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Times Staff WritersIt is no longer a secret that for big Hollywood nights like the Emmy Awards, designers provide free gowns and tuxedos to deserving stars (those likely to be on camera or in the path of photographers). Now that a number of the recipients of freebie duds...
Times Staff Writer"Scooby-Doo," the 2002 live-action feature derived from the animated TV series, found the Mystery Inc. gang solving supernatural goings-on that plagued the Spooky Island theme park outside their hometown, Coolsville, U.S.A. At the opening of "Scooby-...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC3 stars (out of 4) There are times when you can enjoy a picture that's packed full of cliches, formula plot lines, recycled jokes, and populated with big, brassy, in-your-face characters and a few caricatures. For me, that was the case with "Beauty Shop,...
Tags: Della Reese, Mena Suvari, Djimon Hounsou, Bacon, Alfre Woodard
Tribune Staff Reporter1 star (out of 4) "Catwoman" arrives in the theaters as the "Showgirls" of superhero movies. This is not a compliment. A vacuous lingerie show posing as feminism, it's the biggest movie hairball this side of "Garfield." Halle Berry plays Patience...
Times Staff WriterWhen the success of "Barbershop" led to its inevitable sequel, its filmmakers shrewdly introduced Queen Latifah into the predominantly male world of an African American barbershop in Chicago. Latifah was cast as a hair stylist in a salon next door,...
Chicago Tribune Staff Writer1 star (out of 4) When critics say a film is "cartoony," it's often an insult. The term has become shorthand for poorly plotted movies populated by two-dimensional characters and pumped full of superficial action and bright colors. On all counts,...
Courant Rock CriticBy the time Aerosmith fizzled out in the early 1980s, the doped-up Boston rockers had already blasted through more of a career than most bands even hope for. Fronted by the so-called toxic twins, Steven Tyler on vocals and Joe Perry on guitar, the band...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday June 20, 1997 The strutting bully that was the Batman franchise is no more. "Batman & Robin," the fourth film in the series, still preens and blusters, but there's no knockout punch. Lacking most kinds of inspiration and geared to undemanding...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday February 12, 1999 If you do something often enough, you're likely to get better at it. Even if it's playing the fool. Brendan Fraser has done well by acting dumb. As the title character in the successful "George of the Jungle," he was...
Sun Theater CriticWhen Hairspray launches its national tour at the Mechanic Theatre on Tuesday, one cast member will be making his professional debut in his former home state. And no one is more surprised than that actor himself - Bryan West. A 1995 graduate of the...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday August 2, 1996 Since it is a truth universally acknowledged that even a moderately successful version of a Jane Austen novel has a leg up on most original screenplays, it's not difficult to enjoy the genteel amusements "Emma" provides even...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 3, 1995 "Hideaway" is not for the faint of heart. It * is for the faint of mind. Jeff Goldblum plays Hatch Harrison, who apparently dies in a car accident only to be brought back from "the other side" by a crack team of...
Tags: Death, Michael Bolton, Alfred Molina, Christine Lahti, Health
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