Movie Reviews


Matt Damon is resilient in ‘The Martian’

"The Martian" is a modern day western, set in the foreseeable future rather than a past that no longer exists. It's an epic work without twists or tricks. Writer Drew Goddard created an excellent screenplay from the novel by Andy Weir. Goddard wanted to direct, however with too many of his projects green-lit at once, he had to find another... Read more →

Culture Watch

Time, memory, photography

"Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows" is a must-see photographic exhibition at The Getty Center in Brentwood. The accompanying show "The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography" is equally intriguing and flows thematically from this master photographer's collection of works. I wonder whether photography in Japan is dominated by... Read more →


Local coach named to Olympics post

Sitting at a poolside table this summer at Santa Monica Swim Center, Dave Kelsheimer marveled about two of his most talented athletes. He rattled off their swimming accomplishments, praised their work ethic and expounded on their goals in the sport. Of course, Kelsheimer has plenty to do with their success. The head Team Santa Monica coach... Read more →

Movie Reviews

’99 Homes’ will have you waking up at night

"99 Homes" is a close-up, in-your-face view of the quasi-dictatorship that occurs when the ideals of capitalism are horribly misused. The first few minutes of the film conjure up images of Nazi soldiers invading a Jewish home. As unbelievable as it is that human beings could do this to each other, it happens. "99 Homes" is not a slick action... Read more →


Making waves in the face of genetic disease

Andrew Hendrickson needs daily treatments just to stay alive. He takes several dozen pills, including medicine for his liver and enzymes before he eats because his pancreas doesn‚Äôt function properly. He spends two 40-minute sessions in a vest that vibrates to loosen the mucus that has accumulated in his chest. He had part of his left... Read more →

Culture Watch

Catching Up: News & Reviews

By now the biggest cultural news of the past month has probably filtered through to you via other media. The opening of the new Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles was an international event, with days of civic, press and public events to celebrate its launch. Santa Monica‚Äôs loss is the greater community‚Äôs gain: the wonderful... Read more →


‘Damnation’ movie screening, discussion at Aero Theatre

Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present a film screening and panel talk on Sept.¬†30 at 7:30 p.m. Damnation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to... Read more →

Community Profiles

A musical anniversary

This Sunday the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will celebrate Dr. James "Jim" Smith's 50th anniversary as director of music for the church. The church has invited everyone to worship at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, where their chancel choir will debut a new anthem created by "world-renowned" composer... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Sicario’ is ‘an experience’

The opening title screens of the film Sicario flash the meaning of the term - it is the word for "hit man" or "assassin" in modern Mexico/ or in ancient history, a band of zealots who stealthily hunted the Romans who had overtaken their city. It is important that there is not one simple meaning to this term, as you will see in experiencing... Read more →


Games, rides and a dose of hope on the Pier

The iconic Santa Monica Pier is home to many an event each year. But the one that means the most to the patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is the Mattel Party on the Pier, an event that funds programming and research at the facility. And this Sunday the party hits the pier for the 16th year in a row. Sponsored by Mattel, Inc. and... Read more →

Culture Watch

Awake and Sing! (and dance, too)

Renowned dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating her 50th anniversary at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. In honor of this historic event, in addition to four staged performances she's reprising "The One Hundreds," which originally premiered in 1970, as a free community event. You could be one of the dancers! Get to the Wallis by 6 p.m.... Read more →