| Mar 8, 2009
In the shattered calm of the Mexican night, sitting atop a railroad tanker car, Cary Joji Fukunaga didn't yet know that a man was being murdered. But he'd heard the screams, gunshots and shouts in Spanish of "Bandits!" and he was bracing to make a run for...
| Mar 11, 2009
Maximilians Austro-Hungarian Restaurant is hidden away a few steps from the slowly gentrifying NoHo arts district. But on a sunny afternoon, with the sunlight bouncing off its crisp white tablecloths and a view to the garden through the dining room's...
| Apr 24, 2011
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe — now that it'...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 4:44 PM
First published on April 24, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south...
| Nov 22, 2012
| 2:05 PM
The sharp workplace comedy "Price Check" is a you-are-there slip-and-slide that follows a supermarket chain's pricing department exec whose life gets upended by a whirlwind new boss.
Pete Cozy (Eric Mabius) would rather 9-to-5 it and spend time with his...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 9:00 AM
The L.A. Times is expanding its events for movie lovers with a new, free Indie Focus Screening Series at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theaters starting Aug. 22 with “Robot & Frank.”
Starring Oscar nominee Frank Langella as an aging jewel thief who...
| May 4, 2012
More successful when mining its DePalma-esque tale of a red-dressed avenging angel than during its flatter romantic or domestic moments, first-time feature writer-director Oscar Luis Costo's "Shanghai Red" largely emerges as a tantalizing, involving...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 5:57 PM
On the eve of his wedding, the unnamed Man (Adam Brody) of "Some Girl(s)" embarks on a cross-country tour to apologize to his exes. But the fiction writer and former cad is still a cad, a narcissistic coward who can't just shut up and let each girl...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 5:45 AM
Is there anything worse than a horror movie that isn't scary? Yes — a horror-comedy that's neither scary nor funny. There may not be an actual zombie epidemic, but there is a zombie entertainment plague for sure. "Detention of the Dead" is the...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:20 PM
"L.A. Superheroes" was an obvious labor of love for Serbian-born actress-model Yelena Popovic, who stars, co-directed (with husband-cinematographer Alexandros Potter), wrote the shaggy script (with co-star Alexander Zisiades) and was a producer on this...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 1:20 PM
Loose and ragtag, stirring and poignant, the documentary "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" proves a fitting tribute to its late star, perhaps best known as the singer-drummer of the influential late-1960s and '70s folk-rock group the...