| Nov 6, 2014
| 11:57 AM
The 95-minute documentary "Altman" first aired on EPIX cable in August, but it opens for a limited theatrical run next week (Nov. 15, 16 and 20) at the Gene Siskel Film Center. However you see it, despite its necessarily abridged view of director Robert...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 12:07 PM
Buried within the splendid Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself" lies a mini-debate over what might be called critical etiquette. Specifically, while Ebert formed close relationships with directors and other talent whose work he critiqued, longtime Time...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 3:40 PM
Spooky midcentury paintings of big-eyed children and the equally twisted tale of the artist behind them are at the center of Tim Burton's new film, "Big Eyes." The true yet surreal story of painter Margaret Keane also resonates throughout the film's...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:43 AM
There's enough story presented in Wednesday's first episode of "Empire," the new Fox melodrama about a New York City family feuding over control of its record label, to sustain several TV seasons.
A long run would be a good thing for the show's...
| Jan 5, 2015
Do you make enough money to be able to afford a home?
Apparently, that can depend on where you live. Mortgage data company HSH Associates regularly stirs together local data (property taxes, sales prices, mortgage interest rates, down payments,...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 2:49 PM
Because we shouldn't let the terrorists win, and also one always needs a reason to be out of the house while Christmas dinner is being prepared, we headed out to our local small-chain theater Thursday to see Sony’s “The Interview.”
| Dec 18, 2014
| 9:34 AM
What makes a holiday film, play or TV show a classic? For many, it's because watching it brings back fond memories of holidays past. For some, it's because the film offers an important message for the season. And there are those who just like spending the...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 12:00 PM
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When the Hollywood studios took over the wilds of Los Angeles in the 1930s, the backlots, soundstages and production offices became a playground for stray kittens and cats. More than tolerated, they were...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I have never been a big fan of resorting to the Internet when it comes to parenting. Although words sometimes fail me when I'm confronting daughters who, occasionally, eschew homework for Snapchat or respond with ill-advised eye rolls, it still seems...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Ken Takakura, a quiet, craggy-faced star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, has died. He was 83.
Perhaps best known abroad for his role as a police inspector in Ridley Scott's 1989 film "Black Rain," Takakura died...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Jack Ma: founder of Alibaba, China's richest man and big “Forrest Gump” fan.
Fresh off the biggest IPO of all time, Ma is in Los Angeles this week to visit several movie studios with the aim of striking content deals for online distribution...