Movie Reviews

Blake Lively gives depth to ‘The Shallows’

By Kathryn Whitney Boole “The Shallows” is the ubiquitous summer shark movie. However, it is very much worth seeing for many other reasons. If you can forgive the requisite foreshadowing “shark point-of-view” shots covered by ominous music, this is a beautiful film and Blake Lively does a fine job of carrying it, mostly alone on... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Captain Fantastic’ has Oscar written all over it

By Kathryn Whitney Boole "Captain Fantastic" embraces a subject that is voluminous in concept, yet uses the medium of movies to make a beautiful statement within the space of two hours that will inspire you to contemplate your philosophy of life in a whole different light, regardless of your political and religious persuasions. While you... Read more →

Culture Watch

A summer potpourri of arts and entertainment

Every now and then a week goes by when I can't get out to a cultural event. That's when I turn to my inbox to find out what local organizations are up to. This weekend, there's so much to choose from! THEATRE A controversy has bubbled up over at City Garage, the theatre at Bergamot Art Station. The U.S. premiere of “Right Left with... Read more →

Play Time

Reflecting on heritage in ‘Bad Jews’

The play has such a despicable name that you would think it would attract every neo-Nazi, Aryan Nation, skinhead anti-Semite in Southern California. The play is called “Bad Jews.” But, surprisingly, playwright Joshua Harmon's four-person diatribe is actually a perceptive reflection of the way in which many modern Jews relate to their... Read more →


Music, food and fun: Your guide to summer in Santa Monica

By Emanuela Boisbouvier Daily Press Intern Santa Monica summer days can be draining as thermometers reach the 100-degree peek and the promenade seems to shrink as the number of people strolling down it triple. Yet, summer also brings unique events to the community. With the always popular Twilight Concert Series anchoring the summer... Read more →


Expo Line tour: Bar trivia and beyond in the heart of Palms

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the fourth non-Santa Monica stop: Palms. For almost as long... Read more →

Culture Watch

Henry Miller memoir unpacks life of literary giant

This year marks the 125th anniversary of author Henry Miller’s birth (Dec. 26, 1891). Originally a Brooklyn boy, he spent 18 years in Big Sur (calling it the first place he felt at home in America), and later lived and died in Pacific Palisades (June 7, 1980). Miller blew the literary world wide open with his controversial novel,... Read more →

Play Time

Family dysfunction screams in ‘Big Sky’

If you want to watch the antics of a dysfunctional family, you can go visit certain of your relatives. You know the ones I mean. Or, if you wish to heighten the experience, you can go to the Geffen Playhouse and watch four actors scream at each other for two hours. The play is “Big Sky,” but it has nothing to do with Montana. Instead,... Read more →