| May 2, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Think of it as the corset drama unlaced.
Directed by Amma Asante from a screenplay by Misan Sagay, the new film "Belle" features a breakthrough performance for actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the title role of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Born the illegitimate...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Humans are hard-wired to seek symmetry, and nowhere is that more obvious than on TV.
From the days of "The Honeymooners" onward, most everything there boils down to pairs. In recent years these have come in three basic varieties: romance, bromance and...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Thinking about coming to the Festival of Books at USC this weekend? This year you can take the Metro, eat at food trucks and stay for a comedy show, all in addition to the oodles and oodles of book events. Here are some hints to help you organize your...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The exhausted mockumentary genre provides yet another reason for its demise in "Authors Anonymous," a tenaciously unfunny comedy about an amateur writers group that goes into crisis mode when its dumbest member lands a book deal.
Full of preening idiots...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 4:30 PM
It's not that the Marlon Wayans horror spoof "A Haunted House 2" isn't stupid. It is, incredibly so, as well as technically inept, damn near plotless, and mired in humor so puerile, ugly and regressive that this critic witnessed a gaggle of preteen...
| Oct 17, 2013
It's been 17 years since "Bridget Jones's Diary" first hit the scene, turning freelance journalist Helen Fielding into a best-selling author and screenwriter. Her latest installment, "Mad About the Boy," follows Bridget, now 51, as she copes with the loss...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
| Dec 29, 2013
For the last couple of years I have been writing a love letter to the love letter, a pleasurably nostalgic if doomed task. I've been pondering what we stand to lose if we abandon pen and stamps forever and just stick to email and social media. How much...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
As 2013 winds to a close, we thought we'd take one more look back at the year's literary highlights. We asked Printers Row Journal contributors to write about a book they read this year that will linger in their minds well into 2014. Here's what they...
| Feb 7, 2014
Memoir has become popular enough to spawn a variety of subgenres, from chronicles of childhood abuse to accounts of late-life dementia. The literary memoir, featuring the coming-of-age stories of writers, has birthed its own derivative specialties. One of...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:51 AM
LONDON -- Paper or plastic? No, not what kind of bag do you want your purchases in; it's what kind of money you’ll use to pay for them, at least in Britain.
The Bank of England announced Wednesday that, beginning in 2016, it will start issuing...