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Indie Focus: Your Field Guide to Only Good Movies

  • 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' a fresh start for director

    'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' a fresh start for director

    In the novel "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," written in the voice of a teenage boy, the lead character notes that "when you convert a good book into a film, stupid things happen. God only knows what would happen if you tried to convert this unstoppable barf-fest into a film. The FBI would probably...

  • Los Angeles Film Festival reboots with focus on discovery, world premieres

    Los Angeles Film Festival reboots with focus on discovery, world premieres

    With a new programming team and revitalized sense of purpose, the Los Angeles Film Festival launches its 21st edition Wednesday with a reinvigorated mission. As a challenge to organizers and audiences alike, the festival is regrounding itself as a showcase for new, untested work.

  • Indie Focus: ‘Spy’ v ‘Entourage’ and the RomCom you have to see

    Indie Focus: ‘Spy’ v ‘Entourage’ and the RomCom you have to see

      Subscribe to the newsletter   Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to this week’s Indie Focus newsletter. Think of this as your field guide to a world of Only Good Movies, spotlighting what’s going on in the world of cinema in Los Angeles and the world beyond. We had an exciting Indie Focus Screening...

  • Indie Focus: In Cannes, eyeing the future, insulting our French

    Indie Focus: In Cannes, eyeing the future, insulting our French

      Subscribe to the newsletter   Hello! I'm Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of our Indie Focus newsletter, which we like to think of as an ongoing field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. We've got a pair of really exciting Indie Focus Screening Series events coming up in June. Keep...

  • 'Spy' is an agent of fun for Melissa McCarthy

    'Spy' is an agent of fun for Melissa McCarthy

    For a few years now, summer movies have been tinged by such darkness and destruction that when a movie as adamantly breezy as "Spy" comes along it feels not just refreshing but like a rebuke. Movies can be fun too, it wants to remind audiences, without being oppressive, mean or totally mindless.

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