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  • Minimum budget yields minimal originality for young adult adaptation 'Maximum Ride'

    Minimum budget yields minimal originality for young adult adaptation 'Maximum Ride'

    In the pantheon of young adult book-to-film adaptations, not every entry is going to be “The Hunger Games,” and “Maximum Ride” falls into that category. Based on the James Patterson series of novels and directed by Jay Martin from a screenplay by Angelique Hanus and Jesse Spears, this is “Hunger...

  • Into the inferno with the gripping 'Deepwater Horizon'

    Into the inferno with the gripping 'Deepwater Horizon'

    “Deepwater Horizon,” a mighty cinematic conflagration from the director Peter Berg, revisits the tragic events of April 20, 2010, when a Transocean-owned, British Petroleum-leased oil drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 crew members and precipitating one of the worst environmental...

  • New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

    New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

    The theme of enlightenment has seldom come across as leaden as it is in “Milton’s Secret,” a dull drama based on the children’s novel of the same name by spiritual author Eckhart Tolle. Set in some sort of parallel universe where virtually all of the characters speak in politely hushed tones usually...

  • Connor Jessup seals the deal in fantastical gay drama 'Closet Monster'

    Connor Jessup seals the deal in fantastical gay drama 'Closet Monster'

    There have been no shortage of gay coming-of-age films, but few have been as singular and dazzling as “Closet Monster,” Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s semi-autobiographical fever dream of a feature debut. It’s nothing less than an emotional exorcism. The movie opens as 9-year-old Oscar...

  • Swedish crank is surprised by life in tragicomic 'A Man Called Ove'

    Swedish crank is surprised by life in tragicomic 'A Man Called Ove'

    Like Bill Murray in “St. Vincent” and Jack Nicholson in “About Schmidt,” Rolf Lassgård’s title character in “A Man Called Ove” is a curmudgeonly retiree whose lonely life takes an unexpected turn. It’s a time-honored template, but one that nevertheless still works magic with the right actor and...

  • 'Night Cap': Claude Chabrol in his element with a pitch-dark story of intricate relationships

    'Night Cap': Claude Chabrol in his element with a pitch-dark story of intricate relationships

    Note: Five of French director Claude Chabrol’s later films — “Betty” (1992), “Color of Lies” (1999), “Night Cap” (2000), “The Swindle” (1997) and “Torment” (1994), all featuring some of France’s biggest stars of the era — screen as part of the “Chabrol 5 X 5” series. Below is The Times’ Aug. 16,...

  • 'Pop should be weird': Shura channels a gentle outsider spirit on 'Nothing's Real'

    'Pop should be weird': Shura channels a gentle outsider spirit on 'Nothing's Real'

    At first, Shura figured, the spilled drink didn’t seem like cause for alarm. “I saw a bit of residue on the keyboard, but I thought it’d be fine,” the English pop singer said of a moment not long into her show Monday night at West Hollywood’s Roxy when Prosecco came splashing down on her instrument....

  • 'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg has died

    'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg has died

    Gary Glasberg, executive producer and show runner of  CBS’ hit “NCIS” and the creator and executive producer of its spinoff, “NCIS: New Orleans,” has died. He was 50. A statement from the network said that Glasberg, who was born in New York City, had died in his sleep. No other information was...

  • Chabrol's seductive 'Swindle' delivers right on the mark

    Chabrol's seductive 'Swindle' delivers right on the mark

    Note: Five of French director Claude Chabrol’s later films — “Betty” (1992), “Color of Lies” (1999), “Night Cap” (2000), “The Swindle” (1997) and “Torment” (1994), all featuring some of France’s biggest stars of the era — screen as part of the “Chabrol 5 X 5” series. Below is The Times’ April 23,...

  • Chabrol's 'Betty' serves up a slice of dark, obsessive life

    Chabrol's 'Betty' serves up a slice of dark, obsessive life

    Note: Five of French director Claude Chabrol’s later films — “Betty” (1992), “Color of Lies” (1999), “Night Cap” (2000), “The Swindle” (1997) and “Torment” (1994), all featuring some of France’s biggest stars of the era — screen as part of the “Chabrol 5 X 5” series. Below is The Times’ Aug. 27,...

  • French film noir series screens in Santa Monica

    French film noir series screens in Santa Monica

    The French not only named film noir but it turns out they also had a gift for working in this dark and twisty genre. The American Cinematheque offers a chance to experience eight of these bleak gems in “The French Had a Name for It 2,” the sequel to last year’s groundbreaking series. Opening things...

  • Here are just a few of the Hollywood stars who cut their teeth on Agnes Nixon shows

    Here are just a few of the Hollywood stars who cut their teeth on Agnes Nixon shows

    The death of Agnes Nixon on Wednesday  prompted a look back on a career that spanned decades and gave dozens of actors who turned into Hollywood household names their start.  Through the creation of soap operas such as “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” and “Loving,” Nixon revolutionized daytime...

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