James "Whitey" Bulger has become a one-man stimulus package for the book business. The trickle of Bulger books started long before Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica in June 2011. By then he'd been a fugitive for 16 years, as his self-generated legend as South Boston's Robin Hood–style mob bo ... More >>
Vito Corleone has his cat. Dr. Evil has Mr. Bigglesworth. Jabba the Hut has whatever this thing is. Even Hitler had a German Shepard named Blondi. Villains throughout history have had pets. It's an easy way to humanize them, so that they're not just mustache-twisting caricatures. Sometimes they're ... More >>
The Lieutenant of Inishmore and A Tale Told by an Idiot
Also, The Last Station, Transylmania and more
British Director Havana Marking's Feature Doc on Singing for Fame in a Wartorn Country
THE LATEST NEW REVIEWS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS WEEK'S COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSAlso see this week's STAGE FEATURE on Polish theater unmaskedNEW REVIEW GO AS YOU LIKE ITAs You Like It Photo courtesy of Aquila TheatreSummer is in full heat across the Southland, which brings out amphitheater producti ... More >>
Also, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mutiny at Port Chicago, Nevermore, Wife Swappers and more.
THE LATEST NEW REVIEWS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS WEEK'S COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW REVIEW THEATER PICK CLOWNTOWN CITY LIMITSPhoto by Ed RachlesImagine a personable, grimy, makeup-smeared, cigar-chomping guy in a tank top, not unlike Tommy Lee Jones, playing cards outdoors on the porch of some tra ... More >>
Film is British directors first feature-length
Hunger tests the audience’s tolerance for violence — and martyrdom
Also, Frost/Nixon, The Black Balloon and more
Two bleak tales told in regional accents
Also: Macbeth, Romeo and Julius and more
Ken Loach takes on Irish nationalism
AFI remembers the past, neglects the present
United 93 exalts the ordinary
Is ELF ready to wage a more violent war for the environment?
The definitive account of America’s greatest filmmaker
From Lynda Barry and Raymond Briggs
Novelist Brian Moore has left behind his homeland and dodged celebrity in favor of an independend-minded and highly successful literary life.
John Boorman and his quest for the grail