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At a motel along a deserted stretch of a Nevada highway, 10 people take shelter during a storm only to be killed, one by one, in the sleek and clever thriller "Identity." Throughout, the film teeters tantalizingly on the preposterous, but James Mangold'...
Times Staff WriterAh, the complications of age-appropriate romance in the movies. It's the comic gift of "Something's Gotta Give" and its writer-director, Nancy Meyers, to make the romantic relationship between a 63-year-old man and a fiftysomething woman — no big...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 3, 2000 Bosnian-born filmmaker Jasmin Dizdar sets the tone for his bravura allegory "Beautiful People" right at the start, as two men, one a shaggy Croat (Faruk Pruti), the other a swarthy Serb (Dado Jehan), recognize each other on a...
Times Staff WriterGod must love sullen, disaffected, whiny teenagers, he made so many of them. Or if not God, first-time writer-directors--who absolutely insist their films aren't autobiographical--certainly love tales of sensitive types disguised as impossible brats. Oh,...
The Associated PressRelease dates are tentative, and some films play in limited release. Late April: ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM: The corporate train wreck unfolds through insider interviews and company video and audio tapes. THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES: An outgunned...
Tags: Sports, John Hurt, Tom Cruise, Selma Blair, Ron Howard
It looks as if the local chapter of the George Clooney fan club will be meeting next week in Guilford, the posh North Baltimore neighborhood. Scenes for Syriana, a spy thriller set against the backdrop of the gulf war and the continuing unrest in the...
Times Staff WriterWith realistic dialogue and no far-fetched misunderstandings, 'A Lot Like Love' bucks the genre considerably.If in fact it were true that modern life doesn't provide the obstacles that make for decent barriers to romance, then finding love would be as...
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TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday February 23, 2000 Distracted and dissipated dope-smoking man of letters Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) has known bad days. Yes, he admits as "Wonder Boys" opens, his wife has left him that very morning, "but wives had left me before." Yes,...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday February 25, 2000 Eric Mendelsohn's "Judy Berlin" is a comedy of the most delicately balanced perfection, rueful yet radiant, every moment calibrated with exquisite precision for just the right effect. And yet it never seems less than...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday October 15, 1999 Cedric Kahn's relentless "L'Ennui" is such a rigorous exploration of sexual obsession that it proves to be a most demanding film. Virtually devoid of eroticism and sensuality, it depicts with the utmost realism a 17-year-...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 17, 2000 John McNaughton's documentary "Condo Painting" sounds like a put-on, and in a way it is, even though that title refers not to an apartment house getting a face lift but to a witty study of artist George Condo at work. A boyish-...
Courant Film CriticVengeful Siths! Marauding Crusaders! Monster mother-in-laws! Outer-galactic space oddities! Not-so-wild wild animals! Political intrigue! And Allied pigeons! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, tots and tykes, it's spring at the multiplex, and there is, at...
Tags: Sports, John Hurt, PG-13 Rated Movies, Jude Law, John Cleese
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