| Feb 20, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Propaganda today has a nasty connotation; it suggests something cheesy, manipulative, in the service of a dishonorable cause.
During World War II, however, cinematic propaganda became an elevated art, practiced with unusual expertise by five great...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 2:26 PM
"The Grapes of Wrath": Released a year after John Steinbeck's 1939 landmark novel, the John Ford-directed drama stars Henry Fonda as Oklahoma parolee Tom Joad, whose family of farmers are driven out of work by the Great Depression. So Ma, Pa, Uncle John,...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 6:00 AM
From David Mamet's first expletive-laced success in the 1970s to the advent of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" as one of the most acclaimed 21st century American dramas to date, drawing blood — and not always just figuratively — has been...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Jun 14, 2012
| 2:45 PM
A Noise Within has reported an upswing in audiences in its first season at its new location in Pasadena. The classical repertory theater company, which was located in Glendale for close to 20 years, began performances at its new venue in October.
| Oct 31, 2012
| 7:50 AM
Nigel Goldsborough is a normally a mild-mannered freshman at Loyola Blakefield High School.
But something strange happened to Goldsborough this month, and it's a good thing that his change in attitude is only temporary.
When the Loyola Blakefield...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 9:00 AM
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada announced Saturday that Anthony Cimolino, its current executive director, will become its next artistic director.
Cimolino will replace Des McAnuff, the current artistic director, who is stepping down to...
| Mar 21, 2012
When you're talking about "The Hunger Games," it all comes down to Katniss.
Like other strong-minded women who have driven book sales into the stratosphere — think Lisbeth Salander of the "Dragon Tattoo" triology and even Bella Swan of the...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 1:55 PM
In 1864, a diminutive and unprepossessing general named William Tecumseh Sherman stormed through the South with more than 60,000 Union troops. Even though Sherman had previously supped and socialized in many of the cities he would set ablaze, he...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 5:15 PM
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 2:43 PM
He has spent most of his adult life in the demanding and financially precarious world of music. Despite that, John Devens remains a sane man, and so it came as a mild shock to learn that he has decided to become the artistic director of a new music club...