Reviews

  • Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour," a Focus Features release.
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    Unbroken Bulldog

    - Winston Churchill is the hero in our soft-minded and cliched interpretation of modern history. But “Darkest Hour” respects history and the chaotic personality of Churchill.
Leonard Bernstein in Hollywood, 1944, with portable typewriter.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
MUSIC

Bernstein’s Best

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, performing arts organizations around the world - and especially in California - will give thousands of performances of his music this season.

Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room" at the retrospective of her work at The Broad.
ART

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors works are rooms full of nearly psychedelic art experiences—the perfect art for an age when artistic success is increasingly measured by how good the art looks in selfies with visitors.

Michael Christopher Brown, Paradiso, Pacific Standard Time
MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN
ART

Turning History and Geography Upside Down

The Pacific Standard Time festival highlights the many contributions of Latinos to the state’s artistic and cultural heritage.

TOOLS

Alexa, Please Be My Friend

As we become more reliant on artificially intelligent, voice-activated helpers like Alexa, Siri and Cortana, are we in danger of giving up our humanity?

Brian Wilson
HARMONY GERBER/GETTY IMAGES
MUSIC

Brian in Winter

Once, Brian Wilson made music that celebrated youth and beaches. Now, as a senior citizen, he’s sounding increasingly washed up.