| May 11, 2009
| 1:20 PM
A scheme to assassinate Adolf Hitler, hatched by some of those within his own party, fuels director Bryan Singer's compelling drama.
As unlikely as producer and star Tom Cruise might seem as the leader of the plot wearing an eye patch, no less he...
| Dec 22, 2008
An unfussy, adult and stoic Tom Cruise anchors the World War II thriller Valkyrie. In a compact performance of nerve and rare glimpses of emotion, Cruise is a leading man who takes us through a complex story, and ennobles and personalizes events that have...
| Dec 23, 2008
| 5:50 PM
Judging by Mark Twain's comment about the music of Richard Wagner ("better than it sounds"), if Twain were around to see "Valkyrie" he'd likely say it's better than it seems.
Faint praise for an interesting film with an asterisk, the asterisk being Tom...
| Sep 17, 2008
Once there was a land where the primary profession was "mad scientist" or "evil genius." And the chief export was blackmail -- threats of the terror their mad, evil genius scientists would unleash.
Yeah, my first thoughts were "North Korea" and...
| Oct 8, 2008
The con is off for FX and "The Riches."
After a few months in limbo, the cable series about a family of grifters has been cancelled, according to multiple news reports. The show ran for 20 episodes, including a seven-episode second season that was...
| Apr 10, 2008
After taking a night off for Miley Cyrus Gives Back, American Idol returns on Thursday (April 10) for what we're promised will be an elimination episode. How many plugs for charitable giving will we get beforehand? Here's the website, in case you've...
| May 16, 2008
A potential seven-film dynasty, the "Chronicles of Narnia" franchise so far has preoccupied itself with delivering C.S. Lewis on a blockbuster of a platter. No time for cinematic fluidity or magic: This is business. I realize the first film ("The Lion,...
| May 16, 2008
"THINGS never happen the same way twice," Aslan the all powerful says in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,”:-prince-caspian and although the lion king is referring to the ways of the world, he might be talking about this film as well....
| May 18, 2008
JON BRION'S last night at Largo was epic. The singer-songwriter's free-for-all Fridays at the tiny Fairfax Avenue nightclub had been drawing capacity crowds for more than a decade, but his May 2 show was historic: his final turn before owner Mark Flanagan...
| May 28, 2008
MOST Hollywood actresses won't tackle their "Raging Bull" moment until they've established their actual comely credentials somewhere on record. Minnie Driver is not most actresses. Thirteen years ago, she launched her film career as the chubby, awkward...
| Dec 6, 2007
As the writers strike continues, celebrities across the entertainment industry, most of whom can afford many months without a paycheck, are offering help, some secretly, to the others who live hand-to-mouth.
Free food at picket lines is being...