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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Continues the Potter Saga

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Continues the Potter Saga

By Susan JAMES
Know this, fellow Potterites. Warner Bros.’ new exploration of Harry Potter’s magical world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” assumes that you’re familiar with previous Potter mythology. If you know your nifflers from your bowtruckles and your muggles from your squibs, if you know a good apparition when you see one, [...]

‘Dr. Strange’ is Strangely Appealing

‘Dr. Strange’ is Strangely Appealing

 
By Susan JAMES

all me a doubter but I wasn’t sure the universe was ready for yet another Marvel superhero saving the planet and fighting for truth and justice.  But given that “Dr. Strange” has enlisted the talents of the supersized Benedict Cumberbatch, actor extraordinaire and BBC’s sterling Sherlock Holmes, I shouldn’t have had any doubts. [...]

Emmy-nominated Costume Extravaganza on Display at FIDM

Emmy-nominated Costume Extravaganza on Display at FIDM

By Susan JAMES
Every year the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) opens its doors free to the public with a spectacular array of Emmy-nominated costumes from some of television’s most popular and some of its lesser-known shows. Nielsen ratings don’t measure the level of creativity in this year’s costume selection although “Game [...]

He’s Back: Jason Bourne’s Lackluster Return

He’s Back: Jason Bourne’s Lackluster Return

By Susan JAMES
It’s strange that the faster the action gets on the screen the slower the story seems to move in writer/director Paul Greengrass’ third exploration of the world of Jason Bourne. It’s not just that we’ve seen soulless killers and endless car chases before – far more memorably filmed in the “Fast and the [...]

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Fails To Launch

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Fails To Launch

By Susan JAMES
Full disclosure: I’m a Trekkie. I’ve been a Trekkie since 1966 when the star ship Enterprise warped its way into a brave new universe with a crew that embodied diversity before diversity became a thing. So it is with regret that I say to other Trekkies and almost- Trekkies out there that the [...]

Girl Meets War in DOA ‘Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot’

Girl Meets War in DOA ‘Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot’

We here at CV Weekly are proud to have a diverse group of writers and reporters. As such, we have many different viewpoints on issues and stories. We would like to give you, the reader, a chance to view this first hand. Last week, our Leisure editor and reporter Charly Shelton reviewed “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” [...]

FIDM’s Annual Celebration of Oscar-nominated Costumes Begins

FIDM’s Annual Celebration of Oscar-nominated Costumes Begins

By Susan JAMES
Running through April 30, the annual exhibition of Oscar-nominated movie costumes is now on display at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Featuring 100 costumes from 23 films, including the five Oscar nominations, the exhibit runs the gamut from romantic “Cinderella” ball gowns to high tech “Star Wars” Stormtrooper armor [...]

‘Hail, Caesar’ Delivers The Laughs

‘Hail, Caesar’ Delivers The Laughs

By Susan JAMES
When Hollywood takes on Hollywood the results can be laugh-out-loud funny or a disastrous misfire. Fortunately for audiences, the Coen Brothers’ new journey through the looking glass at the Hollywood of 1951 is the former.  Clever production whisks us back to the days when TV was still a gleam in the entertainment industry’s [...]

‘The Finest Hours’ Are A Fine Few Hours

‘The Finest Hours’ Are A Fine Few Hours

By Susan JAMES
Go for the action. Skip the romance. Director Craig Gillespie has put a blow-out action film on screen that makes you hold your breath as long as the men being pounded by killer seas. But when the movie cuts to the lame love story, it drags its anchor. Adapted from the 2009 book [...]

‘Steve Jobs’ Tallies the Cost of Genius

‘Steve Jobs’ Tallies the Cost of Genius

By Susan JAMES

Director Danny Boyle’s new film “Steve Jobs” is a surprisingly engrossing plunge into the chaotic world of a man who created the future but was unable to deal with the present. The larger-than-life career of computer visionary Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is one of dysfunctional relationships that lasted decades, taking a terrible toll [...]


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