For more than a decade before it closed in 2011, elBulli was considered the most important haute cuisine restaurant, if not the best restaurant, in the world. On the Mediterranean coast of northern Spain, executive chef Ferran Adria and his team created a rarified dining experience, more the… Read more

If you happened to be at City Park this past weekend, you might have caught the king and queen of Spain doing the wave-and-smile bit from the front steps of New Orleans Museum of Art. The museum further celebrates connections to Spanish culture with a four-part contemporary film series by Sp… Read more

Louisiana public schools became a tool of forced assimilation when Cajun children were forbidden from speaking French during the first half of the 20th century. In Canada, more strin-gent efforts to aggressively assimilate First Nations people lasted a century. Children were taken away from … Read more

Named for the hotel in Stephen King's The Shining, The Overlook Film Festival (April 19-22) has found some connection to that story in its two previous locations. After a year in Oregon, where Stanley Kubrick shot some exterior views for his film, the horror festival moves to New Orleans and… Read more

The New Orleans Film Society's French Film Festival presents a slate of recent award-winning and Academy Award-shortlisted films from France and Francophone countries at The Prytania Theatre Feb. 23 to March 1. Before many screenings, there's music by Helen Gillet, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Bar… Read more

Hollywood will always be at the center of any meaningful discussion about the year 2017, but not for the content of its movies. The spectacular fall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (and many others) after decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse led to exposure of similar behavior acro… Read more

If the magic of film lies in its potential for transporting viewers to vividly imagined, previously unseen worlds, then Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro surely ranks among cinema's foremost magicians — but you wouldn't know it from a brief sampling of his work. Read more

Every year brings its share of ill-conceived or poorly executed movies. Much harder to come by are films awful enough to earn the love and devotion of those attracted to epic big-screen failure. Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space and Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls are prime examples of films that… Read more

There's an early scene in first-time narrative feature director Margaret Betts Novitiate — a secular humanist drama about the religious passion of nuns, set in Tennessee in 1964 — in which a teenage novice laughingly admits that Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story inspired her to devote her li… Read more

You don't need a calendar to know the holiday movie season has arrived. Just check the listings for your local multiplex and you'll find a large portion of the serious, awards-minded films Hollywood has to offer, all released during the roughly five-week period from Thanksgiving to Christmas… Read more

For a town that prides itself on social awareness and progressive politics, Hollywood recently has struggled to keep up with changing times. First came the 2015 #oscarssowhite campaign spotlighting the perennial lack of Academy Award nominations (and screen time) for people of color. The Aca… Read more