| May 16, 2010
It goes by many names: Armageddon, the apocalypse, Ragnarok, the End of the World. In show business, it's sometimes referred to as the money shot — the climactic scene in which directors unleash a tidal wave of visual effects to conjure the mother...
| Jun 1, 2007
THE poster for Judd Apatow's first feature, "The 40Year-Old Virgin," gave us Steve Carell gazing beatifically into the middle distance above the encouraging tagline, "Better late than never." The poster for his second feature, "Knocked Up," gives us...
| Jan 15, 2009
Heading into the 1989 Sundance Film Festival -- back then known as the Utah/U.S. Film Festival -- Steven Soderbergh harbored no illusions about setting the film world on fire with his debut feature, "sex, lies, and videotape." Upon arrival in Park City,...
| Nov 3, 2008
In what could be the region's most ambitious, broadest-based artistic endeavor since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles Opera will join forces with more than 50 Southern California arts and educational institutions to stage a 10-week festival...
| Apr 11, 2010
Look, up in the sky! In case you haven't noticed already, our entertainment stratosphere has grown crowded with muscle-bound superheroes in almost every conceivable shape and size: the franchise-rebooted likes of Spider-Man and Superman, battle-armored...
| Dec 29, 2008
"Marley & Me," the tale of a boisterous dog, led a strong pack of movies at the box office over the weekend, but together, they still couldn't pull this year's movie attendance out of the doghouse.
"Marley" made the most money ever for a Christmas Day...
| May 11, 2009
| 1:20 PM
A scheme to assassinate Adolf Hitler, hatched by some of those within his own party, fuels director Bryan Singer's compelling drama.
As unlikely as producer and star Tom Cruise might seem as the leader of the plot wearing an eye patch, no less he...
| Dec 22, 2008
An unfussy, adult and stoic Tom Cruise anchors the World War II thriller Valkyrie. In a compact performance of nerve and rare glimpses of emotion, Cruise is a leading man who takes us through a complex story, and ennobles and personalizes events that have...
| Dec 23, 2008
| 5:50 PM
Judging by Mark Twain's comment about the music of Richard Wagner ("better than it sounds"), if Twain were around to see "Valkyrie" he'd likely say it's better than it seems.
Faint praise for an interesting film with an asterisk, the asterisk being Tom...
| Dec 26, 2008
| 11:26 AM
It would appear that the saying is true...no one can pass up a cute puppy or a baby. Well, the latter doesn't come into play for the holiday season, but the former does a la 20th Century Fox's " Marley & Me." The film, which stars an adorable yellow...
| Jan 19, 2009
| 9:53 AM
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Cloverfield," "Iron Man" and "Wall-E" are among the nominees for the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, which were announced Monday.
Nominees for the outstanding visual effects in a visual effects driven...