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Character Study: Oscar-Nominated Film Edition

Steal your favorite characters’ styles

The Vampire Western Noir Set in Iran and Filmed Near Bakersfield

Ana Lily Amirpour creates a fairytale Iranian town in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

The Liberator: 83-Year-Old Record Collector Chris Strachwitz Gets His Own Music Doc

The influential, irascible founder of roots music label Arhoolie Records is the subject of This Ain't No Mouse Music, which opens tonight

The Essential Movie Library #93: Pinocchio (1940)

Something at least complicated if not subversive lies in any story about a puppet’s passage to boyhood where the boy turns out to be less interesting than the puppet
Frank movie

Counter Programming: A Movie About a Big Headed Rock Star and a Samuel Fuller Double Header

Your guide to the best indie films of the weekend—popcorn not included
Leave Her to Heaven

The Essential Movie Library #92: Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

It’s shot by Leon Shamroy in a radioactive technicolor delirious enough to make you queasy
Chinatown Summer Nights

L.A.’s 10 Best Things to Do This Weekend

We see a Super Moon rising, but there's also a free fest in Chinatown, a bicycle-based scavenger hunt, a made-in-America shopping event, and more
Dog Day Afternoon

Counter Programming: An Edith Head Tribute and a Double “Dog Day Afternoon”

Your guide to the best indie films of the weekend—popcorn not included
A Girl Walks Alone at Night

Sundance NEXT Fest Tunes Up for a Musical Weekend

In its second year, the indie cinema showcase tries to find its identity at the intersection of music and film. How’s that working?
Johnny Depp

The Essential Movie Library #90: Dead Man (1995)

A vortex of a movie, hallucinatory and sui generis despite its genre, its rites of beautiful and bestial passage demarcated by Neil Young’s lysergic guitar rumbling like Mojave thunder