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Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson in Gimme the Loot

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: Summer Showcase

The LAFF's Summer Showcase section is mostly a perch for films that premiered at other festivals and have already secured distribution, resulting in a healthy mix of docs and fiction features coming, by and large, from Sundance and South by Southwest. The most exciting entry in this year's Showcase is......
The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods Review

At the end of The Cabin in the Woods, the world is destroyed by an apocalyptic hand of fate — an actual hand, mind you — yet that is not a spoiler, not really. The real spoilers in the film are in the tricky mechanics crafted by writers Joss Whedon......
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Review

The latest from Turkish filmmaker and international festival fave Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a police procedural in reverse: The cops have their murderer but are in search of the body. The first shot of the movie is a view through a smudgy, dirty window......

Pretty Poison Review

The revival of a new 35 mm print of Noel Black's Pretty Poison at Cinefamily should get extra creepy-realness points for the fact that the button-down oxford/proto-hoodie combos and cute, patterned dresses worn by stars Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, respectively, likely will bear a disconcerting resemblance to the clothes......
The Rules of the Game

Ellsworth Kelly Programs Films at LACMA

The abstract geometric prints and paintings of Ellsworth Kelly, currently the subject of a major exhibition at LACMA, do not immediately call to mind French classical narrative cinema. But Kelly spent a formative period in Paris from 1948 to 1954 and, just like the prints and paintings hanging on the......
Alan Rudolph's The Moderns screens Saturday at the Getty.

Midnight in Paris vs. The Moderns

One of this year's key award-season memes is an undercurrent of hazy, happily unchallenged nostalgia for times past, notably present in The Artist, Hugo, War Horse and My Week With Marilyn. Of the films aligned with this trend, only Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris — which unexpectedly became his biggest......
Human Zoo

Human Zoo Review

Bearing a 2008 copyright, the film Human Zoo pops up for a one-week run at the New Beverly, presented by the theater's benefactor, Quentin Tarantino, with an unofficial local PR push courtesy of the Weinstein Co. Best known to moviegoers as the star of Luc Besson's Parisian fantasy Angel-A, model/artist......

Went the Day Well? review

Went The Day Well? is strange, funny, ironic and violent, a WWII-era film that manages to somehow feel patriotically on-message while also transmitting a not-so-slight suspicion of that same hearth-and-home jingoism. The 1942 film, recently restored and getting a rare week-long run at L.A.’s revival institution the New Beverly, is......
Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon

Alternative Projections Preview

Organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of the massive, multi-institution collaboration Pacific Standard Time, the ambitiously comprehensive screening series Alternative Projections — spanning seven months and multiple venues around the city — begins on Oct. 9 with a show titled "Dream States: The Avant-Garde of the 1940s and 1950s"......
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