February 24, 2006 |
A refreshing shift from the red state-blue state paradigm that has marked most U.S. political documentaries since 2000, Marshall Curry's sharp-eyed, Oscar-nominated "Street Fight" maps the no-holds-barred battle between two African American Democrats for the mayoralty of Newark, N.J., in 2002. The election pitted Cory Booker, a 32-year-old former Stanford football player, Rhodes scholar and Yale law grad against four-term incumbent Sharpe James.
December 22, 2011
Five directors break down their shortlisted documentaries: " 'If a Tree Falls' is a cautionary tale for our times: What happens when people feel like the system isn't working or listening to them? What happens when nonviolent civil disobedience is met with police wielding pepper spray canisters? Some of the footage in the news last month looks like it could have been pulled from our film, and if the past is any indication, those kinds of actions radicalize people and push them out of the democratic process — and towards things like the Earth Liberation Front.
August 23, 2011
MUSIC Slatkin and Watts The Los Angeles Philharmonic dishes out a double dose of Liszt and Ravel, including "Les Préludes" and "Mother Goose Suite. " Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin takes the helm, with former child prodigy and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee André Watts on piano. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. 8 p.m. $8-$130. (323) 850-2000. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com. Taylor Swift The multiplatinum-selling pop-country siren brings her big show and current Speak Now world tour to L.A. for the first of a four-night stand.
June 8, 2010
Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Betsy Sharkey (B.S.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Anthony Miller. Openings FRIDAY The A-Team Former Special Forces soldiers attempt to clear their names after being set up for a crime they didn't commit. With Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson and Gerald McRaney. Screenplay by Skip Woods, Joe Carnahan and Brian Bloom.
January 25, 2012 |
It's a small, small world that's depicted in several Oscar nominees for best foreign and best documentary films — and getting even smaller and more inter-connected. The nominees in those two categories, from countries as disparate as Belgium and Iran, as well as Middle America, reflect what some say is an unusually international spirit to this year's nominees in many categories. "It's sort of a more global feeling here," said Wim Wenders, the German director, L.A. habitué and nominee for his pioneering 3-D documentary "Pina," about the late avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch, speaking by phone from Berlin.
January 9, 2007 |
It's hard not to break out laughing during the two gag reels on "Extras: The Complete First Season" (HBO, $30), because star, co-creator, writer and director Ricky Gervais has this wonderfully infectious cackle whenever he breaks up. And he cracks up often, especially in scenes opposite series co-creator, director and writer Stephen Merchant. Equally hysterical are the prolonged takes of Gervais and Patrick Stewart trying to deliver their lines.