Arts & Entertainment

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Fresh faces almost compensate for plot issues in "X-Men: Age of Apocalypse"

A parade of new actors tries to rescue the franchise from a lack of coherence.

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Rampling and Courtenay: The past preserved haunts the present in “45 Years”

Andrew Haigh's film is a profoundly stirring one about a longtime married couple poignantly portrayed by two cinema greats.

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The world as seen in films from Toronto

The small country of Bangladesh, the poorest nation in Asia, is the location for a couple of interesting films shown at TIFF.

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Savoring Sautet: Five films by French auteur Claude Sautet re-released

Rialto Pictures is theatrically re-releasing five films by one of France's lesser known, yet nonetheless noteworthy auteurs, Claude Sautet, in L.A. at the Laemmle Royal Theater..

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Human interest stories shine at Full Frame film festival

Full Frame offers a full plate of, shall we say, heavy fare: Very serious issues not ordinarily treated with a light touch. 

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Russian films at Chicago International Film Festival

New themes are appearing in Russian films that expose the extent of government corruption, which decimates a people subjected to an increasing supply of drugs, crime, and violence.

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Hits and misses at Chicago International Film Festival

There were many great films at the Chicago festival, including several great bio docs about formidable persons in the arts.

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Alice in Blunderland: "The Dance of Death" and war between the sexes

This production of the Swedish playwright August Strindberg's 1900 "The Dance of Death," now playing in Pasadena, is expertly acted and directed.

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From Congo to North Dakota, films examine the human condition

Several films screened at the recent 2014 Tribeca Film Festival deal with the search for peace and justice, or for truth and understanding. They offer much valuable food for thought.

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“The Summit:” Adventure, death, jaw-dropping cinematography

The Summit provokes many questions, but should appeal to aficionados of adventure (in particular mountaineering).

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