‘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 [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema Picks, Feb. 2016: Never mind awards season…

There's an embarrassment of riches at L.A.'s rep cinemas this month; an avid cinephile wishing to shut out the noise of Oscar campaigns can celebrate movies the best way possible, by seeing classics and cult favorites alike on the big screen... many of them in 35mm, no less. Read more [...]

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’: Divas and superheroines in the Swiss Alps

Named one of the Top 10 films of 2015 by Film Comment: Clouds of Sils Maria felt perfectly timed for a year dominated by Star Wars and Marvel blockbusters — it's a French filmmaker's reflection on cinema in the age of superhero movies. But thankfully this is no rant along the lines of "Marvel is killing cinema!" Read more [...]

Movie posters we’d like to frame, Part 2: ‘The Assassin’

Named the Best Film of 2015 by Sight & Sound magazine: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is a martial-arts epic unlike any other — it's a highly stylized, unabashed art object. It's fitting that such a beautiful movie inspired the most eye-catching movie posters of the year, as this international poster gallery demonstrates. Read more [...]

The fine art of the movie poster, Part I: ‘Crimson Peak’

Opening this week: Rarely does a poster alone convince me I need to see a movie, but the posters for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak do just that. The images have an old-school Gothic horror vibe that's both elegant and creepy — they're the graphic equivalent of a crooked finger, beckoning you in to see the film. Read more [...]