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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 31, 2000 Two days before the Columbine, Colo., massacre last year, "Pups" screened at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival to wide acclaim, but the high school shooting spree derailed the film's distribution a full year. The...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 5, 2000 "Luminarias" takes us into a world all too rarely seen on the big screen: that of upwardly mobile Los Angeles Latinas. Instead of barrio poverty, gangs and drugs, we're introduced to four women, longtime friends, whose...
FOR THE TIMESFriday May 12, 2000 From "The Red Shoes" to "The Turning Point," dramatic films about the ballet world have begged the question: How is it that such a serious and disciplined performing art attracts such silly and chaotic people? The callow...
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 April 14, 2000 "Where the Money Is" takes its title from a famous reply legendary thief Willie Sutton gave when he was asked why he robbed banks. However, crooks would be ill-advised to stick up the box offices at theaters where this tepid...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 7, 2000 "Soft Fruit" asks us to spend 101 minutes with people most of us wouldtake pains to avoid in real life. The difference between this film, a first feature for writer-director Christina Andreef, and works by her executive...
Tags: Jon Seda, Lisa Bonet, Family, Joshua Jackson, Forest Whitaker
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 28, 2000 For Kevin Spacey, "The Big Kahuna" is far from an ideal commercial follow-up to "American Beauty" in reaffirming his new star status. It's a small picture, its stage roots all too evident, and the role Spacey plays is...
TIMES STAFF WRITERWednesday April 19, 2000 Salvador Carrasco's "The Other Conquest," or "La Otra Conquista," is a boldly imaginative and enthralling evocation of the bloody aftermath of the 1521 Spanish conquest of Mexico that has become the highest-grossing drama...
Tags: Mexico, Lisa Bonet, Joshua Jackson, Aaron Eckhart, Albert Finney
Courant Film CriticIt's back to the '50s in "Signs," M. Night Shyamalan's odd, semi-comic science-fiction tale centering on a weirdly sculptured cornfield in Bucks County, Pa., and a lapsed reverend played in shifting moods by Mel Gibson. Recalling "The War of the Worlds"...
M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" is a science-fiction movie with a minimum of special effects and a maximum of quiet, slow-building tension. It's not a "space opera" so much as a piece of space chamber music. Exceptionally well-crafted and often stunning...
Soon after "The Full Monty" began tearing up the international movie box office in 1997, its American producers started getting inquiries about obtaining the rights to turn this surprise hit into a stage musical. Lindsay Law, then head of Fox...
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...
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