| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Dinner and a movie.
Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 10:11 AM
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a crazy roller-coaster ride of a movie with the promise of future cult status.
The story masquerades as a parody of Eastern European culture and manners between the two world wars. But Wes Anderson's mile-a-minute plot...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:21 PM
I've been a fan of the Coen Brothers' eccentric dark humor for many years. Their unique offbeat style is exemplified in noteworthy movies like "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski" and "No Country for Old Men." This time around, they target a much smaller...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
One of the most beguiling folk records of the year has the bonus of ferrying along a Joel and Ethan Coen plot line. The songs within the brothers' new "Inside Llewyn Davis" move from balladry to blues to ancient British folk, adding an extra layer of...
| Dec 16, 2013
Asked to choose if great songwriting or great performance ability is more important for a musician, "Inside Llewyn Davis" star Oscar Isaac hesitates, wavers, then decides.
"I'd say definitely songwriting. Because if you perform a [bleepy] song, then just...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:12 PM
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to make a closed coffee shop used in the movie "The Big Lebowski" a historic-cultural landmark.
Councilman Paul Koretz said Johnie's, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, is one of the most notable...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Most of America first came to know John Goodman as the blue-collar patriarch of the Midwestern family on "Roseanne."
Playing the role of big-hearted, hard-working contractor Dan Connor on the ABC sitcom for eight seasons could have typecast him as TV dad...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:30 AM
John Goodman has long been the go-to guy for Joel and Ethan Coen when they need a big man to negotiate long, twisty monologues and blow his stack when necessary. (And it inevitably is.) In "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:30 PM
"The Great Folk Scare" is how the late singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk jokingly referred to the 1960s American folk music revival. But there was nothing to fear Sept. 29 at Manhattan's Town Hall, where a who's-who of folkies past and present gathered to...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Film directors love Julianne Moore and she must love them back. After all, she's married to one (Bart Freundlich). Muse to Paul Thomas Anderson and Todd Haynes, a complicit partner to Robert Altman and Lisa Cholodenko, a fleshed-out Sarah Palin ("Game...
| 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,...