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  • Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale

    Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale
    “Automata” takes place 30 years from now, when environmental abuse has wiped out all but 21 million of us. Most of the world is a parched, radioactive wasteland. Any activity outside one of the few safe zones must be accomplished by sophisticated robots — who also take care of much of the work in the remaining settlements. The one task utterly forbidden to robots is, logically, repairing themselves. ROC, the corporation that manufactures them, has implanted two inviolable directives: First, they can not harm — or, through inaction, allow harm — to come to any living thing. Second, they can’t alter themselves, which might allow them to rewrite the first directive (among other scary possibilities).
  • DVD Review: Cynicism hasn't deadened 'The Innocents'

    If Amazon comments are any indication, few films demonstrate the change in audience expectations over the last 50 years better than “The Innocents,” director Jack Clayton's classic 1961 adaptation of Henry James' “The Turn of the Screw.&...

    Film Review: The turns are better left unsaid in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

    Film Review: The turns are better left unsaid in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'
    In reference to “Gone Girl” director David Fincher, Gillian Flynn — the novel’s author (and now the film’s screenwriter) — has asserted that “...even as I was writing the novel, there were certain scenes I...

    Stage Review: Cast adds new luster to Cole Porter classic

    Stage Review: Cast adds new luster to Cole Porter classic
      “Another Op’nin’, Another Show….” But not just any show. This is Cole Porter’s 1948 masterwork, “Kiss Me, Kate,” and it fairly zings with exuberance at the Pasadena Playhouse. Taking his inspiration...

    Film Review: Screen version of Highsmith novel proves fascinating

    Film Review: Screen version of Highsmith novel proves fascinating
    It’s no fun being the protagonist in a Patricia Highsmith novel. The late author’s work is drenched in cosmic irony: you may think you’re basically good, but you’re conning yourself, and God (or your superior force of choice) is...