Los Angeles PhilharmonicSound/Stage, LA Phil’s concert film series, premieres the final episode of its inaugural season. The program opens with filmaker Alejandro G. Iñàrritu and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel in a discussion on what makes for a good ending in music and in movies. The program explores endings and what they can mean via a […]

‘Captain America: Civil War’: Film Review

Ethical questions divide the Avengers in Marvel’s latest big-screen extravaganza starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Call it “civil war” or call it brand extension; call it a “cinematic universe” or a corporate behemoth — the latest Marvel extravaganza furthers the studio’s cross-pollination of action franchises in a way that’s sure to […]

“The Jungle Book”: Film Review

The Jungle Book is shot beautifully, and has a fantastic sense of wonder within the world being created. That translates into big-screen magic. Nobody noticed it, but over the last two years, director Jon Favreau built a jungle in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a lush, beautiful and expansive space of flora and fauna that completely […]

“Barbershop: The Next Cut”: Film Review

When it aims for comedy, The Next Cut is an enjoyable catch-up at the Barbershop. But, even though it touches upon topical issues, its drama is forced and hinders rather than compliments proceedings. No one expected there to be a Barbershop 3. Not even Ice Cube, who led the previous two installments stoically, allowing the […]

“Hardcore Henry”: Film Review

Hardcore Henry Hardcore Henry is most certainly not a movie for everyone, but it’s a film that’s blessed with the clear knowledge of exactly who it’s for and delivers specifically for that crowd. Gimmicks have been a part of the film industry for decades, from Smell-O-Vision to “found footage,” and director Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry […]

“The Invitation” Film Review

The Invitation The Invitation is undoubtedly gorgeous to look at. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t do nearly enough to hook, before laboriously meandering to its foreseeable conclusion. An hour into The Invitation, you’ll be pleading for it to finally get to its point. Having begun up with an ominous opening scene that immediately […]

“The Slippers”: Film Review

See the unlikely birth of the movie-memorabilia industry. The magic powers of a wicked witch’s footwear are nothing compared to the spell Tinseltown casts in The Slippers, Morgan White’s look at the dawn of the movie memorabilia-collecting era via the case of some famous red Wizard of Oz props. Storytelling and some intriguing personalities overcome […]