Arts & Entertainment


Media exposés in new films “Spotlight” and “The Program”

"Spotlight" deals with the heavy subject matter of child abuse perpetrated by those posturing as Christians.


Progressive cinema in Toronto: An overview

Still one of the largest film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival is boasting around 400 films in a 10-day extravaganza.


Today in history: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma born in 1955

Among his many distinctions are the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


“Forsaken”: Middle-aged gun Jack Bauer home on the deranged range

Unless you are a diehard Western fan you may find this godforsaken flick torture to sit through.


Apocalypse redux: "Fear the Walking Dead" finale falters

The slipshod approach is agonizing enough, but the logistics of the whole affair, and how they were mishandled, are downright insulting.


“uCarmen” from South Africa: No castanets, bring in the marimbas

For the second year in a row, the world-renowned South African Isango Ensemble has come to Santa Monica's Broad Stage.


"Heroes Reborn" is satisfying sequel to original series

This show has something to prove, to viewers and critics, but it looks like great things are coming.


“Hit the Wall”: Revolution starts with a hot night out

We the audience are immersed right in the epicenter of the Stonewall Rebellion that broke out the night of June 28, 1969.


Frederick Wiseman’s tour de force “In Jackson Heights”

An absorbing, documentary look at the multi-cultural community in Queens, New York City, where 167 languages are spoken.


"Freeheld": Ms. and Ms. Smith go to Washington

Inspired by a true story.  The precedent struck by Laurel and Stacie's struggle played a major role in the same-sex marriage movement.

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