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‘Of Mind and Music’ a lyrical tale of loss, redemption

Photo provided by Richard T. Adams -- Aunanue Ellis and Bill Cobbs in 'Of Mind and Music'

Based on a novel by New Orleans neuroscientist Dr. Nicolas Bazan, “Of Mind and Music” is a contemplative drama of loss and redemption. A renowned neuroscientist who lives Uptown, Dr. Alvaro Cruz is attending a conference in Paris when he learns that his mother, an Alzheimer’s patient, has died. Beyond his grief, the shaken scientist… Continue reading →

Sundance’s returning greats reflect on their first festival

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2005 file photo, Ira Sachs wins the dramatic Grand Jury award for the film "Forty Shades of Blue," during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Sachs returns this year with his fifth feature to play at the festival - Little Men - a drama starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle about a pair of young friends whose connection is put in jeopardy when their parents stop getting along. The 2016 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 21-31.  (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

There’s no set path for a breakout Sundance director. Some go big. Some stay small. Some get their foot in the studio world and still maintain an independent voice and vision — just look at Ryan Coogler, who won the grand jury prize for “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and followed it up… Continue reading →

'Revenant' leads Oscar nominations with 12; who got snubbed?

John Krasinski, left, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations for best achievement in directing at the 88th Academy Awards nomination ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers. The strong showing for "The Revenant," including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win… Continue reading →

'The Passion,' live musical event from the streets of New Orleans, to air on national TV on Palm Sunday

Associated Press file photo -- Tyler Perry attends the premiere of 'Selma' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York last year.

“The Passion,” a two-hour live musical event from New Orleans, will air on Fox on Palm Sunday, March 20, Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday. “The Passion” tells the 2,000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. The production will feature a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated… Continue reading →

Southeastern film critics name ‘Spotlight’ best film

This photo provided by Open Road Films shows, Michael Keaton, from left,  Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best motion picture drama on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be held on Jan. 10, 2016. (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

The Southeastern Film Critics Association has named “Spotlight,” a drama about the Boston Globe’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into child molestation within the Catholic Church, best movie of the year. SEFCA’s members are professional film critics in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Advocate film critic John Wirt is one of… Continue reading →

Review: Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ goes adrift

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- Chris Hemsworth, right, as Owen Chase, and Sam Keeley as Ramsdell, left, star in a scene from the film, 'In the Heart of the Sea.'

Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” is a curious beast. The ambitions are as big as a whale; the results are an earnest wreck. It could possibly work if you think of the movie as a metaphor for the story it’s trying to tell, but that’s a little too meta for something that should be fairly… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Coming Home’ a moving drama from China

Photo provided by Sony Classics -- Chen Daoming, right, and Gong Li in 'Coming Home.'

Beautifully serene and inwardly stirring, “Coming Home” is an awards-worthy drama from China. “Coming Home” director Zhang Yimou earned Oscar nominations for 1987’s “Red Sorghum” and 1991’s “Raise the Red Lantern.” His cinematic mastery also informs “Coming Home,” an intimate, elegant drama about love, separation and loyalty. Screenwriter Zou… Continue reading →

‘Trumbo,’ ‘Scream Queens’ among New Orleans-filmed productions earning Golden Globe nominations

Photo by Hilary Bronwyn Gayle -- Golden Globes nominees Helen Mirren, right, and Bryan Cranston star in the New Orleans-filmed ''Trumbo.'

Though the Golden Globes spread its nominations around, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association swooned hardest for Todd Haynes’ 1950s romance “Carol,” which landed a leading five nominations including best film drama. New Orleans-shot productions are also among the Golden Globes nominations. Bryan Cranston received a best actor nomination for his performance in “Trumbo,” a biopic… Continue reading →

Steve Gleason film to premiere at Sundance had roots as video journal for former New Orleans Saint’s son

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason watches teams warm up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAMS1

A documentary about Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. “Gleason” is among 16 films in the Sundance documentary competition. One of the world’s most important film festivals, Sundance is Jan. 21-31 in Park… Continue reading →

’Hunger Games’ beats ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ at box office

This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Liam Hemsworth, left, as Gale Hawthorne, Sam Clafin, back left, as Finnick Odair, Evan Ross, back right, as Messalia, and Jennifer Lawrence, right, as Katniss Everdeen, in the film, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."  The movie opened in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew dominated the box office once again. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed,” which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday.… Continue reading →

‘Brooklyn’ a quiet epic of the heart

Photo by KERRY BROWN -- Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant in ‘Brooklyn.’

In the beautifully staged immigrant drama “Brooklyn,” Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan emerges as one of her generation’s finest actresses. Ronan, 21, received an Oscar nomination at 13 for her work in the British drama, “Atonement.” Her “Brooklyn” performance has made her an early prospect for honors in the 2015-2016 awards season. In “Brooklyn,” Ronan displays… Continue reading →

Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful ‘Creed’ goes the distance

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many “Rocky” movies do we need? Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least. From its very beginning in 1976, the “Rocky” story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily,… Continue reading →

Weak humor, cloying plot mar ‘The Good Dinosaur’

Photo provided by Walt Disney Studios -- A scene from 'The Good Dinosaur.'

“The Good Dinosaur” too often goes through the storytelling motions. The animated comedy-adventure, set in a mountainous, prehistoric American West, is a beautiful sight, but its recycled storytelling is stale. Building on the basic ingredients of Pixar and classic hand-drawn Disney animation, a young character loses a parent and struggles to reclaim his place… Continue reading →

Shallow script undermines stars, story in ‘Trumbo’

Photo by HILARY BRONWYN GAIL -- Bryan Cranston as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in 'Trumbo.'

Given the history, tragedy and injustice that the New Orleans-filmed “Trumbo” dramatizes, it could have been more effective than it is. Bryan Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s great screenwriters of the 1940s and ’50s. But in the post-World War II U.S., as the Cold War with the Soviet Union reaches a boil, Trumbo’s support of… Continue reading →

Last ‘Hunger Games’ opens to $101 million, a franchise low

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures shows, Seth Rogen, left, as Isaac, and Jillian Bell as Betsy, in Columbia Pictures' "The Night Before." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Sarah Shatz/Columbia Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final “Hunger Games” film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but “The Hunger Games” had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.… Continue reading →

‘Part 2’ redeems ‘Hunger Games’ epic

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- From left, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Evan Ross and Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Game: Mockingjay -- Part 2.'

“The Hunger Games,” a trilogy in its original book form but an overstretched quartet in movie form, concludes with some padding but also in-the-line-of-fire action and suspense and big, impressive special effects. Best of all, Jennifer Lawrence continues her passionate work as the series’ brave and principled archer-heroine, Katniss Everdeen. As previously seen in the “Harry… Continue reading →

Review: Seth Rogen romps over tradition in ‘Night Before’

Photo provided by Columbia Pictures -- From left,  Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie in 'The NIght Before.'

It takes hundreds of people to make a movie, but just two talents, actor Seth Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg, define the Christmas Eve-set romp “The Night Before.” Rogen and Goldberg’s comic résumé sets “The Night Before” scene: “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End.” Also last year’s banned by North Korea and, at… Continue reading →

Review: Riveting ‘Spotlight’ uncovers church scandal

Photo by Kerry Jayes -- Michael Keaton, left, as Walter 'Robby' Robinson, and Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes in 'Spotlight.'

Mark Ruffalo never walks in “Spotlight.” His very slowest is just shy of a flat out jog. It’s a minor detail, but it’s crucial to appreciating why this studied, smart look at The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the abuses of the Catholic Church is also utterly exhilarating. This is the kind of simmering process film… Continue reading →

From dramas to dinosaurs, there’s a movie for everyone this holiday season

Photo by Murray Close -- Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.'

The holiday movie season enters high tide this week and next with the Thanksgiving-timed openings of likely crowd-pleasers “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” and Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Opening Friday, “Mockingjay Part 2” concludes the four films based on novelist Suzanne Collins’ internationally popular “The Hunger Games Trilogy.” Jennifer Lawrence’s rebels launch a… Continue reading →

For ‘Hunger Games’ star, a bittersweet finale to an epic run

Photo by Michael Sohn -- From left, actors Jena Malone, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields and Josh Hutcherson pose at the world premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' in Berlin, Germany.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the concluding movie of four films adapted from novelist Suzanne Collins’ internationally popular “Hunger Games” trilogy, debuts in theaters Friday. For actress Jena Malone, who plays rebel warrior Johanna Mason alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s archer-heroine Katniss Everdeen, it’s a bittersweet finale. “Saying goodbye to friends,” Malone said from… Continue reading →

Prytania to screen ‘An American in Paris’ in tribute to victims of terrorist attacks

Photo provided by Prytania Theatre -- 'An American in Paris' poster

The Prytania Theater will screen “An American in Paris,” the 1951 musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, in tribute to victims of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the French capital. The Wednesday screenings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are presented in association with the French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter; Alliance… Continue reading →

‘Spectre’ stays on top with $35.4M, ‘Peanuts’ with $24.2M

In this image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions, Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre."  (Susie Allnutt/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The box-office duo of James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated North American movie theaters over the weekend, while Angelina Jolie Pitt’s “By the Sea” made barely a ripple. Sony’s “Spectre,” the 24th Bond installment and last week’s top film, took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.… Continue reading →

Shot in south Louisiana, ‘Into the Badlands’ shows nature dominant, humans as guests

Photo by James Minchin III/AMC -- Daniel Wu as Sunny in 'Into the Badlands'

AMC backed up and unloaded the hyphens wagon for “Into the Badlands,” debuting at 9 p.m. Sunday. It’s a post-apocalyptic, martial-arts, steam-punk, spirit-quest, six-episode drama set in a future world of plantation-living feudal barons where there are no guns but cool sunglasses and cooler motorcycles. Also beautiful, if bone-crunching, fight sequences that are… Continue reading →