| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Alfred Hitchcock's very free 1935 adaptation of John Buchan's novel was almost certainly the calling card that got him invited to make films in America. As a work of pure entertainment, it out-Hollywoods Hollywood. The plot is that of a thriller. But...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 2:05 PM
Writer/director Gary Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' hugely popular novel — a teen book that crossed over to the adult market — is one of this year's nicest surprises so far. Lionsgate's video release is also a pleasant surprise: They'...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 8:55 PM
Who doesn't have a soft spot for Andy Griffith (who died last Tuesday)? You'd have to be pretty immune to benevolent paternalism to resist the down-home charm of Andy Taylor or most of the other roles he created.
Griffith's career thrived primarily on...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 6:35 PM
As I remarked in my review of the theatrical release of “21 Jump Street”, this feature revival/spoof of the ‘80s TV show is better than it has any right to be. It may be dumb, but it's good dumb, mixing very broad shtick with clever...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 10:07 AM
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans.
There was little indication...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 1:16 PM
And so the Christopher Nolan rendition of Batman — started in “Batman Begins” (2005) and continued in “The Dark Knight” (2008) — comes to an end, in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It stands proudly alongside...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 3:58 PM
In 1954, Japan's Toho studio made three films that achieved enduring international success. The first was Akira Kurosawa's “Seven Samurai,” which shows up within the top 10 of nearly every international critics' poll. The second was “...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 4:44 PM
The Who released their “Quadrophenia” double album in 1973; six years later, they collaborated with director Franc Roddam (“The Bride,” “The Lords of Discipline”) on a film version — now newly restored and being...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 6:46 PM
The inside of Warner Bros studios was “a little more somber” following a shooting rampage during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” early Friday morning in Aurora, Colo., according to an employee who was walking out of...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 11:04 AM
When animation director Rich Moore was growing up in Oxnard, he spent so much time in video arcades that his parents worried that their young son was wasting his time. “They would always tell me that I should be concentrating on the real world,&...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 7:00 AM
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, November 9. Whole Foods is moving its regional headquarters to Glendale.
More than 140 employees will move in, reports the Glendale News-Press.
The porn industry is ready to fight L.A. County on a new law...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Disney is shutting down its Disney Movies Online service, which failed to catch on with users.
The site let consumers buy or rent digital versions of Disney and Pixar films and watch the movies on their computers. It was designed to ease the family...