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Documentary on Women of The Storm debuts Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Prytania

AP PHOTO -- Members of Women of the Storm hold their blue umbrellas, representing the blue tarps covering damaged roofs, as they listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, to bring attention to the lack of funding in the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina.

Women of the Storm, the local women’s organization formed to demand recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, will be the subject of a documentary film premiering Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Prytania Theatre at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Women of the Storm” focuses on the powerhouse group that coalesced to lobby Congress and… Continue reading →

New movies for the week of Feb. 26, 2015

Photo by SUZANNE HANOVER -- New Orleans native Mark Duplass, left, and Olivia Wilde co-star in 'The Lazarus Effect.'

“FOCUS”: Will Smith stars as Nicky, a master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Jess, now an accomplished femme fatale, returns in the midst of Nicky’s latest, dangerous… Continue reading →

More Oscars predictions: Best bets to win 'Best Animated Feature,' more

Oscar statue. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Other Oscar picks Here’s some of film critic John Wirt’s other picks to win: Best Animated Feature: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Best Foreign-Language Film: “Ida” (Poland) Original screenplay: “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness… Continue reading →

Review: Kevin Costner coaches young actors to unlikely dynasty in ‘McFarland, USA’

Photo by RON PHILLIPS -- From left, David Diaz (Rafael Martinez), Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts), Victor Puentes (Sergio Avelar), Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), Jose Cardenas (Johnny Ortiz) and Johnny Sameniego (Hector Duran) are featured in a scene from 'McFarland USA.'

“McFarland, USA” tells a heartwarming story about underdogs who, to the surprise of everyone, including themselves, establish a sports dynasty. The all-Latino cross-country Cougar teammates at McFarland High School, residents of California’s farm-heavy Central Valley, aren’t the story’s only underdogs. Their coach, Jim White, a non-Latino newcomer to the McFarland community, is, in the… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

In this image released by Paramount Pictures/MGM, Craig Robinson, from left, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry and Adam Scott appear in a scene from

“Hot Tub Time Machine ” turned up the comic crudeness and 1980s color palette to a glaring 10. In the 2010 farce, a trio of middle-aged losers time trip to the happiest weekend of their lives. Adam, Lou and Nick return to the Kodiak Valley ski resort during Winterfest 86. Their shocking second chance changes… Continue reading →

Review: Teen comedy ‘DUFF’ gives genre a social media spin

CBS Films photo by GUY D ALEMA -- Mae Whitman, left, and Bella Thorne star in 'The DUFF,' opening in theaters Friday.

All teen comedies owe some debt to John Hughes and Amy Heckerling. The milieu of suburban teenage life that they explored decades ago has defined the genre since. The social divisions, the boredom, the dances, the irrepressible awkwardness and the irrational dreaminess of high school students never before seemed so accessible, and so neatly packaged with a… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Duke of Burgundy’s’ hallucinogenic dreamscape lacks story to hold audience

Photo provided by IFC Films -- Sidse Babett Knudsen, above, and Chiara D’Anna engage in rituals and games in 'The Duke of Burgundy.'

Following last weekend’s record-breaking reception for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” another sadomasochistic drama opens locally this weekend. Unlike the big mainstream success that welcomed the sexual adventures and Christian Grey and virginal college senior Anastasia Steele, only a small audience will see “The Duke of Burgundy.” It opens Friday at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.… Continue reading →

‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ stars on their stay in New Orleans: 'It was awesome!'

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson, the stars of 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' throw beads from The Chariot/Bacca-Vineyard float as it travels on St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Bacchus Parade in New Orleans Sunday.

If actor Rob Corddry is to be believed, the real purpose behind the making of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” in New Orleans the during summer of 2013 was to get Corddry and his co-stars Craig Robinson and Clark Duke back on a Mardi Gras float. On Sunday during the Bacchus parade, the costumed Corddry, Robinson… Continue reading →

Tavis Smiley interviews environmental attorney/author Stuart H. Smith

Photo provided by The Brylski Company -- Louisiana environmental attorney Stuart H. Smith

The episode of PBS’ “Tavis Smiley” featuring an interview with Louisiana environmental attorney Stuart H. Smith re-airs at 3:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday on WYES’ secondary channel, WYES World (Channel 12.2). Smiley talks with Smith about Smith’s new memoir, “Crude Justice,” and what is ahead for America’s energy crisis. Smith, based in New Orleans, is currently… Continue reading →

4 La. singers still in ‘Idol’ race

Fox photo by MICHAEL BECKER -- Quentin Alexander, of New Orleans, performs at LA's House of Blues on 'American Idol' airing tonight and Thursday night.

The whittling away of “American Idol” Season 14 hopefuls moves to LA’s House of Blues Sunset tonight for the first of two “Showcase Week” episodes. Among the 48 young singers still hoping to make the top 24 of the Fox reality competition series are Quentin Alexander and Anjelika Joseph, both of New Orleans; Baton Rouge singer-songwriter Continue reading →

New Orleans Film Festival now an Oscar-qualifying event

Photo provided by New Orleans Film Society -- A still from the documentary short, 'White Earth,' one of the five nominees in this year’s best documentary short Oscar race.

The New Orleans Film Festival has been chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifier in the documentary short subject category. Recipients of the New Orleans Film Festival’s juried documentary short award will now be eligible for Oscar consideration, without the normally required seven-day theatrical run in Los Angeles or… Continue reading →

In ‘Two Days, One Night,’ a worker fights to keep her job

Photo provided by Sony Pictures Classics -- Fabrizio Rongione and Marion Cotillard play a couple in financial peril in 'Two Days, One Night.'

In the searing realism of Belgian filmmakers Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s new drama, “Two Days, One Night,” a working-class woman faces the disastrous prospect of losing her job. Living paycheck to paycheck, Sandra and her husband, Manu, won’t be able to pay the mortgage on the home they share with their two small children… Continue reading →

New movies in New Orleans, Feb. 19-26, 2015

Photo by RON PHILLIPS -- From left, David Diaz (Rafael Martinez), Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts), Victor Puentes (Sergio Avelar), Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), Jose Cardenas (Johnny Ortiz) and Johnny Sameniego (Hector Duran) are featured in a scene from 'McFarland USA.'

“HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2”: When Lou (Rob Corddry), the father of the Internet, is shot by an unknown assailant, his loyal pals Jacob (Clark Duke) and Nick (Craig Robinson) reignite the hot tub time machine to save their friend. Chevy Chase returns but another original cast member, John Cusack, opted out of this sequel to… Continue reading →

WYES will stream, air meeting of Rex, Comus

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rex, King of Carnival, Christian T. Brown, addressed members of the press after his arrival by train at Spanish Plaza for Lundi Gras in New Orleans.

Before police on horseback ride through the French Quarter officially ending another Mardi Gras, the royal courts of Comus and Rex must meet. The grand Carnival tradition can be seen live from the Sheraton and Marriot hotels starting at 7:30 p.m. on WYES, Channel 12 (cable Channel 12). For the first time, WYES will also stream… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Fifty Shades’ of trashy fairy tale

Photo providedI by Universal Pictures and Focus Features -- Dakota Johnson, left, plays Anastasia Steele, and Jamie Dornan is Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'

Opening Friday, the film adaptation of E L James’ best-selling erotic love story, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” launches what likely is Hollywood’s next blockbuster film series. Like “The Twilight Saga” and its tale of a forbidden love shared by a human girl and vampire boy, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has its parallels with “Beauty and the… Continue reading →

Review: Moore a frontrunner for an Oscar in ‘Still Alice’

Photo provided by Sony Pictures Classics -- Kristen Stewart, left, and Julianne Moore star in ‘Still Alice.’

As “Still Alice” begins, Alice Howland appears to have it all. She’s a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University in New York. She’s happily married to a fellow academic with whom she has three adult children. The film adaptation of “Still Alice,” based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, opens during a 50th… Continue reading →

New movies this week, Feb. 12-Feb. 18, 2015

Photo provided  by Universal Pictures and Focus Features -- Jamie Dornan, left, and Dakota Johnson appear in a scene from 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'

“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”: A college student meets a handsome billionaire who has a troubled past. A steamy, masochistic relationship follows. Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Luke Grimes co-star. “KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE”: A super-secret spy organization recruits an unsophisticated but talented street kid into the agency’s super-competitive training program. Based on… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ a soupy cosmic fairy tale

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Mila Kunis , left, as Jupiter Jones, and Douglas Booth as Titus Abrasax, in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures'

Within the warped wardrobe of the Wachowskis latest sci-fi extravaganza, “Jupiter Ascending,” there are some fantastical feasts of intergalactic ridiculousness. Channing Tatum as a combination elf and speed skater. Space dinosaurs in leather jackets. A robed Eddie Redmayne as the universe’s overload, who so gravely whispers his lines that you fear he is, for the length of the… Continue reading →

Review: Deadly fantasy ‘Seventh Son’ wears out welcome

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Ben Barnes in a scene from

There’s a fine line between charm and cheese in fantasy epics, and movies as silly and overwrought as “Seventh Son” only help to illustrate just how hard it is to hit the right tone when balancing action, romance, (attempted) wit, and the creation of the world. For every “Princess Bride” or “Lord of the Rings,” there are… Continue reading →

New movies for the week of Feb. 5, 2015

Photo provided by Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures -- Jeff Bridges, left, and Ben Barnes co-star with Juliane Moore in 'Seventh Son.'

“JUPITER ASCENDING”: Although signs predicting great things accompanied the birth of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), she’s now an adult working at a menial job. Her life is about to change, however, because Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, has arrived on Earth with a mission to find her Jupiter. Her genetic signature marks her… Continue reading →

Review: Standoffs between Costner, Spencer are ‘Black or White's' strong suits

Photo by TRACEY BENNETT -- Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in 'Black or White.'

Star performances propel the made-in-New Orleans “Black or White.” A script that has an identity crisis, however, weighs the movie down, pulling it into messy dramedy. Kevin Costner stars as the well-meaning, well-to-do guardian of his biracial granddaughter, Eloise. Costner’s daughter, the girl’s teen mother, died in childbirth. Eloise’s absent father has been in and out… Continue reading →

Leaky plot sinks Jude Law's new submarine drama ‘Black Sea’

Photo provided by Focus FeaturesJude Law stars as Robinson, a rogue submarine captain in search of  Nazi gold  lost in the Black Sea.

Submarine movies aren’t quite a subgenre, but they do have a long history. The idea that a group of humans will go beneath the surface of the sea in a metal tube packed with complex technology and weapons of mass destruction is naturally suspenseful. “Das Boot,” the World War II-set German film from… Continue reading →

Why you need to go check out 'Force Majeure'

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures -- Left to right, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren in the clever, penetrating Swedish comedy-drama, 'Force Majeure.'

“Force Majeure,” a Golden Globe nominee for best foreign language film, is subversively funny and visually striking. Set in the French Alps, it tells a story about a family vacation that goes wrong in a most unsettling way. In Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund’s fourth feature film, a seemingly ideal Swedish family of four takes a… Continue reading →

New Orleans Grammy winner Terence Blanchard scores big in new film 'Black or White'

Photo by VINCENT ISOLA -- Terence Blanchard

The latest movie score by New Orleans composer, trumpeter and Grammy-winning recording artist Terence Blanchard graces the drama “Black or White,” opening Friday. Filmed in New Orleans, “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The two Oscar winners play maternal and paternal grandparents engaged in a custody fight for their… Continue reading →

Suspense, action fuel ‘Most Violent Year’

Photo provided by A24 -- Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain play a New York couple struggling to keep their business afloat in 'A Most Violent Year.'

Two of the brightest screen thespians of our day lead the cast of the crime and corruption drama “A Most Violent Year.” Golden Globe-winner Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Interstellar”) and Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) portray a threatened married couple in winter 1981. Chastain’s character, a Brooklyn-born gangster’s… Continue reading →

Movies opening in New Orleans Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2015

Photo provided by Paramount Pictures -- From left, Sam Lerner is Quinn Goldberg, Jonny Weston is David Raskin, Allen Evangelista is Adam Le and Virginia Gardner is Christina Raskin in 'Project Almanac.'

“PROJECT ALMANAC”: A high school genius and his friends discover blueprints for a mysterious device that has limitless potential. They don’t realize the device puts them in danger. Featuring Sophia Black-D’Elia, Jonny Weston and Allen Evangelista. “THE LOFT”: Five men share a secret penthouse loft where there they can indulge deepest fantasies. Karl… Continue reading →

Review: Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

Lionsgate photo by DAVID APPLEBY -- Gywneth Paltrow, left, and Ewan McGregor star in 'Mortdecai,' opening Friday.

Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy. Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy retro feel of a vintage Peter Sellers or Terry-Thomas feature from the Swinging Sixties, “Mortdecai” is an anachronistic mess that never succeeds in re-creating the breezy… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Boy Next Door’ way too predictable

This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Ryan Guzman as Noah seducing Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film,

No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer “The Boy Next Door,” a gender-reversing B-movie spin on “Fatal Attraction” that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion. An economically told popcorn pic built from horror-movie tropes, the film stars Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman as, respectively,… Continue reading →

New movies in New Orleans this week, Jan. 22-29, 2015

Photo provided by Lucasfilm -- Dawn (voice of Meredith Anne Bull) and her sister Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) are shown in a scene from 'Strange Magic,' a madcap fairy tale told through pop songs from the past six decades.

“MORTDECAI”: Johnny Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, a debonair art dealer who travels the globe in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Goldblum co-star. “STRANGE MAGIC”: A computer-animated fairy tale musical inspired… Continue reading →

‘Nightwatch’ takes over while New Orleans sleeps

A&E photo by RICHARD KNAPP -- EMTs Titus Tero, at back of gurney, and Dan Flynn, in front, are seen answering a call on A&Es new original series, 'Nightwatch.'

The debut episode of “Nightwatch” ends as it begins, with an unidentified woman’s chilling chant: “I have yet to see the rain fall on just one man’s house, and I will say a prayer for my city, because one day this rain will have to stop falling on New Orleans.” Her battle cry against the deadly… Continue reading →