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Melissa Weller

‘Under the Skin’ sets Scarlett ablaze

Scarlett Johansson has had a very busy year, least of which from dealing with the OxFam and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions hoopla we’ve covered so extensively.

James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct.

Community Seder round-up

Discover the eternal meaning of the haggadah and enjoy a seder complete with hand-baked matzah, wine/grape juice and your favorite traditional meal at Chabad of Simi Valley.

Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ a small-town triumph

Imagine what a movie showcasing an ordinary, lukewarm existence might look like. One without mobs or crooked cops and the only color in the characters’ lives is the blue on their collar.

The problems with the problems with ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

Describing exactly the way Blue is the Warmest Color affected me, as I’m sure it did millions of people, is a struggle, especially from a critical standpoint. It’s an intimate and subjective reflection of people, places and times, carrying the hours with tides of raw emotion rather than frequent chronological plot points.

Review: ‘Kill Your Darlings,’ but phone it in

Those who walked into the theater hoping to walk out with an enlightened appreciation of the significance surrounding these legendary writers and the Beat Movement they inspired were surprised, at best, to find a chick flick noir instead.


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