‘Christiane F.’: How the story of teenage junkies in West Berlin became a phenomenon

Screening at the L.A. Goethe-Institut on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015: At one point Christiane F. was the highest-grossing native film in West Germany, which is astonishing when you consider how dark it is. The movie features a soundtrack of Berlin-era David Bowie songs, and Bowie himself in concert. Read more [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema Pick: Fassbinder returns to Hollywood, May 28-30

L.A.'s Egyptian Theater devotes three nights to a kind of Fassbinder greatest-hits: The big attraction here is the local premiere of Fassbinder: To Love without Demands, a new doc by critic Christian Braad Thomsen, who filmed interviews with Fassbinder throughout the 1970s, right up to the director's final weeks. Read more [...]

30 years late, or timeless? Leos Carax’s ‘Boy Meets Girl’ finally hits U.S. screens

Starts Fri., 8/15 at L.A.'s Cinefamily Theater: Leos Carax's precocious 1984 debut Boy Meets Girl is a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve for a lot of things — for cinema, for Paris, for youthful romanticism. And it's in gorgeous black-and-white. It's like the weekend in Paris that Frances Ha dreamed of, in 100 minutes. Read more [...]

The antidote to blockbuster season: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series

Hand-picked by Martin Scorsese, this series of Polish movies is an impeccable lineup, and its arrival in L.A. couldn't be better timed. A curious moviegoer won't go wrong with any of these medieval epics and politically charged thrillers — and you might be surprised to find a certified stoner classic in here as well. Read more [...]

In 1980, William Friedkin and Al Pacino went ‘Cruising’ for a critical bruising

James Franco and Travis Mathews' Interior. Leather Bar. is inspired by the movie-biz legend that director William Friedkin had to cut 40 minutes from his 1980 film Cruising to avoid the studio taboo of an X rating. Some readers might ask, what was Cruising? The backstory of this dour psychological thriller is more interesting than the movie itself. Read more [...]