| 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...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Feb 15, 2009
A female voice floats from a loudspeaker, sounding preternaturally calm amid the morning chaos inside Los Angeles Opera's costume shop on South Alameda Street downtown.
"We're ready for a dwarf in Fitting Room 2," the voice intones.
In recent days,...
| Aug 14, 2008
Tom Cruise may develop abandonment issues.
The Hollywood star is losing his longtime business partner, Paula Wagner, when she steps down from her post as co-owner and CEO at United Artists, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Only two weeks earlier,...
| Aug 18, 2008
WHO KNEW Tom Cruise could shake it like a Polaroid picture?
Last week, he rocked audiences with his cameo as a profane, hip-jiggling, Machiavellian movie chief in " Tropic Thunder." The role was designed to show the world -- and Hollywood insiders --...
| Oct 15, 2008
Max Payne is a conventional cop-vengeance thriller with a supernatural twist. It's Sin City Lite, with winged Valkyrie who snatch tormented souls from one underworld to another.
One thing you can say for this John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines) actioner:...
| 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...
| Nov 12, 2008
" The Duchess." "W." " Changeling." " Defiance." "Frost/Nixon." "Milk." " Valkyrie." "Che." What do these films have in common, other than succinct titles? All are based on real people and events, and all happen to have release dates timed to award...