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Oscar winner 'From Here to Eternity' to hit the big screen again

Audiences have embraced “From Here to Eternity” since its 1953 debut, so it’s a pleasure to report that it will be available on local big screens (including AMC, Cinemark, Edwards and Regal theaters) on Sunday and Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ Big...

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  • Academy's shortlist of 15 for documentary Oscar includes 'O.J.: Made in America,' 'Weiner,' '13th'

    Academy's shortlist of 15 for documentary Oscar includes 'O.J.: Made in America,' 'Weiner,' '13th'

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday the 15 feature documentaries that will continue to compete for the Oscar. The list was narrowed down from an initial field of 145 submitted films and should make for one of the strongest and most competitive doc races in recent...

  • Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel has been selected as host of the 2017 Academy Awards. His selection comes just four months after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its contract with ABC to air the ceremony through 2028. (ABC has been the exclusive home of the Oscars since 1976.) The star of “Jimmy...

  • Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' his personal quest and an awards hope, has its major Hollywood unveiling

    Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' his personal quest and an awards hope, has its major Hollywood unveiling

    Martin Scorsese has been waiting nearly 30 years to bring “Silence” into the world, and tastemakers have anticipated watching it for seemingly as long. On Sunday, both got their wish, as the late December awards release finally had its first official screening, at a packed affair in Westwood in...

  • Sundance Film Festival 2017 announces Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight and more

    Sundance Film Festival 2017 announces Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight and more

    The Sundance Film Festival brought the continued rollout of its 2017 program into sharper focus Monday with the announcement of multiple sections, including Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight and Special Events. Many of the most anticipated titles in the festival come from the...

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

    '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...

  • 'Moonlight' scores top awards from Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.

    'Moonlight' scores top awards from Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. announced its 2016 winners for the best in film Sunday. Leading the pack with honors was “Moonlight,” which took home four awards: for director (Barry Jenkins), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali), cinematography (James Laxton) and best picture. Also recognized with...

  • 'Moana' and 'Fantastic Beasts' hold strong at post-Thanksgiving box office

    'Moana' and 'Fantastic Beasts' hold strong at post-Thanksgiving box office

    Following a massive box office performance during the Thanksgiving holiday, Disney’s “Moana” and  Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” continue to be the top performers, leading a host of other holdovers on a weekend that was as sleepy as expected. In its second week, “Moana”...

  • 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...

  • Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    The superb French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than 100 films in a career that began a decade before writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve, who has made five, was even born. Yet their strong joint commitment to emotional truth above all else has produced the quietly wonderful "Things...

  • 'La La Land' gets love from New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice voters

    'La La Land' gets love from New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice voters

    Two groups that fancy themselves as Oscar predictors weighed in Thursday with awards and nominations. And the results were … pretty predictable. The New York Film Critics Circle, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious critics organizations, spent the morning alternating honors between...

  • 'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    When you peel back the aggressive soundtrack, offensive racial stereotypes, gratuitous nudity, and music-video style editing, one finds that the Los Angeles real estate drama “Pocket Listing” is essentially a bonkers, beefed-up episode of the Bravo reality show “Million Dollar Listing.” The main...

  • 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...

  • 'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

    'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

    “The Eyes of My Mother,” Nicolas Pesce’s hypnotically eerie debut feature, builds calmly and quietly to one of the most appalling sequences I’ve seen in a film this year. I’ll keep the details vague; anyone inclined to seek out this movie’s dread-soaked pleasures may as well take their poison straight....

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Sundance Film Festival 2017 likely to feel more political, on purpose or not

    Sundance Film Festival 2017 likely to feel more political, on purpose or not

    The Sundance Film Festival has long been a bastion of values of inclusion and diversity that have suddenly become deeply politicized following the recent election cycle. What often seemed essentially harmless, platitudinous stances may suddenly take on an oppositional, even radical, dimension. ...

  • Awards season is coming up. See how they rank, from must-see to pass

    Awards season is coming up. See how they rank, from must-see to pass

    We’re just turning the calendar to December, and already awards shows are popping up fast and furious, keeping statue assembly line elves working long into the nights. The Gotham Awards were Monday. Something called the National Board of Review announced its nominees Tuesday. The New York Film...

  • 'Manchester by the Sea' named best film by National Board of Review

    'Manchester by the Sea' named best film by National Board of Review

    The National Board of Review released its annual year-end honors Tuesday, naming “Manchester by the Sea” as best film. The 107-year-old, New York-based group also recognized the film by naming Casey Affleck as lead actor and giving its original screenplay award to Kenneth Lonergan and naming Lucas...

  • Directors Guild of America to bestow top honors on Ridley Scott

    Directors Guild of America to bestow top honors on Ridley Scott

    In a celebrated career already dotted with various awards, director Ridley Scott is about to add one more top honor. On Tuesday, the Directors Guild of America announced that Scott is the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction....

  • Denzel Washington to be honored as a Modern Master at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    Denzel Washington to be honored as a Modern Master at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found its 2017 Maltin Modern Master in actor, director and producer Denzel Washington, as announced Tuesday morning. The award, renamed in 2015 to honor film critic and longtime SBIFF moderator Leonard Maltin, was established in 1995 to honor an...

  • Director Cheryl Dunye on her groundbreaking LGBTQ film 'The Watermelon Woman,' 20 years later

    Director Cheryl Dunye on her groundbreaking LGBTQ film 'The Watermelon Woman,' 20 years later

    To most, being invisible is something to balk at, to complain and protest about. After all, an individual’s humanity rests, in part, on being seen as themselves for themselves. But to writer-director Cheryl Dunye, one’s invisibility — for her, as a black queer woman — can be a benefit. Her film,...

  • Gotham Awards: Big night for 'Moonlight'

    Gotham Awards: Big night for 'Moonlight'

    As he frequently reminded the Gotham Awards room, Barry Jenkins took an eight-year hiatus before shooting his new movie “Moonlight.” He’s making up for lost time. The writer-director and his drama cleaned up at the indie film ceremony Monday night, winning the top prize of best feature as well...

  • 'Zootopia' and 'Kubo' lead Annie Awards nominations

    'Zootopia' and 'Kubo' lead Annie Awards nominations

    Disney animated feature “Zootopia” came in ahead of the pack when the Annie Awards nominations were announced Monday. The film scored 11 nominations from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, whose members were taken by the charming parable about tolerance and prejudice as played...

  • Buzz builds for new 'Star Wars' film: 'Within minutes ... we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets'

    Buzz builds for new 'Star Wars' film: 'Within minutes ... we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets'

    Move over, “Moana.” There’s a new hot ticket in town.  Despite Disney’s latest animated tale scoring an estimated $81 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, it was an upcoming Disney release that had the internet abuzz Monday morning. Ticket sales for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” began...

  • Black film critics predict end of #OscarsSoWhite, say 2016 is best year ever for black people in film

    Black film critics predict end of #OscarsSoWhite, say 2016 is best year ever for black people in film

    The African American Film Critics Assn. released a statement Monday naming 2016 the best year ever for black people in cinema. The national organization also predicted an end, albeit potentially temporary, to #OscarsSoWhite.  “The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,”...

  • Exclusive reveal of El Capitan's limited 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' poster

    Exclusive reveal of El Capitan's limited 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' poster

    Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that the tickets for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will go on sale Monday. And if you’re an Angeleno, the deal’s even sweeter: Specific venues in Los Angeles will be handing out exclusive “Rogue One” posters. Check out the exclusive “Hope” poster that fans can...

  • 'Notes on Blindness' offers powerful insight on emotion, spirituality, life and disability

    'Notes on Blindness' offers powerful insight on emotion, spirituality, life and disability

    Pioneering documentarian John Grierson defined documentary form as “the creative treatment of actuality,” and the remarkable new film “Notes on Blindness” fully reflects the creative way to tackle nonfiction storytelling. In the early 1980s, theologian, professor, writer, father and husband John...

  • Documentary 'Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria' explores little known stories

    Documentary 'Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria' explores little known stories

    The plight of Jews in Southern Europe in World War II has often been overlooked in favor of narratives from Western and Eastern Europe, but “Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria” offers insight into the history of Sephardic Jews in Greece. Directed by Lawrence Russo and Larry Confino, the documentary...

  • 'Seasons' takes a visually dazzling journey into the animal kingdom

    'Seasons' takes a visually dazzling journey into the animal kingdom

    “Seasons,” the new wildlife documentary epic from award-winning French co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, is another testament to the breathtaking wonder of the natural world. After celebrated journeys alongside denizens of the air (“Winged Migration”) and sea (“Oceans”), the pair...

  • Horror and war without much payoff in 'Tank 432'

    Horror and war without much payoff in 'Tank 432'

    Writer-director Nick Gillespie’s horror/war hybrid “Tank 432” aims for queasily unsettling ambiguity, but lands in a place that’s more tedious and confusing. Similar to the work of the film’s producer, Ben Wheatley — for whom Gillespie regularly works as a camera operator — “Tank 432” is a genre...

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