Kiyoshi Kurosawa relocates to France with the underdeveloped Daguerrotype

The Japanese writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a whiz of indistinct scares, has a taste for creepy fairy tales; a modernized take on Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” could have made an inspired choice for his first French-language project, but instead he offers up a dullish original in the form of Daguerrotype. (What’s…

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone delight in La La Land

Opening with a dance number set in a traffic jam and a gag lifted from The Girl Can’t Help It, La La Land (Grade: A- / B+) announces itself as a film both energized and limited by its commitment to movie musical tradition. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is a spectacular and bittersweet crowd-pleaser, but it’s…

The poor suffer while the one percent parties on The Last Panthers

“Serpent’s Kiss” should be the defining episode of The Last Panthers, and it almost gets there. Khalil’s off-the-books sting operation, Milan’s liberation of Dragan, and Naomi’s investigation into the diamond heist—three relatively noble enterprises triangulating a new European conquest—are all swallowed up by the…