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 [...]

‘Dark Web’ is the Eurotrash version of ‘The Hunger Games’ you haven’t been waiting for

How many ways can a film be bad? It’s a question that came to me while watching Dark Web, the least heralded release of 2016. If you've ever wondered what a low-budget Euro-sploitation knockoff of The Hunger Games would look like, the answer is just a few mouse clicks away. 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 [...]

‘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 [...]