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Tribeca Film Festival: Five new VR projects you need to know

Hillary Clinton had come to talk about elephants. But she reserved some enthusiasm for a brewing technological revolution too. “This virtual reality experience you’re providing is so critical because it’s a portal — a portal you can go into,” she said. Clinton was speaking on a panel at a Tribeca...

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    Eugenio Derbez shares 'How to Be a Latin Lover' and still break stereotypes

    Eugenio Derbez is an icon in his home country of Mexico, known for countless popular films and television shows. But here in the U.S., Derbez often walks down the street with few people recognizing him. This makes it easier for him to get around Los Angeles, where he moved a couple of years ago,...

  • Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in 'The Circle,' and there's not an app for that

    Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in 'The Circle,' and there's not an app for that

    “Don’t be evil” was Google’s old, readily teaseable motto. Now, knowing what most of us do about the corporations that run/monitor our mobile-mad lives — Uber was able to track people even after they deleted the app? — most of us would settle for “We try not to be evil” as a mantra for any aggressively...

  • Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first

    Steamy drama 'Below Her Mouth' doesn't even buy you dinner first

    The sexy lost weekend subgenre — in which sexual connections provide an entry into emotional and intellectual intimacies — has gained traction in recent years featuring same-sex male couples, for example: “Paris 05:59” and Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend.” April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth” seeks to do the...

  • Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'

    Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'

    Veteran exploitation filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky has directed a handful of horror pictures over the years, but has spent more time helming soft-core erotica, which probably explains why his supernatural thriller “The Black Room” is unusually sexy. It’s a throwback to the days when B-movies loaded...

  • 'One Week and a Day' works through grief, one toke at a time

    'One Week and a Day' works through grief, one toke at a time

    With a title that sounds standard but turns out to be specific, "One Week and a Day" keeps an impeccable balance between absurdity and sadness, comedy and heartbreak. Increasingly outrageous but always plausible, it applies its pitiless, pitch black sense of humor to a very particular situation....

  • 'Hermia & Helena,' 'Rat Film' among the highlights of Locarno in Los Angeles

    'Hermia & Helena,' 'Rat Film' among the highlights of Locarno in Los Angeles

    Every August, a few weeks before the Venice and Toronto film festivals roll out their red carpets and awards contenders, audiences descend on the Swiss town of Locarno for an 11-day cinematic banquet that has become prized for its formal innovation, its aesthetic adventurousness and its appeal...

  • 'The Transfiguration' leaves a fresh mark for vampire fans old and new

    'The Transfiguration' leaves a fresh mark for vampire fans old and new

    If vampires are defined as lethal beings who stalk the Earth feasting on human blood, Milo (Eric Ruffin), the isolated 14-year-old African American protagonist of Michael O’Shea’s quietly powerful directorial debut, technically fits the bill. Orphaned and withdrawn, Milo lives with his older brother,...

  • French eco-doc 'Tomorrow' calls for action today

    French eco-doc 'Tomorrow' calls for action today

    A forward-thinking take on addressing the demise of the human race, the French documentary “Tomorrow” swaps the usual handwringing doomsday prophesizing in favor of a decidedly more proactive approach. Rattled by an ominous report by Bay Area professors Elizabeth Hadly and Anthony Barnosky warning...

  • With relentless action, 'Free Fire' takes comic aim at the foibles of men

    With relentless action, 'Free Fire' takes comic aim at the foibles of men

    Set in late-’70s Boston, the ferocious, funny and relentless “Free Fire” places a group of shady characters in a deserted warehouse for the sale of a few cases of machine guns. A personal dispute between two of the least important people in the deal, guys just there to move boxes, quickly escalates...

  • Indie drama 'Somewhere Beautiful' relies on looks and attitude for vapid results

    Indie drama 'Somewhere Beautiful' relies on looks and attitude for vapid results

    Patagonian landscapes in 16 mm and Hollywood real estate shot in 35 mm provide a visually sleek backdrop for mighty uninteresting relationships in the pretentious indie “Somewhere Beautiful.” Commercials director Albert Kodagolian’s debut feature intercuts two stories of sought-after male artists...

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