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Times Staff WriterAs a boy growing up in the 1950s, Steven Spielberg was always watching the skies. He experienced meteor showers with his father, enjoyed space dramas like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and dreamed, he told friends, of being the Cecil B. DeMille of...
Zap2It.comNarfs, scrunts and tartutics, Oh my! M. Night Shyamalan completes his descent into utter solipsism with "Lady in the Water," a sour fairy tale that sets out to be about the value of community and magic, but ends up as the director's somber celebration of...
Times Staff WriterWhy is it that sometimes there's nothing like a true story to ring false? It's a question for the ages, and there's plenty of time to ponder it during Ryan Murphy's adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' bestselling memoir, which lovingly and painstakingly...
Special To The SunAt the Brandywine River Museum, you have a choice. You can look at the stunning pastoral vistas depicted in the paintings of various American masters. Or you can step outside and take in some of the stunning pastoral vistas yourself. Or you can do both....
Tags: Al Hirschfeld, Frederic Remington, Arts, Genres, Children
Times Staff WriterSEE CORRECTION APPENDED When you're reading Chekhov, author-illustrator Edward Gorey once said, you wonder why you read anyone else. Michael Cacoyannis' new film of the great Russian writer's final masterpiece, "The Cherry Orchard," illustrates what...
Tribune theater criticThe inmates of the asylum are running the puppet show, and in the comfort of your own straitjacket it's a wonderful sight to behold. Redmoon Theater's "The Cabinet," a 70-minute adaptation of the 1919 German cinematic landmark, "The Cabinet of Dr....
On stage, Andrew Bird is deadpan, impassive. He introduces his songs, fits a violin under his chin or leans into the microphone to sing, and hardly looks up. But that's just at first. Because in no time his left leg's shaking, a smile is threatening...
Tribune chief criticThe English, who sent us "The Rocky Horror Show," have now brought us "Shockheaded Peter." Like "Rocky," this "Peter" is very campy, given an exaggerated performance that's part avant-garde, part Victorian melodrama, part Brechtian cabaret, part Tim...
Sentinel Movie CriticA toddler is holding a red balloon that suddenly springs to life. Again and again, it hits the child on the head. Next, it wraps its string around the kid's neck and begins to strangle him. Then the balloon lifts him high in the sky and drops him....
Tags: Don Hertzfeldt, Movies, Tim Burton, Gaming, Entertainment
Times Staff WriterThe opening scenes of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" are so darkly exhilarating, so lugubriously inventive and so wittily, swooningly macabre that my first reaction, as someone who cheers at even the most tenuous allusion to author...
TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER4 stars (out of 4) Dear reader, if you've come here to read the scandalous scribblings of a disgruntled critic--made sour by endless hours stewing in a dark screening room--you've come to the wrong place. If, however, you've come here to discover how...
Special to the TribuneThe notion of eccentric spinster sisters living in worlds of their own creation occupies an honored place in literature, running from the tragic (the Brontes) to the grotesque (Shirley Jackson's duo in "We Have Always Lived in the Castle") to the farcical...
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