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Movie Review: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' a slow, empty quest

Movie Review: 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' a slow, empty quest

In "Hector and the Search for Happiness," Hector (Simon Pegg) is a psychiatrist with a touch of Walter Mitty in him. He daydreams about being a WWI pilot, but other than the need for this little indulgence in childhood fancy, he seems to have an ideal life. He's financially well off with a...

Stage Review: Earthbound 'Happy Days' breaks new ground

Stage Review: Earthbound 'Happy Days' breaks new ground

A shrill alarm bell awakens a woman buried up to her ample bosom in rocky dirt under an arid blue sky. She opens her eyes and smiles. “Another heavenly day,” she says.

Serving up treats at Coffee Commissary

Serving up treats at Coffee Commissary

Naomi Shim’s fascination with food started with something small: a sweet tooth. At a young age, she found herself eating spoonfuls of butter.

Dining Review: Globe-trotting pepper settles in the Valley

Dining Review: Globe-trotting pepper settles in the Valley

PortuCal Peri Peri, the new fast-casual eatery on San Fernando Road, has a name as peculiar as the circuitous route that brought this spicy chicken to Burbank.

DVD Review: There's no explaining 'Vengeance'

DVD Review: There's no explaining 'Vengeance'

Japanese director Shohei Imamura had a long, somewhat strange career. For a decade, starting in the late ’50s, he attracted attention for a series of social realist films, often with an ironic view of the American occupation. After a decade, he dropped...

Posters of the First World War on display at Huntington Library

Posters of the First World War on display at Huntington Library

Wars are always fought on many fronts. The artists who made the posters that accompanied the World War I effort were an unprecedented conflagration of skilled visual communicators, stretching the two-dimensional medium previously limited to commercial uses....

DVD Review: Compilation is short on Lewis' anxious comedy, Bundle of Nerves

DVD Review: Compilation is short on Lewis' anxious comedy, Bundle of Nerves

This release from comedian Richard Lewis is like a video scrapbook of odds and ends from his previously not-on-DVD works. Lewis is probably most widely known for the sitcom "Anything But Love," in which he costarred with Jamie Lee Curtis for three seasons....

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Documentary 'Take Me to the River' explores Memphis' musical genres

The loose, worshipful documentary "Take Me to the River" sets out to celebrate Memphis as a musical nexus of genres — blues, country, soul, rock — by sitting in on the recording of an album bringing together the region's legendary headliners and session men with today's young, mostly hip-hop up-and-comers.

'Pay 2 Play' takes aim at big money's effect in politics

Citing the Citizens United case, the Hobby Lobby case, the Koch brothers, Occupy Wall Street, "stand your ground" and other trending topics of recent civil discourse, the documentary "Pay 2 Play" lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood and money as free speech.

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 Read On: A punch by any other name

Read On: A punch by any other name

It seems that everywhere you went this week — and I went to St. Louis — you couldn't escape the noise blasting from the discussion of Ray Rice and "The Punch." And trust me that even...