Album reviews: Mary Gauthier, Tune-Yards, The Bad Plus


"I can feel you creep into my private life"

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Although much of "I can feel you creep into my private life" was written in 2016, the themes of the fourth Tune-Yards album seem very current in early 2018. Merrill Garbus, with bassist and coproducer Nate Brenner, interrogates the identity politics of race, gender and country in ...Read more

'The Alienist' gets down and dirty in old timey New York

Part "Gangs of New York," part "The Knick" and part "Mindhunter," TNT's "The Alienist" pairs gruesome, serial killer carnage with horse-and-carriage charm for this psychological thriller set in 19th century Manhattan.

The 10-episode limited series, which was to premiere Monday, is as much about a murder investigation as it is about the roots of...Read more

What the SAG Award winners mean for the Oscars

Oscar nominations haven't even arrived. So why does it feel like we already know who's going to take the trophies when they're handed out March 4?

We don't, of course. The motion picture academy might add a wrinkle or three into the race when nominations are revealed Tuesday. And after that, there's more than a month before voters have to turn ...Read more

Movie review: 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' has sharp bite, exhausting pace

Of all the dystopian young adult franchises that "The Hunger Games" hath wrought, "The Maze Runner" series has always been the one of the most forthrightly entertaining -- and the sweatiest. But that sweat is evidence of what makes the trilogy work. As directed by Wes Ball, it takes off at a full sprint and never slows down. It can be a ...Read more

Adversity inspires actor Allen Leech

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Inspiration comes from odd sources. For actor Allen Leech, who played the Irish chauffeur who worked his way into the family on "Downton Abbey," inspiration rose from what he calls "the depths of hell."

After graduating with a master's degree in theater and drama, Leech was doing OK. He made a couple of movies and ...Read more

'Three Billboards' wins top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES -- One of the most unpredictable awards seasons in memory took another small step toward clarity at Sunday evening's SAG Awards, as Hollywood's actors -- who represent the motion picture academy's largest branch -- gave their highest honor to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Director Martin McDonagh's dark morality tale ...Read more

A platoon of pink and a squadron of sequins on the march at the SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES -- The coordinated black-dress blackout of the Golden Globes from earlier this month may be in the rearview mirror, but there was still plenty of sartorial symbolism to be found on the arrivals red carpet Sunday at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

For the occasion at the Shrine Auditorium, there was a platoon of pinks and a ...Read more

'Shape of Water' takes top prize at politically charged PGA Awards

LOS ANGELES -- "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro's striking, sensual fantasy film, won the Producers Guild of America's top honor Saturday night at the PGA Awards, cementing its place as one of the front-runners in this year's wide-open Oscar best picture race.

Del Toro did not attend, with "Shape of Water" cast member Richard Jenkins ...Read more

'Jumanji' rolls along as newcomers '12 Strong' and 'Den of Thieves' beat expectations

LOS ANGELES -- Demonstrating the continued drawing power of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" fended off a pair of male-skewing, action-oriented newcomers -- "12 Strong" and "Den of Thieves" -- to top the box office for a third straight week.

On a relatively quiet weekend in what is generally considered a kind of ...Read more

Jane Fonda addresses a rally at Sundance, which is premiering a movie on her political life

PARK CITY, Utah -- "Onward!" Jane Fonda said, lifting her fist into the air. "Let's go kick ass!"

It was snowing heavily outside, and fresh white powder was coating all the roads, but the actress, 80, was not daunted by the winter storm. She was scheduled to speak at Saturday morning's Respect Rally, a Park City gathering to voice support for "...Read more

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, coroner's office says

LOS ANGELES -- Rocker Tom Petty died last year from "multisystem organ failure" caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday.

An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, the agency said.

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'Battle of the Sexes,' 'Call Me by Your Name,' 'Lady Bird' among 2018 GLAAD Media Award nominees

"Battle of the Sexes," "Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird," "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" and "The Shape of Water" are among the films nominated at this year's 29th GLAAD Media Awards.

On the TV side, "Billions," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "The Handmaid's Tale," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Star," "Star Trek: ...Read more

'Juliet, Naked' director Jesse Peretz returns to Sundance with one of the year's buzziest titles

It was more than 20 years ago, but Jesse Peretz has no trouble remembering his first film at Sundance.

"The title was 'First Love, Last Rites,' and it was in a super art section," the director recalls, thinking back. "The theater was tiny; 40 people came, four walked out, maybe more. It did not have a big plot."

Peretz is back in Park City, ...Read more

Susan Bay Nimoy's 'Eve' is one of five Sundance films to focus on 'women of age'

LOS ANGELES -- "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing," says Susan Bay Nimoy, matter-of-fact and convincing. "It came together as if it was meant to be."

Nimoy is sitting in the Bel-Air home she shared for decades with husband Leonard Nimoy talking about "Eve," an honest and quietly affecting short film she wrote, directed and, quite unexpectedly, ...Read more

No longer disruptors, Netflix and Amazon are now firmly in the Sundance Film Festival family

Both Netflix and Amazon made a resounding splash last year at the Sundance Film Festival, with high-priced acquisitions that are still maintaining their profile a year later. Netflix picked up "Mudbound," which has been gaining momentum in awards races, for $12.5 million. "The Big Sick," now also an awards contender, was picked up by Amazon for ...Read more

If this film critic picked the Oscar nominees ...

Filling out an Oscar nomination ballot -- even a hypothetical one -- can be an exercise in purest agony. That turned out to be especially true this year. I remain startled by the sheer quantity and range of great movies and performances I saw in 2017, which made it even harder than usual to settle on a short list of favorites.

In narrowing my ...Read more

Natalie Zea loves 'Detour' she has taken in her career

LOS ANGELES -- "The Detour" star Natalie Zea knew it was time for a change when over a one-week period she found herself sitting in a chair weeping with a gun pointed at her belly while the person threatening her and her ex-lover talked about what was to happen, and then in a completely different situation she was sitting in a chair sobbing ...Read more

Annie Potts excited to have found winning role in 'Young Sheldon'

LOS ANGELES -- It's well documented that quality acting roles for women of a certain age and maturity are hard to find. But it's not impossible. Just ask Annie Potts. Not only does she get to play one of the best-written characters on network TV in the new CBS hit "Young Sheldon," she can also be seen portraying another fun and complicated ...Read more

Eric Church, Maren Morris will honor Vegas shooting victims at Grammys

Country music hitmakers Maren Morris, Eric Church and the Brothers Osborne are joining the performance lineup for the 60th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Thursday.

In doing so, the musicians plan "to honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events over the course of the past year," according to ...Read more

Samantha Bee has words for Aziz Ansari and 'the inevitable' #MeToo backlash

Samantha Bee has a message to the Aziz Ansaris of the world: If you say you're a feminist, act like a feminist.

The "Full Frontal" host tackled the rising #MeToo backlash on her show Wednesday night and explained how the defense of Ansari against recent allegations of sexual misconduct fits into the narrative.

"Yes, the inevitable backlash to ...Read more