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  • Center Theatre Group's starry 50th: From offending Ronald Reagan to Trump-era provocations

    Center Theatre Group's starry 50th: From offending Ronald Reagan to Trump-era provocations

    Center Theatre Group’s “50th Celebration,” which gathered celebrities, devoted patrons, philanthropists and swells in their spiffiest attire for a Saturday night shindig at the Ahmanson, was more than a star-studded evening of entertainment. It was a rousing reaffirmation of the values championed...

  • 'Alien: Covenant' barely overpowers 'Guardians' as 'Everything, Everything' meets expectations

    'Alien: Covenant' barely overpowers 'Guardians' as 'Everything, Everything' meets expectations

    After almost 40 years, audiences are still interested in the “Alien” universe. Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox, dethroned Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which had topped the box office for two straight weeks. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Everything, Everything”...

  • Everything you need to know before tonight's 'Twin Peaks' premiere

    Everything you need to know before tonight's 'Twin Peaks' premiere

    David Lynch and Mark Frost have assembled a cast of 217 for their Showtime revival of "Twin Peaks," including many returning performers from the original series — as well as other Lynch veterans, like “Twin Peaks” newbies Laura Dern and Naomi Watts. Here's a look at some of those coming back and...

  • Movie events and revivals: May 21-27

    Movie events and revivals: May 21-27

    Stop Making Sense (1984) was director Jonathan Demme’s first foray into documentary concert films. Shot during a three-night engagement at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the film captured the avant-garde band Talking Heads at the peak of its fame and success and is widely considered one of the...

  • 5 picks: Mark the calendar for Björk VR, Yuja and Fornés

    5 picks: Mark the calendar for Björk VR, Yuja and Fornés

    What’s on the radar of Times critics, writers and contributors? Here are five things that caught our curiosity: 1. Björk, the VR experience Björk, the singer and composer, has sold out her May 30 debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. But Björk, the artist, still has timed tickets available for “Björk...

  • Movie openings: May 25-26

    Movie openings: May 25-26

    “Baywatch” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” square off at the box office. The Grateful Dead doc ”Long Strange Trip” and Brad Pitt in Netflix’s “War Machine” highlight limited releases. May 25 Baywatch Dwayne Johnson steps into the formidable flipflops of David Hasselhoff...

  • Indie Focus: Around the world with Cannes, 'Alien: Covenant' and 'Everything, Everything'

    Indie Focus: Around the world with Cannes, 'Alien: Covenant' and 'Everything, Everything'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. The annual international movie bacchanal of the Cannes Film Festival is well underway, and The Times’ Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and Steven Zeitchik are all on the ground in France....

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