Movie Reviews

Film Review: Crown Heights

  Rated R 94 Minutes Released August 25 Crown Heights is a very powerful movie. It is based on the true story of Colin Warner’s mistaken 21-year imprisonment, and it hits hard because of the straightforward, non-dramatized way in which director Matt Ruskin tells the story. There are no overdrawn emotional scenes, nor is there a... Read more →


Birds at the beach in Malibu

  Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites the community to take a stroll through the Malibu Lagoon to observe some of the unique birds that travel through the area. SMBAS was founded in 1978 and since then they have made it a tradition to host monthly field trips on the fourth Sunday of every month. The Malibu Lagoon is... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Gook

  UR (Unrated) 94 Minutes Released August 18th The film Gook is set during the April1992 Los Angeles Riots, a peripheral backdrop that sets the cultural environment of the story. The characters seem to live in an emotional microcosm in the midst of that greater panorama of racial tension and violence. Director Justin Chon plays... Read more →

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Film Review: Detroit

  Rated R 143 Minutes Released August 4   This movie will pick you up and throw you right out of your comfort zone - in this case that’s a positive aspect. This is a hard film to watch. However, as Maya Angelou so eloquently stated, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you... Read more →

Culture Watch

Late Summer, Early Fall

  Summer’s starting to call it a day, but the arts keep on keeping on. This snippet-filled preview is a sampling of what’s happening in the next few days and weeks. The biggest news this September will be Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, a citywide festival celebrating Latin American and Latino art, with countless programs and... Read more →

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Film Review: Whose Streets?

Documentary 90 Minutes Released August 11   Do you know what it’s like to grow up and live in Ferguson Missouri as an African American? The beautifully made documentary film, Whose Streets?, will allow you to feel that life for yourself. The film does what a documentary is supposed to do. It shows the real experiences of... Read more →

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Film Review: Marjorie Prime

  Not Rated 98 Minutes Released August 18 Marjorie Prime is a story about ghosts from a different dimension. You could classify it as a sci fi tale in genre, though it doesn’t feel like one, as it is quite emotionally intimate. It’s a psychological study of three intertwining lives set in the near future. That’s all I... Read more →

Play Time

Good Cop/ Bad Cop Which Is Which?

  Keith Huff’s play, “A Steady Rain,” is an absorbing variation in the “good cop/bad cop” genre. Two cops, best friends since childhood, are partners in the Chicago Police Department. (In fact, they are so entwined that neither appears to have any other friends.) Denny (R.J. DeBard), the “bad cop,” is an explosive,... Read more →


Milo and Olive Pizza in Santa Monica

  Some say that when Elon Musk drops people on Mars, they will find a Starbucks coffee house on one corner and an Italian pizza restaurant on the other. At least that’s at least how Santa Monica has developed. There are at least 50 places to buy pizza in Santa Monica. So it’s not practical for me to try them all, because by the... Read more →

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Why I went Downtown

When I travel, I love riding on public transportation—buses, trains, trams and ferries— because in Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, these services are so efficient (as they are in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, BC). So I was delighted when the Expo Line came into town and I jumped at the chance to participate in the Big Blue Bus/Metro... Read more →

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Film Review: Ingrid Goes West

  Rated R 97 Minutes Released August 11   Ingrid Goes West could well be called “Ingrid Goes South.” “Ingrid” is a colossal mess and this film is the story of that mess. This is not an artistically top of the line movie. However it is a relevant statement and exploration of the communications backbone of people... Read more →

Play Time

Where, Oh Where is Angelica?

  As producer Gary Grossman explains it, the mission of the Skylight Theatre Company is to present only world premieres. No revivals, no imports from London or New York, no old rehashes of plays from the 1930s. Just brand new plays to be introduced to Los Angeles and the world for the very first time. Sometimes it works. Sometimes... Read more →

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Film Review: Atomic Blonde

  Rated R 115 Minutes Released July 28 I prefer not to read anything about a film before I see it. I want to experience on my own terms without anyone else’s opinion. Not so Atomic Blonde. I wish that I had some knowledge about it before I experienced it – and I mean “experienced” here, in every sense of the word. You... Read more →