LAFF Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

They say that breaking up is hard to do, and that certainly seems to be the case for Celeste and Jesse (Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg), who are getting divorced despite the fact that they still hang out together all the time, still love each other, and still have a great time goofing off together. Their friends don’t understand it, and indeed, it’s...

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LAFF Review: It’s a Disaster

Generally, the term “disaster film” conjures up images of big-budget destruction, monuments falling into oceans, traffic jams trying to escape burning and exploding cities – your basic Roland Emmerich scenario. Of course, indie films like It’s a Disaster can’t really afford the kind of effects that characterize vapid blockbusters,...

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LAFF Review: The History of Future Folk

Brooklyn-based folk singer Bill plies his trade in seedy bars, performing in a red jumpsuit and helmet and explaining that he is a visitor from the planet Hondo. The backstory is his daughter’s favorite bedtime story as well, and he faithfully recounts to her the journey of General Trius and his search for a new homeworld for the Hondonians, as a comet...

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Top Seven LA Film Fest Picks

The LA Film Festival is kind of sneaking up on me this year, and it starts this Thursday! I’ll probably be taking it a little easier than I have in the past, leaving a bit more time for review-writing and sleeping, but here are seven films I’d definitely like to catch. I’ve left off most of the Gala-type presentations largely because those...

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