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Kelly Jane Torrance

Articles by Kelly Jane Torrance

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Little Ashes'

Teenage girls — or their mothers — drawn to "Little Ashes" by the prospect of devouring with their eyes brooding "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson have a few surprises in store — tortured sexuality, life-and-death politics and a sliced eyeball, for starters. Published May 29, 2009

Sage advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published May 27, 2009

Media Room: DVD & Blu-ray reviews

Reviews of "New in Town," "The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — The Ninth Year," "Friday Night Lights: The Third Season," "Ice Road Truckers: The Most Dangerous Episodes," "The Machinist," "Enemy at the Gates," "Changing Lanes," "Paycheck," "3 Days of the Condor" Published May 22, 2009

Sage advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published May 20, 2009

BEYOND: The fourth amigo

In a story for this column two years ago headlined "The stories of three amigos," I talked to three directors about their strangely collaborative friendship in the competitive world of filmmaking. Published May 15, 2009

Obama as literary critic

President Obama recently told the New York Times Magazine that he had begun reading a novel in the evenings, which immediately sparked an upswing in demand for the novel. Published May 15, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Management'

Jennifer Aniston might be one of the world's hottest actresses — in every sense — but the woman who made her name on television's "Friends" has shown a fondness throughout her career for interesting roles in smaller films. Published May 15, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Rudo y Cursi'

Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna burned up the screen in the smoldering 2002 film "Y tu mama tambien." The pair have reunited for the first time since then for "Rudo y Cursi," the directorial debut of "Mama" co-writer Carlos Cuaron. Published May 15, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Garden'

When the four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted in 1992, riots broke out in the city. The mad violence was concentrated in South Central. Published May 15, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published May 13, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Limits of Control'

The visual and the aural are what make this film such a delight to watch, as Jim Jarmusch is a metafilmmaker who delights in subverting film's narrative conventions and genre expectations. Published May 8, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Goodbye Solo'

"Goodbye Solo" would have turned out a very different film had it been made in Hollywood. Published May 8, 2009

Sage Advice

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions. Published May 6, 2009

Hollywood set to sizzle this summer

It seems just about every industry, from banking to building, is cutting back in this troubled economy. Not Hollywood. Published May 1, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Is Anybody There?'

Ten-year-old Edward, like any boy his age, has a few questions he'd like answered. Will his parents' troubled marriage survive? Is there life after death? "Can I have my room back now that Arthur's dead?" Published May 1, 2009

Sage advice

I thought I was simply speaking out loud what many Chinese thought. Instead, I seem to have alienated almost my entire country. Published April 29, 2009