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  • Review: Joey DeFrancesco raises sparks at Jazz Showcase

    Review: Joey DeFrancesco raises sparks at Jazz Showcase
    Last year at this time, the mighty organist Joey DeFrancesco took the stage of the Jazz Showcase to launch a band that might well have been called his Chicago trio. Joined by veteran Chicago drummer George Fludas and guitarist Jeff Parker, who...
  • At Scopa, Antonia Lofaso delivers zesty Italian American food

    At Scopa, Antonia Lofaso delivers zesty Italian American food
    It's pleasant, Saturday brunch at Scopa Italian Roots, a bit of calm compared with the roar of nearby Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The filtered sunlight in the double-height dining room feels like late afternoon, although it is just after noon. Big tables of...
  • Terence Rattigan's 'Flare Path' salutes ordinary valor in wartime

    Terence Rattigan's 'Flare Path' salutes ordinary valor in wartime
    First produced in 1942 in London, Terence Rattigan’s “Flare Path,” now at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, is as sociologically fascinating as it is emotionally cathartic. The setting, at the height of World War II, is a hotel in...
  • 'The Babadook,' smart and dark, delivers grown-up horrors

    'The Babadook,' smart and dark, delivers grown-up horrors
    "The Babadook" is a smart, darkly drawn modern-day horror movie of monsters, memories and mothers. For it is a mother's love on the line that heightens the provocation in this thriller set off when a children's book about the dreaded Babadook comes to...
  • '25 to Life' shows man's growth from Lothario to HIV educator

    '25 to Life' shows man's growth from Lothario to HIV educator
    The documentary "25 to Life" is a coming-of-age tale with a twist: A Lothario becomes a married man, a fatherless child becomes a dad, and a promiscuous player becomes an HIV educator. All of those personas have played out in Will Brawner, who as an...
  • 'Once Upon a Time Veronica' a sensual study of human condition

    'Once Upon a Time Veronica' a sensual study of human condition
    "Once Upon a Time Veronica" begins with a scene of wordless ecstasy, an imaginatively shot glimpse of a group sexual encounter on a beach in Brazil. This sequence is more than a tip-off to this film's notably sensual nature, it is a clue to the...
  • REVIEW: Joffrey's 'The Nutcracker' at the Auditorium

    REVIEW: Joffrey's 'The Nutcracker' at the Auditorium
    Let's face it: However lovely as holiday confectionery, "The Nutcracker" is sadly lacking in drama. The Act II divertissements are just the most obvious and official of the ballet's many, many distractions from the absence of story. Add the fact that...
  • Film Review: Horror films of the past inform 'The Babadook'

    Film Review: Horror films of the past inform 'The Babadook'
    The one-sentence log line for “The Babadook” sounds generic and tiresomely familiar: Mom must protect her son from a hideous monster residing in their house. But Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent's debut feature gives it some new...
  • DVD Review: Altman's inspired twist on Raymond Chandler

    DVD Review: Altman's inspired twist on Raymond Chandler
    After the amazing surprise success of “M*A*S*H” in 1970, director Robert Altman — having long toiled in TV — had a burst of pent-up creativity, making another 12 features before the decade was over, including much of his best work....
  • 'Flamenco, Flamenco' another dazzling Carlos Saura tribute to dance

    'Flamenco, Flamenco' another dazzling Carlos Saura tribute to dance
    Pure passion cascades from the frames of "Flamenco, Flamenco," acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura's latest tribute to his country's unapologetically theatrical musical form. The elegant film, which actually premiered overseas four years ago, is...
  • 'Little Hope Was Arson' explores fallout from church fires

    'Little Hope Was Arson' explores fallout from church fires
    In 2010, a series of 10 churches set ablaze rudely awakened sleepy Bible Belt enclaves in East Texas. The documentary "Little Hope Was Arson" follows the investigation, trial and aftermath. Fifteen agencies deployed at least 100 investigators, and leads...