Countdown to ‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch on the big screen

One way to pass the time until Twin Peaks returns in May: Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre is pairing seven David Lynch features with classics by other directors, in double bills that feel just right. If you don't know these movies already, don't read a thing about them beforehand; just come and let them blow your mind. Read more [...]

Now playing in L.A.: A sampling of the best recent German films

Ready to take a break from the multiplex? The L.A. Goethe-Institut's summer film series German Currents Retrospective 2007–2015 is a good starting point for anyone curious to see the most lauded recent movies from Germany. And all the screenings are FREE. Read more [...]

‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’: The films of Chantal Akerman belong everywhere

Now playing in L.A.: Chantal Akerman's films are often described as feminist, queer, minimalist, and avant-garde — all terms that are accurate, but Akerman herself disdained any labels. She wanted to be called just “filmmaker,” so perhaps critic J. Hoberman had it right when he dubbed her “one of the greatest filmmakers of her generation.” Read more [...]

In honor of Record Store Day: Which character on ‘Mad Men’ would have the coolest record collection?

As Mad Men counts down to its final episode next month, I can't resist speculating what the gang at Sterling Cooper and their (un)loved ones might have listened to at home. Mad Men takes place during the heyday of the long-player and the hit 45, after all. Read more [...]

‘Something Like Happiness’: The best happy endings catch you off guard

Now streaming on Fandor and Netflix: Something Like Happiness trades in a grimy, hardscrabble realism, showing what life is like in an industrial backwater in Bohemia. But the movie concludes on a marvelous grace note; it's the rare happy ending that feels spontaneous and unexpected. (And if you're a dog lover, you'll find it irresistible.) Read more [...]