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January 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Tabu," the third film from rising Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, feels like a relic of the past and not merely because of its aesthetic nod to silent film great F.W. Murnau's final project. Like a collage of old black and white movies found in an attic, many of "Tabu's" images unfold in complete silence, only the barest of dialogue graces others. The audience is left to imagine much of the story, though it is clear it involves love, betrayal, guilt, regret and a recurring crocodile.
January 19, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
On the Map A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks Simon Garfield Gotham: 464 pp., $27.50 Here's what I like about maps: They offer a clarity, a shape, to the world. They suggest routes and boundaries, allow us to explore widely, even (or especially) if we don't leave home. They speak of possibilities, both in terms of places we may visit and those we will never visit, while supporting the comforting illusion that our surroundings are contained. I look at them nearly every day - not just to get to where I'm going but also to look back at where I've been.
December 18, 2012 | By Jane Harman and James Person
North Korea's first successful rocket launch is a truly dangerous development. Although the North Koreans have previously detonated two nuclear devices, until now they have not demonstrated any ability to deliver them. Weaponizing a missile is hard, but Pyongyang's close ally Iran has made great advances in miniaturizing warheads. With the combination of North Korea's nuclear bombs and Iran's technology, a nuclear-tipped missile could be capable of striking the West Coast of the United States in the near future.
December 7, 2012
Round About the Earth Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit Joyce E. Chaplin Simon & Schuster: 560 pp., $35 A trip on a 140-foot sailboat helped inspire Harvard professor Joyce E. Chaplin to write "Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit" - and that may explain the enthusiasm she brings to the many-stranded narrative. At the very least, it underlies her sympathy for sailors on small boats heading into rough, unknown seas. This history, the first of its kind, is a lively charge through 500 years of worldwide exploration (and beyond)
December 1, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Tall, sinewy women, their necks thin and erect, mingle in wispy dresses on the arms of broad-shouldered men under the twinkling white lights of the canopied back patio at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. As dusk fades and cocktails are served, the black-tie crowd moves with a particular rhythmic elegance. Maybe that's because some of the country's biggest names in dance are here. There are Debbie Allen, Diavolo Dance Theater's Jacques Heim, choreographer and one-time Joffrey prima ballerina Jodie Gates, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder and dancer Desmond Richardson.
November 21, 2012 | By Booth Moore
This season, Rodeo Drive has a new gem. Dior has reopened its boutique after an eight-month renovation and set a new standard for shopping on the luxe Beverly Hills street. Dior has already been making its mark on the red carpet with a bevy of stars (Jessica Biel, Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence) stepping out in designer Raf Simons' daring designs. And now, the French fashion house is looking to translate all the buzz about its new designer into sales. The 5,000-square-foot boutique, designed by Peter Marino, has a cool gray interior and an elegant residential feel, with 18th century-inspired furnishings and fixtures mixed with contemporary art. The first floor has five rooms with Dior's signature top-handled handbags and lace-covered pumps each in their own spaces, a ready-to-wear salon with fireplace and seating area (now featuring the Cruise collection designed before Simons' arrival)
October 2, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Can a hole be moved? Is a hole that's brought from, say, Detroit to Los Angeles the same void or a different one when it gets here? Is the void already just everywhere, merely awaiting an identifying contour? That and other philosophical conundrums are the heart of Richard Haley's engaging if occasionally erratic show (his third) at Another Year in L.A. Some of the 22 Conceptual works could be tighter. But, mostly using winningly casual materials, "Holes, Voids and Other Descriptive Terms for Blankness" is an ambitious, frequently captivating meditation on serious subjects - decay, death, decomposition and emptiness.
September 26, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
UNITED NATIONS - Egypt's recently elected President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday rejected President Obama's view of free speech rights and made plain his ambition to seize greater influence for the Arab world's most populous country. Morsi, in his debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, said Egypt intended to lead the way in resolving Syria's civil war, pressing the cause of Palestinians and defusing the threat of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. He also said that though his country now embraces democracy and human rights, it would not accept the categorical approach to free speech that Obama urged at the United Nations and would not tolerate insults to religion.
September 24, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Sam Nazarian is taking his popular Katsuya Japanese restaurant brand global. The Los Angeles night-life impresario just signed a deal with behemoth retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya to develop 17 Katsuyas in the Middle East by 2017, with the first two scheduled to open in Kuwait and Dubai in 2013. The announcement underscores how quickly Nazarian, founder and chief executive of SBE hospitality group, is pushing his company's key brands both nationally and internationally.
August 30, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
Romantic obsession meets Munchausen syndrome in "The Good Doctor. " As the title character, whose derangement builds slow and steady, like an IV drip, Orlando Bloom is low-key bordering on recessive, in sync with the cool psychological thriller and its undercurrent of black comedy. Targeting age-old English class consciousness, not contemporary American healthcare woes, the movie is a shrewd commentary on careerism and status. With his boyish haircut and anxious air, Bloom's Martin Blake, a Brit just beginning his medical residency in Southern California, has yet to develop the swagger of fellow resident Dan (Troy Garity)
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