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Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ satisfies in superhero summer

Photo by Alan Markfield -- Michael Fassbender returns as Magneto in the upcoming 'X-Men: Apocalypse.'

It’s a bit of bad timing for “X-Men: Apocalypse” coming third in this summer’s superhero lineup. Director Bryan Singer invigorates his latest X-Men film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin story about how the mutant supergroup unites and divides in response to the villain Apocalypse. And while battles between heroes are an X-Men tradition, warring among… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is a curious sequel

Photo provided by Disney -- Johnny Depp plays the Hatter in the new film, 'Alice Through the Looking Glass,' a movie that looks very, very loud.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” like its predecessor, owes very little to Lewis Carroll. Textual adherence is somewhat beside the point when serving as a sequel to something that also cherry picked. But, lest you think that a six-year gap and the absence of Tim Burton in the director’s chair might have allowed for a return to… Continue reading →

Louisiana actor Anthony Mackie reflects on portraying MLK in HBO film ‘All the Way’

Anthony Mackie who plays Falcon, speaks to reporters during a blue carpet arrival at the Marina Bay Sands on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Singapore, for the latest Marvel movie release, "Captain America: Civil War." (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) ORG XMIT: SIN114

New Orleans-born actor Anthony Mackie had earlier opportunities to portray Martin Luther King Jr. on-screen, but the script for “All the Way,” an HBO film adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play of the same title, was the first time he’d seen the man he believes King to have been on the page in full. Co-starring Bryan… Continue reading →

New Orleans' Wendell Pierce reflects on playing Justice Clarence Thomas in HBO's 'Confirmation'

Photo by Frank Masi -- Jeffrey Wright and Kerry Washington in the HBO saga of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation.

A decade passed between U.S. Supreme Court oral-argument questions from Clarence Thomas. The streak — February 2006 to February 2016 — made him all the more interesting to New Orleans’ Wendell Pierce, who portrays Thomas in the HBO movie “Confirmation,” debuting at 7 p.m. April 16. “He’s a fascinating man,” Pierce said. “We are from… Continue reading →

Billy Baldwin in New Orleans to film thriller ‘Cut Off’

Photo provided by Bats on Strings -- Billy Baldwin shoots a scene in 'Cut Off' on location in New Orleans.

If you happened to be in the right place at the right time in New Orleans last week, you might have seen actor William Baldwin riding a bike down Royal Street, taking a break from shooting the psychological thriller “Cut Off.” “There’s no other place like it on the planet,” said Baldwin of the Crescent City.… Continue reading →

‘Brain Games’ visits N.O. to explore bad behavior

National Geographic Studios photo by DAYMON GARDNER -- Host Jason Silva gives instructions to a participant during the 'pride game' portion of Sunday night's 'Brain Games.'

The “Brain Games” will play out in New Orleans on Sunday’s episode of the NatGeo series. In an episode titled “Brains Behaving Badly,” host Jason Silva visits The Big Easy to explore the brain and bad behavior as related to the Seven Deadly Sins.… Continue reading →

New Orleans native Anthony Mackie soars in ‘Triple 9,’ but film as a whole falls short

Photo by Bob Mahoney/Open Road Films via AP --  Anthony Mackie, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from "Triple 9."

Action-packed but chained to a tangled and confusing cops-and-corruption tale, “Triple 9” leaves few bodies standing once the credits roll. Fortunately, the film’s ensemble cast features a fine bunch of actors. Even in the bloody muddle that is “Triple 9,” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet manage to make a few scenes count.… Continue reading →

Dark Magic: A worthy retelling of ‘Macbeth’

Photo provided -- Michael Fassbender as Macbeth in the latest film adaptation of Shakespeares Macbeth.

True to its classic source, a new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” paints a tragic portrait with artful strokes of bloody violence and brooding intimacy. In the latter scenes, characters speak, as the Bard puts it so brilliantly, of “daggers of the mind.” These cerebral blades include the play’s famous witches. The “weird sisters” emerge from… Continue reading →

‘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 →