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ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013
Asa Butterfield is the starry-eyed young actor who played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated "Hugo. " He jumps up several levels to play Ender Wiggin, a pre-teen of the future called upon to save Earth from attack by insect-like alien invaders. Based on the popular novel "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, this film will probably please readers of the book with its faithful rendering of the story. For those not familiar with the novel, the movie version leaves much to be desired.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013
Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a collection of silly, stupid skits that are so seriously R-rated they defy description in a family newspaper. The movies are extremely low-budget but fully entertain the target audience of video-gaming teenage males. Knoxville takes a huge leap forward with his latest effort. "Bad Grandpa" is an actual story with a real timeline that goes from a beginning to an end. Knoxville plays an 86-year-old man whose adult daughter has been sentenced to prison.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 26, 2013
Costa Mesa's police association responded this month to a lawsuit filed by two councilmen alleging the union, its former law firm and a private investigator conspired to harass and intimidate them for political gain. Lawyers for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., called Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger's accusations "an insult" and an attempt to muzzle critics of Costa Mesa's City Council majority led by Righeimer, according to copies of Orange County Superior Court filings reviewed by the Pilot.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | October 24, 2013
The saga of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, has been headline news across the world. Find proof in the recent conviction of Army Private Bradley Manning for divulging thousands of classified documents to the website. The drama continues to play out in real life. Director Bill Condon (screenwriter for "Chicago" and "Kinsey") recounts this complex story in "The Fifth Estate" with a European flare. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange with eerie style. Daniel Bruhl (Niki Lauda in "Rush")
NEWS
October 19, 2013
Re. "Commentary: Costa Mesa can easily attract police recruits," (Oct. 12): Less than a month after Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi is ordered to meet every Thursday afternoon with Mayor Jim Righeimer to discuss hiring Costa Mesa's much-needed police officers, the chief is called out by Planning Commissioner Tim Sesler, who was nominated by the mayor. It seems that in Costa Mesa, planning commissioners have a history of strong opinions regarding police activities, such as DUI checkpoints, and now their hiring procedures.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 18, 2013
Costa Mesa's archaeological consultant hired to survey the Fairview Indian Site is being met with some concern because of its controversial excavations in neighboring Huntington Beach, though officials contend the job there is far different from what's being done up the hill. Scientific Resource Surveys Inc.'s (SRS) work on the Bolsa Chica Mesa was part of a controversial housing development in the area, where hundreds of human remains were found years ago. They were later reburied.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | October 8, 2013
Elegant and spellbinding, "Gravity" instantly hurtles you out of this world straight into the breathtaking realm of deep space. Stunning visuals display the mysteries of zero gravity physics in awesome detail. The magnificent photography will hypnotize and astonish you at every turn. But the story is as old as time. Two people are in mortal danger very far from home. They yearn to live through the staggering crisis and return safely. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are excellent as the two astronauts on a space shuttle mission gone terribly wrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko | October 1, 2013
James Gandolfini spent years playing Tony Soprano and other thugs in films like "Killing Them Softly. " It's hard to think of him as a big teddy bear of a guy at the center of a sensitive romantic comedy. But that's where he lands as Albert in "Enough Said. " It's one of the final roles in his remarkable acting life cut short by his untimely death in June. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is at the top of her game as Eva. She plays a middle-aged woman who becomes Albert's love interest. They are both divorced single parents of teenage daughters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | September 23, 2013
Only a documentary about the Federal Reserve could have the real luminaries of the system as the stars of the film. Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Paul Volcker and a host of Treasury officials appear as themselves in "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve. " They appear not as actors, but as central figures in archival footage revealing their role in creating the financial crisis that remains with us to this day. Writer-director Jim Bruce has fashioned a sharp, witty and caustic look at one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | September 19, 2013
French director Luc Besson is known for offbeat gangster films that combine humor and a soft touch with bloody R-rated violence. "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" are among his credits. His new release, "The Family," has famous American stars to play major roles in this formula. Robert De Niro made a career playing Mafia wise guys in real dramas ("Goodfellas") and silly comedies ("Analyze This"). He brings both personas to bear as the patriarch of a Brooklyn crime syndicate.
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