| Feb 10, 2012
| 11:00 AM
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, and with nearly 400 films screening over 10 days in Germany’s chilly capital, it's hard to find just one theme to describe this year's Berlinale. To be sure, the event’s signature...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 4:38 PM
At the Berlin film festival, Billy Bob Thornton talks about the film "Jayne Mansfield's Car," which he co-wrote and in which he stars....
| May 24, 2012
| 7:26 AM
The Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats festival that showcases the historic movie palaces on Broadway in downtown L.A. returns this Wednesday with Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 comedy "Paper Moon."...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Shepard Fairey teams up with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment to adapt George Orwell’s “1984” for the big screen....
| Dec 15, 2011
** (out of four)
In spy movies, the organization sometimes seems to exist only to police itself and its inevitable traitors. So when the operation doesn’t appear to accomplish anything else except cleaning up its own mess, it suggests that shutting...
| Dec 15, 2011
Actors so rarely get paid to sit still. This week at the movies, as Tom Cruise is on Imax screens playing a frantic, hamsterlike intelligence gatherer in the new "Mission: Impossible" movie, we have also a superb adaptation of the John le Carre spy...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 10:50 AM
This week had the release of some of my favorite movies of the year and some of the worst.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not only a bad movie title, it’s a bad movie. Don’t let the critics fool you into seeing this boring mess.
| Jan 6, 2012
| 1:17 PM
Many people consider the 1979 miniseries made from John le Carre's “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to be the best adaptation of his work. Alec Guinness' George Smiley in that version (and later reprised in a second miniseries) has been...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 8:18 PM
Author John le Carré knew the Cold War spy business from the inside. Under his real name, David Cornwell, he was a British spy betrayed by real-life KGB double-agent Kim Philby in 1963. Many elements of his novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" are built...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 5:00 AM
With his shock of silver-gray hair, his face etched by time with the lean expressiveness of a Giacometti sculpture and his soulful eyes registering every fleeting hurt and happiness, John Hurt bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Beckett in the...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Dan Castellaneta, who voices America's favorite schlub hubby Homer Simpson on Fox's "The Simpsons," has joined the cast of Second City's "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The comedic stage production is set to begin...
| Jun 7, 2012
Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's"Prometheus" come from other movies — either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the"...