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Special to The TimesFive men wake up in an abandoned chemical plant. Several have been beaten and one has been shot. One is in handcuffs, another tied to a chair. And none of them has any idea who he is or how he got there. It's easy to see how "Unknown," the first...
Tribune movie critic2 stars (out of four) In a chemical plant warehouse on loan from "Reservoir Dogs," five distraught men in various states of injury ask themselves the old Talking Heads question: How did I get here? The labored, minimal-thrills thriller "Unknown" starts...
Times Staff WriterFor a simple-minded film, which is what it is, "We Were Soldiers" manages to evoke a complex series of reactions. It both frustrates with its unrelenting sentimentality and impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences. These in turn...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday July 24, 1998 More than any of his other films, and that includes "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" won't leave you alone. To see it is to need to talk about it, to wrestle both with the formidable impact of its...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday November 20, 1998 Forget about Santa Claus coming to town. The National Security Agency is already here, and it not only knows whether you've been bad or good, it can deliver some pretty nasty surprises if you get caught on its downside. ...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 12, 2000 "Battlefield Earth" is set in the year 3000, but stuck in the 1970s--and not in any hip, retro way. As taken from L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 novel, in the year 2000 aliens called the Psychlos conquered Earth. The Psychlos are...
In "25th Hour," director Spike Lee and writer David Benioff unforgettably capture the mixed state of dread, disgust and weird nostalgia experienced by a convicted drug dealer in his last day of freedom before beginning a seven-year prison term. Monty...
The family of Roger Maris wouldn't endorse "61*" until it saw the film. So co-executive producer Ross Greenburg went down to Gainesville, Fla., to show them a rough version in February. When the film was over and the tears were flowing, Greenburg...
Tags: Yogi Berra, Billy Crystal, Arts and Culture, History, Family
"American Pie," "Scary Movie," "Rush Hour" and "Doctor Dolittle" all get second chapters and "Jurassic Park" gets a third, while director Tim Burton puts his own spin on "Planet of the Apes." Unofficial sequels also pop up, like John Singleton's "Baby...
Sun Movie CriticHail, hail, the "Gang"'s finally here. That would be "Gangs of New York", Martin Scorsese's long-awaited latest, an epic tale of love and loyalties, played out among the rival immigrant groups of 19th-century New York City. Not since "Titanic" has a film...
Tags: Retirement, Anne Hathaway, IMAX, Gabriel Byrne, Teen-agers
Major historical battles may seem full of glory when seen from afar, but they're always terrible when you see them up close. The November 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley (or "The Valley of Death") - the subject of the exciting new Randall Wallace-Mel...
Special to the TribuneA bargain basement "Reservoir Dogs," "Knockaround Guys" is a generic mobster film. Perhaps some junior studio executive smelled a profitable ride on the coattails of "The Sopranos" -- or some residual box office owing to the unremarkable presence here...
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