| Feb 1, 2009
Try to Tell the Story
Alfred A. Knopf: 214 pp., $23.95
"One thing about that lad," David Thomson's grandmother once announced, "you can always take him to see a picture. Then he's happy for a couple of hours." The young Thomson,...
| Oct 24, 2008
The enduring popularity of "Blithe Spirit" owes as much to its archly whimsical premise as to the adept way that author Noël Coward dispatches his bon mots. Both are on display in the well-appointed Hermosa Beach Playhouse revival of this indestructible...
| Apr 13, 2008
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Kelly Masterson's screenplay for "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" elevates the hackneyed "crime story with a jumbled timeline" gimmick by using a fractured narrative to show how people want to...
| Dec 27, 2007
"The Orphanage" made its illustrious debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year and, as its deeply unsettling story of mothers, children and ghosts unfolded on the screen, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona heard a noise in the dark that gave him a...
| Apr 29, 2008
Oscar-winning director David Lean was so obsessed with making movies that, lying on his deathbed 17 years ago, he was still determined to film "Nostromo," an epic drama based on the novel by Joseph Conrad.
"The day before he died I visited him,"...
| May 18, 2008
Steven Spielberg, who at 22 was hired by Universal to a long-term contract, started out his career as the teacher's pet of the Movie Brat generation. With the unveiling of his first Indiana Jones escapade in 19 years today at Cannes, he's proffering yet...
| May 25, 2008
What a difference 21 years makes.
In 1987, the last time a French film won the Palme d'Or, the audience at the Palais du Festival was so angry at the choice of "Under the Sun of Satan" that it hooted furiously and the director, Maurice Pialat, yelled...
| Mar 31, 2009
From the mystical overtones of "Ghost" to the primitive sounds of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," to the Russian balalaikas in "Doctor Zhivago," composer Maurice Jarre always seemed to find the right signature for every film he scored. And unlike so many of...
| Mar 31, 2009
Maurice Jarre, the French-born composer who won Oscars for his powerfully evocative scores for the David Lean epics "Lawrence of Arabia, "Doctor Zhivago and "A Passage to India," has died. He was 84.
Jarre died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Malibu...
| Feb 9, 2003
When the Oscar nominations come out Tuesday, there are bound to be cries of injustice -- and in many cases, those charges will have merit. Can anyone really defend the exclusion from the Oscar nominee list in various years of movies such as "Some Like...