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  • ''71' delivers 100% tension amid 'the Troubles' in Ireland

     ''71' delivers 100% tension amid 'the Troubles' in Ireland
    An incendiary film that takes off like a house afire, "'71" is a tense thriller from Britain that so adroitly joins physical intensity, emotional authenticity and political acuity that you may find yourself forgetting to take a breath. Nominated for...
  • The ethnic wall is steep in the engaging but uneven 'Anita Ho'

    The ethnic wall is steep in the engaging but uneven 'Anita Ho'
    The engaging if uneven "Anita Ho" is a kind of Asian American "Meet the Parents" — call it "Guess Who's Coming to Dim Sum" — based on "some true events" of the comedy's married costars and cowriters, Steve Myung and Lina So Myung. Although the...
  • Ideas are scarce in 'Ana Maria in Novela Land'

    Ideas are scarce in 'Ana Maria in Novela Land'
    There's nothing particularly transporting about "Ana Maria in Novela Land," a slight, one-gag comedy about a telenovela-obsessed young woman who magically trades places with the show's femme fatale star. Essentially a Spanish-accented fusion of "Trading...
  • 'Boy Meets Girl' a timeless yet timely tale of love, friendship

    'Boy Meets Girl' a timeless yet timely tale of love, friendship
    The oft-used expression "love is love" is given a thorough and quite beautiful workout by writer-director Eric Schaeffer in the captivating "Boy Meets Girl." The profoundly sensitive, often wryly funny look at friendship, romance, sexual attraction and...
  • 'Lazarus Effect' breathes some life into medical thriller

    'Lazarus Effect' breathes some life into medical thriller
    If "Flatliners" had been directed by John Carpenter (in his budget-conscious mode), it may have felt something like "The Lazarus Effect," a tense, efficient medical thriller best enjoyed sans microscope. This limited-location shocker comes from the...
  • Dual road trips -- then and now -- to "Appomattox'

    Dual road trips -- then and now -- to "Appomattox'
    “Union” and “civil war” prove increasingly double-edged terms along “The Road to Appomattox,” Catherine Bush’s 2010 play making its West Coast premiere at Burbank’s Colony Theatre. Two parallel stories set...
  • Devastating 'Hunting Ground' documents shocking prevalence of campus rape

    Documentary director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering can often be found in the eye of a hurricane. Three years ago, they teamed up on "The Invisible War," and now they are back with the equally devastating "The Hunting Ground." The former film, an...
  • 'Queen & Country' a so-so sequel to 'Hope and Glory'

     'Queen & Country' a so-so sequel to 'Hope and Glory'
    John Boorman's 1987 masterpiece "Hope and Glory" was autobiographical gold, a young boy's fevered view of the London Blitz: surviving Nazi bombs was fun, but a family on edge? Yikes. Now comes the 82-year-old master's long-awaited sequel, "Queen &...
  • 'Drunktown's Finest' a didactic look at Navajo life

    'Drunktown's Finest' a didactic look at Navajo life
    "Longmire" has done an admirable job portraying Native Americans, but one TV series is hardly enough to sustain a presence in the public consciousness. That's why it's crucial to make room for something like "Drunktown's Finest" by Navajo filmmaker Sydney...
  • Movie review: �Maps to the Stars� gets lost in Hollywood's cosmic depravity

    The girl wears elbow-length gloves and hair that hides other burn scars from her face. She's made her way to Hollywood by bus, but knows enough to hire a limo to get around town. Within days she's found a job as an actress's personal assistant thanks...
  • Movie review: 'Maps to the Stars' travels to some dark places

    "I need a new chore whore!" announces Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), an aging actress whose previous personal assistant ran off with some money and her stash of Vicodin. Havana, who is respected in Hollywood but has reached that age when casting...