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  • 'Lifeboat' marks a poignant note in children's theater

    'Lifeboat' marks a poignant note in children's theater
    In 1940, during the height of the Battle of Britain, the City of Benares set sail from Liverpool to Canada with some 90 refugee children aboard. That evacuation, set up by the Children's Overseas Reception Board, was intended to spirit children away...
  • 'Seymour' is Ethan Hawke's moving look at pianist Bernstein

    'Seymour' is Ethan Hawke's moving look at pianist Bernstein
    Ethan Hawke's documentary on pianist Seymour Bernstein is very much like the sonatas Bernstein plays so beautifully, teaches so insightfully — quietly moving, infinitely deep. With "Seymour: An Introduction," the actor is making his documentary...
  • DVD Review: New 'Witch' is a confusing brew

    DVD Review: New 'Witch' is a confusing brew
    This recent film from director Jacob Cheung (“Cageman”) is another adaptation of the book “Bai fa mo nu chuan” by prolific wuxia novelist Laing Yusheng. The title apparently translates as something like “White Hair Demon...
  • 'Lost and Love's' interconnected stories serve only to confuse

    'Lost and Love's' interconnected stories serve only to confuse
    "Lost and Love" expounds on China's child-trafficking phenomenon — 20,000 cases each year by U.S. State Department estimates, a symptom of the country's one-child policy that aims to reduce overpopulation. Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau plays Lei...
  • 'Ghoul' an inept 'Blair Witch' wannabe

     'Ghoul' an inept 'Blair Witch' wannabe
    "Ghoul" trails the fictional American crew of an ill-conceived television pilot about 20th century cannibalism. As the troupe arrives in Ukraine to investigate remnants of the 1930s Holodomor, a real-life mass extermination by famine during which...
  • 'Like Sunday, Like Rain' is tender, hitting the right notes

    'Like Sunday, Like Rain' is tender, hitting the right notes
    Writer-director Frank Whaley, primarily a busy film and TV actor ("Field of Dreams," "Ray Donovan"), has crafted a tender, evocative tale of an unlikely friendship in his fourth outing behind the camera, "Like Sunday, Like Rain." The title, which evokes...
  • 'Amour Fou,' about a suicide pact, moves at glacial pace

    'Amour Fou,' about a suicide pact, moves at glacial pace
    In the austere German import "Amour Fou," Heinrich von Kleist (Christian Friedel), a Romantic-era poet proclaiming to "suffer not from death but from life," asks upscale married musician Henriette Vogel (Birte Schnoeink) to join him in a double suicide...
  • Enchanting 'Cinderella' brings happily-ever-after to Ahmanson

    Enchanting 'Cinderella' brings happily-ever-after to Ahmanson
    Everything changes in this world — values, culture, technology, fashion — but the power of Cinderella seems weirdly impervious to time. The new live-action Disney film has shown that the demure forest maiden is no shrinking violet at the box...
  • 'The Gunman' with Sean Penn a misfire that wastes strong cast

    'The Gunman' with Sean Penn a misfire that wastes strong cast
    At one point in "The Gunman," a pack of well-armed assassins is in hot pursuit of Sean Penn's sniper and his beautiful distressed damsel when suddenly she stops, refusing to go one step farther until he explains what the heck is going on. My...
  • In 'Dreamcatcher,' ex-prostitute tries to help others in trade

    In 'Dreamcatcher,' ex-prostitute tries to help others in trade
    Kim Longinotto's stark documentary "Dreamcatcher" follows the work of advocate-activist Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who works with women and young girls in schools, prison and on the streets to deter them from the life of sexual...
  • Precious little payoff in laborious 'Earth's Golden Playground'

    Precious little payoff in laborious 'Earth's Golden Playground'
    More than a century after the great Yukon Gold Rush, miners still descending on Canada's Dawson City to stake their claims are the subjects of the painstakingly meticulous documentary "Earth's Golden Playground." Despite that frolicsome-sounding title,...