| Jul 11, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
Forget “Avatar,” a movie with supposedly mind-blowing visuals that looked cool for a while but, because James Cameron offered nothing else, I eventually thought, “This is pretty. And pretty bad.”
| Jul 10, 2013
| 8:03 AM
Guillermo del Toro is more than a filmmaker, he's a fantasy visionary with an outsized imagination and a fanatical specificity, a creator of out-of-this world universes carefully conceived down to the smallest detail. His particular gifts and passions are...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Just a few days ago, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" looked nearly as troubled as "The Lone Ranger."
What a difference a week makes.
Buoyed by a surge of social media interest, positive word of mouth and favorable reviews, the $190-million monster...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 4:17 PM
In just a few hours we’ll begin to know the fate of “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro's Asian-influenced monster movie that opens this weekend and is the Mexican-born director’s biggest undertaking to date.
There have been few...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Futuristic giant robots may be designed to defeat monsters, but they seem to be no match for a bunch of middle-aged comics.
"Grown Ups 2" headed into the weekend tracking ahead of Guillermo del Toro's ambitious sci-fi effort "Pacific Rim" at the box...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Another weekend, another big-budget misfire at the summer box office.
Following the failure of the pricey action flicks "After Earth," "White House Down" and "The Lone Ranger," Guillermo del Toro's $190-million "Pacific Rim" also found itself unable...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 3:32 PM
In “R.I.P.D.,” Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges portray deceased lawmen who keep the peace from beyond the grave -- the odd-couple partners protect the living from malevolent spirits who refuse to go quietly into the afterlife.
| Jul 17, 2013
| 3:07 PM
"Pacific Rim" was not a big hit out of the starting gate last week, and perhaps that's understandable. Unless you are a fan of the "Godzilla"-influenced branch of Japanese popular cinema, the story of ferocious creatures called Kaiju facing off against...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 1:53 PM
The horror film "The Conjuring" scared up big crowds going into the weekend, taking in an estimated $17 million dollars on Friday and tracking to unseat "Despicable Me 2" at the top of the box office.
Another debut, DreamWorks Animation's "Turbo,"...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 9:23 AM
A couple of weeks ago, millions of people talked about (if they didn't always watch) a made-for-cable movie about Los Angeles enduring a flying-shark attack. Thirty-eight years ago it was Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"; this summer it was Ian Ziering's...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 10:11 AM
Some actors have faces that are known everywhere. Once seen, never forgotten.
Boris Karloff earned one of those faces by playing the original Frankenstein, but he had a sizable 75-film career, mostly as a bad guy, behind him before he took on that role....
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:23 PM
While Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" wreaks havoc across Burbank's movie screens, a few blocks away his more subdued works are being reimagined in a macabre mash-up of pop and fine art.
At Hyaena Gallery this month an art show ventures "Into the...