| Mar 18, 2013
| 10:51 AM
Daniel Day-Lewis won virtually every award for best actor -- including his third Oscar -- for his remarkable portrayal of the title president in director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner's superb 2012 drama.
The focus is on the end of...
| Nov 18, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. — Below the spaghetti-works of Interstate 95, beside a canal where excursion boats are the only watercraft, I try to imagine a group of African American workers on the day after Union soldiers brought freedom to Richmond.
| Oct 24, 2012
| 9:54 AM
It was a long break between the two sequels, but this third installment of the comedy-fantasy series proves there's still fun to be mined from the franchise.
Much of that is provided by Josh Brolin, in a spot-on imitation of Tommy Lee Jones as they...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 11:28 AM
As her three Oscars (to date) attest, Meryl Streep is typically excellent, but some of her most interesting work comes from her pairings with other distinctive talents.
She has one in this comedy thanks to fellow Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, as they...
| Nov 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
It's pretty incredible that Steven Spielberg got the real Abraham Lincoln to play himself in “Lincoln,” a recounting of the first few months of 1865 as the president worked to pass the 13th Amendment and end the Civil War....
| Nov 9, 2012
| 11:23 AM
"Lincoln" is a grave and surprisingly subtle magic trick, conjuring the past and an almost ridiculously impressive figure in ways that transcend art direction and the right stovepipe hat. Director Steven Spielberg's latest combines the most commonly...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes...
| Jan 29, 2013
Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner
Lead singer and guitarist for Ohio Players
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, 69, lead singer and guitarist for the Ohio Players, a band that fused rock, soul and funk for a string of R&B hits in the 1970s, died Saturday in a Dayton...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...
| Feb 6, 2013
Al Gore hails from Tennessee, but when he comes to California next week, he'll be coming back to his spiritual home. In 2000, Californians gave him a double-digit lead — 1.3 million votes — over George W. Bush for president. His documentary,...
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards bring out the critic in everyone. It starts when the nominations are announced — "Whaddya mean, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated?" — and lasts long after Oscar night. That annual ritual takes place Sunday night and will be...