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Review: Awards-worthy ‘Brooklyn’ is an epic of the heart

Photo by KERRY BROWN -- Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant in ‘Brooklyn.’

In the beautifully staged immigrant drama “Brooklyn,” Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan emerges as one of her generation’s finest actresses. In “Brooklyn,” Ronan (who already has an Oscar nomination under her belt) displays focused, sensitive aplomb in the leading role of Eilis Lacey. An economical actress, she’s skilled at expressing a heady mix of thoughts and emotions… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Good Dinosaur’ isn’t good enough

Photo provided by Pixar-Disney -- Spot, voiced by Jack Bright, and Arlo, voiced by Raymond Ochoa, star in the new cartoon 'The Good Dinosaur.'

“The Good Dinosaur” is a beautiful sight, but its recycled storytelling is stale. Building on the basic ingredients of Pixar and classic hand-drawn Disney animation, a young character loses a parent and struggles to reclaim his place in the world. Comedy and danger follow as the character encounters enemies and allies during a long, dangerous journey… Continue reading →

‘Brooklyn’ a quiet epic of the heart

Photo by KERRY BROWN -- Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant in ‘Brooklyn.’

In the beautifully staged immigrant drama “Brooklyn,” Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan emerges as one of her generation’s finest actresses. Ronan, 21, received an Oscar nomination at 13 for her work in the British drama, “Atonement.” Her “Brooklyn” performance has made her an early prospect for honors in the 2015-2016 awards season. In “Brooklyn,” Ronan displays… Continue reading →

Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful ‘Creed’ goes the distance

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many “Rocky” movies do we need? Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least. From its very beginning in 1976, the “Rocky” story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily,… Continue reading →

Weak humor, cloying plot mar ‘The Good Dinosaur’

Photo provided by Walt Disney Studios -- A scene from 'The Good Dinosaur.'

“The Good Dinosaur” too often goes through the storytelling motions. The animated comedy-adventure, set in a mountainous, prehistoric American West, is a beautiful sight, but its recycled storytelling is stale. Building on the basic ingredients of Pixar and classic hand-drawn Disney animation, a young character loses a parent and struggles to reclaim his place… Continue reading →

Shallow script undermines stars, story in ‘Trumbo’

Photo by HILARY BRONWYN GAIL -- Bryan Cranston as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in 'Trumbo.'

Given the history, tragedy and injustice that the New Orleans-filmed “Trumbo” dramatizes, it could have been more effective than it is. Bryan Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s great screenwriters of the 1940s and ’50s. But in the post-World War II U.S., as the Cold War with the Soviet Union reaches a boil, Trumbo’s support of… Continue reading →

Last ‘Hunger Games’ opens to $101 million, a franchise low

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures shows, Seth Rogen, left, as Isaac, and Jillian Bell as Betsy, in Columbia Pictures' "The Night Before." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Sarah Shatz/Columbia Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final “Hunger Games” film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but “The Hunger Games” had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.… Continue reading →

New Orleans bartender works fast on TLC’s ‘90 Day Fiancé’

Photo provided by TLC -- Bajaree 'Noon' Boonma and Kyle Huckabee embrace after he proposes marriage on an episode of  TLC's '90 Day Fiance.'

“Sometimes love happens by accident, when you least expect it. You can’t prepare for it, you can’t be ready. It just happens.” — Anonymous Kyle Huckabee was looking for a tour guide. He found a fiancée. The love story of the New Orleans bartender, 28, and Thailand native Bajaree “Noon” Boonma,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Mockingjay — Part 2’ an overlong victory for Katniss

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- From left, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Evan Ross and Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Game: Mockingjay -- Part 2.'

“The Hunger Games,” a trilogy in its original book form but an overstretched quartet in movie form, concludes with some padding but also in-the-line-of-fire action and suspense and big, impressive special effects. Best of all, Jennifer Lawrence continues her passionate work as the series’ brave and principled archer/heroine, Katniss Everdeen.… Continue reading →

Review: One wild ‘Night’

Photo provided by Columbia Pictures -- From left,  Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in 'The NIght Before.'

It takes hundreds of people to make a movie, but just two talents, actor Seth Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg, define the Christmas Eve-set romp “The Night Before.” Rogen and Goldberg’s comic résumé sets “The Night Before” scene. You know the duo’s crass work in such hits as “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End,”… Continue reading →

‘Spotlight’ is a major achievement

Photo by Kerry Jayes -- Michael Keaton, left, as Walter 'Robby' Robinson, and Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes in 'Spotlight.'

“Spotlight,” director Tom McCarthy’s superb drama about The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexual abuse, is a low-key, level-headed movie about a sensational, hot-button subject. The film has already been compared to “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Pakula’s Oscar-winning 1976 re-creation of The Washington Post’s expose of the Watergate… Continue reading →

Supporting Katniss: Jena Malone talks the final ‘Hunger Games’ chapter

Photo by Gero Breloer --  Jena Malone signs autographs before the world premiere of the movie 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' in Berlin, Germany.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the concluding movie of four films adapted from novelist Suzanne Collins’ internationally popular “Hunger Games” trilogy, debuts in theaters Friday. For actress Jena Malone, who plays rebel warrior Johanna Mason alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s archer-heroine Katniss Everdeen, it’s a bittersweet finale. “Saying goodbye to friends,” Malone said. “The… Continue reading →

‘Spectre’ stays on top with $35.4M, ‘Peanuts’ with $24.2M

In this image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions, Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre."  (Susie Allnutt/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The box-office duo of James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated North American movie theaters over the weekend, while Angelina Jolie Pitt’s “By the Sea” made barely a ripple. Sony’s “Spectre,” the 24th Bond installment and last week’s top film, took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge chef Chris Wadsworth get in the ‘Grocery Games’ on Food Network

Photo provided by Food Network -- Host Guy Fieri watches Baton Rouge chef Chris Wadsworth prepare his dish during Sunday's episode of 'Guy's Grocery Games.'

Chris Wadsworth has been waiting for Sunday night’s game all year. No, not the Cardinals-Seahawks NFL matchup on NBC. It’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network, and Wadsworth will be playing. The Baton Rouge chef and three other chefs shot their episode of the Guy Fieri-hosted game show about nine months ago. “It’s been a… Continue reading →

Review: ‘My All-American’ is nothing special

Photo by Van Redin -- Aaron Eckhart and Finn Wittrock star in 'My All-American.'

“My All-American” is an earnest, ultimately heart-tugging sports drama. Nothing fancy. Nothing many moviegoers won’t see coming from a football field away. That’s especially true if they’re familiar with the true story the film is based upon. In 1969, University of Texas Longhorns safety Freddie Steinmark helped his team reach the Cotton Bowl, where the… Continue reading →

Review: Despite formula, ‘Love the Coopers’ proves a moving, starry holiday pic

This photo provided by CBS Films and Lionsgate shows, Amanda Seyfried, from left, as Ruby, Jake Lacy, as Joe, Olivia Wilde, as Eleanor, Maxwell Simkins, as Bo, Blake Baumgartner, as Madison, John Goodman, as Sam, Ed Helms, as Hank, Alan Arkin, as Bucky, Diane Keaton as Charlotte, and Alex Borstein (back to camera), in "Love the Coopers," released by CBS Films and Lionsgate. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 13, 2015.  (Suzanne Tenner/CBS Films/Lionsgate via AP)

“Love the Coopers” is pretty formulaic as far as Christmas dramedies go, but there are always going to be those movies that just get to you — despite, perhaps, your best judgment. Modern holiday movies, with their aggressively unhappy families and sanitized Hallmark sentimentality, occupy an interesting space in entertainment. Big, starry ensemble casts assemble to… Continue reading →

Review: Chilean miners film resorts too often to formula

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Antonio Banderas as Mario Sepulveda in Alcon Entertainment's true-life drama "The 33," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The film, directed by Patricia Riggen, releases in U.S. theaters on Nov. 13, 2015. (Beatrice Aguirre/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Movies are forever trying to capture the essence of the human spirit, and by that measure, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a story more tailor-made for the movies than the incredible 2010 Chilean mine rescue. If the details are hazy in your mind, just go to YouTube right now and watch the first miner reach the… Continue reading →

Louisiana actress: TV drama ‘Satisfaction’ racier; high-end madam character as maniacal as ever

USA Network photo by MARK HILL -- New Orleans native and former Baton Rougean Katherine LaNasa stars as the high-end madame Adriana in 'Satisfaction.'

Four episodes into its sophomore season, USA Network’s “Satisfaction” is racier, sexier and more fun. That’s the word from New Orleans native and former Baton Rougean Katherine LaNasa, who’s back for more as the scheming high-end madam Adriana. The actress spoke from Los Angeles, her primary home, having wrapped shooting in Atlanta for… Continue reading →

‘Spectre’ shoots to $73 million, misses ‘Skyfall’s’ mark

In this image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions, Monica Bellucci, left, and Daniel Craig appear in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2015. (Jonathan Olley/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare, including buzzy limited-release titles like “Spotlight.” “Spectre” took an easy first-place spot… Continue reading →

Review: ‘The Peanuts Movie’is a worthy romp

Photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox -- Charlie Brown and Lucy star in 'The Peanuts Movie.'

Maybe the Peanuts gang hasn’t been on the big screen in decades because they’ve had so much success on the small one, with specials like “The Great Pumpkin” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that have been annual TV traditions since the 1960s. Thankfully, “The Peanuts Movie” isn’t just a small-screen special writ large. The filmmakers… Continue reading →

Holiday movie preview: All the buzz about this season’s films

Photo by Murray Close -- Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.'

It’s hard to believe it’s already November. While James Bond and Charlie Brown are coming to cinemas this weekend to save the box office, the awards season is right around the corner. With new flicks from Oscar-winners Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Alejandro González Iñárritu, just to name a few, this upcoming season looks to continue the trend… Continue reading →

Looking back at Bond through the years

File photo -- Pierce Brosnan in a scene from the newest James Bond film, 'Die Another Day.'

For 53 years, Bond, James Bond has been providing movie-goers with thrilling, chilling and campy action entertainment. The series started in 1962 with the Sean Connery-led “Dr. No” and has grown into a billion-dollar beast, thanks to the latest film in the series, “Skyfall,” starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes. Craig and Mendes hope to keep good on… Continue reading →

Gonzales coach on Animal Planet’s ‘Monsters’ Thursday night

Photo provided by Animal Planet -- Rick Garey, of Gonzales, appears on tonight's 'Monsters Inside Me' on Animal Planet.

Look for Gonzales soccer coach Rick Garey on Thursday’s “Monsters Inside Me” at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet (cable Channel 52). The series, now in its sixth season, profiles “everyday people who discover petrifying parasites, tiny terrors and creepy crawlers lurking deep within their bodies,” a news release says. Garey, an avid outdoorsman, was fishing at… Continue reading →

Review: Unlikeable main character makes ‘Burnt’ a bad dish

This photo provided by The Weinstein Company, shows Daniel Bruhl, left, as Tony and Sarah Greene as Kaitlin in a scene from the film, "Burnt."  The movie opens nationwide Oct. 30. (Alex Bailey/The Weinstein Company via AP)

The best thing going for Bradley Cooper’s character in “Burnt” are his bright blue eyes. His Adam Jones is apparently a gifted chef, but with his arrogant persona and penchant for loud outbursts, it hardly seems worth finding out, even despite those baby blues. Jones is so unlikeable that spending 100 minutes with him on screen is… Continue reading →

Review: Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

Photo by PATTI PARRET -- Billy Bob Thornton, left, and Sandra Bullock co-star in the political, satirical drama, 'Our Brand is Crisis.'

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing. First, it’s election season: Enough said! And second, with all the recent discussion about the need for more diverse, open-minded casting,… Continue reading →

Isolation adds foreboding atmosphere to spare, stylish ‘The Keeping Room’

Photo provided by Drafthouse Films -- From left to right, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru and Brit Marling in a scene from 'The Keeping Room.'

Set in the South during the Civil War, the taut and suspenseful “The Keeping Room” pits three women, living alone on an isolated farm, against seemingly unavoidable destruction. British filmmaker Daniel Barber directs the Gothic Western with elegantly spare style and sinister atmosphere. “The Keeping Room” is set in the path of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s… Continue reading →

Review: An unsatisfying ‘Truth’

Photo by LISA TOMASETTI -- Robert Redford portrays Dan Rather, from left, Cate Blanchett portrays Mary Mapes and Bruce Greenwood portrays Andrew Heyward in a scene from 'Truth.'

“Truth,” based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir, “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power,” dramatizes her CBS reporting about President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service between 1968 and 1974. CBS aired the story during the final months of the 2004 presidential election. Blowback from the… Continue reading →

Review: Irish drama ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ showing Sunday at the Manship Theatre

Photo by JOSS BARRATT -- Barry Ward, left, as Jimmy Gralton and Simone Kirby as Oonagh.

The story of Jimmy Gralton and Pearse-Connolly Hall is little known. In 1932, Gralton and his neighbors rebuilt the community center in County Leitrim, Ireland. “Jimmy’s Hall,” which is showing Sunday at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, dramatizes Irish history in straightforwardly effective style. Gralton and his supporters tangle with the… Continue reading →

LPB looking for artists to design birthday cards

Photo provided by WGBH -- Host Phil Rosenthal explores the food and flavors of Barcelona on 'I'll Have What Phil's Having' Monday on PBS.

Calling young artists: In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Louisiana Public Broadcasting is looking for children ages 4-8 to design and mail in birthday cards to LPB featuring their favorite PBS Kids characters such as Elmo, Curious George or Super WHY! The five winning artists will get a family four-pack of tickets to LPB’s Family Fun Fest… Continue reading →

’Goosebumps’ spooks ‘Spies,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ at box office

In this image released by Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, Mia Wasikowska, appears in a scene from  the film, "Crimson Peak." (Kerry Hayes/Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scare-seeking audiences preferred the family-friendly “Goosebumps” over the gothic horror of Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house pic “Crimson Peak” two weekends out from Halloween. Sony’s “Goosebumps,” based on the popular book series, earned $23.5 million out of the gates to take the first-place spot, while del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” languished at fourth with… Continue reading →

Attack of the boring movie: ‘Goosebumps’ is noisy junk

Photo by Hopper Stone -- Jack Black stars as children's author R.L. Stine in  'Goosebumps.'

“Goosebumps,” a movie roughly based on the children’s books by R.L. Stine, squanders its popular source material. Since 1992, Stine’s horror-comedy books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide. But the “Goosebumps” movie is junk cinema, stuffed with noise and clichés, annoying and frantic action and a wall-to-wall musical score by Danny Elfman that constantly… Continue reading →

‘Crimson Peak’ is chilly, bloody and uneven

Photo by KERRY HAYES – Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) woos Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) in the Gothic romance ‘Crimson Peak.’

There will be blood on Crimson Peak. Universal Studios, the movie company releasing “Crimson Peak,” describes this chiller as a Gothic romance. It’s that and more. It’s a Gothic romantic-horror-detective-thriller. The unmistakable touch of Guillermo del Toro — the Mexican writer-director behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy” — can’t be missed in “Crimson Peak.” Despite… Continue reading →

Hanks shines in ‘Bridge of Spies’

Photo by JAAP BITENDIJK -- Tom Hanks, center, plays James Donovan, a Brooklyn thrust into extraordinary Cold War-era circumstances in Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies.'

“Bridge of Spies” is Steven Spielberg’s often cerebral, sometimes heated Cold War-era drama. Doing the right thing is unpopular in this story. Nevertheless, Tom Hanks’ Brooklyn lawyer stands up for right every time. Set in an international arena but staged on a more intimate scale than Spielberg’s 2012 historical epic, “Lincoln,” “Bridge of Spies” is a story… Continue reading →

Two Louisiana singers continue to defend Bayou State on NBC's 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TYLER GOLDEN -- Tyler Dickerson, of Denham Springs, performs 'Hard to Handle' during blind auditions for 'The Voice.'

. Louisiana continues to be heard on “The Voice” this season. After five singers hailing from the state competed on the reality competition series’ eighth season last spring — with two making it to finale night — two more who call Louisiana home have made it on teams for season nine. Denham Springs singer Tyler… Continue reading →

‘Malala’ spotlights universal parent-child bond, director says

Photo provided by 20th Century Fox -- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is the subject of a new documentary.

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim first learned of Malala Yousafzai via a 32-minute New York Times documentary, “Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story.” The film by Adam B. Ellick profiled Malala at 11, when she was a girl in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. After the Taliban closed her school, she dared to protest. Her courage impressed Guggenheim, winner of the Academy… Continue reading →

Digital archive site to feature videos honoring life, legacy of New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme

6/12/2008 - New Orleans own, Chef Paul Prudhomme raises a glass of shrimp cocktail to toast to the opening of the Great French Market Seafood and Tomato Festival held at a renovated French Market in New Orleans.  Photo by: Derick Hingle

The Louisiana Digital Media Archive is honoring the life and legacy of Paul Prudhomme by featuring three videos of the famous New Orleans chef on its website. Prudhomme hosted cooking shows for public television, including “Always Cooking,” which was seen on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The network hosts the archive site with the Louisiana State Archives.… Continue reading →