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'Moonlight' beats 'La La Land' in L.A. Film Critics awards

“Moonlight”  won best picture  honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday,  one of four awards — including one for director for Barry Jenkins —   that give the independent film some unexpected momentum as awards season kicks into high gear. The Los Angeles  critics also gave first-place...

  • Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' finds a home at Criterion Collection

    Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' finds a home at Criterion Collection

    Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog,” her first film in nearly three decades, is a wondrously personal and ruminative work — a collage of musings on memory, language, grief and post-9/11 malaise, all refracted through a loving tribute to the director’s dearly departed rat terrier, Lolabelle. It is...

  • More boardroom advisors named for Trump-less next phase of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    More boardroom advisors named for Trump-less next phase of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    Just as the nation continues a peaceful transition of power with President-elect Donald Trump taking the reins of the federal government, so too does network television, which played its own role on Trump’s road to the White House. “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the business-tilted unscripted game...

  • Railroaded by an overzealous prosecutor: That's 'Evan's Crime'

    Railroaded by an overzealous prosecutor: That's 'Evan's Crime'

    It’s a bit of a structural and thematic hodgepodge, and a few key moments feel cursorily handled, but “Evan’s Crime” remains an effectively scrappy and involving us-against-them drama. Evan White (Douglas Smith) is a 20-year-old Baton Rouge, La., college student and musician with a pretty girlfriend...

  • The dreary ‘Run the Tide’ is no place for likable Taylor Lautner

    The dreary ‘Run the Tide’ is no place for likable Taylor Lautner

    Still struggling to find his place in a post-“Twilight” universe, likable Taylor Lautner tries a family drama on for size, but the bland, incessantly mopey “Run the Tide” will make you pine for his pouty Jacob the werewolf days. Lautner plays Rey, a quietly resentful gas station employee who has...

  • Beneath the shiny facade of 'Anonymous,' nothing but emptiness

    Beneath the shiny facade of 'Anonymous,' nothing but emptiness

    The biggest con that “Anonymous” features isn’t any of the identity theft, credit card forgery or upending of the global financial systems its unlikable characters commit; instead, it’s the wool pulled over the eyes of an unsuspecting audience. Director Akan Satayev’s hacker thriller looks gorgeous,...

  • ‘Man Down,’ though messy, delivers a powerful message of war

    ‘Man Down,’ though messy, delivers a powerful message of war

    Director Dito Montiel gets points for aiming beyond his usual New York-set crime dramas, but the final product of “Man Down” never reaches its ambitions. The thriller spans three time periods, features a score from Darren Aronofsky favorite Clint Mansell and boasts a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf,...

  • New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    The New York Film Critics Circle announced its awards on Thursday, giving best picture to “La La Land,” written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The awards were announced in real time on the group’s Twitter feed and took a number of hours to work through the voting process. It was the only prize...

  • 'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    The sumptuously shot, costumed, designed and scored Russian import “The Duelist” dazzles and provokes as it makes little real sense beyond the confines of its hermetic milieu. Still, patient viewers should find writer-director Alexey Mizgirev’s often bloody, overheated action-drama set in 1860...

  • Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old funnyman played with a wink and a scowl by Robert De Niro in “The Comedian,” originally came to fame as the star of a hugely popular, thoroughly dreadful sitcom called “Eddie’s Home.” Everywhere he goes, Jackie is greeted by nostalgic fans (“Eddie! Eddie!”) who demand...

  • '77 Minutes' is a gritty immersion into grim criminal territory

    '77 Minutes' is a gritty immersion into grim criminal territory

    The 1984 massacre at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Calif., in which a gunman killed 21 people and wounded 19 others, is revisited in the tough and emotional, if slightly overlong, documentary “77 Minutes.”  Although this horrific event, then the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, may seem a bit...

  • Hong Kong action auteur Ringo Lam returns to the scene with overblown 'Sky on Fire'

    Hong Kong action auteur Ringo Lam returns to the scene with overblown 'Sky on Fire'

    Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam’s action bona fides are unquestioned, and after a long break out of the director’s chair, he’s thrown himself back into his signature genre with guns blazing and cars careening. Last year’s aptly titled “Wild City” has been followed up with “Sky on Fire,” a title perhaps...

  • In 'SiREN' a bachelor party goes oh, so wrong

    In 'SiREN' a bachelor party goes oh, so wrong

    Based on one of the best segments from the hit horror anthology “V/H/S,” the slick thriller “SiREN” loses the found-footage format of the original but keeps the concept of randy bros getting in over their heads. Director Gregg Bishop re-imagines David Bruckner’s grubby “Amateur Night” into something...

  • Mackenzie Davis brings an edge to the sharp vacation thriller 'Always Shine'

    Mackenzie Davis brings an edge to the sharp vacation thriller 'Always Shine'

    The frenemies at the center of the sleek psychological thriller “Always Shine” are actresses of the same age. That’s where their similarities end — unless you count their mutual envy and the rules of female comportment that neither can escape. Quickly and venomously, a jaunt to Big Sur brings their...

  • Boldly creepy 'Pet' tweaks captive-captor conventions

    Boldly creepy 'Pet' tweaks captive-captor conventions

    The psychological horror thriller “Pet,” directed by Carles Torrens and written by Jeremy Slater, takes a familiar trope and turns it on its head. The caged woman, imprisoned by a male captor, is unfortunately an image seen all too frequently in horror and possibly even more frequently on the news....

  • Tragedy hovers over the haunting Nick Cave documentary 'One More Time With Feeling'

    Tragedy hovers over the haunting Nick Cave documentary 'One More Time With Feeling'

    About 10 minutes into “One More Time with Feeling,” when Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds begin playing the first of an album’s worth of songs, a wave of sadness surges, bone-deep and breathtaking. The craftsmanship and beauty of the track, “Jesus Alone,” is undeniable, but something else, something...

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