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  • A holiday thanks to Mickey Rooney

    Dear Mr. Rooney, I have been a fan of your films for 50 years, from "Andy Hardy" and "Young Tom Edison" to "The Human Comedy" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I believe that I have seen and own most of them, but I have always wanted to interest my...
  • City Lights: An Oscar nod doesn't mean a film will be a classic someday

    City Lights: An Oscar nod doesn't mean a film will be a classic someday
    Talk about a prophetic theme song. When the Los Angeles Times reported the 30th anniversary re-release of John Hughes' school-detention drama "The Breakfast Club," it opened with a rhetorical question that didn't need explaining: "You didn't forget...
  • Reel Critics: Not much shading in 'Black or White'

    Actor and producer Kevin Costner put up millions of his own money to finance his latest film, "Black or White." He also shares starring roles with fellow Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help"). Both are excellent as the opposing grandparents of a...
  • Reel Critics: 'Mortdecai': painful, pitiful and pointless

    It's only January, but you can already see what may be the worst big-budget movie of 2015 at a theater near you. "Mortdecai" is a pitiful attempt to reprise the near-dead genre of British madcap farce. It's based on a series of comic thriller novels...
  • City Lights: We opine with abandon

    Sometimes it takes a huge event to make you notice a small one. Earlier this month, after the horrific assault on free speech in Paris, I found myself browsing Facebook and realized the ease with which we voice our constitutionally sanctioned opinions....
  • 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...