“Devil’s Knot” is a misguided attempt to tell the story of the West Memphis Three, something that was told infinitely better in the brilliant documentary “West of Memphis” by Amy Berg. That her name should even be mentioned in the same paragraph with that of Atom Egoyan, the director of “Devil’s Knot&rdq
A few minutes into “Moms’ Night Out,” its aim becomes clear: to be a wholesome, earnest alternative to such crude sisterhood comedies as “Bridesmaids” and “The Other Woman,” as well as an antic portrait of modern families to rival, well, “Modern Family.”
But this strained, clunkily or
Gia Coppola, the writer- director of “Palo Alto” (based on James Franco’s short story collection), has a talent for evoking multiple possibilities – a great gift to have when you’re depicting adolescence.
This movie about teenagers bumbling through intense friendships, casual sex and possible love in upscale
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage” documents the development and subsequent world tour of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” as directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey. As a documentary, it is very much what it set out to be – a celebration bordering on propaganda. Yet enough slips through to keep it inte
A day after the surfing world saluted Greg Long for Ride of the Year at the 2014 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, he slipped into a long white dress, a wig and a self-effacing smile to play bachelorette on a few waves at his local beach.
It was part of a spoof on surf contests that San Clemente’s Dowell family hosts every year in mem
Plans to demolish and reconstruct much of Dana Point Harbor’s “commercial core” will be reviewed by the city Planning Commission at a hearing Monday.
The commission meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern.
If approved, a coastal development permit would allow c
San Clemente’s Emmy Merrill missed last year’s world stand-up paddle championships because of school. But she was back this year, looking to reclaim the women’s title she won two years ago.
Merrill, who captured gold at the International Surfing Association World Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, aga
Advocacy documentaries as artless and pile-driving as “Fed Up” are usually hard to swallow, but Stephanie Soechtig’s attack on Big Food for sweetening us to death goes down like a tart, stiff drink. It says that American food giants hijacked the health establishment’s war on fatty foods to cover for their woefully unhealt
Writer-director–star Jon Favreau, who wrote the script for “Swingers” and directed “Iron Man,” returns to indies with this excessively ingratiating foodie/family movie. He plays Los Angeles chef Carl Casper, who regains his edge when a critic (Oliver Platt) pans his gilded-cage restaurant, where he’s paid well
Show me an actress who can work a quote from “The Godfather” into an interview, and I’ll show you a happy interviewer.
To a celebrity interviewer, there is no greater attribute an actress can possess (forget looks, brains and talent) than to drop “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” into a response.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last two completed films, blends right into the saloon and butcher shop atmosphere of “God’s Pocket,” “Mad Men” star John Slattery’s directorial debut – a flavorful, deeply flawed adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel about a fictional hard-knocks neighborhood in P
In 1973, Hollywood was still eating beans. In 1974, the beans ate Hollywood.
The beans of which I speak are the beans eaten by cowboys around a campfire in Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles.” What other beans could I possibly be discussing?
The impact of those beans was immediate. Never has so muc
Everything seemed cheery that morning in late 2011 at the Whiskey a Go Go. That’s when quintessential metal band Black Sabbath announced that all four original members – frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward – would reunite for an extensive tour as well as a new album. Helmed
ANAHEIM – For Kiss fans who couldn’t get to Brooklyn for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, the LA KISS will bring a taste of that honor to Saturday’s Arena League Football game, giving fans a chance to pose for pictures with the trophy.
Schuyler Hoversten, president of LA KISS, s
Greg MacGillivray started making his first film when he was 11, shooting with a Brownie 8-millimeter movie camera purchased with S&H Green Stamps.
Now, 57 years later, the Laguna Beach filmmaker has crafted dozens of award-winning films – most of them for the giant IMAX screen – that have surpassed $1 billion at the box o
Josh Goldstein was born and raised in Orange County. He grew up in Tustin Hills and is a proud graduate of Foothill High School in unincorporated Santa Ana.
Through family connections, he had a laminated family pass to go to Edwards Cinemas. He used to attend movies whenever possible, particularly at Edwards Big Newport in Newport Beach.
Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt,” which was given its West Coast premiere Wednesday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, is nothing to get excited about. This new chamber opera in one act, based on a play of the same name by Horton Foote, ambles along agreeably enough for 80 minut
FEATURED SHOW “Modern Family,” 9 p.m. ABC The annual vacations for the extended Pritchett clan have produced some of the classic “Modern Family” episodes. Tonight, the three households head down under in search of Phil’s Australian roots. In a subplot, Mitchell and Cameron link up with an old &l
As excellent as the first episode of the FX series “Fargo” was, it has a long way to go to claim the title of best series based on a theatrical movie. That honor still resides with “Friday Night Lights,” the homespun drama about a small-town Texas high school football team. “Friday Night Lights” had ple
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