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  • 2013 - Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, published September 13, 2012

    "Video Paradiso"

  • 2013 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published September 13, 2012

    "Video Paradiso"

  • 2013 - Best of the West/First Amendment Funding, Inc.

    "CIA Goes Hollywood"

  • 2012 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published August 4, 2011

    "This is Awkward"

  • 2011 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club

    Film reviews

  • 2011 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published February 5, 2010

    "Sundance's Rebel Yell"

2011 Stories by Karina Longworth

Archives: 2012 | 2011 | 2010
  • A Boy, His Toy and the History of Cinema

    published November 24, 2011

    Martin Scorsese's first foray into big-budget family filmmaking — as well as his inaugural effort in 3-D — Hugo is a... More >>

  • The Skin I Live In

    published November 3, 2011

    The morality of the mad-scientist tale has remained more or less fixed since the beginning of sound cinema: From Dr. Frankenstein's hubristic... More >>

  • Footloose 2011

    published October 13, 2011

    In hindsight, the 1984 hit Footloose — starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Herbert Ross — along with its contemporary... More >>

  • The Ides of March

    published October 6, 2011

    A procedural on the political manipulation of medium and message, George Clooney's fourth directorial effort is bookended with scenes of media-op... More >>

  • Contagion

    published September 8, 2011

    Currently the fifth-to-last film on Steven Soderbergh's ever-expanding pre-retirement slate, Contagion opens on day two of a global... More >>

  • Our Idiot Brother

    published August 25, 2011

    In Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother, Paul Rudd plays Ned, a kind of Upstate New York version of "The Dude" Lebowski — a man... More >>

  • One Day

    published August 18, 2011

    Directed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by David Nicholls, based on his novel, One Day stars Anne Hathaway as... More >>

  • Mean Girls vs. the Maids

    published August 11, 2011

    More than just the Hollywood It Girl of the moment, Emma Stone is a real actress, and in The Help, she gets an ostentatious,... More >>

  • Earth Angel

    published August 11, 2011

    There may be nothing as Old Hollywood as the narrative about a pretty girl summoning up a dose of pluck to triumph over adversity. And yet Brit... More >>

  • The Change-Up

    published August 4, 2011

    A uniquely Freudian entry in the body-switching comedy canon, The Change-Up stars Jason Bateman as standard-issue anal-retentive... More >>

  • Not Crazy Enough

    published July 28, 2011

    In the first scene of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emily (Julianne Moore) tells Cal (Steve Carell), her high school sweetheart and husband... More >>

  • In the Face of Obstacles - 3-D

    published July 21, 2011

    Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics in 1941, Captain America was among the first American comic books intended as an... More >>

  • White Man's Lament

    published July 7, 2011

    There's a scene in Horrible Bosses in which Jennifer Aniston, playing a dentist who habitually sexually harasses her weakling male... More >>

  • Funny Like a Not Funny Guy

    published June 23, 2011

    From Tad Friend's New Yorker profile of Anna Faris (which reblogged under the headline... More >>

  • Woody Allen's Way-Back Machine

    published June 2, 2011

    Anebbishy screenwriter who longs to publish a novel, Gil (Owen Wilson) is tentatively working on a book set in a nostalgia shop — much to... More >>

  • This Is a Man's World

    published May 12, 2011

    Bridesmaids is a high-profile test case. Directed by Paul Feig (a sitcom journeyman most lovingly known as the creator of Freaks... More >>

  • Gothic Type

    published March 24, 2011

    If Jane Eyre is not the greatest of the Great Books with a permanent position on required-reading lists, it may be the most frequently... More >>

  • Benevolent Force

    published March 3, 2011

    The Adjustment Bureau is Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter George Nolfi's directorial debut, an extremely loose adaptation of... More >>

  • Seasonal Disaffected Disorder

    published February 3, 2011

    Another Year, the tenth feature-length British soap written and directed by Mike Leigh, concerns a year in the life of Tom (Jim... More >>

  • Life After Black Swan

    published January 20, 2011

    Ivan Reitman, master of the high-concept, big-budget Hollywood comedy (Ghostbusters, Dave), would seem an unlikely candidate to... More >>

  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    published January 13, 2011

    When the MPAA handed Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine an NC-17 rating this fall, cynics suggested that the so-called "kiss of... More >>

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