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Personal Shopper,' 'Raw' and more critics' picks, March 10-16

Los Angeles Times

The Founder Michael Keaton gives a performance of ratty, reptilian brilliance as Ray Kroc, the American salesman who turned a California burger stand into the global fast-food behemoth that is McDonald's, in John Lee Hancock's shrewd and satisfyingly fat-free biopic. I Am Not Your Negro As directed by the gifted Raoul Peck, this documentary on James Baldwin uses the entire spectrum of movie effects, not only spoken language but also sound, music, editing and all manner of visuals, to create a cinematic essay that is powerful and painfully relevant. La La Land Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same. Land of Mine Explosive devices that can detonate at any moment are intrinsically dramatic, and this Danish World War II film makes good use of that plot mechanism, but it has a whole lot more going for it as well. Manchester by the Sea Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan's drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams is both heartbreaking and heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair.


Essential Arts & Culture: Parsing Measure S, 'Fun Home' inspires genuflection, SCI-Arc goes to Mexico

Los Angeles Times

The award-winning show inspired by a singular graphic memoir. Plus: SCI-Arc in Mexico City, Oscar-nominated films that emerged from important plays, and a longtime curator leaves the downtown gallery he helped establish. I'm Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles, and I'm in your inbox with a weekly digest of everything culture: On March 7, Los Angeles will head to the polls to vote on a development measure that could affect the profile of the city. Measure S (formerly known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative) seeks to put a two-year moratorium on development projects that require an amendment to the city's general plan, among other factors. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne parses the measure and its backers, whose roots lie in anti-growth initiatives from the 1980s -- and whose vision of Los Angeles seems to lie squarely in the 1960s.


'My Life as a Zucchini,' 'Toni Erdmann' and more critics' picks, Feb. 24-March 2

Los Angeles Times

Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence, visual style and heart. Elle Paul Verhoeven's brilliantly booby-trapped thriller starring Isabelle Huppert is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners. The Founder Michael Keaton gives a performance of ratty, reptilian brilliance as Ray Kroc, the American salesman who turned a California burger stand into the global fast-food behemoth that is McDonald's, in John Lee Hancock's shrewd and satisfyingly fat-free biopic. I Am Not Your Negro As directed by the gifted Raoul Peck, this documentary on James Baldwin uses the entire spectrum of movie effects, not only spoken language but also sound, music, editing and all manner of visuals, to create a cinematic essay that is powerful and painfully relevant. La La Land Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same.


Motion capture and visual effects bring back Tarkin for 'Rogue One'

Los Angeles Times

One of the best-kept secrets of 2016 was the fact that a major character in Gareth Edwards' "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" would be appearing on screen for the first time since the actor who portrayed him passed away over 20 years ago. Through visual effects wizardry and a live-action performance by actor Guy Henry, the commander of the first Death Star in 1977's "Star Wars," Grand Moff Tarkin, was brought back to the big screen as though the late Peter Cushing was still portraying him. For John Knoll, it was the most difficult aspect of his responsibilities as visual effects supervisor on the global blockbuster. An Oscar winner for his work on "Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest," Knoll believes the illusion wouldn't have succeeded without Henry's presence. The effects team's job was effectively that of someone who would be creating cosmetic or prosthetic makeup.


'Kubo' tackles deep issues - death, loss, healing - within its dream-like tale

Los Angeles Times

The gorgeously handcrafted stop-motion film seems to embark on that familiar hero's journey, only to find its own way home. "As we structured the thing, we were definitely well aware of the ground we were treading on, the formulas, the templates, the classics of the genre," says "Kubo" director and Laika Entertainment chief Travis Knight. "But while'Kubo' is in that tradition, it takes a different path when it gets to the end." The film looks different as well, with its character models and environments inspired by Japanese folklore. It's not a sequel, it's not based on specific myths or books; it just feels like it is rooted deeply somewhere.


Two brothers, one Christian, one Muslim, try to bridge their worlds in 'Bars and Measures'

Los Angeles Times

At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Hammer Museum's 'Radical Women' to spotlight women united by struggle and overlooked by history

Los Angeles Times

DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Putin's party may have just won another victory, but its performance is underwhelming

Los Angeles Times

Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for yet another, putting the country on an alarmingly fast-paced schedule to deploy nuclear warheads. Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for yet another, putting the country on an alarmingly fast-paced schedule to deploy nuclear warheads. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters.


Six great moments from Christina Grimmie on 'The Voice'

Los Angeles Times

The news that Christina Grimmie -- the 22-year-old singer who, as a New Jersey teen, made a name for herself on YouTube before broadening her fame in 2014 on Season 6 of "The Voice" – was shot and killed Friday while signing autographs for fans after a concert in Orlando, Fla., is tragic. But for fans of "The Voice" who watched Grimmie show off, during her time on the show, not only her impressive vocal chops and stage presence, but also her musical creativity, willingness to experiment and upbeat resilience, the loss must be heartbreaking. Those who watched Grimmie turn four chairs during her blind audition and then stick around to finish third on the show, behind only sweet, shy, country-singing runner-up Jake Worthington (of Team Blake Shelton) and silky-soulful winner Josh Kaufman (of Team Usher), knew she was an unusual talent. Grimmie's coach, Adam Levine, believed in her so fiercely that, at one point, he promised the audience she would end up winning the show. Then, when she didn't, he announced that he planned to sign her to his own label.


'No Fats, No Femmes' documentary to explore the 'politics of desirability'

Los Angeles Times

Seeing the frequency of such language inspired Lewis years later to create a feature-length documentary to interrogate and explore race, desire and body image, and the ways in which they're informed by media, pop culture and capitalism. The Times spoke with Lewis, who's known online as Fat Femme, following his-her recent West Coast visit about the documentary -- which is slated for a 2017 completion date -- how people "fail gender" and how gender deviant and trans people fit into the Black Lives Matter movement. The "no fats, no femmes" ideology is often used by gay men [on dating sites] situating their desires within a framework that excludes particular kinds of bodies, mostly those fat, feminine, disabled, HIV positive and the list goes on. How do the topics you're raising in "No Fats, No Femmes" intersect with the Black Lives Matter movement, and what seems like the exclusion of black trans and gender nonconforming people in that movement?