| Nov 18, 2012
| 1:00 PM
At the art house this weekend, moviegoers preferred modern-day Philadelphia to 19th-century Russia.
The quirky dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" and the period drama "Anna Karenina" both debuted in limited release this weekend, but the former film...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 10:00 AM
This holiday season may be the greatest ever for book adaptations, and this week, we have a visual stunner: "Life of Pi," Ang Lee's take on the best-selling Yann Martel novel.
Among the other big adaptations is "Lincoln," the Steven Spielberg movie that...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 7:37 AM
Writer-director Andrea Arnold made "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," two frank and exceptional portraits of emotionally isolated young women hurtling, dangerously, into their futures. These character studies, set in Scotland and England, respectively,...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 8:08 PM
Steven Spielberg is the premier film director of his generation. When he turns his creative spotlight on major historical events, he has no equal. In "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List," he brought forth the reality of World War II like no...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 11:12 AM
Anna Karenina, this week's featured adaptation, is dividing the critics. Shallow, overblown eye candy? Faithful retelling of Tolstoy's tale of doomed lovers? You'll have to judge this one for yourself. But don't be surprised if you get an argument,...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 8:29 PM
L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin went to see "Gatz" last weekend -- that's a live stage version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Ulin's review is forthcoming in the L.A. Times, but he gives us a preview of his thoughts -- and then we...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:10 PM
I'm 51 and Bilbo-free. Somehow "The Hobbit" has eluded me my entire reading life. What was I reading in junior high when I first noticed everyone else was reading it? "Big A: The Story of Lew Alcindor," maybe. Or William K. Everson's book on Laurel &...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 7:56 AM
To call the latest screen version of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel a "staging" is literal, since director Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard present it as an actual production on a stage.
Keira Knightley reteams with "Pride and Prejudice"...
| Feb 10, 2013
The year 2012 was full of films that captured the essence of memorable time periods through costume. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" was brought to life by designer Joanna Johnston's stovepipe hats and wool shawls, for instance. And what would the film "Anna...
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards bring out the critic in everyone. It starts when the nominations are announced — "Whaddya mean, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated?" — and lasts long after Oscar night. That annual ritual takes place Sunday night and will be...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Highlights from backstage at the Oscars:
The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory.