| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:53 AM
For a while last year, I started to worry about liking Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” so much.
Most of my colleagues didn’t like it — not that being out of sync with the herd ever bothered me greatly. It usually turned out...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 12:30 AM
Although it loses its nerve a bit in the home stretch, Zachary Wigon's impressive debut feature, "The Heart Machine," is largely successful in crafting a "Conversation"-like thriller of irrational obsession out of the knotted intricacies of online...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has seen more than a few tie victories in recent years: The very first time I voted, in 2006, there was a lead-actor split between Forest Whitaker and Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2010, we awarded best director to David Fincher...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Film critics, we're often told, don't vote for the Oscars -- but if they did, here's what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:13 AM
"Short Term 12" is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate.
"Short Term 12," named for the...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:32 PM
In “Election Night, Part 1,” the penultimate episode of Season 2 of HBO's The Newsroom, it is, indeed, election night 2012, the culmination of two largely wasted years of presidential campaigning, with Barack Obama soon to hand Mitt Romney his...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
“The Newsroom” Season 2 finale tied up so many loose ends, it looked like there wasn’t going to be a Season 3.
But fortunately for fans of the HBO political drama, the show will return next year, Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels (who plays...
| Sep 9, 2013
Some six months before the Oscars, nomination forecasters have already asked “Short Term 12” star Brie Larson if she’s picked out her dress.
“I’ve already picked out my wedding dress,” the actress deadpans about the...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 10:30 AM
"What the fuck is he doing here?" asks hitherto well-behaved Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as Donald Trump arrives for the opening night of "American Idiot," the Broadway hit improbably based on the punk-rock band's 2004 concept album of the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:00 PM
A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary, "Broadway Idiot" traces how Green Day's Grammy Award-winning concept album/rock opera "American Idiot" was turned into a "Rent"-like stage musical and brought to the Great...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 12:29 PM
The Weinstein Co. has acquired the U.S. rights to John Curran's "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver.
The film had its world premiere Thursday at the Venice International Film Festival as part of the main competition and screened this...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 11:12 AM
NEW YORK — John Gallagher Jr. was at a media screening of his new movie "Short Term 12" a few weeks ago when a man came up to him with a critique of his series TV character, journalist Jim Harper of "The Newsroom."
"You know, you're a terrible...