| Jan 21, 2015
| 8:35 AM
"American Sniper," which blew the doors off movie box offices last weekend, is either an attempt to repackage the Iraq War and resell it to Americans, or, as director Michael Moore has characterized it, the portrait of a coward who picks off women and...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 3:40 PM
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...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 3:15 PM
In Sunday's Calendar section, I wrote about the sparkling new reconstruction that is "Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series" (Shout Factory), which not only puts this crazy diamond of a series on to Blu-ray for the first time but has been assembled...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 5:40 PM
When the iconic actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper died in 2010 at the age of 74, his family discovered that he was something of a pack rat.
"After he died, there were so many things we found — his film awards, his collection of movies he...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 2:30 PM
A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life -- on dry land -- in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro) as seen through the eyes of a naive...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 6:00 AM
About 650 people poured out of a theater into a stand of birch trees under a star-filled sky, then started talking, texting and tweeting about "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." The genre-defying film, which stars Michael Keaton as a...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is the new home of the Dennis Hopper Collection. The announcement of the collection, an assembly of the late actor and artist's scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters, was announced by Elizabeth M....
| Jun 7, 2014
| 5:00 AM
This post has been updated. See below for details.
The summer blockbusters are coming. And to see them, you don't even need to get off your sofa.
The TV networks are pouring unprecedented amounts of money — and some very creative deal-making...
| Feb 15, 2014
Re "History lessons, with popcorn," Opinion, Feb. 12
Zach P. Messitte is spot-on regarding the influence that films with historical backgrounds have on today's college students.
Since 1991 I've been teaching at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I've...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:42 PM
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize — As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Cemeteries aren't usually thought of as hotbeds of activity, but last Saturday night at the Forest Lawn Museum, atop the memorial park's Glendale grounds, proved the exception. As a blues band blared and colored lights splashed off the white walls of an...