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Special to The TimesIT'S A pity that Michel Gondry's “Be Kind Rewind,” a movie rife with DIY optimism and analog nostalgia, arrives this week on DVD and not, as befits its premise, good old-fashioned VHS. Gondry has a reputation for technical wizardry -- he is...
Even though the healthcare reform bill passed by the Assembly was negotiated with a Republican governor, ABX1-1 is very much a Democratic proposal at heart— witness its significant expansion to cover 3.6 million uninsured Californians, including 800,000...
By Nick Owchar Like many an excellent chronicler of village life, Lauren Groff gives us early in "The Monsters of Templeton" (Voice/Hyperion: 364 pp., $24.95) an ensemble view of the citizens of Templeton, a place very closely modeled on Cooperstown, N....
Special to The TimesDON'T be surprised if, someday soon, following a meal at a Mexican restaurant, the server brings what looks like a taco-shaped fortune cookie with your check. Crack open the cinnamon-scented wafer and you'll find a slip of paper printed in English on...
Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) stopped by the Los Angeles Times this week to discuss health care reform. Kuehl will hold a hearing today on the Nunez-Perata health care bill, which is supported by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The Assembly has already passed...
Times Staff WriterZack de la Rocha crouched in front of Brad Wilk's drum kit and surveyed the nearly 60,000 people at his feet. All around him crested a noise that had been bottled up for seven years. The crowd clamored at the sound of Tom Morello's guitar flashing over...
Tribune reporterOK, Illinois, let's be honest about our dishonesty. We've put an impressive collection of cheats and boodlers into public office over the decades, and the public outcry has never led to more than a token crackdown by government. So why should the...
A competent but unremarkable crime thriller, "Untraceable" does introduce one fascinating, troubling notion - that Americans are so addicted to their media that they would happily become accessories to murder in order to get their daily fix of...
Tags: Gregory Hoblit, Thriller (genre), FBI, Entertainment, Criminals
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs campus administrators worry about how to prevent violence like last spring's Virginia Tech shootings, students applying to college increasingly face queries about their past behavior: Were they ever severely disciplined in high school? Have they been...
Tags: School Examinations, Theft, Anxiety, Los Angeles Times, Oregon
Special to The TimesThe vile billboards heralded it, the controversy stoked it, and now it's loose in public: "Captivity," the latest in check-in-but-don't-check-out torture films. A spirit-sapping exercise in female degradation fantasy, it was directed by Roland Joffé,...
Tags: Brain, Movies, Abusive Behavior, Entertainment, Death
Today, Balaker and Reed weigh options for reducing traffic. Previously they debated road-building, subway extension, and how to reduce congestion Later this week they'll focus on transit funding, building roads and rail, alternatives to traffic, and crazy...
Times Staff WriterBrad Bird's 'Ratatouille' is so audacious you have to fall in love with its unlikely hero. If we are living in a golden age of animation — and we are — one of the reasons is writer-director Brad Bird. That's somewhat ironic, because as his new...
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