| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Critic's Notebook: The dramatist who used to regularly scorch the stage with complex stories has let his anti-P.C. rage blunt his work.
What in the world has happened to David Mamet? The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Glengarry Glen Ross," a modern...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Like most alleged love-it-or-hate-it propositions, the new film version of "Anna Karenina" is neither. Rather, it's a half-success — a baldly conceptual response to the Leo Tolstoy novel, with a heavy theatrical framework placed around the narrative...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 12:25 PM
It will be the end of an era for many young women at the box office this weekend, as the "Twilight" finale hits theaters and could gross more than any movie in the vampire franchise.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," the fifth and final...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 8:49 AM
It's "Homeland" meets "The Real Housewives" — and it's hands down the best serialized show on TV.
It's "Dallas" in military drag, in which a ridiculously retro social order (who knew that "socialites" and "hostesses" even existed anymore, never...
| 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 &...