| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:00 PM
These days, it seems as if the collective voice of moviegoers echoes the Taylor Swift lament "Why you gotta be so mean?"
And for once they're not talking about me or my fellow critics.
The discontent and, in some cases, the disdain is directed at some...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:21 PM
In the 1941 film noir "The Maltese Falcon," the priceless relic that Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade is hunting turns out to be — spoiler alert — a worthless fake.
But at a movie memorabilia auction in New York City Monday, the real prop sold...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 11:00 AM
It would be easy for Feng Xiaogang to rest on his laurels. After all, the Chinese film director has churned out a string of wildly popular comedies, made China's first Imax movie, "Aftershock," and is now in the Oscar hunt for the second time with the...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 9:00 AM
DONALDSVILLE, La. — Late one evening last spring in this struggling but picturesque river town about an hour west of New Orleans, the never-ending saga of Bonnie and Clyde took an unexpectedly fiery twist.
Vintage 1930 Fords roared down the town's...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:55 PM
No sooner did the mansion known as Fleur de Lys sell this week for a record-breaking $102 million than another L.A. estate hit the market with even higher aspirations: $135 million.
Called the Beverly House, the six-acre compound in Beverly Hills also...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Even in the annals of dumb crooks, Tommy and Rosemarie Uva weren't the sharpest tools in the shed. In the early 1990s, the young Queens couple decided to stick up Mafia social clubs.
In the abstract, the choice of location made sense. The clubs were...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Robert Duvall first came to Texas when he was 10, a San Diego military brat on a visit to his mother's family. It would be his first time on a horse, and his first encounter with the people he would later come to know so well....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When asked if there's a silver lining to the dystopian Chicago of "Divergent," Ansel Elgort and Veronica Roth got scientific.
"Does it snow there?" asks Elgort, who plays Caleb, brother of Tris (Shailene Woodley).
"Yes," says Roth, the suburban-Chicago-...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:39 PM
When I saw “The Lego Movie” about six weeks ago — alone, in a screening room, with no social proof of any kind — I had two thoughts. The first: Am I crazy, or is this pretty great? The second: Will a mainstream audience go for it?...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 1:49 PM
After the death Tuesday of L.A. film czar Tom Sherak, his deputy, Rajiv Dalal, the last executive to work with him, shared his thoughts on his passing:
We grew very close in his waning months, and I feel that there is one story still to be told -- how...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 2:05 PM
"At Middleton," the new romantic comedy starring Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia as strangers who collide during a campus tour with their college-bound kids, is like a feckless flirtation.
I use the word "feckless" because it keeps popping up in the film,...