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  • Reel Critics: 'American Sniper' right on target

    In Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film "Unforgiven," he caused the harsh light of day to shine on Hollywood's romantic notions of the Old West. In "American Sniper," he shines a severe spotlight on our ongoing wars in the Middle East by focusing on...
  • Off Center Festival at Segerstrom looks to entertain and provoke

     Off Center Festival at Segerstrom looks to entertain and provoke
    Since becoming president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2006, Terry Dwyer has been on a mission to make the venue affordable, intriguing and inviting — even a little off once in a while. While the center delivers well on the popular...
  • Oscar contest: Take your pick

    Oscar contest: Take your pick
    My Oscar prediction for this year: No matter which of the many nominees take home the gold, hard feelings will abound. Within hours of the nominations being announced Jan. 15, Entertainment Weekly posted a story with the headline "Everything is not...
  • Reel Critics: 'Selma' is a superb depiction of history

    Modern cinema is full of fictional comic book heroes fighting fictional villains. They survive wild exploits, but their phony lives are never really in jeopardy. In contrast, "Selma" recreates a tumultuous time in American history when true heroes rose up...
  • Year in Review: The O.C. arts community weighs in

    Year in Review: The O.C. arts community weighs in
    2014 will end in less than a week, and already the year-end lists have started to roll out. As the new year approaches, we asked some of the movers and shakers in the local arts community to name the highlights — and low lights — of the past...
  • 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: 'Woods' is lovely, dark and deep

    "Into the Woods" is Disney's film version of Stephen Sondheim's award winning play. The plot borrows basic elements from "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel" and "Little Red Riding Hood." These children's stories are represented in several...
  • 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: 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 '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...
  • '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...