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  • Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

    Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

    When Gidon Kremer has a farsighted cause, it is wise to pay close attention. Over an uncompromising half-century career, the Latvian violinist and one of the last of the legendary artists to come out of the Soviet Russia music education system has been single-handedly responsible for bringing attention...

  • Hulu's 'Too Funny to Fail' looks at the legacy of the doomed 'Dana Carvey Show'

    Hulu's 'Too Funny to Fail' looks at the legacy of the doomed 'Dana Carvey Show'

    Imagine you’re starting a sketch comedy show, one that will debut on network TV in prime time. Of course, such a bold, probably misguided, idea requires a big star, maybe one who became the centerpiece of “Saturday Night Live” and starred in a summer blockbuster. Fine, done. But such a series needs...

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  • Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short

    Throwback comedy 'Where's the Money' comes up short

    Partying like it’s 1995, “Where’s the Money,” a throwback mash-up of the “Friday” series and frat boy comedies like “PCU,” is short on big laughs despite the game efforts of an energetic cast. With his family-owned Dre’s Gym in South Central falling seriously behind in bill payments, the resourceful...

  • Djimon Hounsou, Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear elevate drama 'Same Kind of Different as Me'

    Djimon Hounsou, Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear elevate drama 'Same Kind of Different as Me'

    Pure Flix and other Christian-oriented distributors have built a solid niche catering to audiences underserved by mainstream cinema, offering faith-based films, usually based on a true story. These movies tend to vary in quality, so when a genuinely affecting drama like “Same Kind of Different...

  • 'Geostorm' proves less thrilling than the Weather Channel

    'Geostorm' proves less thrilling than the Weather Channel

    As if we didn’t have enough problems on Earth, Hollywood keeps inventing new ways for things to go catastrophically awry. The science-fiction spectacle “Geostorm” introduces an astonishing piece of fictional technology dubbed Dutch Boy — a network of satellites that stabilize our climate. And then...

  • All trick, no treat, 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' is a shoddy, low-laugh outing

    All trick, no treat, 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' is a shoddy, low-laugh outing

    The cinematic equivalent of getting Necco Wafers in your trick-or-treating bucket, “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is a cheap, outdated effort for his beloved character Madea. While its predecessor at least pleased his fans, writer-director-star Perry’s latest offers few laughs and embarrassing...

  • Calendar Letters: Oh, the horrors!

    Calendar Letters: Oh, the horrors!

    Kudos to Times critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang for their fine pieces on horror movies [“The Age of Horror: It Doesn’t Thrill Him” and “The Age of Horror: The Ideal Genre for These Times,” Oct. 15]. As one who has avoided horror films for many years, I was grateful to Turan for explaining...

  • Showtime's flimsy 'George Michael: Freedom' isn't worthy of its subject

    Showtime's flimsy 'George Michael: Freedom' isn't worthy of its subject

    Anyone with eyes could see that George Michael was something to look at: a perfectly stubbled face, a wonderful dresser (and undresser), a body that could move both sensually and with total, unembarrassed abandon. And anyone with ears could hear that Michael was something to listen to: a breathy...

  • TV This Week, Oct. 22-28: 'Stranger Things,' the World Series and more

    TV This Week, Oct. 22-28: 'Stranger Things,' the World Series and more

    SUNDAY “The Simpsons” get their trick-or-treat on with an all-new edition of their annual Halloween special “Treehouse of Horror.” 8 p.m. Fox The bewitching Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) is back in the new TV movie “Good Witch: Spellbound.” 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel The horror drama “The Walking...

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