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Film Review: There's little fun to be had watching 'Sex Tape'

Film Review: There's little fun to be had watching 'Sex Tape'

Judd Apatow didn't direct “Sex Tape” — it's startling to realize that he's only directed four features — nor did he produce it or (as far as can be determined) foster, doctor, or massage it.

The Huntington adds highlights to its American collection

The Huntington adds highlights to its American collection

Gainsborough's "Blue Boy," Thomas Lawrence's "Pinkie," landscapes by Constable and Turner: British art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries will always be a hallmark of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

Joan Quinn portrait exhibit spotlights artist's champion

Joan Quinn portrait exhibit spotlights artist's champion

Like all creative types, artists often benefit from the largesse of others. Genuine patrons of the arts, though, are scarce these days. The N.E.A., charitable foundations and corporate grants have largely replaced benefactors of earlier times like collector...

DVD Review: 'The Raid 2' is ultraviolent

DVD Review: 'The Raid 2' is ultraviolent

Gareth Evans — writer/director of the 2012 Indonesian action film “The Raid: Redemption,” a surprising art-house hit — reunites with star Iko Uwais for this sequel.

Dining Review: Pickles help form a more perfect Union

Dining Review: Pickles help form a more perfect Union

In the past decade, chefs have reached celebrity superstar status. Bruce Kalman has his credentials — winner of "Chopped" Season 15 and head chef at the Churchill. At his new Pasadena restaurant, Union, Kalman is definitely in charge but he seems to have...

Davies returns to rock the Pasadena Playhouse

Davies returns to rock the Pasadena Playhouse

She captivated crowds in her role as Janis Joplin in 2013, and now, Tony-nominated blues singer Mary Bridget Davies is returning to the Pasadena Playhouse for four nights this month for a second round of a soulful good time.

Andy Klein Movie & DVD Reviews

L.A. Times Movie Reviews

Betsy Sharkey: 'Begin Again' mends any broken heart in sight

There are many reasons why "Begin Again" continues to have such great staying power against the big guns this summer. Expanding its run in L.A. this weekend, the story is a catchy one, the music is great, and it is flavored by real musicians, including Mos Def, CeeLo Green and a star turn by Maroon 5's Adam Levine. Irish filmmaker John Carney, the writer-director whose indie sensation about a Dublin street busker, "Once," became a Tony-winning show (now playing at the Pantages Theatre in...

'Closed Curtain' a cry for openness and art in Iran

Since being banned from making films by the Iranian government four years ago, director Jafar Panahi has produced two works of artful defiance. The latter of the two, the self-reflexive, semi-confessional drama "Closed Curtain," finds Panahi weary yet resourceful under severe creative constraints.

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Read On: Following a dream is no secret

Read On: Following a dream is no secret

Anyone who believes there isn't much television and film production going on in Glendale simply isn't paying attention. Certainly, ThiaMedia Studios has started to take hold as a permanent fixture...