Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:02 am
Violent family feuds are part and parcel of Americana, the most notorious one being between The Hatfields and The McCoys, which began in 1865 and resulted in around one dozen deaths.
Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:01 am
If you combined the best science fiction elements of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” with Michael Mann’s extraordinary lighting effects in “Thief,” as well as Ingmar Bergman’s long, lingering landscape shots in “The Virgin Spring” or “Wild Strawberries,” this will give you an idea of the highly textured look of Jonathan Glazer’s haunting film, “Under the Skin.”
Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:06 am
The life stories and backgrounds of artistic creators will naturally infiltrate their work. Henry Jaglom, a legendary experienced director and filmmaker who has lived in Santa Monica for more than 30 years, serves as no exception.
Posted Mar. 13, 2014, 8:21 am
We all know that Jason Bateman is a wonderfully versatile actor with a special comedic gift that he brings full throttle to his first directorial effort in “Bad Words.”
Posted Mar. 7, 2014, 9:13 am
Hollywood may have the Academy Awards, but Santa Monica has the Spirit Awards each year the afternoon prior to the Oscars in a spiffy tent on the beach.
Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:10 am
Vera Farmiga is a familiar on-screen personality and has racked up a number of memorable roles in such films as “The Departed,” “Source Code,” “Goats,” “Safe House,” “The Conjuring,” and “Up in the Air,” which earned her both a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role.
Posted Feb. 15, 2014, 9:28 am
There’s no other way to cut it: The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman struck many at a personal level, because we’ve either struggled with our own substance “issues” or known someone who has. Or we’ve possibly also lost someone to the dark forces of abuse.
Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:10 am
One of our national treasures, Andy Garcia is among one of Hollywood’s most respected and talented actors having starred in an array of successful films including, “The Untouchables,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Black Rain,” “Internal Affairs,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “City Island” and “The Lost City,” which he co-wrote, directed, and had a starring role.
Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 7:12 am
The Vidiots Foundation in Santa Monica will host award-winning director David O. Russell this Sunday night for a discussion and screening of clips from his most recent film "American Hustle."
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:20 am
What do Jeff Goldblum, Daniel Baldwin, Bo Derek, Tia Carrere, Richard Dreyfus, Julianna Margulies, and Lou Diamond Phillips have in common – besides being on the list of our favorite actors? They have all been invited guests to the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Posted Feb. 1, 2014, 10:19 am
I’ll hope to not inject any spoilers here, but Spike Jonze’s film “Her” is well worth the effort to catch now in theaters for several reaso...
Posted Jan. 18, 2014, 9:27 am
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:59 am
The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will be held today at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica starting at 5 pm.
Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:34 am
The speculation is over for Oscar nominations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences releasing its picks early Thursday morning.
Posted Jan. 14, 2014, 9:01 am
Perhaps the most accessible show of the awards season, the 71st Annual Golden Globes did not disappoint Sunday night, as film and television stars, along with their supporters, friends, and fans all rubbed shoulders to celebrate last year’s accomplishments.
Posted Jan. 10, 2014, 9:22 am
The Vidiots Foundation and KCRW will host a series of live conversations on film and culture this month called “The Annex Series: Conversations on Film and Culture.” The first will be held tonight, Jan. 10.
Posted Jan. 7, 2014, 9:06 am
The final feature film of an acclaimed Japanese director will screen Wednesday night at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre.
Posted Jan. 5, 2014, 9:26 am
The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will present a screening of "Totem Stories" at 7:30 pm tonight -- a documentary about Cirque du Soleil.
Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 8:59 am
Tears stream down Kiki’s adolescent face as she recounts escaping the horrors of her childhood, and the abuse she endured at the hands of her mother’s ex-boyfriend, in the promotional trailer for “American Street Kids.” Off-camera, Santa Monica writer and director Michael Leoni solemnly says, “I’m sorry.”
Posted Dec. 19, 2013, 8:24 am
Ralph Fiennes exploded on screen in his mesmerizing performance as Amon Goeth, the psychotic Nazi commandant in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” earning him multiple nominations and awards including BAFTA, New York Critics, London Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
Posted Dec. 11, 2013, 9:10 am
Belgian actor Johan Heldenbergh is an amazing multi-talented man. He is the writer of the original play “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and played the lead character of Didier. He has resurrected the role in the film version, co-written by Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen, who also directed.
Posted Nov. 27, 2013, 8:46 am
In this week's episode of "In The Chair," Santa Monica Mirror Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen interviews Santa Monica filmmaker Steven Barber about his latest documentary called "The Carrier," which premiered earlier this month on Veteran's Day.
Posted Nov. 23, 2013, 7:40 am
“The Lion King” has roared back to the stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood – the first time since 2006 – for a limited run of shows through Jan. 12 next year.
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 9:39 am
Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt will serve as host for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, which will be held on March 1.
Posted Nov. 13, 2013, 9:13 am
The documentary “Bridegroom” is a touching, tragic love story about a beautiful young gay couple – Shane Bitney Crone, originally from a small, conservative town in Montana, and his partner, Tom Bridegroom, from equally conservative Indiana. They met in Los Angeles and instantly knew they were soul mates and planned to marry as soon as it became legal in California.