FROM Justin Chang
Clinton Slams Trump in Forceful Foreign Policy Speech There’s Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Telluride – and this week, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Film Festival is underway, and this year, 42 movies will debut at the festival, many of them directed by women and people of color. That’s because before #OscarsSoWhite became a thing, the LA Film Festival made showcasing more diverse films with diverse casts its primary mission. That’s a commendable objective, but how are the films featured at this year’s festival? And how does LAFF stack up against other festivals?
Friday Film: 'Cinderella,' 'Going Clear,' and 'Run All Night' It’s Friday, which means it’s time to talk about film. This week catches us during an “in-between” moment in the movies industry, post-Oscars and pre-summer blockbusters. But there’s a genre for everyone this weekend, from a sugary sweet princess story to Liam Neeson’s latest action movie -- kind of a genre unto itself. We also discuss Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Scientology, Going Clear.
Vampires, Football and Cartoon Birds The newest releases out this week include Only Lovers Left Alive, a film about vampire ennui by auteur Jim Jarmusch; Draft Day, a business-of-football feel-good flick; and Rio 2, an animated romp through the Amazon. Our critics pick the movies apart and then give us a sneak peek of the latest in the Expendables franchise.
Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead this weekend in his New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose. An amazingly versatile actor, Hoffman’s death has shocked the entertainment industry and movie fans. We look back on his life and work.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.