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The Best 30 Films of 2009 | 7 Jan 2010 // 3:00 PM

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.

The Best Independent / International Films of 2009 | 7 Jan 2010 // 3:00 PM

Looking for something far off the well-beaten mainstream path? Well, step on over to some savory world and outsider independent cinema. It's here where the risks, the experimentation, and the true art lives.


Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War | 7 Mar 2013 // 4:30 PM

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?


The Hurt Locker | 9 Jul 2009 // 11:00 PM

Unable to parse what he sees, James finds meaning, at last, in his misreading.


Why 'The Hurt Locker' is Not The Best Film of 2009 | 11 Mar 2010 // 4:00 AM

Because, in a historical context, it's destined not to be… That's the easy answer. Oscar may do a lot of good when it comes to

'The Hurt Locker' Reigns Over 'Avatar' at the BAFTAs (video) | 21 Feb 2010 // 8:28 PM

Kathryn Bigelo is the first female director to win best film and best director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Her


Separating fact from fiction in Iraq war films | 25 Mar 2010 // 9:55 AM

Familiarity is not necessarily the friend of the Iraq moviegoer. As the Los Angeles Times' foreign editor from 2002-08, I visited Baghdad before and after

OK, they won , so what's next? | 8 Mar 2010 // 11:19 PM

LOS ANGELES — Pretty much as soon as he's done celebrating, best actor Oscar winner Jeff Bridges will travel to New Mexico to shoot "True Grit,"

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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