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Times Staff WriterA double sense of loss runs through the film version of Janet Fitch's bestselling novel, "White Oleander," a feeling of absence that is partly appropriate and partly not. What's intended is the loss felt by young Astrid Magnussen, suddenly thrust into...
Tribune Staff ReportersNow that the summer of sequels finally has ended, Hollywood has a message for adults: It's safe to get back in the theaters again. The fall always looks great from a Labor Day perspective as the studios and indie distributors prepare to unveil their...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic3 stars (out of 4) A stunning spectacle of cultural violence and a loving tribute to the great Japanese samurai movies, Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" is an adventure epic that triumphs over an initially preposterous premise: Tom Cruise as an American...
Tags: Defense, Assault, Movies, Chicago Tribune, Firearms
TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER3 stars (out of 4) It's with no small irony that "Overnight," a documentary about tyrannical filmmaker Troy Duffy, will play in more theaters than Duffy's only movie, 1999 cult film "The Boondock Saints." In 1997, Duffy sold his script to Miramax's...
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Times Staff Writer"Overnight" is unapologetically a cautionary tale, but exactly what it's cautioning us against is not always apparent. A fly-on-the-wall documentary that chronicles an abortive directing career, "Overnight" is compelling in a train-wreck kind of way....
Times Staff WriterThe opening scenes of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" are so darkly exhilarating, so lugubriously inventive and so wittily, swooningly macabre that my first reaction, as someone who cheers at even the most tenuous allusion to author...
Times Staff WriterThe answer to "Who Is Cletis Tout?" lies in a gem of a romantic crime comedy that turns out to be clever, amusing and unpredictable. Writer-director Chris Ver Wiel, in only his second feature, has some fresh ideas and knows just what to do with an...
Tags: Portia de Rossi, Michael McShane, Theft, Movies, Prisons
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday February 16, 1996 "Muppet Treasure Island" is a wonderful picture for children, a work of considerable artistry and craftsmanship that ought to please many adults as well, provided they're prepared to go along with a highly familiar, very...
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