| Aug 8, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Despite its title, "Elysium" is no promised land.
Expectations were high that the film starring Matt Damon would carry the flag for thoughtful, big-budget films that care about more than profits. But it has ended up as something of a disappointment,...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 3:51 PM
In his 1955 novel “Lolita,” Vladimir Nabokov gave us some of the most vivid and visual prose writing that the English language has ever known. It comes as little surprise, therefore, to learn that he had some very precise ideas about what...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 3:28 PM
What fabulous, cool weather we have had during the first part of this month. Whoever thought that those two words would ever describe August weather in our area, for crying out loud? I hope my words don't jinx the situation.
I have to keep pushing the...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:33 AM
Big-budget science-fiction movies are often vehicles for selling toys to kids and merchandise to adult fans. But there was a time when these films offered compelling visions of a strange future far beyond conventional thinking. "Forbidden Planet" in 1956,...
| May 7, 2013
| 10:40 AM
2001: A Space Odyssey may be the most epic movie of all time, a dated but romantic vision of the future directed by the great Stanley Kubrick in 1968. Signs of extraterrestrial intelligence are discovered, and astronauts are sent on a secret mission to...
| May 8, 2013
| 1:57 PM
Google paid animated homage Wednesday to iconic designer and artist Saul Bass with one of its more lively Doodles.
To mark what would have been the movie title designer’s 93rd birthday, the Google cartoon recaps several of Bass’ films...
| May 13, 2013
| 4:20 PM
With the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's expansive "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition set to close on June 30, the museum's film department is revisiting several key movies in the maverick filmmaker's oeuvre.
Each of the director's films in the series...
| May 21, 2013
| 1:29 PM
The debut feature for writer-director Alice Winocour, “Augustine” features a bracing and powerful performance by the young performer known as Soko. Now playing in Los Angeles, the film is set in 19th century France, its story based on the...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:40 PM
Artist Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" is the subject of a new documentary to be screened as part of Los Angeles Film Festival.
Our sister blog, Movies Now, reports that "Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture" will...
| May 23, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel has signed on as a partner with the international gallery Hauser & Wirth. And yes, they are coming to Los Angeles.
Schimmel, 58, confirmed that he will be helping the powerhouse gallery, which currently has...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"THERE IS no remedy for love but to love more." -- Henry David Thoreau
IT'S NEVER too soon to link matinee idol and Oscar-winning actor George Clooney with a new lady. (His romance with Stacey Keibler has bitten the dust.)
Out in L.A. sources insist the...