September 5, 2013 |
A talented quartet of young actors can't surmount the wall-to-wall clichés that comprise "Mission Park," an earnest, not terribly convincing action thriller as generic as its title. Though writer-director Bryan Anthony Ramirez keeps things moving apace, he trots out so many familiar tropes that it's often like watching a highlights reel from a lifetime's worth of urban crime dramas. The movie, set in San Antonio, finds four childhood friends, who as kids were jointly involved in a botched restaurant robbery, reuniting as 20ish adults on opposite sides of the law: Brothers Bobby (a strong Jeremy Ray Valdez)
August 30, 2013 |
The names are bigger, the flow is smoother, but the voyeuristic aimlessness still prevails in indie stalwart Joe Swanberg's latest film, the breezily charming "Drinking Buddies. " The action - a term used loosely with regards to Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "LOL") - swirls around craft brewery coworkers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), cozy chums whose jokey, caring, pint-hoisting closeness has everything a relationship seemingly needs except deal-clinching carnality.
August 8, 2013 |
"If I Ever Get Out of Here," Eric Gansworth's first novel for young people, rings true with a sophisticated look at what it's like to be an outsider and what it takes to be a true friend. Lewis Blake has precious little going for him in school; he's smart, sure. But he's super skinny, essentially friendless, his family is dirt poor, and he's from the "rez" in an area that routinely treats his Tuscarora Reservation community with disdain - or worse. The friendship part starts to change with the arrival at school of George, an Air Force kid. Lewis and George share the same experiences many adolescent pals do: eagerness to learn about girls, sneaked beers, campouts.
August 1, 2013 |
In Spanish, the long-dead Jorge Luis Borges is a minor Internet star. The Argentine short story writer, who died in 1986, left behind an unlikely legacy on YouTube and other sites: audio recordings and videos of his lectures, many recorded in Buenos Aires during a famous series of talks in 1977. If you understand Spanish, you can listen to Borges expound on topics such as Dante and the Divine Comedy , Buddhism , and his own blindness. Each talk offers a taste of Borges' unique voice, at once erudite and filled with a sense of wonder.
July 6, 2013 |
West Virginia is frequently the butt of wisecracks, but it has a champion in Marsha Timpson. She is particularly fond of the people of McDowell County, where she lives, though she couldn't wait to get away when she was young. Other places, she thought, were bound to be more exciting. It would take her time to realize the potential and beauty of the place. Timpson, 59, who grew up in the tiny community of WarriorMine in a family full of coal miners, does not romanticize her state.
July 5, 2013 |
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey returned to his locker Friday to find a text message that made him grin wide and respond quickly. Angels ace Jered Weaver may be Lackey's opposing pitcher Sunday night, but the friendship rooted in their past as teammates still runs deep. Lackey was on the short list of friends and family who received the text from Weaver on Friday that his wife, Kristin , had just delivered a baby, Aden David Weaver , 8 pounds, 21 inches long.
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July 2, 2013 |
Javier Clift photographed the Korean Friendship Bell at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro on June 15. The bell, dedicated in 1976, was a gift from South Korea in celebration of the bicentennial of the United States. In the foreground is a wooden mask. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
June 7, 2013 |
Back in 2007, Elliott Holt was the recipient of a curse: New York Magazine deemed the young writer one of its "Stars of Tomorrow. " In Manhattan's claustrophobic literary world, expectations were immediately raised and daggers surely sharpened. Holt's debut novel, "You Are One of Them," has finally arrived, and it turns out to be an odd hybrid of bildungsroman and thriller, borrowing as much from the coming-of-age stories of Judy Blume as it does from the spy novels of John le Carré.
June 7, 2013 |
Set in a small rural town in Canada's Northwest Territories, where cold and decay are constant companions, "The Lesser Blessed" is a little indie gem that begins with a warm bath. Larry Sole (Joel Evans) is submerged, silent, an enigma with soulful eyes. The silence is deceptive. There is a fire raging underneath. It begins to surface in flashbacks as he lies there deathly still. All we know at the beginning is that there was a blaze and a fight with a man and that both left the teenager scarred.
May 8, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un formed quite a bond earlier this year when the former NBA star visited North Korea and partied with the country's dictator, infamously telling him that he has "a friend for life. " Well, that friendship is about to be put to the test after this tweet from Rodman on Tuesday: I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him "Kim", to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose. - Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) May 7, 2013 Bae, a Korean American tour operator who was arrested in North Korea last November, was sentenced by the North's Supreme Court last week for unspecified “hostile acts” against the state.