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  • DVD Review: No comment on the commentary on Resnais film collection

    DVD Review: No comment on the commentary on Resnais film collection
    Alain Resnais, who died a little more than a year ago, was the most avant garde filmmaker of the French New Wave, except perhaps for Godard, who deconstructed filmic convention till there was nothing left.
  • Film Review: Cast buoys film of errant psychology experiment

    Film Review: Cast buoys film of errant psychology experiment
    Academic experiments rarely achieve fame, but, of the few that have, the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment — the subject of a new like-titled movie from director Kyle Patrick Alvarez — is only equaled by the earlier Milgram study, which dealt...

    Dining Review: The proof is on the plate

    Dining Review: The proof is on the plate
    Frankie’s Italian Kitchen has been a Tarzana mainstay since 1993. They recently brought their unique brand of tasty, comforting fare to the Burbank media district. Situated in what was previously Luca’s Italian Kitchen, in a shopping mall...

    DVD Review: Dreaming of the apocalypse in 'Miracle Mile'

    DVD Review: Dreaming of the apocalypse in 'Miracle Mile'
    When Steve De Jarnatt's 1988 apocalyptic suspense film opened in Los Angeles the following year, it seemed like a maddeningly frustrating combination of intelligent, stylish filmmaking and incoherent plotting. What I took at the time to be plot problems,...

    Film Review: Amy Schumer plays gender for laughs in 'Trainwreck'

    Film Review: Amy Schumer plays gender for laughs in 'Trainwreck'
    Amy Schumer has built her relatively young career on (among other things) transgression. “Inside Amy Schumer” — tied with “Key & Peele” as the funniest Comedy Central sketch show — is dominated by satirical views of...