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  • Review: Blood Orange invites everyone to 'Freetown' at the Ace Hotel

    Review: Blood Orange invites everyone to 'Freetown' at the Ace Hotel

    Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes is often called an heir to Prince. But on Wednesday night at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel, he was just as much an inheritor of Gene Kelly. During the band’s performance of “You’re Not Good Enough,” a soft-funk single that sounds like the smooth station KOST-FM (103.5)...

  • A filmmaker juggles life and work in the richly rewarding 'Mia Madre'

    A filmmaker juggles life and work in the richly rewarding 'Mia Madre'

    While concerned cineastes bemoan the lack of women behind the camera, Italian writer/director Nanni Moretti makes one his autobiographical avatar in “Mia Madre,” about an emotionally fraying filmmaker (Margherita Buy) dealing with crises professional and personal, namely a problem-beset movie shoot...

  • Cinecon brings dozens of classic gems back to Hollywood

    Cinecon brings dozens of classic gems back to Hollywood

    Los Angeles is rife with film festivals of all sorts, but if the city has an underappreciated gem, it’s the Cinecon Classic Film Festival, a beloved event whose 52nd edition runs Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-5, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Passionately dedicated to rarely screened films...

  • Laura Lasworth paintings read as luminous reflections of life

    Laura Lasworth paintings read as luminous reflections of life

    The three-page statement accompanying Laura Lasworth's show at Lora Schlesinger Gallery is useful for learning about the sources of the work but entirely unnecessary to feel the sheer radiance of it. Lasworth paints in a dawn-light palette with such luminous clarity and devotional intimacy that...

  • Skate doc 'Made in Venice" celebrates the house that Z-Boys built

    Skate doc 'Made in Venice" celebrates the house that Z-Boys built

    If the 2001 documentary “Dog Town and Z-Boys” engagingly gave Southern California’s skateboard culture its influential due, then “Made in Venice” comes across as its scrappy, but no less lovable, kid brother. While he profiles many of the boarders who also figured into the Stacy Peralta film, director...

  • Retro-horror mashup 'I Am Not a Serial Killer' has an unexpectedly warm and fuzzy side

    Retro-horror mashup 'I Am Not a Serial Killer' has an unexpectedly warm and fuzzy side

    It takes one to know one, apparently, despite the titular protestations of “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” Irish horror filmmaker Billy O’Brien’s adaptation (with co-writer Christopher Hyde) of Dan Wells’ young adult novel. The surprisingly warm and fuzzy horror-dramedy wonders “can serial killers...

  • Football drama 'Greater' is an appealing underdog saga

    Football drama 'Greater' is an appealing underdog saga

    The true story of the late Arkansas Razorbacks football hero Brandon Burlsworth is an underdog saga to rival “Rudy,” and while the modest Burlsworth biopic “Greater” doesn’t have that film’s inspirational spark, the indie drama is just sweet enough and slick enough to appeal to pigskin fans and...

  • Crime looks gorgeous in the Hollywood Hills-set thriller 'Blood in the Water'

    Crime looks gorgeous in the Hollywood Hills-set thriller 'Blood in the Water'

    Filmmaking brothers Ben and Orson Cummings deliver a compact, cleverly constructed L.A. noir with “Blood in the Water,” their third film as a writer-director team. Though its story and character-development aren’t up to the standards of the genre classics it’s aping, the movie sports an attractively...

  • Kamala Lopez makes a forceful argument for women in doc 'Equal Means Equal'

    Kamala Lopez makes a forceful argument for women in doc 'Equal Means Equal'

    Director, actress and activist Kamala Lopez stumps for women’s rights in her searing documentary “Equal Means Equal.” With a ruthless, surgical approach, Lopez breaks down legal gender inequality in the United States, what she terms the War on Women. Lopez primarily attacks the laws, acts and legislation...

  • Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Prince’s Paisley Park compound to open as a museum this fall

    Six months after his death, Prince’s Paisley Park compound will welcome tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the reclusive musician’s private estate and production complex.  The family of the late music legend and Bremer Trust, the Minnesota bank acting as the special administrator of the singer’s estate,...

  • Watch me: 'Rings' trailer gives cursed video franchise a digital upgrade

    Watch me: 'Rings' trailer gives cursed video franchise a digital upgrade

    Death by viewership is back in the “Rings” trailer.  The long-awaited third installment of the “The Ring” franchise hit the Internet on Wednesday, bringing the haunted VHS tape into the digital age. See the most-read stories in Entertainment this hour » This time around, a young woman is sucked...

  • At the Hollywood Bowl, breathing life into the most famous symphony ever written

    At the Hollywood Bowl, breathing life into the most famous symphony ever written

    In his book “Conducting Business,” Leonard Slatkin, former principal conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, recalls a time when bowl audiences cheered after the first four notes (ta-ta-ta-TA) of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 were played. On Tuesday night, a large Bowl crowd...

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