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August 13, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Last week, George Orwell's “Diaries” finally appeared in the United States for the first time. Although I say "finally," it's not that they've been hard to find, exactly: The diaries were published in England two years ago, and since 2008, they have also been posted entry-by-entry, seven decades to the day after they were written, on a blog administered by the Orwell Prize . To encounter Orwell's observations in that forum is to recognize the...
August 5, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Many moviegoers forgot about"Total Recall" at the box office this past weekend, as the reboot of the 1990 amnesia classic failed to prove as memorable as"The Dark Knight Rises. " For the third consecutive weekend, the final entry in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy claimed the No. 1 position at the multiplex. This past weekend, the film starring Christian Bale as the iconic superhero took in an additional $36.4 million, lifting its overall tally to $354.6 million domestically, according to an estimate from distributorWarner Bros.
August 2, 2012 | By Stephanie Zacharek
Sometimes the most unassuming kids' movies - the ones that don't work too hard to be artistic or educational or worthy - are the smartest. Until now, the"Diary of a Wimpy Kid"movies, surprisingly well-engineered little comedies based on Jeff Kinney's popular illustrated novels, fell into that category. Unfortunately, the third picture in the franchise,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" - which, like last year's"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,"was directed by David Bowers - ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl.
July 28, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Compared to the traditional protagonists of summer movies, Greg Heffley really doesn't measure up. He's a skinny little thing, is no pillar of rectitude and doesn't have much in the way of friends. But to countless young boys, Greg feels like a real superhero, even as he's becoming better behaved on screen than he is in print. Opening Friday,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"is the third entry in what has been a small but modestly successful series. Adapted from Jeff Kinney's wildly popular illustrated books, the films chronicle the everyday struggles of middle-school student Greg.
July 12, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Older women who want to lose weight - or keep off the weight they've lost - should faithfully keep a log of everything they eat, avoid restaurants at lunchtime and not skip meals, researchers say in a study out Friday - results that echo the message that awareness is one key to a healthful weight. The research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle also found that the women who skipped meals lost almost eight fewer pounds over a year than the women who did not. This is research anyone can try replicating for themselves: Write down what you eat every day and see whether you lose weight.
May 26, 2012
'Chernobyl Diaries' MPAA rating: R for violence, some bloody images and pervasive language Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Playing: In general release
April 29, 2012 | By Wendy Smith, Tribune newspapers
Against Wind and Tide Letters and Journals, 1947-1986 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, edited and with an introduction by Reeve Lindbergh Pantheon: 358 pp., $27.95 "A woman writer is 'rowing against wind and tide,'" Anne Morrow Lindbergh told her daughter Reeve in 1972, quoting Harriet Beecher Stowe. "We cannot - or only with the greatest difficulty - produce a great 'body of work.'… And it isn't just being a woman. It is some other deeper conflict between art and life. " Ultimately, Lindbergh made art from her life; this posthumous collection joins five earlier volumes of diaries and correspondence that explore her experiences with the subtlety and drama of a good novel.
March 10, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
In the weeks before he was executed for strangling a man to death, Arizona inmate Robert Towery kept a diary. His writings began Feb. 2, when he was transferred to a “death watch” cell in state prison, and ended Thursday, shortly before he was put to death by lethal injection at 11:26 a.m. The Associated Press described the execution -- and the events leading up to it. Towery, 47, had been convicted of killing Mark Jones during a...
February 12, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Take Shelter Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Writer-director Jeff Nichols re-teams with his "Shotgun Stories" star Michael Shannon for "Take Shelter," a film about a blue-collar, small-town family man who worries that a recurring apocalyptic dream is either a prophecy or a sign that he's mentally ill. "Take Shelter" is more ponderous than it needs to be and too predictable as the hero suffers one setback after another. But Nichols is less concerned with those losses than he is in how people react to a loved one's mania.
February 12, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
  In New York, Los Angeles fashion has come of age. New York Fashion Week, which kicked off Wednesday with more than 300 fashion shows and presentations scheduled to take place in the coming days, is not just a platform for New York designers to gain media attention and retail orders. It's a showcase for designers from all over the world - and, notably this year, Los Angeles, which now has a breadth of talent to rival any major fashion city. Twenty years ago, Los Angeles had a reputation for producing clothing that was casual, comfortable and wearable, but not necessarily innovative or runway-worthy.
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