As in 2002's "The Hours," director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare's last pairing, "The Reader" has the flawless production values and sheen of prestige that make it easy to admire, yet an emotional detachment that makes it difficult to embrace fully.
A great deal of the allure in "Taken" comes from the wild juxtaposition of its premise: the idea of Liam Neeson - esteemed, acclaimed, 56-year-old Liam Neeson - kicking all kinds of butt in a Euro B-revenge thriller.
We open on a gathering of the Scrappers Club, four women around a kitchen table pasting things into scrapbooks. The moment we hear one of them talking, we're not too surprised to find her name is Blanche Gunderson. Her sister Marge, the trooper, must have been the ambitious one. Not that Blanche isn't, just that she's relentlessly nice.
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, has been recognized by the California Small Business Association (CSBA) for his support and dedication to small business issues. Smyth was awarded the distinction of Summa Cum Laude, the highest category of the CSBA Honor Roll.
Strange, how a man once so reviled has gained stature in the memory. How we cheered when Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency!
Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" hits the ground running. This is a breathless, exciting story, somehow heartbreaking and exhilarating at the same time, about a Mumbai orphan who rises from literal rags to literal riches, all on the strength of his lively intelligence.
The start of a new year is always flush with possibilities. This year, along with some of the usual resolutions, why not add "try something new"?
The City of Santa Clarita, with generous support from Mann Biomedical Park LLC, has wrapped a 45-foot commuter bus, highlighting the City of Santa Clarita's spring tourism events.
Employers looking to reduce overhead in 2009 by terminating employees due to the impacts of the bad economy should not assume that such decisions are free of the risk that a wrongful termination action could be filed by the terminated employee.
Hedman Partners announced Christopher J. Grodell, CPA, joined the firm as senior tax manager and Laura A. Peckham, CPA, joined the firm as Audit Manager.
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:
Editor's note: Tim Haddock has an extensive motor sports background and is a former staff writer at The Signal. His motor sports column will run every other Friday in The Signal.
When I think of unique gifts for myself, they usually run into the realm of quantum physics and time travel.
There are a trio of plays performed by high schooler students at Santa Clarita Christian School at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. tonight.
ESCAPE Theatre and 220 children and teens will perform "The Music Man" at Hart Auditorium in Newhall on Saturday and Sunday.
Forget the political "blame game." The biggest game in town now is the credibility game - a high-stakes exercise that will end with America's political middle deciding who is trustworthy and who isn't. Some key players:
If you listen loud enough you can almost hear the siren song of the Republican Party spread its dulcet tones across Washington. It's scandal season boys and girls, and for the GOP it's Mardi Gras, Christmas and The Spanish Inquisition all in one!
Valencia indoor trampoline park Jump 5150 is helping to raise money for Brain Cancer Awareness Month by holding a fundraiser Friday.
Earlier this month, the Southern California Association of Governments recognized the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County with a sustainability award for the joint general plan known as "One Valley, One Vision."
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James made a layup as time expired in overtime, and the Miami Heat found a way to beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wild Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels celebrated Arte Moreno's 10 years as owner by cruising to another easy victory over the slumping Seattle Mariners.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly has been sharply critical of his slumping team.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of columns by The Master's College baseball player Mason Nesbitt who will be filing stories from Lewiston, Idaho - the site of the NAIA World Series. Nesbitt, who played baseball until his sophomore year for TMC, was asked to return to the Mustangs out of need. At the time, he was a contributing baseball writer with The Signal.
EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) - Toy maker Fisher-Price said Wednesday it's moving or eliminating roughly 100 jobs from its operations in the state as part of restructuring by parent company Mattel Inc.
LAKELAND, Minn. (AP) - When high school student Zach Sobiech learned he didn't have much longer to live, his mother suggested he write letters to tell his loved ones goodbye. Instead, the Minnesota teenager turned to writing music - and his farewell song, "Clouds," became a YouTube sensation that has attracted more than 4 million views.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A volunteer searcher who broke his back while looking for a teenager who was lost in Orange County wilderness wants restitution if the teen is convicted on drug charges.
In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.
NEW YORK (AP) - In running for mayor, Anthony Weiner is seeking to get past the tawdry-tweeter punch line that has dogged him since his congressional career imploded two years ago. And while he's facing an uphill sprint, his campaign could help his long-term prospects even if he loses, some experts say.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A dam that threatened to give way and flood a North Dakota town was holding back the water on Wednesday, though the 1,300 residents of Cavalier were still being told to stay away from their homes.
PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors in the Jodi Arias murder trial told the judge Wednesday they are unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether the convicted murderer should be sentenced to life in prison or death for killing her one-time boyfriend, prompting the judge to send them back to the deliberation room to work through their differences.