| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:39 PM
If you listened carefully in the hills and canyons around the Hollywood Bowl on Friday evening, you could almost hear a simple ostinato built around two bass notes that evoked the ominous feeling of an imminent attack by a predatory shark.
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:39 PM
It's a big weekend for composer John Williams. Not only is he conducting his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies," Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest narrator Julie Andrews -- the Hollywood Museum...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Dreyfuss has a lot on his mind. And he's more than willing to share.
Among his talking points: the beleaguered state of civics education and filmmaking today — most roles in new films are "stupid," he believes — studying at Oxford,...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Where were you in the summer of '73?
Like a lot of Americans, you might have been in a theater or drive-in movie basking in the nostalgic glow of "American Graffiti."
George Lucas' enduring and endearing coming-of-age-story set during the course of...
| Aug 21, 2013
Was anyone really surprised the star of "Dude, Where's My Car?" failed to pack the nation's multiplexes with his portrayal of the late Apple boss Steve Jobs?
The real summer blockbuster involving Jobs came six years ago with the debut of the iPhone....
| Jul 22, 2013
| 9:23 AM
A couple of weeks ago, millions of people talked about (if they didn't always watch) a made-for-cable movie about Los Angeles enduring a flying-shark attack. Thirty-eight years ago it was Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"; this summer it was Ian Ziering's...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 2:30 AM
A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
The mere sound of two hands clapping will have audiences begging for mercy in "The...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Steven Spielberg's sage decision to show the mechanical shark as little as possible in "Jaws" springs to mind with each successive glimpse of an incredibly fake-looking man-eating catfish in Larry Fessenden's "Beneath." Sporting the plasticine texture...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Syfy's "Sharknado" premiered Thursday night, devouring the popularity of the network's previous campy shark flicks such as "Dinoshark," "Sharktopus" and the "Mega Shark Versus ..." duo. (That'd be "Crocosaurus" and "Giant Octopus.")
According to Syfy,...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
“Sharks. Tornado. Sharknado.”
That, right there, was the entire promo ad for the Syfy channel’s latest campy, poorly produced, shamefully acted, and horribly written masterpiece.
Look, I’m a seasoned vet...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Turner Classic Movies is set to present the U.S. TV premiere of Mark Cousins' acclaimed 15-hour documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," beginning Sept. 2.
The cable network will show Cousins' documentary with a complementary program of 119...