Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.

After the Storm A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker assured enough to hide his mastery in plain sight. Nothing is overemphasized, and nothing escapes…

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‘After the Storm,’ ‘Frantz’ and more critics’ picks, March 24-30

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The feminist classic “Cloud 9,” the musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” singer-songwriter Peter Allen’s musical “The Boy From Oz” and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the perils of cultural assimilation, “Disgraced,” won top honors Monday night from the Los Angeles Drama Critics…

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L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards led by ‘Cloud 9,’ ‘The Boy From Oz’

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What would Howard Ashman have thought? We’ll never know. But as the credits rolled on “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s live-action update of its own 1991 animated masterwork, I found myself perusing the late, great lyricist’s words in search of a phrase that would do the experience justice.

“Just…

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Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tries to reawaken that timeless magic

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Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.

The Founder Michael Keaton gives a performance of ratty, reptilian brilliance as Ray Kroc, the American salesman who turned a California burger stand into the global fast-food behemoth that is McDonald’s, in John…

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Personal Shopper,’ ‘Raw’ and more critics’ picks, March 10-16

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The category-defying French writer-director Olivier Assayas has acquired a few favorite themes over the years — globalization and its discontents, technology and its perils, beautiful women in trouble. For all that, he has proved remarkably disinclined to repeat himself.

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Is Olivier Assayas’ spooky, entrancing ‘Personal Shopper’ Kristen Stewart’s finest performance?

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Kate Shindle was performing concerts on a cruise ship in the Bahamas when the musical “Fun Home” opened on Broadway in 2015. The show won five Tony Awards that year, including best musical, but she had yet to see it.

Shindle was at the Tonys ceremony that year, and she could feel the importance…

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‘Fun Home’ star and Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle’s activist state of mind

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘The Women’s Balcony,’ ‘Moonlight’ and more critics’ picks, March 3-9

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There are few things more terrible than the death of a child, or more frequently exploited by fiction writers for the sake of a cheap cry.

Some movies manage to address the trauma of the experience with tact, sensitivity and emotional integrity — among them a recent double Oscar winner, whose title,…

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A father has a personal encounter with God in the eccentric, kitschy ‘The Shack’

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Oscars 2017 updates: A close look at the crowd’s face during the ‘Moonlight’ mixup, Meryl Streep is shocked Feb. 27, 2017, 1:29 p.m. The day after Oscar’s craziest, shocking moment ever, questions still linger about why “La La Land” was announced best picture when “Moonlight” was the true winner….

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Oscars 2017 updates: A close look at the crowd’s face during the ‘Moonlight’ mixup, Meryl Streep is shocked

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Who will win? Who should win? I feign no expertise when it comes to the former, but if I had a ballot in this year’s Oscar race, here’s how I would fill out the following categories. (There are 24 categories total, but interest and laziness compel me to focus on just 11.)

BEST PICTURE: “Moonlight”…

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From ‘Moonlight’ to ‘Manchester,’ a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and more critics’ picks, Feb. 24-March 2

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A talking building-block toy proved tougher than Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” at the box office over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, as “The Lego Batman Movie”  from Warner Bros. finished first and raked in an estimated  $42.5 million in the U.S. and Canada.

The animated “Batman” parody,…

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Everything is awesome for ‘Lego Batman’ at the box office; at Universal’s ‘Great Wall,’ it’s not so great

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Kendall Jenner, Kanye WestWhen duty calls…
Kendall Jenner did not attend brother-in-law Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 collection debut on Wednesday afternoon, but not because she wasn’t interested in the…

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Today in Entertainment: UTA cancels Oscar party in favor of immigration rally; ‘American Idol’ in talks for a reboot Feb. 9, 2017, 6:09 p.m. Major award shows such as the Grammys and the Oscars are right around the corner, but much of the arts and entertainment world is spending more time reacting…

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Today in Entertainment: UTA cancels Oscar party in favor of immigration rally; ‘American Idol’ in talks for a reboot

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Today in Entertainment: ‘American Idol’ in talks for a reboot; ‘Lego Batman’ review Feb. 9, 2017, 3:27 p.m. Major award shows such as the Grammys and the Oscars are right around the corner, but much of the arts and entertainment world is spending more time reacting to the new presidency of Donald…

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Today in Entertainment: ‘American Idol’ in talks for a reboot; ‘Lego Batman’ review

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“Why so serious?” The Joker posed that question in “The Dark Knight,” and even in the context of the greatest (and the most serious) of all Batman movies, it carried the unmistakable sting of a self-critique. If there was anyone who could stand to lighten up a bit, it was surely the film’s director,…

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Review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is the best Batman movie since ‘The Dark Knight’

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘Land of Mine,’ ‘Tanna’ and more critics’ picks, Feb. 10-16

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Arrival’ and more critics’ picks

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They will, they will rock you — or at least they’ll try.

Queen and Adam Lambert unveiled plans Thursday for a lengthy summer tour scheduled to launch June 23 in Phoenix and stop at venues throughout North America, including the Hollywood Bowl on June 26, before wrapping Aug. 5 in Houston.

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘The Red Turtle,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and more critics’ picks, Jan. 27-Feb. 3

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Before One Direction, before ’N Sync, before New Kids on the Block, there was New Edition, the fresh-faced R&B outfit that brought the boy band into the modern pop era. 

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Review: ‘The New Edition Story’ treats the boy band with the respect it deserves

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I prepared for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night by listening to a recording of Ravi Shankar playing the lovely dawn raga “Lalit” as L.A.’s morning light poured in the window. It was a marvelous way to start the day.

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Zubin Mehta’s L.A. return gives Shankar raga a proper home and makes Strauss hero’s journey personal

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘Silence,’ ‘Elle’ and more critics’ picks, Jan. 13-19

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Is the Oscar best picture race over before the nominations have even been announced?

Damien Chazelle’s daring, magical musical “La La Land” swept its way through the Golden Globes on Sunday night, winning all seven of its nominated categories: best picture comedy/musical, lead acting honors for…

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When Philippe Vergne became the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014, he said he considered performance as “essential” to MOCA’s mission as it had originally been, before losing currency under other directors. Vergne also insisted he would not be rushed in any of his plans for…

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Minimalist music groundbreaker Terry Riley plays among buffalo, peacocks and a wet platypus at MOCA’s Geffen

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