February 7, 2014 |
“A Cat Named Mercy,” a new play by Josefina López (“Real Women Have Curves”) premiering at Casa 0101 Theater, is full of reformist passion but feels underbaked. Perhaps it was rushed into production to capitalize on the Obamacare controversy. A cautionary tale about U.S. health insurance, "Cat" has the fervor and subtlety of an Affordable Care Act public service message. The script also takes on a wide array of other social ills, from racism to incest, putting its beleaguered heroine, 26-year-old LVN Catalina Rodriguez (the lovely, natural if low-key Alex Ximenez)
February 6, 2014 |
A cat-and-mouse thriller imported from Paraguay, "7 Boxes" evokes the developing-world amorality and senseless crime caper of "City of God," the 2002 Brazilian sensation that earned four Academy Award nominations, including one for Fernando Meirelles' slick, hyper-stylized direction. But whereas Meirelles seemed to apply absolutely every cinematic trick in the book, "7 Boxes" directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori aren't as hell-bent on making an impression. Their film boasts a rather universal premise: Teenager Victor (Celso Franco)
January 31, 2014 |
The Lakers played against a bunch of guys who used to be on their team, and the result was like everything else this season. Boring. Uneventful. A loss. The Charlotte Bobcats were the winners Friday, 110-100, extending the Lakers' stupefyingly futile run to 3-18 since Dec. 21. Four former Lakers got in on the action for the Bobcats, but Al Jefferson trumped everybody with 40 points and 18 rebounds at Staples Center. Pau Gasol's body language is usually a good indicator of the Lakers' temperature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 |
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
January 24, 2014 |
If you missed out on going to the Sundance Film Festival this year, maybe Grumpy Cat can help. The online female feline phenom will appear Saturday in "furr-son," as the hype goes, at the L.A. stop of the Internet Cat Video Festival's world tour. You heard right. No indie film debuts or buzz about "Mad Men" actress Elisabeth Moss, this festival is all feline all the time. Along with Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce), the fest features 85 pieces of cat-centric heaven, from seconds-long Vine videos to short films.
January 9, 2014 |
The noirishly titled "Cold Comes the Night" is a tense little thriller that provides juicy roles for its deft lead actors, Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston, as well as some well-played action and several neat twists. Directed by Tze Chun ("Children of Invention") from a script by Chun, Osgood Perkins (Anthony's son) and Nick Simon, the film finds Chloe (Eve), a struggling single mom running a seedy, hooker-happy motel in bleak upstate New York, on the cusp of packing up her small daughter (Ursula Parker)