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 [...]

‘Christmas, Again’ is worth watching any time of the year

Christmas, Again would be a good movie at any time of the year, but it will undoubtedly play best in December, especially for viewers seeking an antidote to culturally mandated good cheer. If you ever find yourself drinking alone during the holidays, take heart; Christmas, Again will be there for you. Read more [...]

The ‘Entourage’ movie: a brontosaurus at the Polo Lounge

I was recently assigned to watch the Entourage movie, in the middle of an awards season where #OscarsSoWhite and the debate about sexism in the Biz has all but overshadowed the nominees. But even without that going on, Entourage would still seem almost baffling in its cluelessness. Read more [...]

2014 in review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — what a difference a mixtape makes

How did Guardians of the Galaxy become the biggest hit of 2014 in the U.S.? These characters weren't exactly household names. Writer-director James Gunn's many jokes helped, undoubtedly. But the movie's secret weapon was a humble cassette tape. Read more [...]

‘A Coffee in Berlin’ (a.k.a. ‘Oh Boy’): What is the German word for ‘slacker’?

Opens across the U.S. this month... finally! Niko Fischer's life in Berlin consists of drifting. He just can't be bothered with other people, a job, or any entanglements at all. Writer-director Jan Ole Gerster's droll case study in flatlining is the most acclaimed debut film to come out of Germany in many years — and rightly so. Read more [...]