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  • Film Review: 'Kebab & Horoscope'

    A former kebab-shop employee and an out-of-work horoscope writer declare themselves marketing experts and are hired to help a carpet emporium without customers in the droll shaggy-dog story "Kebab & Horoscope." This colorfully stylized debut feature from Polish helmer Grzegorz Jaroszuk, known for his prize-winning shorts including "Frozen Stories," displays a distinctive brand of eccentric humanism that draws inspiration from the works of Aki Kaurismaki, Roy Andersson and Petr Zelenka, among others. Even though the slender material occasionally feels padded, its delightful moments of inspired silliness will make it a breath of fresh air for festival programmers.
  • Andy Klein's top 10 films of 2011

    Andy Klein's top 10 films of 2011
    There are numerous inherent flaws and absurdities in the process of compiling Top 10s and Best ofs; nonetheless, here are my favorite films released in Los Angeles in the calendar year 2011. In my version of this imperfect exercise, “favorite”...

    DVD Review: A worthwhile look at 'Badlands'

    DVD Review: A worthwhile look at 'Badlands'
    Terence Malick had already sold a couple of screenplays when his feature directorial debut, "Badlands" (1973), created an art-house sensation. Inspired by the story of 19-year-old Charlie Starkweather and 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate, it told a tale...

    Pierre Etaix's legendary comedies come to Los Angeles

     
    Films by the great but little known French comic director Pierre Etaix are being shown in Los Angeles in newly restored form. Etaix himself will be in town.

    Around Town: Edgar Wright shows his stuff and aliens attack

     
    Aki Kaurismaki films, a 1950s sci-fi double feature and a program curated by Edgar Wright are among this week’s film highlights.