June 3, 2003 |
Cancer cells can be ambitious little imperialists. So can the cancer-fighting researchers and the institutions that support them. This is the provocative metaphor that informs Bob Clyman's "The Secret Order," a compellingly sharp-tongued drama at Laguna Playhouse. Producer Norman Twain hopes to take the play to Broadway next season. Under the direction of Michael Sexton, "The Secret Order" briskly analyzes four mostly well-intentioned people who work at a fictional medical institute in New York.
October 23, 2009 |
As in the best movie satires, there's a solid core of truth informing director Jonathan Parker's "(Untitled)," which takes on the New York art and music worlds in one smart and funny swoop. The film, co-written by Parker and Catherine DiNapoli, strikes a mostly happy balance between observational farce and heightened reality, without defaulting to the overly broad or ridiculous just to prove a point. The filmmakers are also blessed with a strong cast, whose portrayals of the movie's various buyers, sellers and creators rarely feel forced or concocted but believably lived in. Adam Goldberg, whose aggressive-neurotic shtick has often been wearying, is enjoyably effective here as Adrian Jacobs, a brooding, strangely passionate composer of atonal music who just can't square why his "sound art" falls on so many deaf ears -- and empty concert halls -- while his painter-brother Josh's (Eion Bailey)
January 22, 2000 |
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles are as appealing a pair of young lovers as you could wish for. And as long as first-time writer-director Kris Isacsson focuses squarely on them, "Down to You" plays well as a story of how two intelligent, privileged people meet in college, then fall passionately in love lots faster than they were prepared for.
June 2, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 2 - 8, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Voice The top six artists perform in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC The Secret Life of the American Teenager Graduation brings an end to the high school careers of the teens and the end of the series. Daren Kagasoff, Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Michael Grant and Allen Evangelista star.
September 16, 2012 |
In the opening scenes of "Revolution," a new adventure series debuting Monday on NBC, electricity disappears from the world. It is not one of those EMP-burst scenarios that haunt off-the-grid conspiracy types - search for "EMP burst" online and you'll see who I mean - but a kind of ontological evaporation of the thing itself. Obviously, there is some technological hocus pocus involved, because as the power winks out, we see family man Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) hurriedly download something Scientific from a laptop to a thumb drive embedded in what looks like an amulet.