The New Beverly’s two-night tribute is a great way to remember Lou Reed

Wed.-Thu., 11/13-11/14, L.A.s New Beverly Cinema pays tribute to the late Lou Reed (sob!) with a double bill: the real attraction here is Berlin on the big screen. Julian Schnabel's concert movie draws from the December 2006 shows when Lou Reed performed his infamous 1973 concept album Berlin live for the first time. Read more [...]

This weekend, L.A.’s ‘German Currents’ film festival will measure the world

This weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, two of my favorite things: the best new German movies... plus receptions with beer in the Egyptian's courtyard. Read more [...]

‘Berlin Blues’ and films by Detlev Buck, at the L.A. Goethe-Institut

Wednesdays this fall at the L.A. Goethe-Institut: Films directed by and/or starring the award-winning German writer, actor and filmmaker Detlev Buck. For me the biggest attraction here is Berlin Blues, co-starring Christoph Waltz, about a West Berlin deadbeat whose drinking is interrupted by the fall of the Wall in 1989. Read more [...]

This week in NYC: David Bowie’s film career looks good in retrospect

This week in New York, The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts a retrospective of David Bowie's film and video work — a collection of almost nothing but cult movies and intriguing rarities. A couple of the more obscure entries in Bowie's acting resume are what make this series stand out. Read more [...]

Top 10 cinematic highlights of 2012: one very subjective list

I don't claim the following list to be definitive — how can I say for sure what the best movie of 2012 was when I still haven't seen Magic Mike? Read more [...]