Movie Reviews

‘Mother’s Day’ has its moments (movie review)

By Kathryn Whitney Boole "Mother's Day" is a movie of vignettes featuring an endearing group of friends and family members. The movie was conceived as a vehicle for Garry Marshall to direct in the style of his popular films "Valentine's Day" (2010) and "New Year's Eve" (2011), movies that also follow the relationships of multiple people... Read more →

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Master class in Samuel Beckett

Three actors over 80, a fourth in his late 60s … who says there are no quality stage roles for senior citizens these days? I'm talking about “Endgame,” the classic existential play by Samuel Beckett, now onstage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Some critics consider it a more mature version of “Waiting for... Read more →

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Underpaid and unacknowledged on Madison Avenue

There's no dancing at all in Elizabeth Irwin's moving play “My Mañana Comes,” but nevertheless the choreography is delightful. Four men whose job title identifies them as “busboys” spend their lives in the kitchen of a posh restaurant  on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, pirouetting around each other, artfully passing plates, empty and... Read more →

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Rusty’s Emerging Artist Competition goes into week four

This Thursday, Rusty's Surf Ranch will host another group of bands in its fourth week of the preliminary round of its 15th Annual Emerging Artist Competition. This week's bracket includes four bands, each playing a 30 minute set, starting at 8 p.m.: Young Creatures, Cuñao, The Smoky Knights and The Freedom Ledges. Continuing a tradition... Read more →

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YALLWEST returns to Santa Monica

“What you have to understand is that not all villains are evil.” That’s the first sentence of all the entries in a teen writing competition hosted by YALLWEST, the young-adult book festival being held this weekend in Santa Monica. The finalists’ poems and short stories are being judged by a panel of authors from the festival, which... Read more →

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A Muslim and A Jew Walk Into a Bakery

Are you as sick of news about politics, terrorism and global destruction as I am? Take yourself out for a laugh to see “Dough,” a whole different kind of “buddy movie.” A teen-aged Muslim refugee from Darfur lands in London with his mother where they live in extreme poverty. An old Jewish kosher baker struggles against all odds to... Read more →

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Convincing James Avery

Choose your favorite maxim: The world is going to hell in a hand basket. The ends justify the means. There are no accidents, everything that happens is part of a conspiracy. Playwright/director Charlie Mount explores all these themes in his new play, “The Leather Apron Club,” which opened this week at Theatre West. But first, a little... Read more →

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Rusty’s Emerging Artist Competition hits Week 3

This Thursday, Rusty's Surf Ranch will host another group of bands in its third week of the preliminary round of its 15th Annual Emerging Artist Competition. This week's bracket includes four bands, each playing a 30 minute set, starting at 8 p.m.: Them Howling Bones, The Proof, Honey & Jude and Brave Native. Continuing a tradition... Read more →

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Picture of a positive outcome

S. Beth Atkin is one of those renaissance women you read about in novels - but this Santa Monica resident is not fictional. A graduate of Barnard College, she's been a ballet dancer, model, a photography assistant to several world-famous photographers before becoming a self-taught photojournalist; she ran her own photography business,... Read more →

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One Good Movie, One Bad Play

Hockney: Creative and Colorful One of the brightest and happiest paintings on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is David Hockney's “Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio.” It was always a highlight of the tours I led for school kids during my decade as a docent at the museum. For me, its vivid colors - splashes of reds... Read more →