Mark Olsen Staff Writer
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Mark Olsen writes about all kinds of movies for the Los Angeles Times as both a feature writer and reviewer. He creates a regular series on independent, documentary and foreign language films under the banner of Indie Focus, also curating and hosting the Indie Focus Screening Series. His work has also appeared in Film Comment, the New York Times, LA Weekly, Sight & Sound and other publications.

110 Articles
19 days ago
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Review: The tender hunger of young love in 'Bones and All'

Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell star as two young people driven by a desire they struggle to understand in Luca ...

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20 days ago
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Daniel Craig's Bond had to die so he could move on: 'I don't want to go back'

With 007 behind him, Craig is already at the center of another blockbuster franchise. Just don't accuse the 'Glass On...

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21 days ago
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Baz Luhrmann dishes on 'Elvis' and how much the King owes to Black music

Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann discusses Elvis Presley’s controversial ties to Black music and what the singer's dynamic with...

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about 1 month ago
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How a painful chapter from his own youth revived James Gray's passion for filmmaking

Back-to-back epics exhausted Gray, who returns to his roots with the deeply personal 'Armageddon Time,' starring Jere...

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about 2 months ago
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Unpacking the wild twists, excessive vomit in 'Triangle of Sadness': 'Maybe it was too much'

Now a rarified two-time winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes, filmmaker Ruben Östlund talks about his savage satire of ...

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2 months ago
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After a rich career, here's why Walter Hill is back in the saddle with 'Dead for a Dollar'

The director of '48 Hours' and 'The Warriors' returns with a new western, starring Rachel Brosnahan and Christoph Waltz.

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3 months ago
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Here's what we learned (without spoilers) at the premiere of 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery'

The world premiere of Netflix's much-anticipated sequel from writer-director Rian Johnson revealed a few mysteries wh...

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3 months ago
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Why Tyler Perry's passion project 'A Jazzman's Blues' will mark his major film festival debut

The prolific, wildly successful Tyler Perry wrote historical drama "A Jazzman's Blues" in 1995. It finally world prem...

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4 months ago
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A filmmaker was catfished by his own father. Then he cast Patton Oswalt in a movie about it

Based on the experience of filmmaker/co-star James Morosini, "I Love My Dad" finds Patton Oswalt in a grimly funny tu...

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4 months ago
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Hollywood almost turned Colman Domingo 'bitter.' An unexpected role changed his life

Emmy nominee Colman Domingo discusses modeling 'Euphoria' character Ali after someone dear to his heart. He also refl...

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4 months ago
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Can Hollywood figure out Gen Z? This summer's movies are a major test

'Bodies Bodies Bodies,' 'Sharp Stick' and 'Not Okay' attempt to bring Gen Z sensibilities — and, Hollywood hopes, vie...

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9 months ago
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'West Side Story’s' Ariana DeBose makes the case against 'ethnically ambiguous'

Oscar nominee Ariana DeBose on her portrayal of Anita in Spielberg's 'West Side Story' and why it's time to retire th...

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