January 6, 1997 |
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
January 23, 2012
'Underworld Awakening' MPAA rating: R for strong violence and gore, and for some language Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes Playing: In general release
January 23, 2009
"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," an R-rated action horror thriller, opens today in general release. The film's distributor, Screen Gems, did not screen the movie for critics. The review will appear in Monday's Calendar and online as soon as it is available.
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June 20, 1997 |
The mob-style rub-out of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel 50 years ago today at the Beverly Hills mansion of his street-wise, auburn-haired mistress has endured as one of Los Angeles' most romanticized murder mysteries.
November 10, 2009 |
In the story making the rounds here in Mexico's drug capital, the setting is a beauty parlor. A woman with wealth obtained legally openly criticizes a younger patron who is married to a trafficker. The "narco-wife" orders the hairdresser to shave the first woman's head. Terrified, the hairdresser complies. Urban legend or real? It almost doesn't matter; it's the sort of widely repeated account that both intimidates and titillates. And it highlights a disturbing trend: As drug violence seeps deeper into Mexican society, women are taking a more hands-on role.
January 8, 2004 |
Underworld Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman Columbia TriStar, $29 This horror flick has far more style than substance. TV commercial director Len Wiseman makes his theatrical debut with this tale revolving around werewolves and vampires. Though he has put a lot of care into the look of the film and handles the action scenes like a veteran, he skimps on the script and performances. No matter how glossy and slick "Underworld" is, Wiseman can't hide the fact that it's just dramatically silly.
October 8, 2008 |
Guy Ritchie's aggressively stylized, testosterone-addled movies careen from one steroidal encounter to the next. But in "RocknRolla," Ritchie dials down the pace, soaking up the atmosphere of sweat and stale beer around a revolving cast of low-level thugs and underworld operators. Ritchie whisks you along on a whirlwind tour, but he's not averse to putting on the brakes long enough to admire some of his favorite attractions. "RocknRolla's" deliberately convoluted plot centers around the hunt for a painting that belongs to a Russian mobster (Karel Roden)
August 11, 2000 |
After seeing the liberal use of arthropods in the advertising art for "Cockroach Nation," the squeamish might want to avoid this Moving Arts production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. But the only cockroach seen in Matt Pelfrey's well-acted, nightmarish examination on homelessness is an amusingly odd character named Cockroach Boy, played with lusty physicality by Ogie Zulueta. The audience walks through an ill-kept, dimly lit "alley" passing furtive human beings.
July 19, 2005 |
In "Constantine," Keanu Reeves plays a cynical (sound familiar?), chain-smoking antihero who roams dark and gritty Los Angeles (isn't it always?), hunting and eliminating demons who threaten to undo the balance of good and evil and unleash Satan from his realm into this unsuspecting world.