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Amy Nicholson is chief film critic for L.A. Weekly. Her reviews and stories appear in all eleven Voice Media Group publications, and she co-hosts the weekly Voice Film Club podcast. Nicholson holds a double B.A. in film studies and anthropology from the University of Oklahoma as well as a master’s in professional... more
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Benedict Cumberbatch's Codebreaker Gets Lost in the Plot of The Imitation Game

"Politics really isn't my specialty," shrugs Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to a naval commander (Charles Dance) in an early job-interview scene in Morten Tyldum's choppy biopic, The Imitation Game. Yet no less than Winston Churchill would credit Turing as the main cause of the Allies' victory over the Nazis. Turing...…
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Jim Davis on How Garfield Remains Relevant Amidst the Internet's Cat Obsession

Garfield creator Jim Davis is well aware of the Internet's cat obsession. In fact, he's got an upcoming strip about it. "But if I told you the joke, I'd have to kill you," he deadpans, before cracking his paternal composure with a chuckle. (He did tell me, and I've chosen...…
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Film, Film Reviews <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay</em> Fixates on Jennifer Lawrence a Bit Too Much

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Fixates on Jennifer Lawrence a Bit Too Much

Over the first two Hunger Games films, we've watched coal miner's daughter Katniss Everdeen become the pawn, then the pest, of the Capitol, whose President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has enslaved the adults of the 12 poorer Districts and annually commanded that they together sacrifice 24 of their children to likely...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 12 <i>Princess Bride</i> Secrets Spilled by Cary "Westley" Elwes

12 Princess Bride Secrets Spilled by Cary "Westley" Elwes

A book? In The Princess Bride, Fred Savage wasn't into them, forcing his grandfather Peter Falk to explain, "When I was your age, television was called books." But The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes has written a book about the making of his most famous movie called As You Wish, and...…
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Foxcatcher Has Gold Medal Acting From Channing Tatum and Steve Carell But the Plot Gets a Bronze

The du Pont family made its fortune selling gunpowder during the War of 1812, and soldiered on to invent everything ever worn by a cop: Kevlar, nylon, polyester, synthetic rubber. If you've cooked on Teflon pans, that money's theirs, too. That means you've supported American patriotism, or at least heir...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle After 33 Years and an Airplane Explosion, Their <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i> Remake Is Almost Complete. Are They?

After 33 Years and an Airplane Explosion, Their Raiders of the Lost Ark Remake Is Almost Complete. Are They?

Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala had dreamed about the Flying Wing airplane since 1981, the summer the two middle schoolers saw its propellers shred the head off a German muscleman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Thirty-three years later, they built it: a 78-foot-long, 4½-ton, gray-green beast that loomed like...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Quentin Tarantino, Sci-Fi and Sex Meet at the New Beverly

Quentin Tarantino, Sci-Fi and Sex Meet at the New Beverly

In the mood for soft-core sci-fi? Affirmative, Captain. Quentin Tarantino is screening his private print of 1975's The Girl From Starship Venus — aka The Sexplorer — at midnight on Nov. 8 right after a 35mm showing of Interstellar, which means you can escape from Christopher Nolan's futuristic wormholes and...…
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For Better or Worse, Big Hero 6 Updates Disney's Cartoon Kids' Flicks

Imagine if nerdy Clark Kent didn't have to remove his glasses and pocket protector to save the world. Then imagine him as fat and sweet as a marshmallow. Meet Big Hero 6 's Baymax, Disney's new cuddly champion: a waddling, inflatable health care companion who can sense your pulse, diagnose...…
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The Overnighters Is a Film About a North Dakota Town Where the Rent is Higher Than in L.A.

Quick, name the most expensive housing market in America. If you said New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco, you couldn't be further from the truth — literally. Each is more than 1,500 miles away from Williston, North Dakota, a monochrome town you can drive end to end in 15...…
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In Horns, Daniel Radcliffe Might Be Satan

Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive. It's a biblically tinged, eye-for-an-eye vengeance thriller about an emo boyfriend named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) whose childhood sweetheart Merrin (Juno Temple) has been murdered underneath the...…
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Jake Gyllenhaal Says His Movie Nightcrawler Is "So Fucked Up"

Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with real-life police officers, on shifts that ended at 7 a.m. It was good preparation for his new movie, Nightcrawler, a blistering portrait of a morally corrupt...…
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A Sid and Nancy Punk Reunion

Johnny Rotten once was asked what the Sex Pistols biopic Sid and Nancy got right about the doomed couple's real life bad romance. "Maybe the name Sid," he sneered. The film is no less beloved for being questionably true — and let's be honest, Rotten spent much of 1978 drunk...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Renée Zellweger's Face Matters

Why Renée Zellweger's Face Matters

First, a pact. No making fun of Renée Zellweger. Instead of recoiling at her new look—the rounded eyes and chin, the uncanny valley of a new face molded from the kewpie features the camera knew so well—our first reaction should be to give Zellweger a hug. And if you're a...…
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Brad Pitt Leads Fury, Your All-Too-Typical "War Is Hell" Movie

A gloom that only the audience can see hangs over writer-director David Ayer's brutal war drama, Fury. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks the Nazis will surrender. The war is already over — Hitler just hasn't admitted it. American sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) suspects as...…
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Young Ones Redeems the Sci-Fi Western

Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is a dustbowl Western with a sci-fi twist. It looks and sounds like the past: The plains are barren, the people wear cheap cotton and the score, by Nathan Johnson — all vibrating, beautiful melancholy — could be layered over any John Ford flick. But when...…
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Kill the Messenger Tells the Tragic, Real-Life Story of California Reporter Gary Webb

It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots to the head. The tragedy is that Webb himself was the deceased. Michael Cuesta's earnest, ire-inducing Kill the Messenger is a David-and-Goliath story where truth is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Quentin Tarantino on the New Beverly: “If People Come, Fine. If They Don't, Fuck Them.”

Quentin Tarantino on the New Beverly: “If People Come, Fine. If They Don't, Fuck Them.”

Quentin Tarantino stores his stockpile of 35mm movies in a vault he's never seen. “I've never gone through the Citizen Kane-like labyrinth,” he says. “It's kind of daunting. I'd rather just look at titles on a page and go, 'I've got all of this shit?!'” He does. All kinds of...…
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OMG, iPhones Are Hurting Our Relationships! Men, Women & Children Argues the Obvious

The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection, in which Facebook, texting, World of Warcraft and streaming smut lure people away from dinner with their families, the film's so current that its observations...…
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Left Behind is Sinfully Boring

Every child who's thrown a tantrum, packed a bag and plotted to run away has shivered with the same vengeful thought: I wish I could see how sad they'll be when I'm gone. The Left Behind franchise implies that evangelicals haven't grown up. This new film version, the latest in...…
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The Boxtrolls Is the Cutest Kiddie Cartoon Ever Made About Hitler

The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual film. If the German Expressionists were skilled at stop-motion animation, they'd have already made it. This is cartoon Caligari, a fable set on a...…
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