| Mar 10, 2011
| 4:37 AM
Catherine Hardwicke tries to transfer her panting pretty young things”Twilight” style to “Red Riding Hood,” a werewolf WITHOUT the vampires fantasy aimed at that magical PG-13 audience. And for all the heaving bosoms, the big-...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Polly Platt was a creative muse and inspiration to such Hollywood filmmakers as Jim Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, Cameron Crowe and Wes Anderson...
| Jan 7, 2011
| 7:49 PM
At first glance, the Newport Beach resident is slightly built, soft-spoken and unfailingly accessible. One would hardly imagine that he's plotted hundreds of grisly murders over the past four decades.
Murder and mayhem have paid off handsomely for...
| May 16, 2011
| 7:20 AM
Truly a grim fairy tale, director Catherine Hardwicke's ("Twilight") dark take on one of the most famous stories in children's literature casts Amanda Seyfried ("Mamma Mia!") as the heroine.
A wave of bizarre killings strikes her village, prompting her...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*1/2 (out of four)
Back in the days of witch hunts and girls named Prudence, the town of Daggerhorn’s aggressive name can’t keep it safe from periodic wolf attacks. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) certainly isn’t pleased when Father...
| May 9, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Last Sunday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| May 4, 2007
THE tale of a superhero, a '70s drug dealer, or a plot to destroy the world it's not.
Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which isn't really about a bear and does not feature a mountain, is the story of an elderly couple — a once-...
| Sep 5, 2009
Keith Waterhouse, a British writer, raconteur and wit whose works include the enduringly popular novel "Billy Liar," died in his sleep early Friday at his London home, his family said. He was 80.
Waterhouse had his first major success in 1959 with "Billy...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Feb 4, 2008
| 3:11 PM
There was muted glamour and subtle cheer at Monday's Oscar nominee luncheon. The otherwise official tone of the affair -- underscored with weapons detectors and a very involved credentialing process -- was lightened by the small things: Julie Christie's...
| Feb 5, 2008
THE Oscar nominees' luncheon -- a long-held tradition at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that usually kicks off the giddy weeks before the televised ceremony -- couldn't quite shake the long shadow cast by the 13-week writers strike, despite news that a...