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2017-01-22
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On one level, the outstanding Sundance drama “Walking Out” tells a very simple father-son wilderness survival tale. But just below the surface, roiling emotional complications add ..
Not long into "The Big Sick," the new film produced by Judd Apatow, the lead character makes a choice one rarely sees in a mainstream U.S. comedy. A young Pakistani Muslim visiting..
The Sundance Film Festival’s early days may have been overshadowed by the one-two punch of Friday’s presidential inauguration and Saturday’s women’s march, but this 33rd annual edi..
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another Sundance edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. There is a lot of weather and a lot of movies h..
Throw out everything you think you know about caring for bluejeans, and listen for a moment to Marie and Jim Shaffer, who named their company Jeans Genius for a reason. The Shaffer..
On Friday, Tom Brokaw was in Washington D.C., helping to lead NBC News’ coverage of President Trump’s inauguration. Less than 24 hours later -- as thousands of women marched throug..
2017-01-21
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Late Friday on inauguration day, several dozen people arrived at the L.A. County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater to consider the transition of power to a new president. But it had not..
M. Night Shyamalan’s low-budget psychological horror film “Split” defied expectations Friday, raking in an estimated $14.6 million and prompting industry estimates of between ..
When two L.A.-area homes sold for $100 million last year, the question wasn’t how but rather what’s next. The answer may be an entirely new stratosphere. In Bel-Air, a four-story m..
Now we have officially seen it all. The Bel-Air mansion that hit the market mid-week at $250 million is the most expensive home for sale in the U.S. Where to begin? Well, at the to..
Rick Hendrick, owner of the most successful organization in NASCAR, grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm knowing that wasn't the life he wanted to lead.  He took chance after ch..
2017-01-20
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 At a time when the nation still spoke in hushed tones about AIDS, Dushan Angius tossed such worries aside and stood up before his fellow Rotarians and told them that his son ..
First things first. Yes, there is a movie at Sundance called “L.A. Times.” No, it does not have anything to do with this here media organization of the Los Angeles Times. (Trust me..
After a restless night, Apatow made the rounds here Friday morning just as the inauguration got underway, helping to promote a new movie he produced called "The Big Sick." "I'..
The premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose,” planned for this weekend, has been canceled amid controversy over a video that appears to show a German shepherd struggling against a traine..
With the high-tech light displays and fireworks of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration quiet since September and the opening of its Star Wars land still years away, what’s a ..
Any time a beloved movie or TV series gets a remake, knee-jerk purists howl about it “ruining” the original. “Beaches,” starring Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) and Nia Long (“Th..
A side-by-side comparison Regarding “Trump Show Moves to New Stage” [Jan. 13]. The Times does it yet again: clearly exposing its political bias in this article. Comparing Obama’s l..
Annapurna Pictures, Megan Ellison’s growing independent production company, has long made critically acclaimed movies for other studios to release in theaters. Now, in a big m..
Having penned two books of his own, Barack Obama is no stranger to the arts, and it looks as if Malia Obama may be following in her father’s footsteps. But while Obama plans t..
Bikers for Trump roared into town. Self-described “deplorables” hosted a ball. And thousands of Americans, many with red “Make America Great Again” caps, poured onto the grass..
The ginned-up contest between Los Angeles and San Francisco to lure filmmaker George Lucas  and his long-aborning Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is done. Los Angeles lost by wi..
The Sundance Film Festival is always exciting — ski slopes, film nerds and movie stars! This year the festival is being held during a Presidential inauguration, a women’s protest m..
For most Sundance premieres, this hermetic gathering in the Utah mountains is a first stop, the beginning of what filmmakers hope will be a long journey to theaters, streaming serv..
Oscar nominations are just a few days away. Will Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” tie the record for most nominations in Oscar history? Welcome to the Gold Standard, the news..
Bikers for Trump roared into town. Self-described “deplorables” hosted a ball. And thousands of Americans, many with red “Make America Great Again” caps, began pouring onto the gra..
Amid all its grim revelations of melting ice caps and depleted permafrost, the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” provided at least one genuinely thrilling revelatio..
Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced early Tuesday morning, and while there’s no such thing as a sure thing, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” is probably go..
Bikers for Trump roared into town. Self-described “deblorables” hosted a ball. And thousands of Americans, many with red “Make America Great Again” caps, began pouring onto the gra..
After directing 11 films with a combined global take of $2.4 billion, earning two Oscar nominations, “winning” four Golden Raspberry awards, scoring massive critical accolades, and..
Film scholar Tom Gunning coined the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the earliest, exhibitionist impulses of filmmaking, bits of spectacle that called attention to their ..
2017-01-19
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Al Gore, second from left, in a scene from "An Inconvenient Sequel," directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, premiering Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival. (Sundance Institute /..
Last summer, organizers of the Sundance Film Festival, meeting in Los Angeles, were stumped. Where had all the movies about the destruction of the planet gone? “After a flurry..
Steven Mnuchin, the Wall Street executive tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Treasury secretary, faced some of the most blistering personal attacks of any Cabine..
Drivers need to pay attention while driving, even as technology gradually takes over the task. That’s the message U.S. safety regulators delivered Thursday after closing an investi..
Last week an artistic leader greeted an opening-night audience with a spiel about why supporting theater is more important now than ever. She was referring to the new political rea..
When he went public with doping allegations last May, Russian whistle-blower‎ Grigory Rodchenkov told a remarkable story. A long-serving chief of the country's anti-doping program,..
A title card announces the year as 1347 as a young woman in a nun’s habit leads a donkey across an idyllic countryside. She passes through one verdant glen after another on her way..
 At a time when the nation still spoke in hushed tones about AIDS, Dushan Angius tossed such worries aside and stood up before his fellow Rotarians and told them that his son ..
Since Naoko Takeuchi’s manga debuted in 1991, the combination of slapstick comedy, breathless romance and female empowerment in “Sailor Moon” has resonated with girls around the wo..
Fair warning to fans of real-life American crimes: The horror movie “The Axe Murders of Villisca” isn’t really about what happened in small-town Iowa in 1912, when eight people wer..
The child is very much father to the man in “Staying Vertical,” a serenely nutty cinematic pastoral that unfolds at the crossroads of life and death, freedom and responsibility, th..
In 1943, a German factory worker named Otto Hampel and his wife, Elise, were found guilty of treason and sedition after writing anti-Hitler slogans on postcards and secretly distri..
The title of “Trespass Against Us,” Adam Smith’s sloppily energetic debut feature, is both a reference to the Lord’s Prayer and a warning to those who would dare cross the Cutlers,..
This would-be comedy begins with a food fight and gets only messier from there. “Bakery in Brooklyn” centers on cousins Vivien (Aimee Teegarden) and Chloe (Krysta Rodriguez), who i..
Joshua Mohr is no stranger to second chances. In his new memoir, “Sirens” (Two Dollar Radio, $15.99 paper), he recounts not only his journey from addiction to recove..
The Sundance Film Festival is always exciting — ski slopes, film nerds and movie stars! This year the festival is being held during a Presidential inauguration, a women’s protest m..
Actress Poppy Montgomery of “Without a Trace” fame has put her home in Pacific Palisades on the market for $4.985 million. The traditional-style home, designed by architect Kenneth..
While giving a tour of her family's garden in Altadena, Choi Chatterjee stops suddenly. “The staghorns are coming back, Omer,” she calls to her husband as she surveys the fron..
In a much retweeted curtain-call speech from the Broadway stage in November, “Hamilton” actor Brandon Dixon conveyed to then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence that theater can be a d..
Unlikely as it might seem at this point in his up-and-down career, M. Night Shyamalan proves he can still pull off a genuine surprise at the end of his unnervingly clever new thril..
Steven Mnuchin, the Wall Street executive chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Treasury secretary, is expected to be pressed by Democrats at his confirmation heari..
“Finding Dory” found its way to the stage multiple times as it garnered wins for favorite movie and family movie, along with Ellen DeGeneres for favorite animated movie actres..
2017-01-18
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Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fic..
Los Angeles has just reached new heights in over-the-top real estate opulence. The city now boasts the most expensive home for sale in the country: a newly built Bel-Air mega-mansi..
Music connects worlds and offers commonality. A harmonic tool of empathy, its melodies transcend borders with the ease of those traversing the wall-less Rio Grande illegally. ..
The women of “Hidden Figures” have defied expectations at the box office during the last two weeks. But now the NASA-themed breakout hit will face a new set of challengers — a..
The secular filmmaker Joshua Weinstein stood on a helter-skelter corner in this ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood next to shops selling conservative fashions and Internet-disabled..
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was acquitted Wednesday of illegal possession of weapons, another victory for an Indian movie icon who has been beset by legal problems. Khan was fo..
Poetry flows through Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, “Paterson,” in much the same way that the Passaic River winds through the titular New Jersey city, before gracefully drop..
Los Angeles is now home to the most expensive house for sale in the country: a $250-million mega-mansion. Just how lavish is the Bel-Air property, which hit the market Wednesday? I..
Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. is known for running its prized Hollywood studio with a light touch, rarely interfering in the movie and TV business since buying Columbi..
The intersections of the personal and professional lives of young people in the creative enclaves of New York and Los Angeles have become a recent Sundance staple. Yet no one assay..
Undercover Boss The chief executive of a chain of specialty coffee stores goes undercover in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS Fresh Off the Boat Jessica (Constance ..
2017-01-17
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Thomas Tull has resigned as chairman and chief executive of Legendary Entertainment, nearly a year after China’s Dalian Wanda Group acquired the Burbank film and TV production comp..
President-elect Donald Trump may have mocked the rocky debut of successor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the faux boardroom chair of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but as he makes his ..
Jim Mora learned long ago how to pursue and close. It was part of what made him a scrappy defensive back at the University of Washington. He has taken a similar approach to college..
Thomas Tull has resigned as chairman and chief executive of Legendary Entertainment, nearly a year to the date after China’s Dalian Wanda Group acquired the Burbank-based film..
The long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic finally has a release date. Morgan Creek Productions and Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment said Tuesday that “All Eyez on Me” would arrive in th..
Stop by the movie theater this awards season and you might wonder exactly what decade we’re living in. From “Fences” to “Hidden Figures,” “The Founder” to “Loving” — and even ..
Mel Gibson’s acclaimed World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the fact-based story of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor after saving 75 ..
Stop by the movie theater this awards season and you might wonder exactly what decade we’re living in. From “Fences” to “Hidden Figures,” “The Founder” to “Loving” — and even ..
I thought it would happen with “Boyhood.” And, who knows, maybe it still will this year with “Manchester by the Sea.” But no movie that has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival ..
To appreciate how an actor artfully navigates the constant, bicoastal demands of awards season, it’s helpful to peek inside Annette Bening’s takeout coffee container. Not long ago,..
The leading man in Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed movie “La La Land” is a Serious Musician, churning out pop music covers at Hollywood parties to pay the rent. The leading lady endure..
For a number of reasons, straight biopics and even films simply based on actual events have taken to playing up the real-life people behind their stories this season. Consider “Sul..
2017-01-16
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In an unusually crowded Martin Luther King Jr. weekend box-office race, a strong group of holdovers managed to fend off an underperforming crop of new and expanding ..
Below are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details are subject to change. Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” (Jan. 13) and “My Entire..
Sara Saravia arrived in the United States in 1981 and quickly got a piece of advice: watch out for the men in uniforms. If they catch you, Saravia was told, you..
The film academy gave its members a reprieve this year, pushing back the beginning of Oscar voting so everyone had more time to go to screenings, sift through their DVDs and deeply..
All the recent talk about the U.S. infrastructure got me thinking about the last time the federal government decided to rebuild America. Bridges, parks, schools, courthouses, theat..
In Weinstein Co.'s "The Founder," opening nationwide this week, McDonald's executive Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) uses strong-arm tactics to wring gold from the golden arches, turning..
Below are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change. Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zomb..
Below are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change. Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zomb..
The First 100 Days  Martha MacCallum anchors this new series premiering tonight and running through Donald Trump’s crucial first 100 days in office. 4 and 11 p.m. Fo..
2017-01-15
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In what’s shaping up to be a highly competitive holiday weekend at the box office, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” has the No. 1 spot, just ..
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Are we still saying Happy New Year, because I don’t know about you, but 2017 already h..
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“Coco” character: In the Jan. 15 Calendar section, an article about the upcoming Pixar animated movie “Coco” misidentified the title character as Abuelita (voiced by Renee Victor)...
To some, he was the voice of Rodimus Prime on the mid-1980s animated TV show “The Transformers,” or Serpentor on the animated “G.I. Joe.” But for baby boomers, --- Gautier wa..
2017-01-14
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The question at hand is whether Bernie Madoff, architect of this country’s largest private Ponzi scheme, is a sociopath. “There’s a disconnect somehow in him,” De Niro said du..
Judd Apatow, seen at the "Crashing" panel during the HBO portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, talks about Donald Trump and more on Saturday. (Richard Sho..
With two new shows about stand-up comics coming to premium cable, stand-up comedy may well be the new rock ’n’ roll in 2017.  On the heels of the music-centric series “Vinyl,”..
President-elect Donald Trump may have mocked the rocky debut of successor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the faux boardroom chair of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but as he makes his ..
Your chance of getting the Internet on a U.S. airline has jumped to 83%, up from about 74% in 2015. But if you fly on foreign carriers , your chances of connecting to the Internet ..
Sara Saravia arrived in the United States in 1981 and quickly got a piece of advice: watch out for the men in uniforms. If they catch you, Saravia was told, you..
Good morning. It is Saturday, Jan. 14. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Bullet train woes: More troubling news about California’s bullet train. The proj..
Sitting in the hills above the Sunset ---, this 1920s house is among the residential works of architect S. Charles Lee, who designed hundreds of movie theaters during the art dec..
To learn that Justin Timberlake, the multi-platinum pop star, actor and owner of handfuls of Grammys and Emmys, composed an orchestral film score feels very, shall we say, left fie..