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Movie review: Farrell, Kidman endure crucible of suffering in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

Animal corpses tend to pile up with alarming regularity in the films of Yorgos Lanthimos -- just ask the cat in "Dogtooth," or the dog in "The Lobster." (You can't, sorry. They're dead.) So imagine my surprise that no antlered beasts are slaughtered in "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," a lightly blood-spattered but technically immaculate nightmare...Read more

Movie review: 'One of Us' examines tough choices facing those who break away from Hasidic life

In the mythology of personal growth, liberating yourself leads invariably to increased happiness. Yet what characterizes the seekers in the powerful "One of Us" is nothing that straightforward.

As directed by expert documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp," "12th & Delaware"), "One of Us" spends two years following three ...Read more

Movie review: Fassbender won't melt your heart in dreadfully incoherent thriller 'The Snowman'

In "The Snowman," a wretched waste of time and talent from the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In"), two detectives track a serial killer who likes to hack up women's bodies and then scatter the pieces all over: a head here, a limb there. The movie, perhaps subscribing to the fallacy of imitative form, adopts this dispersal ...Read more

'Florida Project,' 'Get Out' among Gotham Awards nominees

The Gotham Awards announced nominees on Thursday, with "Get Out" leading the field with recognition in four categories, including best feature and breakthrough director and best screenplay for writer-director Jordan Peele.

"Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird," "The Florida Project" and "Columbus" had three nominations each.

Along with "Get Out,...Read more

LAPD investigating Harvey Weinstein after an actress in LA accuses him of rape

LOS ANGELES -- An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013.

She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. ...Read more

Movie review: Josh Brolin leads elite team into wildfires in 'Only the Brave'

The title "Only the Brave" sounds like Hollywood fraudulence. Certainly there are moments in director Joseph Kosinksi's film, an adaptation of Sean Flynn's vivid 2013 GQ article about the fatal Arizona wildfires and the elite Granite Mountain firefighters who took them on, when the characters don't get their due.

Early in the picture the leader...Read more

Sinclair vision for TV network to rival Fox draws foes on right

WASHINGTON -- The fiery editorials of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn will be beamed into seven in 10 American living rooms if the company is allowed to complete a merger that would transform it into a nationwide conservative TV juggernaut.

But Sinclair's proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media Co. ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMERICAN MADE. 3 stars. Tom Cruise stars in this fun but heavily fictionalized portrait of Barry Seal, a drug smuggler who found himself at the intersection of drug cartels and CIA adventurism in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s. Directed by Doug Liman. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

ATOMIC BLONDE. 2.5 stars. Charlize ...Read more

Television Q&A: Was 'Action' character based on Harvey Weinstein?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: There was a Jay Mohr series set in the film industry. What was its name? And was the studio head on that show based on Harvey Weinstein?

A: At first, I thought you might be asking if Weinstein inspired Peter Dragon, the movie producer played by Jay Mohr on "Action," a dark comedy that aired on Fox in...Read more

Movie review: Weak political elements take punch out of 'Geostorm'

"Geostorm" finds ways to draw attention away from an interesting use of weather as a weapon by using a cold front of political jabber.

The problems in "Geostorm" were caused by director Dean Devlin and co-writer Paul Guyot as they have taken a passable action film and buried it under a tsunami of political muck. Politics can work – even in an...Read more

Movie review: 'The Snowman' is a jumbled nonsensical mess

Mister Alfredson, you could have saved it. We gave you all the tools -- a star-studded cast, a blockbuster best-selling Scandinavian murder novel by Jo Nesbø, and three time Oscar winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. So why is "The Snowman" such a jumbled nonsensical mess?

Director Tomas Alfredson has copped to the fact that scheduling issues ...Read more

Weinsteins once fought the world, then each other

LOS ANGELES -- For the Weinsteins, it had always been Bob and Harvey against the world.

In 1979, the twenty-something rock promoters brought their unpolished demeanor, fast-talking style, and rough negotiating tactics to the movie business, naming their new film production company after their parents, Miriam and Max.

Together, they built a ...Read more

Lisa Bloom faces the backlash as Harvey Weinstein's ex-adviser

LOS ANGELES -- "Let's talk about how I can do better," Lisa Bloom said.

It was a Friday morning -- the first day the attorney was back in her Woodland Hills law firm following her resignation as Harvey Weinstein's adviser -- and she'd called her staff into a meeting.

She wanted to apologize. She told her colleagues she'd made a "colossal ...Read more

Rhiannon Giddens and her MacArthur Fellowship: 'Genius'? She's not buying

Technically speaking, she's now entitled to bragging rights as the world's first officially crowned "genius" banjo player.

The idea elicits a chuckle from Rhiannon Giddens. To be honest, she says, she isn't a fan of the "genius grant" nickname that's been widely used to describe the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship reward she has just collected ...Read more

Gord Downie, singer for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, dies at 53

Gord Downie, the singer for the Tragically Hip and one of Canada's most beloved rock musicians, died Tuesday night, according to an official statement from the band. He was 53.

Downie had been previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer. The disease was discovered after a 2015 seizure.

The band, one of the most popular ...Read more

Nielsen will tell clients who's watching on Netflix and other streaming video services

Audience measurement company Nielsen will offer networks and studios data on who is watching programs on streaming video on-demand services such as Netflix.

While Nielsen has tracked streaming and on-demand content since 2014, the new service announced Wednesday will for the first time give clients online viewership information about their own ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Oct. 9:

1. The Mummy (2017) -- Universal

2. Baby Driver -- Sony

3. Wonder Woman -- Warner

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales -- Disney

5. Transformers: The Last Knight -- Paramount

6. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie -- Fox

7. 47 Meters Down -- Lionsgate

8. ...Read more

Skylar Astin loves being part of a 'Graves' situation

LOS ANGELES -- Skylar Astin sees his role on the EPIX original series "Graves" as a little bit like getting paid to go to school. And his teachers are really good at what they do.

Astin plays Isaiah Miller, the overly eager assistant to Richard Graves (Nick Nolte). Miller finally gets to work for the man he has admired for so many years at the ...Read more

Herbie Hancock keeps searching for the unexpected

CHICAGO – There's something eternally youthful about pianist Herbie Hancock, who has spent his long career doing what enterprising young artists love to do: search for new ideas in sound.

Jazz, pop, fusion, techno, funk, world music -- everything Hancock hears eventually makes its way into his art in one form or another, to the exasperation ...Read more

Infinite attraction: The 'radical connectivity' of Yayoi Kusama lands in Los Angeles as Infinity Mirror Rooms take their place at the Broad museum

LOS ANGELES -- Blame it on Katy Perry. Or maybe Adele.

The popularity of Yayoi Kusama's trippy, immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms -- which both pop stars have Instagrammed and which subsequently became selfie magnets on social media internationally -- has reached a feverish peak.

Six of the rooms anchor the exhibition "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity ...Read more