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Times Staff Writer"Cinderella Man" tells James J. Braddock's story, but it does not share the boxer's confidence. While the real-life Braddock had enough belief in himself to accomplish miracles in the ring, this filmed biography's reluctance to have faith in its...
Tags: Movies, Brian Grazer, Damon Runyon, Sports, Jimmy Johnston
Zap2It.comMilo Ventimigila's midseason show has yet to premiere on The WB, but he's already looking to next season. The one-time "Gilmore Girls" star is among another large crop of actors taking pilot duty, along with "The Lord of the Rings'" Sean Bean, Jaime...
Times Staff WriterA self-consciously modest film from an immodestly talented director, Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men" comes equipped with a major star (Nicolas Cage), a ripe second banana (Sam Rockwell) and the regulation pretty face (Alison Lohman). The script was co-...
Tags: Cinema Industry, Movies, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Fraud
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 15, 1998 In the beguilingly offbeat "Lawn Dogs," Australian director John Duigan, who has always had an affinity for outcasts and the young, and Kentucky poet and playwright Naomi Wallace team up to create a memorable fable of...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday November 5, 1999 Unlikely material can inspire exceptional films: witness "The Insider." What could sound less promising than the legal fuss surrounding one man's indecision about telling what he knows about cigarettes, unless it's the...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday November 3, 2000 No golf course in America is as carefully manicured as "The Legend of Bagger Vance." A highly polished genteel fantasy about the game of golf and its relation to, yes, the game of life, "Bagger Vance" is so meticulous in...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic3 stars (out of 4) Ridley Scott's high-style "Matchstick Men," starring Nicolas Cage as a con artist trying hard to bond with the teenage daughter he's never known, is a movie that takes us deep into the world of grifters and professional deceivers, then...
Tags: Crimes, Movies, Crime, Law and Justice, Ridley Scott, Fraud
Courant film CriticIt has been suggested that summer has already begun at the cineplexes, with the huge opening for ``The Scorpion King." Whether The Rock has legs as well as arms will be seen. But well before Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer, the long season...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic2 1/2 stars (out of 4) Should comedy be politically correct? That's the question tacitly posed - but not always amusingly answered - in "Legally Blonde 2," star Reese Witherspoon's "Ms. Woods Goes to Washington"-style follow-up to her sweetly funny 2001...
Tribune Movie Critic3 stars (out of 4) Michael Mann's "Collateral"--an expertly-made thriller about an L.A. night ride with an immaculate hitman (Tom Cruise) and a smart, funky cab driver (Jamie Foxx) --is really two movies: a taut, terrific, realistic crime drama, and,...
Chicago Tribune Movie Writer3 stars (out of 4) "Runaway Jury" is like a cat-and-mouse game in which a couple of nasty dogs have been thrown into the room. The legal issue du jour of this John Grisham novel adaptation is the ability of hired guns to manipulate juries - their...
Times Staff WriterThere are two sure things in the sleekly machined legal thriller "Runaway Jury." One is that grizzled screen veterans Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman — playing a pair of grizzled courtroom combatants — will engage in an ethical shootout in...
Tags: Crimes, Crime (genre), Movies, Crime, Law and Justice, Murder
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