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‘New Orleans, Here & Now’ chronicles residents’ post-Katrina struggles, successes through six short films

Photo illustration provided by MPRM for Rampante -- 'New Orleans, Here & Now' is available for viewing online.

“New Orleans, Here & Now,” a six-part anthology on life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, debuted Thursday online. At the helm of the Time Inc./Rampante project were executive producers Louisiana native and actress Patricia Clarkson and “NCIS: New Orleans” star Scott Bakula. The documentary series offers six… Continue reading →

Review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ is predictable fun

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- Zac Efron plays an aspiring DJ in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, 'We are Your Friends.'

Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction. Regardless of your taste for pulsing electronic music or actor Zac Efron, both are… Continue reading →

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

In this image released by The Weinstein Company, Owen Wilson, right, and Lake Bell appear in a scene from, "No Escape." (Roland Neveu/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does “No Escape” take place? It’s about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly violent coup that sends… Continue reading →

‘Phoenix’ rises to top of foreign film list

Photo provided by IFC Films -- Ronald Zehrfeld, left, as Johnny, and Nina Hoss as Nelly in 'Phoenix.'

“Phoenix,” a suspenseful drama from Germany, burns slowly, quietly. Adding to the haunted tone of this story set in ruined post-World War II Berlin, the film largely has no musical score. When music does appear, it’s incidental. A street musician playing violin, for instance, and songs performed in a nightclub by a pair of singer-dancers who… Continue reading →

New Movies for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

Photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- From left, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley and Zac Efron in 'We Are Your Friends.'

“WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS”: Amid the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights developing his music career. Efron and Emily Ratajkowski star. “NO ESCAPE”: After an American businessman and his family settle into their new… Continue reading →

‘Compton’ stays straight, again leads box office with $26.8 million

Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP -- This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, in the film, 'Straight Outta Compton.'

NEW YORK (AP) — N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at the multiplexes. The film co-stars New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as N.W.A. member Eazy-E. “Straight Outta Compton,” a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the… Continue reading →

‘Ultra’ violent valentine

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

“American Ultra” is a crazy rush of sharply orchestrated madness. A bloody valentine, the New Orleans-area-shot action-comedy goes over the top in a gleefully entertaining style. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as Mike and Phoebe, the young couple at the center of accelerating action. Mike and Phoebe share a small house in a nondescript… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ a macho shoot-em-up short on plot

In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Rupert Friend appears in a scene from, Hitman: Agent 47." (Reiner Bajo/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

The idea of the high-tech, emotionless super-soldier is so popular in movies, it’s practically a convention. The “Terminator” and “Bourne” franchises, and even last year’s animated “Big Hero 6,” imagine characters programmed to kill and the would-be world destroyers who want to control them. The same formula is at work in “Hitman: Agent 47,” a stylized shoot-em-up… Continue reading →

‘Ultra’ violent valentine

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

“American Ultra” is a crazy rush of sharply orchestrated madness. A bloody valentine, the New Orleans-area-shot action-comedy goes over the top in a gleefully entertaining style. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as Mike and Phoebe, the young couple at the center of accelerating action. Mike and Phoebe share a small house in a nondescript… Continue reading →

Director says La. perfect setting for ‘American Ultra’ filming

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart share a scene in ‘American Ultra.’

On June 19, 2014, director Nima Nourizadeh sent good news and a photo through his Instagram account. The photo of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, stars of the New Orleans area-filmed action-comedy “American Ultra,” was accompanied by the message: Wrapped the #americanultra shoot and leaving New Orleans. Had such a wicked time shooting this movie… Continue reading →

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour will stop in New Orleans Oct. 19

Fox photo by Adam Rose -- Top 10 contestant Jim Nowakowski and all-star Jessica Richens perform a contemporary routine choreographed by Dee Caspary on Monday's episode of 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

The “So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Tour” hits New Orleans Monday, Oct. 19. Tickets to the Saenger Theatre show go on sale Friday, Aug. 28. The Fox summer dance competition series is taking the top 10 finalists from Season 12 to 70 cities starting Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Grand Prairie, Texas. The tour wraps up Jan. 28, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Continue reading →

What New Orleanian Harry Connick Jr. will miss about 'American Idol'

Fox photo by MATTHIAS VRIENS-MCGRATH -- 'American Idol' judge Harry Connick Jr., third from left, is back in his hometown of New Orleans with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for Thursday's show.

As the search begins for the 15th and final 'American Idol,' New Orleans native and judge Harry Connick Jr. said he will miss the show, especially the camaraderie with fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. “I love Jen and Keith. I love Ryan (Seacrest),” Connick told Billboard. “This is a good group of people, so I’ll miss that… Continue reading →

‘Straight Outta Compton’ goes to the top of the box office

Photo provided by Universal Pictures -- Aldis Hodge, from left, as MC Ren, Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella, New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, OShea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, in the film, Straight Outta Compton." The movie was released in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP)

“Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about pioneering rap group N.W.A. that co-stars New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell, earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its opening weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the gritty “Straight Outta Compton” blasted past box office expectations while the stylish “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” struggled to find its… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ a biopic to its own beat

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Jason Mitchell, from left, as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and OShea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, in the film, Straight Outta Compton." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Aug. 14, 2015. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP)

The shotgun blast of fury that first emanated from South Central Los Angeles in 1988 still packs a punch. The new, very much authorized biopic of N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” aims to cement the legacy of the pioneering hip-hop group that brought gangsta rap to the mainstream and sparked endless culture debates. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube… Continue reading →

Review: ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ is high style, low substance

Photo by DANIEL SMITH -- Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, left, and Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

It’s not until the climax of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” a colorful, Cold War-era spy thriller, that its main failing becomes clear: The plot doesn’t matter. The characters don’t care. The script doesn’t care. And the audience shouldn’t care either. That doesn’t make this odd adaptation of the 1960s NBC series bad. But it is a… Continue reading →

True Orleans Film Fest screens indie documentaries

Photo provided by Shotgun Cinema -- 'Finders Keepers'

Shotgun Cinema, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exhibiting new independent films and repertory films, is presenting its inaugural True Orleans Film Festival. Running Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16, the festival will screen documentary films and feature panels and nonfiction radio stories. All screenings and events will take place at the Robert E.… Continue reading →

New movies this week

Photo by DANIEL SMITH -- Henry Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as KGB agent Illya Kuryakin in 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

“STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”: In mid-1980s Compton, California, five young men translate their experiences into brutally honest, rebellious music. Featuring O’shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E. Paul Giamatti co-stars. “THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.”: Director Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Snatch”) takes the 1960s TV spy… Continue reading →

’Fantastic Four’ bombs with $26.2M, ‘Mission’ again tops

Photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox -- Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Sue Storm (Kate Mara) harness their daunting new abilities to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy in 'Fantastic Four.'

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood’s summer has had runaway sensations (“Jurassic World”) and heartwarming hits (“Inside Out”). It now has its fiasco. “Fantastic Four,” 20th Century Fox’s attempt to reboot the superhero team-up franchise, debuted with just $26.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The result was bad enough that… Continue reading →

New Movies for Aug. 6-12, 2015

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Sue Storm (Kate Mara) in a scene from the superhero adventure ‘Fantastic Four.’

“FANTASTIC FOUR”: Filmed in Baton Rouge, this re-imagining of Marvel’s original superhero team centers on four young astronauts who teleport to a dangerous alternate universe. The foursome’s trip into the unknown alters their physical form in shocking ways. “DARK PLACES”: Twenty-five years after she identified her brother as the person who killed… Continue reading →

Report: Stuntman working on 'Deepwater Horizon' film found dead in New Orleans hotel

. Shawn Robinson, a long-time stuntman working on the Deepwater Horizon film, was found dead in a New Orleans hotel room last week, according to the Toronto Sun. The report said Robinson didn't show up for work July 28. When one of Robinson's colleagues went to check on him, he was found dead. The… Continue reading →

Surface-bobbing ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ may not deserve movie treatment

Photo by CLAIRE FOLGER -– From left, Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart in ‘Infinitely Polar Bear.’

Autobiographical drama “Infinitely Polar Bear” tells a family story with some sweetness and warmth. But when the film’s bookending, it’s-all-good voiceovers and sporadically nostalgic tone are held in the light, they look more like storytelling devices than expressions of deeper truths. Set in the late 1970s, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is based on writer-director Maya… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Tribe’ is a bleak, daring drama from Ukraine

Photo provided by Drafthouse Films -- Anya (Yana Novikova), left, regards Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko) with skepticism as they walk through the snow in 'The Tribe.'

Writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky tells a simple story in Cannes Film Festival favorite “The Tribe.” A primal story, too, without spoken dialogue and music. “The Tribe” is both difficult watch and difficult to turn away from. Slaboshpitsky renders no mercy to his characters or his audience. Everyone who enters the insular world of “The Tribe” suffers.… Continue reading →

New movies in New Orleans, July 30, 2015

Photo by DAVID JAMES -- Tom Cruise, left, plays Ethan Hunt and Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa in 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.'

“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION”: Because his agency has been dissolved, Tom Cruise’s unaligned operative is out in the cold. He gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). But Ilsa may be a member of The Syndicate, a group that wants to create a new… Continue reading →

‘Ant-Man’ inches past ‘Pixels’ to take first place spot

This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel's "Ant-Man." (Zade Rosenthal/Disney/Marvel via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Ant-Man” crept past new opener “Pixels” to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. “Pixels,” meanwhile, just barely missed first place… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Pixels’ falls apart before it begins

Photo provided by Sony Pictures -- Josh Gad as Ludlow is chased by Pac-Man in Columbia Pictures' 'Pixels,' opening in theaters Friday.

The most believable element in “Pixels” is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet. The core concept is clever — space aliens misunderstand a recording of old video games as a declaration of war, and send digital monsters based on those games to Earth as their army. But its execution in the hands of director-producer… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Towns’ is modest, middle-of-the-road teen drama

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Cara Delevingne, right, as Margo, and Nat Wolff as Quentin, in a scene from the film, "Paper Towns." (Michael Tackett/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Based on an earlier teen fave novel by “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, “Paper Towns” is a mild coming-of-ager about dawning awareness and life lessons learned among a small group of Florida high school seniors. Part mystery story, part road movie and part pre-prom graduation romp, the film is most interesting… Continue reading →

New Movies, July 23-29, 2015

Photo by GEORGE KRAYCHYK -- President Cooper (Kevin James) performs in a scene from ‘Pixels’ with Violet (Michelle Monaghan), Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow (Josh Gad) and Eddie (Peter Dinklage).

“PIXELS”: When aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games, they misinterpret the games as a declaration of war. The aliens attack Earth, using the decades-old video games as a model for their assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James), calls upon his video arcade pals from childhood — Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad)… Continue reading →

’Ant-Man’ debuts with $58M; ‘Trainwreck’ opens with $30.2M

Photo by Zade Rosenthal – Paul Rudd surfaces as the title character in 'Ant-Man.’ The movie topped the box office again in its second week, earning $24.9 million.

NEW YORK (AP) — Marvel’s “Ant-Man” punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also opened strongly with $30.2 million. The result for “Ant-Man” didn’t match some of Marvel’s better known and brawnier properties. But “Ant-Man” — a relatively inexpensive superhero movie with a $130 million… Continue reading →