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Happy birthday to Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann, who gave "Citizen Kane" (1941) its eerie, jolly sonic admixture, "Psycho" (1960) its nervous system and "Taxi Driver" (1976) its lonely, perversely romantic noir ache, was born this day in 1911 in New York City.  There are too many selections to highlight. We’ll settle for five.

  • 'The Overnight' review: Wedded bliss put to the test

    'The Overnight' review: Wedded bliss put to the test

    Alex has an inferiority complex. His appendage is on the smaller end of the spectrum, and at a key, comically awkward moment in "The Overnight," this newcomer to LA played by Adam Scott sizes up what his new friend Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) has to offer. In a couple of key, highly amusing shots...

  • 'Infinitely Polar Bear' review: Struggles of a bipolar father

    'Infinitely Polar Bear' review: Struggles of a bipolar father

    How much funny goes with the crazy? Facile as it sounds, this is the question guiding the efforts of a considerable number of writer-directors over the years, as they have brought family stories (often autobiographical) involving some form of mental illness to the screen.

  • 'Eden' review: Mesmerizing portrayal of '90s electronica deejay

    'Eden' review: Mesmerizing portrayal of '90s electronica deejay

    Somewhere between "euphoria and melancholia": That's the music favored by the fictional young Parisian deejay in co-writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's "Eden," a fragrantly atmospheric portrait of a time, a place and a restless state of romantic yearning.

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  • 'Inside Out' review: Best Disney-Pixar film since 'Up'

    Director Pete Docter's "Inside Out" springs from a single, terrific idea. What if a person's basic emotions were tiny humanoid sprites sharing a command center, a spacious variation on the one in the starship Enterprise but inside the human brain?

  • 'Dope' review: A teen's no-good, very bad but finally excellent day

    'Dope' review: A teen's no-good, very bad but finally excellent day

    It sounds clueless and blinkered to compare the vibrant new comedy "Dope," set in multicultural Inglewood southwest of LA, to the extremely white 1983 film "Risky Business."

  • 'Heaven Knows What' review: Heroin addicts on the edge

    'Heaven Knows What' review: Heroin addicts on the edge

    Mainstream audiences can only handle so much honesty in their portraits of addicts on screen. I have no doubt that the latest film from Josh and Benny Safdie, "Heaven Knows What," will not appeal to the majority of casual moviegoers. Likewise, I have no doubts regarding the film's remarkable achievement.

  • 'The Yes Men Are Revolting' review: Climate change agitators

    'The Yes Men Are Revolting' review: Climate change agitators

    The further adventures of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno — not that those are necessarily their real names — are chronicled in "The Yes Men Are Revolting."

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