| Sep 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
** (out of four)
Forty years ago, Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” brutally taught a pacifist (Dustin Hoffman) a lesson: When faced with no other option, you’ll be violent too! Now, at a time when absolutely no one doubts what human...
| Sep 16, 2011
Writer-director Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and...
| Nov 10, 2011
**** (out of four)
The stunningly beautiful, remarkably powerful film from writer-director Lars Von Trier bears plenty in common with “The Tree of Life,” if “Tree” were an extraordinary vision of flawed human behavior in the...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 12:21 PM
It's a gamble to take on a remake of a movie as iconic as director Sam Peckinpah's thriller about a married couple subjected to violence, but film critic turned filmmaker Rod Lurie ("The Contender") has reasonable success here.
The setting shifts from...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 12:47 PM
Lars von Trier has long rivaled Hamlet as the most melancholy of melancholy Danes. With “Melancholia,” his new film, he makes it official.
Fifteen years ago, Von Trier had his first real American success with “Breaking the Waves,”...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 10:17 AM
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Los Angeles police are investigating death threats directed at Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page.
The 25-year-old Canadian, who had a leading role in the film "Inception," went to police after getting threatening messages...
| Sep 2, 2012
In 1954, when Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore in bed, she famously replied, "Why, Chanel No. 5, of course." And sales of the perfume skyrocketed.
That was a free endorsement, back when there was such a thing. Hollywood and the fragrance industry...
| May 17, 2012
| 2:12 AM
Mr. Board was bored watching a movie based on a board game. Although I think it’s false to keep stating in reviews and press releases that this is based on the Hasboro game. It’s an alien invasion film with battleships. Other than missiles...
| May 18, 2012
| 7:18 AM
"Battleship"is not the first major motion picture to be based on a board game — who could forget 1985's benighted "Clue"? — but it is surely the most expensive.
With every superhero more celebrated than Amazing-Man or The Chameleon already...
| May 19, 2012
| 4:33 PM
"Battleship" (PG-13). This sci-fi action movie pits a fleet of naval ships against an alien force that's attacking Earth. Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Tadanobu Asano. TownMall Cinemas (12:50,...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 5:29 AM
"Falling Skies"will invade San Diego Comic Con on July 13, the latest TV series to announce a panel at the giant fan event July 11-15. Last year more than 100 TV shows were represented at SDCC, and this year's list is growing larger every day.