| Nov 24, 2011
| 9:50 PM
George Miller is no stranger to first-class animated films featuring talking animals. He directed the revered classic "Babe," which was nominated for Best Picture. He also directed the first "Happy Feet" movie, replacing talking pigs, dogs and sheep...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 8:17 PM
Ben Gazzara, who died Friday in New York at the age of 81, was an actor with a gruff voice and intense demeanor. His acting legacy, which included the films of John Cassavetes and originating the role of Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, was a...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 10:45 AM
Noted for the unexpected in his films, director Lars von Trier ("Dogville") scores again on that count as an interplanetary crisis puts Earth on a collision course.
The threat parallels the internal crisis a young bride (Kirsten Dunst, who was named best...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 6:13 PM
There are numerous inherent flaws and absurdities in the process of compiling Top 10s and Best ofs; nonetheless, here are my favorite films released in Los Angeles in the calendar year 2011. In my version of this imperfect exercise, “favorite”...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 5:43 PM
This strange film from Lars von Trier (“Breaking the Waves,” “Dogville”), which topped my favorites list for 2011, is now available on Blu-ray disc and DVD. It's an impossible movie to categorize sensibly: One can call it “...
| Nov 10, 2011
**** (out of four)
The stunningly beautiful, remarkably powerful film from writer-director Lars Von Trier bears plenty in common with “The Tree of Life,” if “Tree” were an extraordinary vision of flawed human behavior in the...
| May 24, 2011
| 1:35 PM
Everybody's Talkin' About
• Holy Rapture passes without incident; War of the Worlds broadcasts have been hairier. In other celestial speculation, Stephen Hawking calls Heaven a myth.
• Dominique Strauss- Kahn resigns as head of IMF, leaves...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 9:00 AM
The L.A. Times is expanding its events for movie lovers with a new, free Indie Focus Screening Series at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theaters starting Aug. 22 with “Robot & Frank.”
Starring Oscar nominee Frank Langella as an aging jewel thief who...
| Feb 23, 2009
Anthony Dod Mantle
Arguably among the true mad wizards of modern world cinema, Mantle mixed conventional film cameras with small and light digital technology for "Slumdog Millionaire," creating an essential ingredient to the film's...
| Jun 28, 2009
In his 1979 film, "Manhattan," Woody Allen, ever the sarcastic pessimist, wonders why life is worth living. He comes up with Brando, Sinatra, Groucho, the second movement of Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and Cézanne's pears among the few things that make it...
| Feb 15, 2010
| 12:05 PM
In this interview series, we ask famous free thinkers to recast the Oscars in their own image. Let's give a big Oscar night welcome to Canadian cartoonist, film critic and filmmaker Rick Trembles.
Rick Trembles' illustrated movie review column Motion...