| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
"American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," two auteur-driven epics swinging for the fences, were the last films delivered to preview audiences this year. How will these late-arrivers score with the academy? Time again to consult the always...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:16 PM
An unusually strong year with numerous candidates combined with a draconian ukase mandating that choices fit in Twitter format (O brave new world!) have led me to a number of extreme stratagems.
First, I am limiting my 10-best list to English-language...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 10:11 AM
The highly anticipated, hotly promoted "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" fell significantly short of its box-office expectations, failing to wrest the No. 1 spot from Warner Bros.' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which pulled in $31.5 million....
| Dec 21, 2013
| 12:19 PM
As you read this, David O. Russell's new movie "American Hustle" is, like that giant vat of caloric popcorn, going down at a theater near you. In fact it's going down at 2,507 theaters near someone, a remarkable number for a man who makes wry sideways...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 12:23 AM
The hottest holiday commercials this season have ditched the heartwarming, home-for-the-holidays scenes to strike a dramatically different chord.
Advertising executives have instead chosen sly humor over sentiment, as major marketers including...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 4:40 PM
As we finish off 2013, here are a few things I'd like to see in the sports world for the New Year:
•An official announcement from the NFL that Los Angeles will finally have a team again (preferably the Rams, back where they belong).
The end of...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:43 AM
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday.
"Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
One of the most beguiling folk records of the year has the bonus of ferrying along a Joel and Ethan Coen plot line. The songs within the brothers' new "Inside Llewyn Davis" move from balladry to blues to ancient British folk, adding an extra layer of...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Every December, 50-odd members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. meet and vote on a collective "best" of the movie year. Arguments are made, voices occasionally raised, but mostly there's a prevailing tedium to the day as members systematically move...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Martin Scorsese's Wall-Street-gone-wild epic, "The Wolf of Wall Street," was not the leader of the pack at the box office this weekend.
The alpha film was "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which topped the charts for the third time in as many weeks...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Jennifer Lawrence's stock is at an all-time high, if Fandango's year-end audience survey is any indication.
The star's "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" won't hit movie theaters until November, but the film is the most anticipated title of 2014,...