| Oct 25, 2012
| 9:26 AM
Countdown to Halloween: five days.
I don't like wearing costumes, I'm not into haunted houses, candy corn is too sweet, and I prefer pumpkin pie to pumpkin carvings.
But I do like horror movies — just not the kind with umpteen sequels. I saw...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 12:07 PM
There's nothing like a good scare to get your heart pumping.
And what better time to celebrate things that go bump in the night better than Halloween?
In celebration of Halloween, I have put together a list of some of my favorites for the season. Some...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 4:23 PM
The great suspense movie director Alfred Hitchcock once was quoted saying, "Always make the audience suffer as much as possible."
One example certainly was his classic, "Psycho," whose most famous scene was so scary it made a generation of women...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 4:12 PM
"The 39 Steps" proves that ingenuity, a good foreign accent and exaggerated body language can enthrall an audience so much that they forget only four people are playing the tens of characters.
The play runs through Oct. 21 at the Laguna Playhouse.
| Feb 8, 2012
| 12:48 PM
NOW do you believe Jeremy Renner can carry an action flick?
Yes, I know.
It's just a trailer.
Renner is taking over the lead in the Jason Bourne series, but "Legacy" is a spinoff, not a reinvention. I really like the design of the trailer, which...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 9:32 AM
Writer-director Andrew Dominik created a hard-boiled gangster movie in "Killing Them Softly." It owes much to the work of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino. It's filled with constant tension offset by the sort of cerebral dialogue and strange...
| Nov 22, 2012
Despite bringing Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein into the proceedings as a fanciful one-man Greek chorus, haunting Alfred Hitchcock's dreams as he prepares the Gein-inspired "Psycho," the biopic "Hitchcock" presents a gentle and forgiving view of...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 9:03 PM
It's getting cold out there, and what better way to keep warm than by cozying up for a flick at your local cinema?
This season, there is no shortage of quality films to watch, whether you're looking for something escapist, such as Peter Jackson's...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 12:56 PM
OK, now, don't be scared: Some networks have been celebrating Halloween already, but here comes the real trick-or-treat deal.
The new week begins on the eve of the annual visits from little candy-seeking goblins and witches -- along with the occasional...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Patricia Modell, a successful TV and film actress in the 1950s and '60s who became a well-known philanthropist in Baltimore with her husband, former Ravens owner Arthur Modell, died Wednesday at the age of 80.
Mrs. Modell was admitted two weeks ago to...
| Apr 15, 1994
| 8:21 AM
Remember her? How could you forget her? She dominated your life like a Colossus of Toads.
She was ...
AIYYYYYEEEEEEEEE! ... Mom.
Not your mom or my mom, but the mom we measured our moms against and by whose standards we found ours wanting. She was...