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‘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 →

Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell to launch Louisiana Crossroads series in Lafayette

Photo by MICHAEL WEINTROB -- – Rhiannon Giddens

After Rhiannon Giddens performed at the “Another Day, Another Time” concert in New York City in 2013, a golden opportunity came her way. Giddens, a singing, banjo- and fiddle-playing member of the Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, sang Odetta’s “Water Boy” that night during a celebration of folk music heard in the Coen… Continue reading →

One on One: Danny Bourque, a.k.a. Glitch Black

Photo provided by Danny Bourque -- The cover of Glitch Black's 'Death Spiral.'

If you’re a thirtysomething, you’re no doubt familiar with those video game themes. You know the type — the 8-bit, crushed synth scores that loop with intensity as you battle a boss. The hooks are no doubt present in the theme songs and sound effects of “Super Mario Bros.” and “F-Zero,” two old Nintendo games that… 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 →

It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin’! Katt Williams brings the laughs to BR

Photo provided by Katt Williams -- The pint-sized comedian Katt Williams performs at the River Center on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Katt Williams, the pint-sized comedian who is a comedic force to be reckoned with, will bring his bad boy ways to Baton Rouge this weekend. The comedian will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Baton Rouge River Center. The stop is one of many along Williams’ latest tour, called “Conspiracy Theory,” which follows last year’s… Continue reading →

One of the men behind ‘Halo’ is from Baton Rouge, Patrick Bryan talks video game designing

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Patrick Bryan, a Baton Rouge native and Runnels High alumnus, poses with Master Chief, the main character from the "Halo" game series. Bryan is an animator at 343 Industries, the developer of the video game franchise.

Creating video game characters means more than writing bits of code on a computer for Patrick Bryan. The Baton Rouge-born animator had loftier goals when working on “Halo 5: Guardians,” the latest title in the groundbreaking video game series. “You’re starting out with a blank slate, or you’re starting out with just a character that… Continue reading →

Now Showing: The Southern Screen Film Festival offers impressive slate

File photo by Christophe Ena -- In this Sept. 20, 2005 file photo, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs smiles after a press conference as he opens the Apple Expo in Paris. Jobs is the subject of a new documentary by Alex Gibney, which will be shown at the Southern Screen Film Festival on Saturday in Lafayette.

The Southern Screen Film Festival returns this week to give Acadiana film aficionados an opportunity to experience independent feature and short films, music videos, and creative workshops with industry insiders. Last year’s event had some 2,500 attendees, according to the festival’s executive director Julie Bordelon. She said the key for the Lafayette festival is quality… Continue reading →

‘Save a Prayer’ for these Eagles

Photo by Barry Brecheisen -- This Associated Press file photo shows Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performing in Chicago. Hughes was scheduled to perform, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, with the band at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where patrons were taken hostage.

Eagles of Death Metal is a band known for its mix of wit and riffs. Now, the band will be forever associated with a devastating series of attacks in Paris. The California-based band, led by Jesse Hughes, was performing at the Bataclan, a theater located in eastern Paris, last Friday night, when one of… Continue reading →

Album reviews: Justin Bieber, One Direction

This CD cover image released by Def Jam Records shows "Purpose," the latest release by Justin Bieber. (Def Jam via AP)

Justin Bieber’s new album is peppered with songs full of apologies and redemption. The troubled star claims he’s changed. And maybe he has. Or not. But one thing’s for sure — his music has gotten better. So much better. “Purpose,” Bieber’s first album since 2013’s R&B-influenced “Journals,” finds the 21-year-old edging… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Nov. 20-26, 2015

Photo provided by RODOLFO ESPINOZA -- Dance to the sounds of Skyliners Big Band: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at the Petroleum Club, 111 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette. Tickets are $15.

HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE MILL: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Old Mill, 311 Mill St., New Roads. Festivities include holiday shopping, arts/crafts, foods, and a Friday night style show. For more information, callText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color (225) 638-5360.… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals for Nov. 20-26, 2015

BROADMOOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Broadmoor High School, 10100 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. The 42nd annual event kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. and features hand-crafted items from more than 200 artists. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person (ages 13 and up), free for ages 12 and… Continue reading →

Four specialty dinners scheduled for Wednesday across Baton Rouge

Photo provided by Galatoire's Bistro  --  Galatoire's Bistro hosts its second guest chef dinner series Wednesday.

If you’re looking a night on the town at a fancy restaurant, you will have four options this week. Yes, that’s right. Four Baton Rouge restaurants are hosting specialty dinners on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Those restaurants include Galatoire’s Bistro, 18 Steak at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, Juban’s, and Stroubes. Check out information… Continue reading →

Visitation, tribute for Allen Toussaint will be held Friday at the Orpheum Theater

FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Allen Toussaint performs onstage at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in the Spanish capital. Madrid emergency services spokesman Javier Ayuso says rescue workers were called to Toussaint's hotel early Monday Nov. 9, 2015 and managed to revive him after he suffered a heart attack but he stopped breathing during the ambulance ride to a hospital and efforts to revive him again were unsuccessful. Toussaint performed Sunday night at Madrid's Lara Theater. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

Visitation and a musical tribute for New Orleans songwriter, producer and pianist Allen Toussaint will be held Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. Toussaint died Nov. 10 of a heart attack after a performance in Madrid, Spain. Visitation will take place from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Orpheum, 129 Roosevelt Way. A… 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 →

NOAAHH benefit will be a tribute to Allen Toussaint

AP file photo by Evan Agostini -- Paul Simon

Allen Toussaint and Paul Simon were originally scheduled to co-headline the Dec. 8 benefit concert for New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness. Following Toussaint’s death on Nov. 10 in Spain, the benefit is being recast as a tribute to the beloved New Orleans songwriter, pianist, producer and performer. The event’s new title is… Continue reading →

New Allen Toussaint album to be released in 2016

Photo provided -- Allen Toussaint

Nonesuch Records will release a new album by Allen Toussaint sometime in 2016. The label issued a statement in conjunction with the album’s producer, Joe Henry, who previously produced Toussaint’s Grammy-nominated 2009 release, “The Bright Mississippi.” Toussaint, 77, died of a heart attack on Nov. 10 following a concert in Madrid, Spain. In the… Continue reading →

Championing Culture: Twisted Oak Music Festival returns Friday

Photo provided by Twisted Oak Music Festival -- Joel Willson emcees the classical and art music festival, Twisted Oak. This year's event kicks off at 7 p.m. at the River Terrace at the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Since 2010, classical violinist Joel Willson has had a goal of making classical music approachable to a mass audience. It was then that the Baton Rouge musician started performing live, improvisational group shows with artists under the moniker Spontaneous Combustion. “The concept (behind Spontaneous Combustion) is we play completely improvised music, and these… Continue reading →

Review: Café Josephine a hidden gem, but not for long, well worth the drive to Sunset

Advocate photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Tacos with Roasted Corn Grits Café Josephine

Sunset’s a sleepy little town known around Lafayette for its Southern charm and antique stores. Soon, it might be a mecca for food, thanks to Café Josephine. Located beneath the Sunset water tower at 818 Napoleon Ave., Café Josephine buys local ingredients and warns customers that dishes will take some time because everything’s fresh. Troy Bijeaux is… 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 →

Still Rockin’: Actor/musician/author Rick Springfield takes our questions

Photo provided by Kim Jakwerth -- Rick Springfield will perform at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Friday night.

Recording star Rick Springfield has sold more than 25 million records. “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” “Human Touch” and the Grammy-winning “Jessie’s Girl” are a few of his 17 Top 40 hits. An actor, too, the Australian native’s credits include Dr. Noah Drake… Continue reading →

Carlene Carter carries her family’s musical legacy

Photo by RACHEL FRAMINGHEDDU MURRAY -- Carlene Carter performs at Manship Theatre on Friday.

With her 2014 album, “Carter Girl,” Carlene Carter embraced and perpetuated her legacy. Carter is the daughter of June Carter Cash and 1960s country star Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of country music pioneer “Mother” Maybelle Carter. “Carter Girl” holds three generations of Carter family songs. They were previously performed… Continue reading →