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  • Broadway Review: Sting in 'The Last Ship'

    As all of New York knows by now, Sting has stepped into "The Last Ship," the dark and gorgeously melodic musical he conceived and scored from the fabric of his own life. The surge of sales at the box office was only to be expected; not so, the galvanizing...
  • Pinnock, Rana fill in admirably with L.A. Philharmonic

     Pinnock, Rana fill in admirably with L.A. Philharmonic
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic does not believe in miracles. Being an up-to-date, real-world orchestra surely helps account for its success. But being unsentimental also means that the orchestra seldom programs seasonally, instead collecting Christmas...
  • 'Ask Me Anything' answers teen questions deftly

     'Ask Me Anything' answers teen questions deftly
    The edgy coming-of-age tale "Ask Me Anything" begins with a snarky, bubble-gum vibe that gives way to something far deeper and meaningful. Writer-director Allison Burnett, who based the script on his 2009 novel, "Undiscovered Gyrl," masterfully immerses...
  • Bollywood musical 'PK' a radical film in extraterrestrial guise

     Bollywood musical 'PK' a radical film in extraterrestrial guise
    A biting, whip-smart satire on the thorny subject of organized religion, the Bollywood musical "PK" enlightens and provokes through outrageous slapstick. Bollywood star Aamir Khan plays Tipsy, an extraterrestrial whose spacecraft drops him in the middle...
  • 'After the Fall' drifts by on a 'Breaking Bad' motif

    'After the Fall' drifts by on a 'Breaking Bad' motif
    What the moody indie drama "After the Fall" struggles with is rapidly evident from its brush strokes setup: In a middle-class desert suburb, a mild-mannered husband and father's impending monetary crisis triggers a criminal side. Yes, we're living in...
  • 'Poker Night' deals a poor hand with few high cards

    'Poker Night' deals a poor hand with few high cards
    "Poker Night" brings to mind so many forgettable thrillers from the 1990s, films that aimed to impress stylistically but ultimately were met with indifference. Here, newly promoted Warsaw, Ind., police detective Stan Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) unwittingly...
  • Review: Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall a family delight

    Review: Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall a family delight
    Christmas came early to Walt Disney Concert Hall. It came Saturday morning, and once again later the same afternoon, with jingle bells, Santa hats, and big and small voices all around. It was the LA Phil’s annual Holiday Sing-Along featuring...
  • Review: 'The Nutcracker' from Orlando Ballet

     Review: 'The Nutcracker' from Orlando Ballet
    Orlando Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker" has moved to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In its new home, it hasn't lost any of the visual qualities that make the production such a treat: eye-catching costumes, a handsome set,...
  • On 'The Late Late Show,' Craig Ferguson became best host on TV

    On 'The Late Late Show,' Craig Ferguson became best host on TV
    Craig Ferguson, the host for 10 years of CBS' "The Late Late Show," taped his last episode Thursday, a day before it was set to air — by which time, he pointed out, he would already be back in Scotland, where he's from. I almost wrote "back home...
  • Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

    Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse
    Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy...
  • DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

    DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'
    “Magic in the Moonlight” is somewhere between the 43rd and 45th movie Woody Allen has directed (depending on how you count “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “New York Stories”) — almost certainly the most of...