Performances shine despite lackluster direction


A seemingly happy marriage of more than 20 years ends with an adulterous wife who disappears, leaving her loving husband to discover the identity of her lover and travel across the country to befriend the man in order to gain justice. The plot itself sounds like either a gut-wrenching, anti-love story or a psychologically jarring […]

Foreign film highlights true brutalities of war


Forget Tarantino and his Basterds — the real ruthless Nazi killers of World War II can be found in the Danish import Flame & Citron. Based on the actual story of two Danish resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Denmark who come to be known as Flame and Citron, the film chronicles the efforts and accomplishments in […]

LA improv group goes to ‘Space Camp’


In elementary school, my best friend went to space camp; I still resent her for it. My parents wouldn’t let me go — they claimed it was too dangerous and expensive — so I sat on my couch while my friend twirled around with the astronauts. About 15 years later, I finally got to go […]

‘Basterds’ showcases Tarantino’s quirks


Inglourious Basterds marks Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino’s war film debut. Set in France during World War II, the film follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) as they seek brutal revenge on the Nazi regime.