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  • Thriller 'Happy Hunting' has a bloody good time taking aim at societal hypocrisy

    Thriller 'Happy Hunting' has a bloody good time taking aim at societal hypocrisy

    A mean little mash-up of “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Purge,” the bloody thriller “Happy Hunting” initially comes across as entertainingly simplistic, before gradually revealing its bigger picture. Writer-director team Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson (making their feature debut) inject a dose...

  • Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Music industry revenues up in first half of 2017, but....

    Overall revenue in the music industry rose noticeably in the first half of this year, led by increasing numbers of people using music streaming services, according to figures released Wednesday by the industry’s lobbying arm, the Recording Industry Assn. of America. The RIAA estimated retail revenue...

  • Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral

    Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral

    A woman’s grief and her access to psychotropics are the supposed catalysts in the pseudo-Bergmanesque “Woodshock.” Sibling directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Rodarte brand made them overnight couture stars; with their filmmaking debut, lightning has not struck twice. Kirsten Dunst, who has played...

  • Uncanny complexity punctuates Arturo Ripstein's searing 1966 feature debut 'Time to Die'

    Uncanny complexity punctuates Arturo Ripstein's searing 1966 feature debut 'Time to Die'

    An austere western that kicks up a slowly blinding storm of dust, regret and vengeance, a restored “Time to Die” is making its way into American movie theaters 52 years after Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein made his debut as a feature director with it, boasting a screenplay from the titanic team-up...

  • Oakland Police Department documentary 'The Force' advocates for the truth

    Oakland Police Department documentary 'The Force' advocates for the truth

    Director Peter Nicks got more than he bargained for when he started working on "The Force," a lot more, and we are the beneficiaries. Winner of a directing award at Sundance, this examination of the internal workings of the Oakland Police Department is the second of a projected trilogy of documentaries...

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  • Noah Wyle turns patient in the timely gun drama 'Shot'

    Noah Wyle turns patient in the timely gun drama 'Shot'

    A strong, empathetic turn by Noah Wyle as a chance shooting victim anchors the absorbing and authentic “Shot,” helmed by veteran film and TV director Jeremy Kagan from a script by Will Lamborn and Anneke Campbell (story by Kagan). This vital tale involves sound mixer Mark (Wyle), who’s hit in the...

  • Robert Patrick brings grit to crime drama 'Last Rampage'

    Robert Patrick brings grit to crime drama 'Last Rampage'

    A seasoned cast provides some added grist for “Last Rampage,” a solid, dramatized account of the flight of convicted murderer Gary Tison, who was sprung from an Arizona prison with the help of his three devoted teenage sons during summer 1978. Veteran TV director Dwight H. Little cuts immediately...

  • Thursday's TV highlights: 'Gotham' on Fox

    Thursday's TV highlights: 'Gotham' on Fox

    SERIES Gotham The fourth season begins as Penguin’s (Robin Lord Taylor) new blueprint for crime in the city hits some snags, while Gordon (Ben McKenzie) suspects that clues left at several robberies show that Jonathan Crane (guest star Charlie Tahan) has returned. David Mazouz, Donal Logue...

  • Swampy crime drama '1 Buck' sinks fast

    Swampy crime drama '1 Buck' sinks fast

    The low-budget indie “1 Buck” is a conceit in search of a meaningful story, a potential statement film manifested as a blood-on-the-bayou crime drama. The result is a dreary journey through sordid territory as a killer slices up a string of small-town Louisiana women. French-born writer-director...

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