LA Times

The Nicolas Cage police thriller ‘211’ can’t match his intensity

6 years ago Scarlett Newton
Even the subset of Nicolas Cage fans who like it when the actor makes laughably terrible movies will have trouble sitting through “211,” a hostage thriller more boring than cheesy. Cage gets exactly one meme-able meltdown scene, about two-thirds of the way through the picture. The rest is a waste...

Cop and drug dealer team in smooth Korean action flick ‘Believer’

6 years ago Scarlett Newton
In both Johnnie To’s superb 2012 Hong Kong crime thriller “Drug War” and Lee Hae-young’s fine new Korean remake, “Believer,” a dogged detective infiltrates a narcotics syndicate with the help of a possibly untrustworthy informant. Although they share a premise, “Drug War” is more of a gritty, realis..

Playboy Jazz Festival: Five acts not to miss at the Hollywood Bowl

6 years ago Fiona Watkins
If the temperatures are beginning to climb, then it must be Playboy Jazz Festival season again. An L.A. staple that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the festival has scheduled a typically eclectic mix from the worlds of jazz, pop and R&B. As you join the parade of revelers (and their....

Diane Nelson steps down as president of Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment

6 years ago Danielle Murray
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson is officially leaving her position as head of the storied Warner Bros.-owned comic book publisher, following a two-month leave of absence. Nelson, who also served as Warner Bros.’ president of consumer products, first stepped away from her duties in late...

How introspective hip-hop artist Roy Kinsey turned trauma into triumph

6 years ago Scarlett Newton
When Roy Kinsey lost his grandmother in 2016, he was too paralyzed with grief to speak at her service. Kinsey couldn’t exalt her the way he wanted — by recounting stories of staying up late with her sharing beers, the hard lessons she passed on or the many memories he had. So he opted to make her....