March 13, 2014 |
There's plenty of blood in the supernatural horror flick "Dark House," but what really defines director Victor Salva's latest effort is flop sweat. A haunted house, psychic powers, a father-son mystery, pregnancy terror, the South's history of lynching - Salva and co-writer Charles Agron reach for pretty much any contrivance that might send a fleeting shiver down audience members' spines with too little consideration for narrative cohesion or thematic nuance. Upon his mother's death, clairvoyant Nick (Luke Kleintank)
March 3, 2014 |
Cate Blanchett was grateful and defiant in picking up the lead actress Oscar for her devastating performance in "Blue Jasmine," suggesting those who dismiss a film with a female star as "niche" are the cliche. Lupita Nyong'o's gracious words on her supporting actress win for "12 Years a Slave," spoke of a love of the art, of its power to heal great divides. Both portrayals gave us painful windows into a woman's world. As incredible as they were, for a change they were not alone. This year the actresses - winners and nominees - created characters as richly varied as they were deeply provocative.
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 30, 2014 |
After the jaw-dropping plane crash sequence in the superb 2012 thriller "Flight," the action in the intimate docudrama "Charlie Victor Romeo," which brings to life - almost verbatim - the black-box transcripts from six actual aviation emergencies from the 1980s and '90s, can't help but pale in comparison. That said, this forceful adaptation of the popular 1999 stage play created by Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels and Irving Gregory (they're also credited with the screenplay and perform here)
January 14, 2014 |
Tuning up for a Baseline League showdown on Friday against Etiwanda, Rancho Cucamonga received 30 points from Victor Joseph to knock off Los Osos, 77-72. Rancho Cucamonga is 16-2 overall and 2-0 in league. Etiwanda received 12 points from Elijah Johnson and 11 from Jordan McLaughlin in a 70-38 win over Alta Loma. In the Foothill League, Lewis Stallworth scored 23 points to help Hart (13-1) rally for a 73-68 opening win over West Ranch. Jaleel Howard scored 20 points in Valencia's 88-65 win over Saugus.
November 5, 2013 |
Marqise Lee accelerated off the line of scrimmage, burst toward the middle of the field with no hesitation and was wide open for a long touchdown pass. That simple chain of events on USC's first offensive play against Oregon State last week sent a message to opposing defensive coordinators and NFL evaluators. Lee, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, appears to be near full strength after being slowed by a knee injury. "I'm feeling good," Lee said Tuesday after practice.