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  • DVD Review: 'Boyhood' develops into a fine film

    DVD Review: 'Boyhood' develops into a fine film
    It's a minor miracle that Richard Linklater's “Boyhood” was ever finished, let alone that it's as good as it is. As has been widely publicized, it was shot over the course of 12 years, with the players visibly aging with the passage of time. There are some partial precedents — e.g., Francois Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series and Linklater's own “Before” trilogy (“Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” “Before Midnight”). But in neither of those cases was there long-term intent from the start.
  • Verdugo Views: Guests at sanitarium each had a story to tell

    Verdugo Views: Guests at sanitarium each had a story to tell
    Rockhaven Sanitarium in Montrose was sometimes called the Screen Actor’s Sanitarium, as it provided a home for several women who were either active in — or connected to — show business. Over the years, residents included actress...

    A piece of L.A. history awaits a return to its neon glamour

    A piece of L.A. history awaits a return to its neon glamour
    A bit of lost Los Angeles lives for now in a Pomona warehouse, perhaps one day to reside in Glendale. Glimpse it and get goose bumps, even on a sticky summer day. The soft curve of the Brown Derby's hat. The dragon that danced outside Grauman's...

    DVD Review: Reaching for the combo 'Reacher' option

    DVD Review: Reaching for the combo 'Reacher' option
    When Christopher McQuarrie's "Jack Reacher" came out late last year, most critics — myself included — wondered whether the many diehard fans of Lee Child's novels would be appalled by the casting of Tom Cruise, who is physically almost the...

    DVD Review: Anchorman 2 features lots of bonus material

    DVD Review: Anchorman 2 features lots of bonus material
    This combo pack of two Blu-rays and one DVD may have the most extras of any new major studio release. (There might be some titles that had this much on their second or third home video release in a “Gold” or “Collector's” or...