| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Sony Pictures has brought out “Smurfs 2,” a return to the world of the trait-happy blue creatures with a dose of (largely Paris-set) live action. Many of the faces and voices will be immediately recognizable — Neil Patrick Harris and...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 9:14 AM
"2 Guns" had the ammunition to hit No. 1 at the box office this weekend, leaving "The Smurfs 2" feeling wounded.
The action flick starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg shot to the top of the charts with a healthy debut of $27.4 million, according...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
When "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" came out in 2010, it was met with angry fans and disappointed critics. Moviegoers were upset that the story veered from the bestselling novel by author Rick Riordan, and critics deemed the Christopher Columbus-...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Don't miss the last Friday Flicks outdoor movie of the summer, "Madagascar 3" (PG), at dusk at the Granville Gude Park stage, 8300 Mulberry St.
Watch the comedic adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe, King...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:30 PM
"Planes," the new animated action adventure from Disney, is a jaunty excursion into the wild blue yonder where planes do the talking, as well as the flying, and a crop-dusting underdog dreams of making the Wings Around the Globe racing circuit.
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:40 AM
Scrubbed clean and sanded around the edges, "Standing Up" is a sanitized version of Brock Cole's '80s young adult novel "The Goats." It's a curious entry in director D.J. Caruso's filmography, a benign kids movie in a career that launched with the edgy...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:35 PM
The musical group known as One Direction inspires feelings, intense feelings. Just in the last week alone, the band has been applauded and booed, honored, put down and defended. All of which seems about right for a group that has ridden to fame as a...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:36 AM
Despite being a PG-rated, angst-adjacent, teen coming of age story, it wasn't until the 270th page (of 289) that I realized "Zero Fade," Chris L. Terry's debut novel, was a Young Adult book. But that revelation wasn't a jolt or a letdown. Instead it was a...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's excellent scrapbook documentary "Fame High," which premieres Thursday on Showtime (after a brief theatrical release), spends a year at LACHSA, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a by-audition public institution...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:15 PM
The first feature to be shot in Saudi Arabia, and directed by a woman to boot, "Wadjda" is a remarkable film twice over. We are fortunate to have it for both of those reasons, but it's hard not to wish the result was even better.
While the uniqueness of...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Enjoy the last outdoor movie of the season, "Escape from Planet Earth" (PG), Friday, Sept. 20, at dusk, at McCullough Field Stage at Eighth and Montgomery streets.
This animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut...