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If you're keeping score this Oscar season — and who isn't? — chalk up this year's nominations as a victory for the bullying power of the United States Senate and an undeserved loss for "Zero Dark Thirty" in general and director Kathryn Bigelow...
Culture MonsterChristopher Knight reviews Natalie Bookchin's video installation, "Now he's out in public and everyone can see," at LACE....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn the autumn of 2008, China's best-known filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, found himself at a career crossroads. The multiple Oscar nominee had spent the previous two years away from movies, orchestrating the opening and closing ceremonies for Beijing's Olympics,...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesIt hardly seems possible that there could be room for yet another important biography on so iconic a star as Marlene Dietrich, already the subject of a remarkably candid yet detached memoir by her daughter Maria Riva and of the late Steven Bach's...
The Big PictureEven though Salon's Andrew O'Hehir manages to call "Secretariat" "a work of genius" at one point in his new review, I don't think we'll be seeing Disney putting O'Hehir in its blurb ads this weekend. In fact, I suspect that......
The Fabulous ForumOLYMPIC LEGEND: A cigarette lighter was once used to re-light the extinguished Olympic Flame. STATUS: True. While the interlocking rings that make up the Olympic flag are undoubtedly the most recognizable symbol of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Flame is....
Culture MonsterA still life with moving bodies. Olympians at play. Knock-kneed models in red patent leather stilettos. These are but some of the tableaux that Pat Graney Company evokes in “Faith,” seen at REDCAT Thursday in the first of four performances.......
"New" being relative, the new version of "The Karate Kid" — which relies on the heart and cheery bloodthirstiness of the original — marks the first time the city of Detroit has been played on screen by parts of Beijing. The film was shot on...
Page's PageElizabeth Cheney claims that her group’s notorious web-ad attack against nine Department of Justice lawyers “does not question anybody’s loyalties.” Maybe not directly, anyway. But it comes close enough to leave skid marks. Take a look at the ad,...
This year's exhibition of artworks by the winners of the city of Los Angeles' $10,000 Individual Artist Fellowships is better than ever. The sculptures, videos, photographs and one whopper of a painting by nine artists deliver a satisfying mixture of...
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Morris Dickstein's "Dancing in the Dark" is not exactly the syncretic "Cultural History of the Great Depression" that its subtitle promises -- at best, the book treats inferentially the broad political and social trends of that desperate, crucial era. Let...
The Big PictureRight-wing pundits and bloggers are gearing up for more attacks on Roman Polanski, now that the director's new film, "The Ghost Writer," is edging close to its U.S. release this Friday, having just had its premiere at the Berlin Film......
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