Movie guide: Capsule listings

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; ® restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC...Read more

Resonance Records revives jazz history with Eric Dolphy recordings

The story of "Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet" begins in a suitcase.

It's 1964, and the Los Angeles-born jazz multi-instrumentalist Dolphy, then living in New York and at the peak of his alto-sax-blowing powers, is headed overseas.

Known for his work as a bandleader and with Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Booker Little and others, Dolphy is ...Read more

Did the Brainfeeder label revive jazz? Founder makes his case

Leaning back in a patio chair behind his Laurel Canyon home on a recent sunny morning, the producer and label head Steve Ellison, who performs as Flying Lotus, was reflecting on a boast that his forward-thinking jazz and instrumental hip-hop record label Brainfeeder made in a press release.

Issued during the rollout of its 10th anniversary ...Read more

Films look at war from inside and outside the halls of power

There are moments in "Vice," a forbidding portrait of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and "Leave No Trace," a parable of an Iraq vet trapped with his demons in the Oregon woods, when the travails of recent American history are compressed into how one man becomes a casualty in another's relentless pursuit of power.

"Vice" explores a post-9/11...Read more

Jacques Rivette's 1966 masterpiece of an oppressed nun speaks to the present

Jacques Rivette's 1966 film, "La Religieuse (The Nun)," might be one of the greatest prison movies ever made and certainly one of the most controversial. The prison is a Catholic convent, and the inmate we are following is Suzanne Simonin (Anna Karina), a young woman who takes vows against her will.

For the rest of her short, defiant life she ...Read more

Review: Netflix's 'Fyre' takes an intimate look at everything that went wrong with the Fyre Festival

It was announced as "the cultural experience of the decade," and it was -- just not in the way anyone anticipated.

As detailed by director Chris Smith in the compulsively watchable documentary "Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened," what started out being touted as "Coachella in the Caribbean" ended up as pure chaos that reminded ...Read more

The 'Roma' effect: 5 films that reimagine great cities on screen

When filmmakers make movies set in a specific world capital, they're drawing from their own memories and impressions of that city. It's urban planning, plus a little poetry. Often a director films on location; other times, a production design team fabricates a corner or a neighborhood from scratch, a long way from the real thing.

This brings us...Read more

Louis C.K.'s San Jose comedy gig sparks protest, groans and violence

Louis C.K. has brought his divisive stand-up comedy act to the West Coast, and it's already causing quite a stir.

The embattled comedian, who faced a series of sexual misconduct allegations in 2017, took the stage of San Jose's Improv Comedy Club on Wednesday for the first of three sold-out performances. (He was to return Thursday.)

The shows ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein changing lawyers amid push for more aggressive strategy

LOS ANGELES -- Harvey Weinstein and attorney Benjamin Brafman announced Thursday that the criminal defense attorney will no longer represent the beleaguered producer in his rape case and that a new team of lawyers will be announced next week.

The formal announcement that Weinstein will allow Brafman to inform Judge James Burke that he wants to ...Read more

Review: 'Glass' feels so familiar, but that's not necessarily a good thing

LOS ANGELES -- Midway through "Glass," the latest happening in the M. Night Shyamalan Cinematic Universe, a Philadelphia psychiatrist named Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) tries to convince three extraordinary individuals that they are not, in fact, so extraordinary.

Like one of those professional skeptics who turn up in horror movies to ...Read more

Stephen Colbert takes issue with Gillette's 'woke' ad about toxic masculinity

Stephen Colbert took aim at both Gillette's toxic masculinity ad that has gone viral and one of its right-leaning critics on Wednesday's "The Late Show."

"There's controversy in the world of advertising, folks," the CBS host began. "Gillette is drawing fire for a #MeToo-themed commercial that challenges 'toxic masculinity.' Wow, that sounds ......Read more

Review: 'Close' full of cheap thrills

Noomi Rapace is the original girl with the dragon tattoo, having originated the role in the Swedish film trilogy. She balances a Scandinavian steeliness with savage grace, and her lithe, compact physicality makes her one of the most naturalistic contemporary female action performers. She should be a massive star. But lately, she's applied her ...Read more

Stephen Malkmus is still enigmatic, but with a big heart

Somehow Stephen Malkmus managed to jam a sarcastic complaint about too many bike lanes into a poignant song about Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African-American man who died after breaking his neck while in a police transport vehicle. Gray's death prompted a civil-rights investigation and heavy protests in his home city, Baltimore, throughout ...Read more

'Hamilton' Puerto Rico actors talk about a musical with a mission, and the job of impressing Lin-Manuel Miranda

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- It didn't take long for Donald Webber Jr. to hear about the hardships endured by residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the monster storm that ravaged the island in late 2017.

The taxi driver who picked up the actor at the San Juan airport told Webber that he and his family had lived without power for more than...Read more

Cardi B slams Trump: 'Our country is in a hellhole right now'

Rapper Cardi B had a simple message for her nearly 40 million Instagram followers on Wednesday afternoon.

The short version, minus the F-bombs: "Our country is in a hellhole right now, all for a ... wall. And we really need to take this serious."

The reason, according to Cardi? President Trump.

In a concise video op-ed full of cussed ...Read more

A KFC worker and customer got into a fight over a health violation. Then the chicken flew

A Jacksonville, Fla., KFC worker committed restaurant health violations, then was arrested after hitting a customer with chicken, police say.

The first incident being caught on video led to the second incident, also caught on video, both from the night of Dec. 29.

Ronald Jenkins called the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that night and showed ...Read more

Television Q&A: Why is 'Suzy Snowflake' never shown?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Back in the 1950s there was a special shown on TV at the same time "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph" aired. It was a pleasant little show called "Suzy Snowflake." Why is it never shown any more?

A: It may seem late for this season, but it's Christmas all year round in my mailbag, along with info on ...Read more

Review: 'Cold War' a sexy, doomed affair to remember in postwar Europe

At one point in the gorgeously fatalistic love story "Cold War," pianist and composer Wiktor and vocalist Zula are alone in a 1957 Paris nightclub, dancing to the old Louis Jordan tune "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby." That very question hangs over these two Polish exiles long after the music stops. Their ill-starred affair spans 15 years and...Read more

Review: HBO's 'Brexit' movie plays right into today's headlines

The future of Brexit is in doubt, but "Brexit" the movie is already here.

Days after the House of Commons rejected the deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May by a historic margin, sending Britain further into political chaos, comes "Brexit," an HBO film starring Benedict Cumberbatch about the 2016 referendum in which voters decided to ...Read more


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