| 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,...
| Sep 26, 2012
Joseph Gordon-Levitt may now be starring in the time travel film “Looper,” but the actor has long made giant leaps look easy.
From “10 Things I Hate About You” to “Mysterious Skin” to “Brick” to “(...
| Nov 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
It's pretty incredible that Steven Spielberg got the real Abraham Lincoln to play himself in “Lincoln,” a recounting of the first few months of 1865 as the president worked to pass the 13th Amendment and end the Civil War....
| Nov 9, 2012
| 11:23 AM
"Lincoln" is a grave and surprisingly subtle magic trick, conjuring the past and an almost ridiculously impressive figure in ways that transcend art direction and the right stovepipe hat. Director Steven Spielberg's latest combines the most commonly...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 1:13 PM
Later this week, while you're watching the final installment in the "Twilight" series, if the quality of the new film is consistent with the earlier films, well, you will probably find yourself wondering if it's just you or do all...
| Nov 28, 2012
In the rest of the country, it may be just another movie, but in Washington, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has become a political Rorschach test.
It seems as if every pundit in the capital has gone to see the masterful biopic about our 16th president,...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:19 PM
About midway through the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (opening Friday at the Music Box Theatre), Jay emerges backstage after a performance and is greeted by a roomful of people. As he acknowledges his well-...
| Oct 16, 2005
| 12:52 PM
This column was first published in Oct. 16, 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman knows the voice well, the one any actor hears in his head sometimes after performing a scene onstage or on a movie set. It's the voice that murmurs: You're doing it all wrong. ...
| Sep 13, 2009
Up north here at the Toronto International Film Festival, "Up in the Air" is getting sky-high Oscar buzz. In fact, after I exited the screening for "Up in the Air," I overheard much more Oscar chatter for George Clooney's latest than I did two years ago...
| Sep 23, 2009
SURVEILLANCE: Dwight (Rainn Wilson) goes undercover to investigate a suspicious workers' comp claim on a new episode of 'The Office' at 9 p.m. on NBC. Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 20 - 26 in......
| Sep 24, 2009
The fate of specialty movie label Miramax Films appears even murkier than it has been in the wake of Dick Cook's ouster as the head of Walt Disney Studios. Cook remained a staunch supporter of Miramax as rumors of the......