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A Dancer Spins From Classical Ballet To Modern Dance In 'Polina'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:01pm

Once it trades rote ballerina-training cliches for ecstatically shot sequences of hip-hop choreography, this French film, like its main character, comes alive.

(Image credit: Oscilloscope)

Netflix's 'Death Note' Should Be Returned To Sender

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:00pm

Based on a hugely popular Japanese manga (and anime, and live-action film series), this rushed and sloppy U.S. production Anglicizes the faces, but not the names.

(Image credit: James Dittiger/Netflix)

In 'The Villainness,' Revenge Is A Dish Served Stylishly

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:00pm

This baroque Korean revenge thriller borrows heavily from similarly themed films, but features great performances and employs a purely visual story-logic that sets it apart.

(Image credit: Jake Jung/Well Go USA)

'Beach Rats': A Young Man On A Collision Course With Himself

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:00pm

In this closely observed drama about a Brooklyn teen whose sexuality conflicts with his sense of self, writer/director Eliza Hittman makes us feel the social pressures working on him.

(Image credit: Neon)

'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

Harold Prince began his career on Broadway as an unpaid assistant in his 20s. Now, at 89, the producer and director has 21 Tony awards and a long list of hit musicals to his name.

(Image credit: Jerry Mosey/AP)

'¡Murales Rebeldes!': These Disappearing LA Murals Mirror Their Community

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

For years, Chicano muralists in Los Angeles weren't let into museums, so they made art where they could. "I wanted people to look at the mural and ... see themselves in it," says muralist Wayne Healy.

(Image credit: Monika Evstatieva/NPR)

A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:16pm

Marine Sgt. TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a memoir.

(Image credit: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking)

'To E Or Not To E': USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e)

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:43pm

At the base of a new, towering statue of a Trojan queen, Southern Cal quoted a few choice verses from the bard — but misspelled his name while they were at it, UCLA students pointed out. Or did they?

(Image credit: Michael Owen Baker/USC)

A Coney Island Teen Struggles To Come To Terms With His Sexuality In 'Beach Rats'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:31pm

Eliza Hittman's second film focuses on a repressed gay teenager living in a culture of intense sexual exhibitionism. Critic David Edelstein calls Beach Rats "feverish and gripping."

Rotterdam Concert Canceled After Terror Plot Warning

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:33am

Dutch police canceled a concert by the Los Angeles band Allah-Las after a tip from Spanish authorities about the possibility of an attack at the venue. Two men have been arrested.

(Image credit: Arie Kievit/AFP/Getty Images)

'The Red-Haired Woman' Is A Minor Work From A Major Author

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 6:00am

Orhan Pamuk is almost synonymous with Turkish literature; he's won the Nobel Prize for his work. But his latest, about a well-digger and his apprentice, doesn't reach the heights of his earlier books.

(Image credit: Christina Ascani/NPR)

He's Big, He's Blue, And Now, He's Bingeable: 'The Tick' Returns

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The new, 10-episode Amazon series isn't a grim-and-gritty reboot, exactly — but its dark-ish tone will surprise some fans of Ben Edlund's superhero spoof.

(Image credit: Jessica Miglio/Amazon )

YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:01am

Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.

(Image credit: Eva Bee/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

'Good Time' Filmmakers Wanted To Make A Movie That 'Actually Feels Dangerous'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 5:38pm

The gritty pulp thriller follows a small-time criminal trying to get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery gone wrong. It's directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

(Image credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Knausgaard Comes Up Short: In 'Autumn,' Less Isn't Always More

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 6:00am

Karl Ove Knausgaard — famed for his epic memoir My Struggle -- goes for short and sweet in Autumn, a meditative seasonal reflection. But while there are lovely moments, the book strays into banality.

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'What Carter Lost' Tells The True Story Of 'Friday Night Lights' Football Rivals

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Carter High School is really an afterthought in Friday Night Lights — the thug-like football team that stole the state title. A new film follows Carter's rise to the top, and its fall from grace.

(Image credit: Courtesy of ESPN Films)

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