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  • 'Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary' serves the jazz legend well

    'Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary' serves the jazz legend well

    How has there never been a comprehensive documentary about John Coltrane before now? One of the giants of jazz, the saxophonist collaborated with the best in the business — including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. From his solo LP debut in 1957 to his death 10 years later at...

  • Romantic drama 'A Night Without Armor' oozes earnestness

    Romantic drama 'A Night Without Armor' oozes earnestness

    The contemporary romantic drama “A Night Without Armor” (yes, the title of Jewel’s poetry book) borrows the “Before Sunrise” model for its explorations of destiny, love and the road not taken. Meeting under a meteor show at a Civil War-era fort, two complete strangers Adam (Jacob Fishel) and Nicole...

  • Grim tales of Guatemalan civil war told in 'Finding Oscar'

    Grim tales of Guatemalan civil war told in 'Finding Oscar'

    A twisty, protracted fight for justice is deftly traced in “Finding Oscar,” an absorbing, if grim, documentary from producer-director Ryan Suffern (who co-wrote with Mark Monroe) and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Pivoting around the 1982 massacre of more than 200 residents of the village...

  • Tribeca: Opening night sees Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson toast a music legend

    Tribeca: Opening night sees Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson toast a music legend

    Aretha Franklin was feeling unexpectedly apologetic. "I'm fighting an upper respiratory viral infection and shortness of breath, so forgive me if I miss a few notes," the soul diva told a packed house at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday. "But I wasn't going to miss this evening." The occasion was...

  • #JusticeForHan: Does 'Fate of the Furious' twist betray the 'Fast and Furious' family?

    #JusticeForHan: Does 'Fate of the Furious' twist betray the 'Fast and Furious' family?

    One enduring concept has famously remained at the core of the Vin Diesel-led “Fast and Furious” blockbusters since 2001, through quarter-mile races, torrid bromances, international adventures and high-stakes heists: family. So why has one family-centric plot twist in “The Fate of the Furious,”...

  • 50 years later, 'The Graduate' is a study in the power of obsession

    50 years later, 'The Graduate' is a study in the power of obsession

    Seeing "The Graduate" again decades after an initial viewing is, appropriately enough, like attending a college reunion. Films are in a sense like old friends, and revisiting them years later inevitably raises the question of whether what you once enjoyed still brings you pleasure. With "The Graduate,"...

  • 50 years after 'The Graduate,' restless Benjamin Braddock still speaks to young men — and women

    50 years after 'The Graduate,' restless Benjamin Braddock still speaks to young men — and women

    “The Graduate” charmed most everyone when it arrived in theaters 50 years ago, topping the 1967 box office, winning Mike Nichols an Academy Award for best director, turning a little-known stage actor named Dustin Hoffman into a movie star and becoming an evergreen generational touchstone. But it...

  • Locarno: What's a nice Swiss film festival doing in L.A.?

    Locarno: What's a nice Swiss film festival doing in L.A.?

    It was the memory of the Cannes Critics Week hosted by Filmex at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November 1974 that inspired critic and programmer Robert Koehler to do something similar. As a UCLA freshman, he covered the festival for the Daily Bruin. “I’ve been waiting since then for someone...

  • Why the Tribeca Film Festival isn't just about film anymore

    Why the Tribeca Film Festival isn't just about film anymore

    For the last 15 years, the Tribeca Film Festival has trafficked in a certain kind of independent cinema. It’s a place where art house hits such as “Transamerica,” “City Island” and “Let the Right One In”" — along with some lesser lights — have made their world premieres. These types of movies will...

  • 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi reveals his comic cameo: an 8-foot-tall warrior named Korg

    'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi reveals his comic cameo: an 8-foot-tall warrior named Korg

    As anyone who’s watched the trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” can readily see — and judging by its record-breaking view count, that’s a whole lot of people – director Taika Waititi is injecting a healthy dose of his skewed sense of humor into the Marvel superhero film, which hits theaters Nov. 3. But...

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