| Jun 25, 2013
| 9:10 PM
In one of writer Richard Matheson's last novels, when a radio psychologist complains that the woman his wife had just turned away from their door was "terribly disturbed," his wife retorts, "Aren't we all?"
That question was central in Matheson's...
| May 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
CANNES, France — Whatever its commercial fortunes when it opens in the U.S. this December, "Inside Llewyn Davis" already has won the acclaim sought so ardently by the fictional folk singer of its title, the latest charismatic loser in a long,...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 8:29 PM
L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin went to see "Gatz" last weekend -- that's a live stage version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Ulin's review is forthcoming in the L.A. Times, but he gives us a preview of his thoughts -- and then we...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 3:31 PM
The Sundance Film Festival is well under way, giving us a preview of the independent features that may soon be coming to screens near us. The mix is interesting and sexy this year, and includes a good share of auteurs who've both written and directed...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 3:34 PM
Hey, Kristen Stewart, tell the paparazzi how you really feel.
The "On the Road" star, who's never been a fan of this particular shade of limelight, went berserk when a shutterbug tried get an informative glimpse of the 23-year-old actress as she was...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 1:24 PM
Jack Kerouac's classic novel took more than 50 years to reach the screen, but director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera - reunited from "The Motorcycle Diaries" - finally got it done.
Based on the famous nonconformist Kerouac's journeys...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 12:47 PM
With the global marketing blitzes for films these days, it's not uncommon to see celebrities walking dozens of red carpets in dozens of high-profile looks in so many days.
While it's fun for style watchers, today's never-ending red carpet means a...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 8:30 AM
If you've simply been too busy to read all of the world's great literature, the Columbia Festival of the Arts has got a time-saving program for you.
When the three-member Reduced Shakespeare Company performs "All the Great Books (abridged)" on Saturday,...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 8:58 PM
It's long been said that Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road" is unfilmable. Sadly, there is little in Walter Salles' adaptation to counter that notion.
Salles has displayed his filmmaking chops in (among others) “Central Station” and “...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 1:57 PM
On Wednesday, three Senate leaders condemned Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" for its "grossly inaccurate" portrayal of the events leading to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
But the controversy only seemed to make the well-reviewed picture even more...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 1:20 PM
The backlash in Washington over "Zero Dark Thirty" didn't reach the box office, as Kathryn Bigelow's CIA thriller got off to an excellent start in limited release.
Playing in five theaters, the film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden grossed $410,000...