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  • Reel Critics: Chris Rock rocks in 'Top Five'

    In his third directorial feature, Chris Rock's "Top Five" can be described as topical, tender, raunchy, smart and funny. Like his standup act, the humor can be explicit, but the observations are always on target. In a story not dissimilar to this year's...
  • On Theater: Solo acts win Man and Woman of the Year in Theater honors

    Forty years ago, this column inaugurated what has become an annual tradition of recognizing two people who had made outstanding contributions to local theater in the previous 12 months. The first pair so honored, in 1974, were David Emmes, co-founder of...
  • Reel Critics: A 'Horrible' use of Oscar winners

    "Horrible Bosses 2" is not about bosses, office work or 9 to 5 jobs. It's about a Marx Brothers-style farce with no grounding in reality. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprise the characters from the original film. They bring likable...
  • Reel Critics: The sober side of Stewart

    Comedian Jon Stewart skewers our culture and politics on cutting edge broadcasts of "The Daily Show." We expect raucous laughter from his audience. We don't expect that he could move us emotionally by depicting a serious subject taken from real life....
  • Reel Critics: A Disney 'Hero' with heart

    Disney's new animated adventure delivers exactly what kids and parents expect. "Big Hero 6" offers action, humor and wild escapades with a major sci-fi touch. A new and very huggable robotic hero emerges in Baymax, who looks like a puffy cousin of the...
  • Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

    Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire
    Gangsters from Russia are the new default mafia in recent crime thrillers. Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer" and James Gandolfini in "The Drop" battled vicious mobsters transplanted from the old Soviet Union. Keanu Reeves now joins the fray as the...
  • Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

    Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice
    Under the glare of lights in a room typically kept dark for performances, David Worthington took the microphone and gave voice to a man who hadn't been heard that evening — not in person, anyway, in this theater half a world removed from his home in...
  • 'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

    'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins
    Jon Neill will carve a pumpkin in the 40-pound range Sunday in Laguna Beach, but for him, that won't be a big deal. To put it in mathematical terms, it's less than one 20th as big as the pumpkin he carved two weeks ago. The newly hired instructor at...
  • Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

    Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'
    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...
  • Reel Critics: The verdict? 'The Judge' is worth seeing

    "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...
  • Reel Critics: 'Skeletons' opens a closet

    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...
  • Steinberg: Joe Roth documentary will inspire you

    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...