered, 1966’s “The Group” was a big deal in its day, a prestige Hollywood picture directed by Sidney Lumet and featuring something that was as unusual then as it is now: a film that centered on the lives of women. Taken from a bestselling novel by Mary McCarthy...

  • Ted Sarandos says Netflix to spend more on original content

    Ted Sarandos says Netflix to spend more on original content

    Netflix may have experienced slower than expected subscriber growth in the second quarter, but that won’t stop it from putting money where its streaming mouth is. During an appearance at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos...

  • 'Gilmore Girls' reboot will be home in time for Thanksgiving

    'Gilmore Girls' reboot will be home in time for Thanksgiving

    It’s the jolt of news that has “Gilmore Girls” fans more wired than if they had just sipped coffee from Luke’s Diner: a premiere date for the revival has at long last been announced.  “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” will premiere globally on Netflix  on Nov. 25 — making the four 90-minute chapters...

  • CNN tops ratings on second night of Democratic convention

    CNN tops ratings on second night of Democratic convention

    CNN was the most-watched network for the second night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, which is pacing well-ahead of 2012 and last week’s gathering of the Republicans. An estimated 27 million viewers were tuned in to cable and broadcast coverage of the convention’s 10 p.m....

  • Hillary Clinton gives first post-nomination TV interview to 'Fox News Sunday'

    Hillary Clinton gives first post-nomination TV interview to 'Fox News Sunday'

    Hillary Clinton is giving Fox News her first sit-down TV interview after receiving the Democratic presidential nomination. Fox News announced Wednesday that Clinton will appear with anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” The Washington-based public affairs program airs on the Fox broadcast...

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