| Sep 7, 2014
| 6:30 AM
: Witty, articulate and reminiscent of several talented directors who no longer mean so much to today's kids, Noah Baumbach's latest stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as husband-and-wife filmmakers who "adopt" a mid-20s hipster couple as friends. Though...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Just after graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Destin Daniel Cretton took a job at a local short-term care facility for at-risk teenagers, hoping to save money to make short films on his own while he figured out what to do next....
| Nov 15, 2013
| 11:00 AM
"I always feel like a vague failure in L.A.," said Greta Gerwig, sitting in a movie theater in the heart of Hollywood.
The actress, 30, had flown from her home in New York to partake in the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood round table at AFI Fest last...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 9:00 AM
NEW YORK — Over the last 15 years, much of Ben Stiller's work — "Zoolander," "Meet the Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "Tropic Thunder" — has turned not only into box-office gold but something bigger, zeitgeist-defining...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:45 PM
Effortless and effervescent, "Frances Ha" is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true. It's both a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York...
| May 23, 2013
| 2:02 PM
Often when you're young, and sometimes even when you're older than young, adulthood is something ventured into partway, like a wading pool. The deep end your friends are already inhabiting looks a long way away.
"Frances Ha," director and co-writer Noah...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:20 PM
You may have missed it for the racket produced by the majority of movies currently going boom-boom — or, in the case of "The Lone Ranger," bust-bust — at the multiplex. But with the arrival of Sundance Film Festival sensation "Fruitvale...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 7:37 AM
After the demands "Black Swan" placed on her, Natalie Portman was entitled to an easier job, and she found one in this friends-with-benefits comedy directed by Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters").
She and Ashton Kutcher play pals who step into the area of...
| Jun 10, 2011
| 9:41 AM
Russell Brand replaces Dudley Moore in this remake of the 1981 comedy ... but really, who could ever replace Moore? That's much of the problem here, as Brand tries to assume the title role of a boozy heir even more reluctant to go through with an arranged...
| Nov 6, 2011
Throughout his career, costume designer Mark Bridges has styled looks from diverse decades. For the 1970s-era "Boogie Nights," he outfitted Mark Wahlberg in denim bell bottoms. In "Blow," he found Johnny Depp '60s-inspired pocketed suits and turtlenecks...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 12:58 PM
A big-screen variation on "Glee" in some ways, this frequently musical comedy from filmmaker Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan") centers on several female college students who decide to enliven the lives of their peers in a unique way.
It often entails big...