| Oct 16, 2014
| 7:35 PM
Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark Alliance," which alleged that a California drug ring had sold crack cocaine to gang members and funneled the profits to...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 6:37 PM
"The Judge" is a classic character study of two complex men forced to return to their family roots. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. create a memorable look at a father-and-son crisis situation.
Duvall plays a small-town Indiana judge known to...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:39 PM
I'll say it up front — "The Skeleton Twins" is one of the best films this year, with amazing performances from stars better known for comedic roles. But Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Ty Burrell show us real gifts at playing darker, more troubled...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 7:43 PM
Wounds to Bind
Jerry Burgan with Alan Rifkin
Rowman & Littlefield; 209 pages
I still remember the first time I heard We Five's 1965 hit "You Were On My Mind." It came on my bedroom radio when I was 8 or 9, and I quickly began taping it, mistaking...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 12:22 PM
Chelsea Braverman knows all about taking a group of energetic kids, assigning them roles and building a theater production from the ground up.
Heck, she's been doing it since age 7.
While icons like Charlie Chaplin and Clint Eastwood drew acclaim...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 5:15 PM
With her career spanning more than 50 feature films in more than 60 years in show business, Shirley MacLaine has dazzled audiences, met prime ministers, presidents and politicians, hung out with the Rat Pack and talked with His Holiness the Dalai Lama....
| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:11 PM
Just to set the facts straight: The show Sept. 18 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will feature a program of songs with lyrics by a man who doesn't exist, based on a book by a man who also doesn't exist, sung by a real man who is now performing under...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:45 AM
For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy.
From the outside, the grade-school principal in the movie "Lovesick" — played by actor Matt LeBlanc — has everything: a great circle of friends, a supportive family and a satisfying...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Twenty years ago, film critic Danny Peary released a wonderful book called "Alternate Oscars," which compared his own choices for Best Picture, Actor and Actress to the Academy's for every year from 1928 to 1991. Not surprisingly, he agreed with Best...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 8:16 PM
Sunday will be emotional for Cal Berkeley alumni, fans, and anyone who knew the late Cal quarterback, Joe Roth.
"Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story" will debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Regency Lido Theatre at 2 p.m. It is a film filled with...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 12:01 PM
At Bella Terra, it's Kids Club time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday.
Singer Jamie Shaheen will entertain children with sing-a-longs as she plays the piano. The Kids Club takes place at the outdoor amphitheater near the movie theater and Johnny Rockets....
| Mar 27, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Ever since I became a journalist, I have had one burning desire: to work the phrases "National Poetry Month" and "The Human Centipede" into the same column. With the following piece, my career will be vindicated.
I'll get to the second phrase later. But...