| Sep 30, 2011
| 11:32 AM
A circus provides the setting for this slow-paced but well-acted adaptation of Sara Gruen's best-seller, casting "Twilight" fan favorite Robert Pattinson as a Depression-era veterinary student who goes AWOL after his parents die.
He hooks up with a...
| Jul 19, 2012
*** (out of four)
You don’t have to care about sewing or the clothing preferences of the wealthy—I certainly don’t—to enjoy the valuable secrets and rampant gossip in “Farewell, My Queen,” a juicy drama about royal...
| Feb 16, 2012
In "This Means War,"the CIA operatives played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy fall for the same woman, a consumer products tester played by Reese Witherspoon. At first the boys agree to let the best agent win, seduction-wise, while Witherspoon's Lauren...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 12:41 AM
There’s nothing more interesting than watching a movie about a person I knew nothing about. I didn’t know a thing about Oskar Schindler when I saw that. I was surprised at how entertaining and moving it was.
Leopold Socha is a lot like...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 12:27 PM
When Wendi McLendon-Covey was hired to play Liz, the annoying neighbor on CBS' "Rules of Engagement," the improv-ready actress didn't have to look far for inspiration.
"I actually know someone who has a lot of these traits, except that she is not a tap-...
| Jul 29, 2011
I had the same feeling watching the first 15 minutes of this movie as I did with Inglourious Basterds. I wished Quentin Tarantino had just made a straight war picture. In this, I was thinking director Jon Favreau should’ve just done a straight...
| May 25, 2012
| 11:29 AM
CANNES, France — Here’s why the world’s greatest film festival, the one on the Cote d’Azur, means something, and to some filmmakers means everything — even if a lot of the surrounding movies are lame.
The other evening at...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 8:15 PM
Let’s first address the elephant in the room – the goofy title. Well, in the mid-60s there was a movie called Billy the Kid vs. Dracula. And last year we had the surprisingly entertaining Cowboys & Aliens.
I’m not familiar with the book...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:00 AM
I'm an evangelical Christian in a country where that is not a political statement. My husband and I have been married five years. We have great sex several times a week despite having two kids under age 2. We get along so well that even a couple of my...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 9:28 PM
TeWinkle Middle School holds its "Holiday Plant Sale" from 8 a.m. to noon at the TeWinkle campus, 3224 California St., Costa Mesa.
Divorcees In This Economy
The Women's Institute for Financial Education will offer a free program...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 1:31 AM
One thing I could count on with a David Cronenberg movie is that it wouldn’t be boring. That has changed, with the release of this snooze fest.
It’s this new genre of historical fiction (Titanic, Inglourious Basterds, Midnight in Paris, etc)....
| Aug 30, 2009
Here are five rising stars of the alt- comedy scene.
Ansari started doing stand-up while still a business student at New York University. He and veteran Upright Citizens Brigade New York regulars Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel in 2005 formed the...