| May 31, 2014
| 9:11 AM
A book with the title of "Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film" may seem straightforward enough. But to me that title raises all kinds of questions. Why such a book? Why 54 films, and what criteria were used to select them? And...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:20 PM
"Venus in Fur," a whip-smart dissection of gender politics via some teasing S&M, is arch. So arch in fact that it is surprising it's a Roman Polanski film.
The director has spent a great deal of creative energy over the course of his career exploring...
| Jun 24, 2014
To the editor: Like the movie "Chinatown," Gary Polakovic's piece is entertaining and sensational. But it omits key points. ("'Chinatown' in real life: In L.A., you have to follow the water," Op-Ed, June 19)
For example, not one word is written about...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 8:30 PM
A bilingual genre two-hander in search of common ground between Haruki Murakami's low-key alienation and the Coen brothers' deadpan existentialism, Dave Boyle's "Man From Reno" is hardly the equal of its inspirations, but it nonetheless makes for a...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Following in the footsteps of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Faye Dunaway will open France's 6th Lumiere- Grand Lyon Festival, attending for an opening evening gala screening of Arthur Penn's 1967 modern classic "Bonnie and Clyde," where she stars with Warren Beatty...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 3:36 PM
A new drama series leads the highlights for the coming week, which also features Shark Week, Summer Under the Stars and Channing Tatum.
1. "Legends," 9 p.m. Wednesday, TNT
Sean Bean's superb acting as a versatile undercover agent for the FBI...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 11:56 AM
"12 Years a Slave" on Saturday evening won the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award honoring the year's best adapted screenplay as well as the author of the work on which it's based.
Screenwriter John Ridley shared the award with relatives of Solomon...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:55 PM
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus...
| Sep 29, 2013
In his first novel, the surprise best-seller “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (2009), Jamie Ford told the story of a Chinese-American boy and his romance with a Japanese-American girl while her people were interned during World War...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 9:28 PM
NEW YORK — Almost none of us would have been invited to one of the famous parties at Sue Mengers' swishy pad in "The Hills of Beverly." Those networking opportunities — wherein Faye Dunaway could get cast in "Chinatown" between appetizer and...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Montoya keeps a mental library of depictions of L.A. gleaned from "Chinatown," "Repo Man," "Mulholland Drive," the novels of James Ellroy, and other pop-culture texts.
So when he began adapting his neo-noir stage drama "Water & Power" for the...