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  • Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages August 18, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly.
  • Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally August 18, 2017
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.
  • What's in a name? Virginia school enters Confederate symbols battle August 18, 2017
    MANASSAS, Va. (Reuters) - In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large white letters on the red brick facade.
  • California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct August 18, 2017
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man convicted of the worst mass killing in Orange County history was spared the death penalty on Friday after a judge found that serious misconduct by prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial.
  • Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end case August 18, 2017
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.
  • No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court August 18, 2017
    (Reuters) - The Wayne County jail in downtown Detroit is not liable to inmates who were subjected to group strip searches when the number of inmates awaiting processing made individual searches impractical, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
  • Tillerson says one American dead in Spain attack August 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A San Francisco area man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed in Thursday's attack in Spain, his family told a local television station on Friday, hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that an American citizen was dead.
  • Tillerson condemns racism, calls for national reconciliation August 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of "bigotry in all its forms" on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.
  • Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons August 18, 2017
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun.
  • Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery August 18, 2017
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.

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  • Hollywood musicians are backing a new bill that seeks to stop runaway film scoring
    The livelihoods of Hollywood musicians have long been under siege as major movie and TV productions continue to outsource scoring to other states as well as abroad. Local instrumentalists have tried pressuring the major studios to bring more scoring back to Los Angeles and many are backing a new...
  • With 'Lemon,' Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman squeeze privilege and failure into an unusual comedy
    Few recent films have elicited the wild rotisserie of responses of confusion, delight, anxiety and introspection as “Lemon.” How to most succinctly describe the singular film can even be a point of contention. Janicza Bravo, director and co-writer of the film, recently noted that she has alternately...
  • Having a Moment: Bridget Everett leaps from cabaret stage to silver screen
    Fifteen minutes into the new film “Patti Cakes,” Bridget Everett slips in through a side door of a seedy tavern to music straight out of a spaghetti western at high noon. Behind the counter, her bartender daughter sizes up the situation: “Christ.” “Line up your ma a bomb,” Everett’s character says....
  • With 'Patti Cakes,' Cathy Moriarty is still aiming for authenticity
    From "Raging Bull" to "Soapdish" and "Casper," identity formation is key to her career.
  • With 'Crown Heights,' ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha is claiming space in Hollywood
    Nnamdi Asomugha never thought he’d actually become an actor. Sure, like many young black boys growing up, there were two careers that captured his idea of success: on the field or court as a professional athlete or on stages and screens as a top-billed entertainer. But he was also the son of Nigerian...
  • How Mel Gibson's promising indie film went off the rails
    When it was first published in 1998, “The Professor and the Madman” by Simon Winchester was a book that seemed destined to become a prestige movie: it features a 19th century British setting, colorful characters and a story with cultural pedigree recounting the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary...
  • 1987 revisited: Scribes, World War II through the eyes of babes and Mickey Rourke
    It was the ’80s, so the films of 1987 naturally had big stars, big hair and big soundtracks. The year’s most popular movie, however improbably, was a remake of a French comedy, “Three Men and a Baby,” starring Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson, and directed by Leonard Nimoy. It beat...
  • 'Marjorie Prime,' 'Lemon,' 'Patti Cakes' and more movie picks for Aug. 18
    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Baby Driver Edgar Wright’s exuberant, one-of-a-kind vehicular-action-thriller-musical-romance stars Ansel Elgort as a tinnitus-afflicted, music-loving getaway driver alongside a superb supporting cast that includes...
  • Muddled sci-fi thriller 'What Happened to Monday' is still fun and has Noomi Rapace times seven
    Anyone who already misses the clone-tastic science-fiction series “Orphan Black” may ease their suffering a bit with “What Happened to Monday,” a two-fisted futuristic thriller with Noomi Rapace playing seven lookalike siblings with differing personalities. The film isn’t as provocative as it means...
  • A glamorous Penélope Cruz can't transcend spotty comedy 'The Queen of Spain'
    By turns sedate and breathless, the pitch-perfect 1950s newsreel footage that opens Fernando Trueba’s new comedy promises an intriguing mix of fiction and history. But though “The Queen of Spain” looks terrific and features a warm, glamorous performance by Penélope Cruz, that promise is fulfilled...
  • Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp star in haunting drama 'Planetarium'
    Although “Planetarium” may not wholly satisfy as the kind of statement film it so ambitiously aims to be, this intriguing drama, confidently directed by Rebecca Zlotowski (who co-wrote with Robin Campillo) proves a singular, at times haunting experience. In the late-1930s, as Nazi Germany tenses...
  • Struggling actor's life crumbles in the weirdly charming comedy 'Lemon'
    What is the “lemon” of director/co-writer Janicza Bravo’s deliriously deadpan feature debut “Lemon”? Is it the turquoise jalopy of protagonist Isaac (co-writer Brett Gelman) that breaks down on him in a moment of extreme distress, or is it, frankly, the man himself? Partners in life and comedy,...
  • Soviet-set drama 'The Fencer' deftly mixes sports and politics
    “The Fencer,” Finland’s official Academy Award entry for 2016, is an effective mix of underdog sports drama and political thriller, inspired by the true-life story of celebrated fencing champ Endel Nelis. The 1953-set film finds Estonian resister Endel (a finely understated Märt Avandi) forced...
  • Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds go on a lame, violent Eurotrip in 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'
    After stumbling out of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an insanely violent live-action cartoon starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, I found myself asking the kind of question the critic is occasionally forced to ponder after too many years steeped in Hollywood movies. No, not, “Why didn’t I...
  • Hostage drama '6 Days' proves duller than real-life
    As Ben Affleck’s “Argo” effectively demonstrated, movies based on real-life events such as the 444-day Iran hostage crisis can be every bit as tensely unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining as their entirely fictional counterparts. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for the considerably...
  • 'Women Who Kill' is a fresh twist on indie comedy, romance and serial killers
    Filled with a dry wit driven by its writer-director-star Ingrid Jungermann, “Women Who Kill” is a darkly comic indie that is a distinct product of its place and time. Its location is Park Slope in Brooklyn, and much of the drama takes place in a co-op grocery store, a quintessential neighborhood...
  • Justin Chon's drama 'Gook' revisits '92 L.A. riots with insight
    As its wounded, defiant provocation of a title suggests, “Gook” looks head-on at racial animosity, American-style. Set on the first day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Justin Chon’s drama is uneven but bristling with life, and it offers a new perspective on a calamitous moment, one whose 25th anniversary...
  • California coastal drama 'Liza, Liza Skies Are Grey' is one long journey
    A nostalgic look at first love on the open road in the ’60s, “Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey” feels like the work of a first-time filmmaker, though it comes from veteran writer-director Terry Sanders. With a résumé primarily populated by documentary films, two-time Oscar winner Sanders might be forgiven...
  • 'Lycan' recycles werewolf and horror formulas with little payoff
    An indistinct muddle of werewolf mythology, slasher formula and “teenagers in the woods” clichés, the horror pastiche “Lycan” might’ve been a passable picture if writer-director Bev Land had settled on what he was making. While its DIY spirit is admirable, this tedious shocker feels like it was...
  • ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me?’ tells a familiar yet always tragic story of a singer gone too soon
    The life and too-early death of singer Whitney Houston was a train wreck lots of people say they saw coming but no one was able to stop. Dead at age 48 in her Beverly Hilton hotel room, Houston was as celebrated as she was gifted, and as clips from the documentary "Whitney: Can I Be Me?" demonstrate,...
  • Found-footage horror film 'The Monster Project' is logic- and scare-free
    When done well, found-footage horror films are effective and inventive, bringing the audience intimately into the action without the façade of narrative distance. Unfortunately, “The Monster Project” is one that breaks the rules of the subgenre, and it seems to do so more as a result of laziness...
  • 'The Ice Cream Truck' soft serves its horror
    The arty slasher picture “The Ice Cream Truck” proceeds from the oft-deployed premise that the suburbs are inherently creepy. While writer-director Megan Freels Johnston makes some unusual choices that set her film apart from run-of-the-mill low-budget horror, too much of her movie feels warmed-over....
  • Portrait of an artist unraveling in horror comedy 'Dave Made a Maze'
    While the dramatic underpinnings could have used more work, the labyrinth that’s the focus of “Dave Made a Maze” is truly an amazingly inventive sight to behold. Determined to finally complete something of significance, frustrated artist Dave (Nick Thune) pours every ounce of his creative juices...
  • 'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau breaks bad in crime thriller 'Shot Caller'
    The prison-tinged action drama “Shot Caller” arrives at a tension-filled national moment when a protagonist with WHITE PRIDE tattooed on his back might not be the antihero audiences care to see. The ink is a sign of the soul-tainting effects of the penitentiary system on a successful businessman...
  • Michael Almereyda's 'Marjorie Prime' is an elegant, haunting futuristic drama
    “It’s always nice to be lied to.” Those words are tossed off with a chuckle early on in “Marjorie Prime,” but by the end they have acquired an almost prophetic significance. Beautiful untruths and half-truths abound in Michael Almereyda’s quietly shimmering new movie, which takes place in a somewhat...

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