• ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’: Beautiful and problematic

    Like the book that inspired it, the new animated feature film, “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” opening at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles Aug. 7, is full of soaring words and beautiful images.

  • Not alone in the dark

    One of the best things about the Turner Classic Movie channel is that it afforded me the opportunity to share my passion for old movies with my kids. 

  • Family Theater production wins three awards

    “Family Dinner,” an independent short film produced by Family Theatre Productions, has received awards at three major festivals: the Gabriel Awards, the New York Festivals and the Telly Awards.

  • The Godly Sherlock Holmes

    In “Mr. Holmes,” audiences are shown a side of Sherlock Holmes which has received short shrift since the turn of the century — his spirituality and essential goodness.

  • Mr. Holmes’ – A return to the authentic Sherlock

    Not since 1974, when reviewers were startled to find 11 different publishing houses boasting 11 new Sherlock Holmes titles, including Nicholas Meyer’s blithely literate “The Seven-Percent Solution,” has the Great Detective enjoyed so extensive a cultural revival.


  • Movie Review: "Self/less"

    The gunfire and car crashes that dominate the second hour of the soul-swapping thriller “Self/less” (Focus) are sure signs that this ponderous property has run out of ideas.

  • Movie Review: "Minions"

    Fillet it how you will, “Minions” (Universal) is a treat.



  • Movie Review: "Love & Mercy"

    In “Love & Mercy” (Roadside), a profile of Brian Wilson, the driving force behind 1960s chart toppers the Beach Boys, director Bill Pohlad focuses on lengthy scenes showing the young Wilson (Paul Dano) laboriously crafting his distinctive sound in recording studios. It’s an intelligent, steady approach.

  • Movie Review: "Faith of Our Fathers"

    Director Carey Scott’s “Faith of Our Fathers” (Pure Flix) is a well-intentioned but awkwardly uneven account of Christianity’s impact on two generations of families.

  • Movie Review: "Magic Mike XXL"

    Don’t let those fancy Roman numerals in its title fool you — the male stripper sequel “Magic Mike XXL” (Warner Bros.) isn’t just for intellectuals.

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To labor with love

Archbishop José H. Gomez

In a recent audience, Pope Francis said: “In speaking about a serious, honest person, the most beautiful thing that can be said is: ‘He or she is a worker,’ one who works.” 




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  • Wednesday, September 2

    The Compassionate Friends of South Bay/LA Meeting, 7 p.m., The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. The Compassionate Friends are a self-help group offering support to families who have lost a child. (310) 530-3214. www.tcfsbla.org.

    Bible Study: The Gospel of John, 7:15-9:15 p.m., Holy Family Church Parish Hall, 18708 Clarksdale Ave., Artesia. 25-week class will meet every Wednesday. Invited speakers will present and explain the lesson followed by a group discussion led by facilitators. $30. To register, call Cecile Uyan, (562) 650-2354. holyfamilybiblestudy.com.

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