| Dec 2, 2013
| 7:50 AM
When there is more turkey on the table, there are fewer turkeys in the theater.
In other words, it's December again.
This is the time of year when Hollywood releases a glut of superior product on a suspecting public. You stuffed your face at...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 12, 2012
Harris Savides, who was widely considered one of the most influential contemporary cinematographers, earning acclaim for his canny visual sensibility on such films as "Zodiac" and "Milk," died Wednesday. He was 55.
The Skouras Agency confirmed the New...
| 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...
| Jun 14, 2012
"Lola Versus" is a comic case study of a yearlong emotional meltdown for an about-to-turn-30, angsty, artsy New Yorker. While that might not sound entertaining, it is made so by star Greta Gerwig, who inhabits Lola with an endearing ease.
| Aug 9, 2010
| 4:33 PM
In a deal that could transform the landscape for digital movie distribution, start-up pay-TV channel Epix is in serious negotiations to give Netflix exclusive online rights to films from its three equity partners -- Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and...
| Jun 20, 2010
| 4:33 PM
"As the first half of 2010 draws to a close, serious Academy Awards contenders have yet to emerge," sighs Gregg Kilday in the Hollywood Reporter. However, Kilday thereafter contradicts himself by citing several strong contenders already seen widely by the...
| Apr 2, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," one could argue, could be traced to a specific song. LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" is a 7 1/2-minute tragi-comedy, a post-partying reflection from principal James Murphy. A repetitive and hypnotic piano line carries the...