| Apr 25, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The Cannes Film Festival announced Wednesday that American director Alexander Payne (“The Descendants,” “Sideways”), Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episode I,” “Trainspotting”) and German...
| May 3, 2012
| 4:37 PM
“Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years,” a fascinating UCLA Film & Television Archive series starting Friday at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood, is being put on to celebrate what UCLA describes as “the oldest...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 8:05 AM
Seth Rogen was controversial casting as the playboy by day, masked hero by night who has informed comic books and television and radio shows over many years.
The result is uneven under director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), but...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 4:45 PM
One of the reasons "The Last Picture Show" is my favorite movie of all time is the performance of the actress who won the Oscar for her performance in it — and who is entertaining audiences at the Laguna Playhouse this weekend.
Cloris Leachman, a...
| May 25, 2012
| 11:29 AM
CANNES, France — Here’s why the world’s greatest film festival, the one on the Cote d’Azur, means something, and to some filmmakers means everything — even if a lot of the surrounding movies are lame.
The other evening at...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 8:15 PM
Let’s first address the elephant in the room – the goofy title. Well, in the mid-60s there was a movie called Billy the Kid vs. Dracula. And last year we had the surprisingly entertaining Cowboys & Aliens.
I’m not familiar with the book...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 9:28 PM
TeWinkle Middle School holds its "Holiday Plant Sale" from 8 a.m. to noon at the TeWinkle campus, 3224 California St., Costa Mesa.
Divorcees In This Economy
The Women's Institute for Financial Education will offer a free program...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 1:31 AM
One thing I could count on with a David Cronenberg movie is that it wouldn’t be boring. That has changed, with the release of this snooze fest.
It’s this new genre of historical fiction (Titanic, Inglourious Basterds, Midnight in Paris, etc)....
| Feb 16, 2012
In "This Means War,"the CIA operatives played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy fall for the same woman, a consumer products tester played by Reese Witherspoon. At first the boys agree to let the best agent win, seduction-wise, while Witherspoon's Lauren...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 12:41 AM
There’s nothing more interesting than watching a movie about a person I knew nothing about. I didn’t know a thing about Oskar Schindler when I saw that. I was surprised at how entertaining and moving it was.
Leopold Socha is a lot like...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 11:32 AM
A circus provides the setting for this slow-paced but well-acted adaptation of Sara Gruen's best-seller, casting "Twilight" fan favorite Robert Pattinson as a Depression-era veterinary student who goes AWOL after his parents die.
He hooks up with a...