| Jul 5, 2012
| 11:43 AM
Already "Beasts of the Southern Wild"is the most divisive film of 2012, which is a testament to its co-writer and director, Benh Zeitlin, making his feature film debut with a picture that killed at Sundance, won the Camera d'Or (best first film) at Cannes...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:30 PM
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" is the fourth installment of this franchise, and it's starting to wear thin. The formula is predictable and consists of interchangeable parts that have all been assembled before. If you saw any of the other "Ice Age" movies,...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 12:15 PM
Sometimes something small can slip away unnoticed. Don’t let that happen with the stunning and startling indie drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Starring tiny Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy, a 6-year-old who lives with her father...
| Mar 14, 2013
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| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:00 AM
With the Oscars finally upon us Sunday, it's do-or-die for the movies ranked in the L.A. Times Data Desk's HeatMeter, which tallies points at events throughout the season to gauge the overall traction of people and films. With Ben Affleck's "Argo"...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 2:29 PM
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are the penultimate stop before the Oscars -- but with just one day to go before the Academy Awards, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis had reached her red carpet threshold.
As her publicist told her she had a few more...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 5:12 AM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The persistent irony of the Film Independent Spirit Awards is that as much as they're positioned as the DIY antidote to the Academy Awards, the indie film with the most Oscars recognition almost invariably reaps the greatest...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 5:22 PM
We're about 10 minutes from the start pf the 85th Academy Awards -- hope you've made the final adjustments on your Oscar betting pool.
Here are a few observations from Oscar's red carpet, surely one of Earth's most fascinating (not to mention...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Los Angeles looks lush.
But as often noted, it is actually an arid wasteland where nothing but artifice and self-interest sprouts naturally. That's the cynical, archetypal reading. For instance, two thirds of the way into Nathanael West's cynical,...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:34 PM
If the glitz and glamour of Sunday night’s Oscars reminded us of anything, it’s that film is a powerful medium that crosses all lines of class, race, cultural and socioeconomics. It even crosses borders, making the world within reaching...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 9:29 PM
The tweet went as follows:
"Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is kind of a (expletive), right?"
The missing word is a bit of verbal sewage sometimes used to disparage women. Begins with "c." Its target here, however,...