| Dec 13, 2011
I always preferred Jen to Joey. “Hmm,” I observed as I watched “Dawson's Creek” like the angsty 90′s teen I was. “The blonde girl's way more interesting a character than the brunette who's always scowling and whining....
| May 1, 2011
A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
| May 4, 2011
| 10:00 PM
** (out of four)
Forget being grounded; when a god insults his parents, he’s banished from his twinkly space kingdom. That renders rebellious hothead Thor (Chris Hemsworth) powerless among the mortals on Earth, who are well-represented by an...
| May 8, 2011
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks co-chair one of L.A.'s quirkier show business traditions: the Shakespeare Center's annual fundraiser, "Simply Shakespeare." Now in its 21st year, the benefit, a celeb-studded reading of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," comes to...
| May 8, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Amelia Saltsman: The author of "The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes and Stories from the Market and Farm" will demonstrate recipes from her cookbook. Book signing...
| May 12, 2011
| 10:14 PM
Kenneth Branagh comes from a Shakespearean background in acting. He is now the unlikely director of "Thor," a big-budget superhero movie. To his credit, he successfully blends his classical training with the more mundane demands of a comic book action...
| Jun 11, 2011
My comic book tastes ran to Classics Illustrated. Seriously, what's scarier than the graphic images of "Crime and Punishment" and Raskolnikov -- the existential "superman," not the caped one -- whacking the pawnbroker with an ax? Can I, then, hold my...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:08 PM
John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 7:30 PM
The phrase "family film" has never appeared in the same sentence with Martin Scorsese. But the R-rated master has made a spectacular PG-rated movie full of wonder and imagination. "Hugo" offers equal parts nostalgia, fantasy and mystery with Charles...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 10:29 AM
Michelle Williams has come a long way from TV's "Dawson's Creek," as she proves with her accomplished portrayal of Marilyn Monroe - which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination - in this Simon Curtis-directed tale of screen icon Monroe...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Is silence truly golden? Can George Clooney's tears bring Oscar happiness? Will Billy Crystal's yuks play as well as they did eight years ago? And could the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the first time bestow acting statuettes on two...