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'We Are Your Friends': A tale of big ambitions and little direction

08/28/2015 11:23 AM EDT
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, "We Are Your Friends" is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction. 
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Sundance Kid meets Nick Nolte
08/27/2015 02:51 PM EDT - LOS ANGELES >> When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson's memoir "A Walk in the Woods," he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking comrade: Paul Newman. Full Story

Film clips
08/27/2015 11:41 AM EDT - American Ultra (R): Unaware that he has been trained by the CIA to become a lethal killing machine, a small-town slacker, when activated by his handler, uses his latent skills to save himself and his girlfriend when the agency targets him for termination. Full Story

"No Escape" forgoes context for thrills
08/27/2015 11:33 AM EDT - Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as "No Escape," a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Full Story

'Compton' accurate, says director
08/20/2015 03:02 PM EDT - LOS ANGELES >> The director of "Straight Outta Compton" says he's "very happy with the accuracy" of the movie that depicts the creation and eventual breakup of influential rap group N. Full Story

Losers we can love in "American Ultra"
08/20/2015 12:36 PM EDT - The likably awkward chemistry of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg remains intact in "American Ultra," a violent stoner action-comedy that's half "Pineapple Express," half "The Bourne Identity," and not as good as either. Full Story

"End of the Tour" is told with humor and melancholy
08/20/2015 11:05 AM EDT - Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Full Story

N.W.A. goes from streets to mainstream in "Straight Outta Compton"
08/13/2015 03:09 PM EDT - LOS ANGELES >> When N.W.A. released its 1988 debut album, "Straight Outta Compton," it was vilified by mainstream media. Full Story

Streep in her acting element in 'Ricki and the Flash'
08/10/2015 01:44 PM EDT - Early on in "Ricki and the Flash," Ricki (Meryl Streep) gets a call that disarms her before she's even decided to pick it up. Full Story

Plodding, dreary not-so-"Fantastic Four"
08/07/2015 11:46 AM EDT - I'll admit it. About an hour into "Fantastic Four," the inexplicably plodding and dreary new attempt to adapt the beloved Marvel story, I started thinking about Ethan Hunt from "Mission: Impossible. Full Story