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"Chinese Puzzle," "Venus in Fur," and "Me, Myself and Mom" at the COLCOA Film Festival

Ira Israel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

For those who do not already know about it, the City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) Film Festival is one of the great treasures of Los Angeles. Including seventeen U.S. premieres this year, COLCOA is an eclectic array of French movies highlighting the finest talents in French cinema.

Live from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Sunday, June 30

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

People occasionally ask me how I choose the films I see at a film festival. There's a long, complicated answer to that but let's go with a short one: Sometimes the films pick me.

The Big Chill Speaks French in Little White Lies (Movie Review)

Caryn James | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Caryn James

In the raucous club scene that opens Little White Lies, the actor playing the obnoxious, drug-snorting lech named Ludo looks so familiar you might find yourself thinking, "Who's that loud guy?"

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 08.01.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

Even during summer months it's possible for discerning moviegoers to find adult fare if they're just willing to seek it out. Here are my picks for June.

ReThink Review: The Intouchables - France's 'Magic Negro,' or Something More?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.29.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

By making Driss and Philippe fully realized characters (the film is based on a true story) with histories and lots to learn about life and each other, The Intouchables manages to escape the trappings of the Magic Negro genre.

Directors: Intouchables Not About Race

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.25.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Intouchables tells the story of Philippe, a quadriplegic who hires a Senegalese immigrant named Driss as his caregiver. Driss, just out of prison for robbery, seems an unlikely choice -- but he and Philippe develop a bond that goes beyond employer-employee.

Movie Review: The Intouchables

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, The Intouchables is a movie that already has been tarred with the condescending brush of American critics who mischaracterize it as patronizing to the character of Driss.

Toronto Film Festival: The Essential and the Trivial

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

This year's Toronto Film Festival offers fewer must-see high profile films or auteurist masterworks than in the past. It's the ensemble of films -- their variety, range, and sheer cojones -- that's rewarding.