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

    "CIA Goes Hollywood"

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

    "Video Paradiso"

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

    "Video Paradiso"

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

    "This is Awkward"

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

    "Sundance's Rebel Yell"

  • 2011 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club

    Film reviews

2010 Stories by Karina Longworth

Archives: 2012 | 2011 | 2010
  • Seasonal Disaffected Disorder

    published December 30, 2010

    The 10th feature-length British soap written and directed by Mike Leigh, Another Year focuses on a year in the life of Tom (Jim... More >>

  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    published December 30, 2010

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

  • How Do You Know?

    published December 23, 2010

    Every four years, the American people act en masse to send a message to the nation’s power brokers, and every four years, this vote is... More >>

  • Lost At the Chateau Marmont

    published December 23, 2010

    Sofia Coppola had her 21st birthday party at the Chateau Marmont—a fact she had forgotten until Phil Pavel, the manager of the hotel,... More >>

  • The Mourning After

    published December 16, 2010

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole plops us down in the lives... More >>

  • Rich Man's Recession

    published December 9, 2010

    Tracking the parallel trajectories of three employees laid off from cushy corporate jobs at the same Boston-based manufacturing conglomerate,... More >>

  • Stripped

    published November 25, 2010

    “She doesn’t sing that way because she’s had it easy.” This is how Tess (Cher), the long-suffering owner of the nightclub... More >>

  • Working Girl

    published November 11, 2010

    In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight... More >>

  • Zach Attack

    published November 4, 2010

    In Due Date, a skinny, scowly, dryly self-referential Robert Downey Jr. meets a chubby, beardy, quasi-autistic Zach Galifianakis boarding... More >>

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    Elvira's World

    published September 23, 2010

    At 17, Cassandra Peterson left her Colorado home and headed straight for Las Vegas, where she soon became Sin City’s youngest showgirl.... More >>

  • Joaquin Phoenix Implodes to Prove a Point

    published September 9, 2010

    I’m Still Here—”that Joaquin Phoenix movie”—capitalizes on an anxiety that’s very... More >>

  • 'Machete': Blades of Gory

    published September 2, 2010

    In 1993, inspired by his second cousin Danny Trejo’s work in Desperado, Robert Rodriguez wrote a screenplay around the character... More >>

  • 'The Switch' Is Beautiful

    published August 19, 2010

    The Switch is a loose adaptation of a Jeffrey Eugenides story titled “Baster,” published in The New... More >>

  • Ambiguous Action Heroine

    published July 22, 2010

    Salt, famously the Spy Flick Rewritten for Angelina Jolie After Tom Cruise Dropped Out, has been publicized as the cinematic... More >>

  • The Hills Have Eye-Lifts

    published July 15, 2010

    “This is my chance to make it all happen,” Lauren Conrad says in her first voice-over in the first episode of The Hills, a... More >>

  • Children of the '80s, All 'Grown Up'

    published May 20, 2010

    MacGruber (Will Forte), a highly decorated soldier of fortune known for “making life-saving inventions out of household materials,”... More >>

  • Watering the Tree of Liberty

    published May 13, 2010

    Is it an accident that Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood plays like a rousing love letter to the tea party movement? It’s... More >>

  • 'Kick-Ass': Superheroes In the YouTube Age

    published April 15, 2010

    Kick-Ass, the Matthew Vaughn-directed adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s graphic novel, sets itself up as an... More >>

  • Bad 'Date Night'

    published April 8, 2010

    “We are not these people! We are a boring couple from New Jersey!” complains Claire Foster (Tina Fey) to her husband, Phil (Steve... More >>

  • Sex, Drugs and Runaways

    published March 18, 2010

    There’s an obvious stunt element to the casting of The Runaways: a punked-up, barely legal Kristen Stewart and a still-underage,... More >>

  • Name That Cop Movie

    published February 25, 2010

     Cop Out establishes its movie lineage right away, with a slow-motion toe-to-head tilt up, set to the Beastie Boys’... More >>

  • 'Valentine's Day' Massacre

    published February 11, 2010

    In Pretty Woman, director Garry Marshall’s personal cinematic high score, the opening credits close (and the closing credits... More >>

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