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Michael Feinstein meets the challenge

Michael Feinstein meets the challenge

Noted singer-pianist Michael Feinstein remembers what he was thinking just before he took the stage last year for his inaugural performance as principal conductor of the Pasadena POPS.

DVD Review: 'The Lego Movie' deserves its acclaim

The team of Phil Miller and Chris Lord have pulled off the coup of making two of year's most entertaining films so far — "22 Jump Street" (released last month) and "The Lego Movie" (from February). The latter is out now in various home entertainment...

DVD Review:  Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' more comic than titillation

DVD Review: Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' more comic than titillation

In reviewing "Nymphomaniac, Volume I" during its theatrical release, I said that "...the title may sound like a porn film, but, despite a fair amount of nudity, titillation is not its agenda. Its concerns are psychological and its tone often predominantly...

DVD Review: 'A Hard Day's Night' still a pure joy ride

DVD Review: 'A Hard Day's Night' still a pure joy ride

After 50 years — you heard me, 50 years — "A Hard Day's Night" is still a pure joy ride for those old enough to have seen it way back when. I'd like to think that it's also pleasurable for those too young to have lived through the Beatles era, even...

Filmmaking teens take top honors at festival

Filmmaking teens take top honors at festival

A silent film set to the music of composer of George Gershwin that details a teenager's attempts to win the heart of his dream girl and another film that follows an introverted teenager as he recounts his life to the toy robot he's repairing recently won...

Daryl Brown, son of James Brown, visits La Cañada to talk father's biography

Daryl Brown, son of James Brown, visits La Cañada to talk father's biography

Through words and recollections, the spirit of James Brown was resurrected Monday evening as local fans came to Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse to learn more about a new biography penned by the famed singer's son.

Curvy roads and cauliflower soup: Newcomb's Ranch celebrates 75 years

Curvy roads and cauliflower soup: Newcomb's Ranch celebrates 75 years

Perched alongside State Route 2, Newcomb's Ranch maintains its rustic, homestyle feel at 75.

Andy Klein Movie & DVD Reviews

L.A. Times Movie Reviews

'The Notebook' is a chilling but reductive World War II tale

Based on the international bestseller by Agota Kristof, "The Notebook" represented Hungary in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film competition but failed to garner a nomination.

Kenneth Turan : 'A Letter to Momo' delivers quirky comedy, realistic despair

"A Letter to Momo" does things its own way. A striking example of Japanese hand-drawn animation, it casually combines things you wouldn't expect in one place. Physical beauty and fearless adventure, silly comedy and sensitive emotions, filmmaker Hiroyuki Okiura brings a facility for all of them to the table.

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Read On: Robin Williams' end spotlights depression

Read On: Robin Williams' end spotlights depression

I don't think I've seen the kind of shock and national mourning — and outpouring of love — for an entertainment figure that's been generated by the suicide this week of Robin Williams...