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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday December 29, 2000 Tom Gilroy's debut feature, "Spring Forward," is so fully realized and so moving that you wish you could get away with merely saying: "Go see it for yourself." Every frame attests to the power of simplicity. It affords...
TIMES STAFF WRITERMonday September 4, 1995 "The Innocent," a ponderous, old-fashioned love story set in postwar Berlin, would surely have been far more effective had it actually been told in the '50s, the era in which it is set. In any event, it's altogether the...
Tribune movie reporterYou know how sometimes you'll eat a meal and wonder, "Wow, why don't I have this more often?" You may have a similar reaction to seeing "Roger Dodger," a movie driven by such sharp verbal jousting that you realize how rare this brand of literate...
NEW YORKWhen Guns N' Roses announced it was going on tour this fall after a nine-year hiatus, fans of the heavy metal band snapped up tickets. Axl Rose was back and there was talk of a new album. But the comeback has been no "Paradise City." Rose,...
Nominations for the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards were announced Wednesday with "Lovely and Amazing," Nicole Holofocener's bittersweet comedy about mothers, daughters and sisters, leading the way with six nominations, while Todd Haynes' lush 1950s...
Here's an advance look at most of the movie releases through the end of the year. Due to last-minute juggling by the studios, some opening dates may change. Dec. 20 - "Thirteen Days" Drama, New Line With: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp....
Tags: Family, Dan Aykroyd, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Noth, Marc Lawrence
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: Mark Wahlberg, Elections, Tim Allen, Family, Kevin Spacey
Tribune arts reporterWhen Spike Lee's filmed version of Roger Guenveur Smith's "A Huey P. Newton Story" was broadcast on Public Television last month, a wider audience finally got to see a remarkable performance work developed in 1999 at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art....
Tags: Television, Spike Lee, Jules Verne, Arts, Iceland
1. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (Amy Heckerling; 1982) 3 stars Based on Crowe's 20-something journalistic adventure as a fake teenager, this is one piece of movie California teen sociology that gets it right. The cast is sensational: Jennifer Jason...
Alex (Hugh Grant), a former member of '80s pop group Pop!, is reduced to playing state fairs, apple-picking festivals and 20-year high school reunions. But when current teen sensation Cora asks him to write a song for her by the end of the week, Alex...
Zap2It.comLove Hugh Grant. Love Drew Barrymore. And if they don't burn down the house with any sparks they set off in "Music and Lyrics," their Valentine to moviegoers, they at least make it amusingly watchable. It's about songwriting, has-been pop stars, the...
Tags: Sports, Sandra Bullock, Cole Porter, Woody Allen, Marc Lawrence
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...
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