| Oct 27, 2014
| 8:30 AM
A long month of Halloween fun awaits. Like to be scared silly? Got you covered. Enjoy getting just a little spooked? Check that. Looking for fall fun for the whole family? There are plenty of hay mazes, fall festivals, special events, parades, trick-or-...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 4:30 PM
In every department, from casting to cinematography, "Gangster Pay Day" taps into the spirit of the 1980s and '90s golden age of Hong Kong crime movies, which started to wane around the same time Great Britain's lease on the territory expired. Toplining a...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 4:18 PM
Any string quartet approaching its fourth decade would be expected to boast a wide repertoire, yet the enormous span of composers the Alexander String Quartet has embraced is almost beyond belief. It has recorded not just one, but two complete sets of...
| Sep 28, 2014
What makes a popular film a great musical?
For every successful "The Lion King," "Billy Elliot" and "A Little Night Music" there's a less memorable "Ghost," "Saturday Night Fever" and "Urban Cowboy."
"For me, it's never about the box office success of...
| Sep 15, 2009
Though it was not his first film or even his breakthrough -- he'd already had that three years earlier with "Dirty Dancing" -- my favorite memory of Patrick Swayze came in 1990 with the romantic thriller "Ghost" with Demi Moore: He played a man whose love...
| Feb 21, 2009
| 1:14 PM
Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57....
| Feb 27, 2009
| 2:54 PM
For just a twitter of a moment, it appeared that actor Ashton Kutcher was selling his Beverly Hills residence after a very public Internet tirade earlier this month over the construction going on next door. Nuh-uh. The house he is selling, which is, in...
| Mar 31, 2009
From the mystical overtones of "Ghost" to the primitive sounds of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," to the Russian balalaikas in "Doctor Zhivago," composer Maurice Jarre always seemed to find the right signature for every film he scored. And unlike so many of...
| Aug 26, 2010
| 11:32 AM
There's a shootout in "Takers" that reaches far beyond the movie's generic heist picture storyline and generic one-note performances. It's set in a hotel suite, and it is a symphony of shotgun shells, a tarantella of Tech 9s -- bullets spitting, furniture...
| Sep 22, 2010
Though Alex North ushered in a completely new sound in American film music, he wasn't a Young Turk when he arrived in Hollywood 60 years ago to pen the groundbreaking jazz-influenced score for "A Streetcar Named Desire."
He was nearly 40 at the time,...
| May 26, 2010
| 1:48 PM
A boxer in training races up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and holds his arms aloft in triumph when he reaches the top. And the soundtrack swells with the song "Gonna Fly Now."
The tune is legendary now, but at the time -- 1976 -- it served...