| 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...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The actor from Cleveland skimmed San Pedro in a banged-up Kia. He drove down a ragged street past a tattoo parlor and a sign for the Hotel Cabrillo. A few dicey-looking characters walked by with big dogs on chains. Robert McHalffey turned right and,...
| 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...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:15 PM
For much of last year, Amy Pascal was under fire.
The co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment presided over two of last year's big-budget bombs, "After Earth" and "White House Down." Her studio reported losses of $181 million for the summer months....
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:42 PM
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays — and turned down 1,960 of them.
The rejects were an...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
In his new memoir, "The Fat Lady Sang," legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans recalls taking an overnight flight from Los Angeles to New York in the late 1950s when he was an up-and-coming film actor.
The plane had six sleeping berths in the tail...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Ordinarily, there are two reasons to see a one-person play about a historical figure. Audience members of "The Belle of Amherst" or "Tru" get to spend an evening with Emily Dickinson or Truman Capote, basking in their presence, while watching a master...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Rose Rodriguez took her seat inside the cavernous former ticketing concourse in Union Station while her husband went to fetch some coffee.
She wasn't waiting for a train but for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Wampler's Ascent," about a...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:30 AM
So is Robert Redford really a "fun guy"? And does Joseph Gordon-Levitt truly project "a mellow, laid-back vibe?"
I pondered these earth-shaking questions as I read recent examples of that dubious literary genre, the "celebrity interview," wherein...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:01 PM
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Roman Polanski revels in recounting the story of how he met his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and who is the mother of his two children. The year was 1985, and Polanski was in pre-production on "Pirates,"...