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Kevin Spacey is a consummate movie actor and a guy with a strong social conscience, and he exposes both sides in "The Life of David Gale," a death-penalty drama directed and co-produced by vibrant and contentious filmmaker Alan Parker. But Spacey's art...
Tags: Alan Parker, Celebrities, Demonstration, Values, Movies
Tribune theater criticIn her journalist days, Sophie Treadwell interviewed Pancho Villa in Mexico when no one else was interviewing Pancho Villa in Mexico. She hung out in New York with everyone from actress Katherine Cornell to artiste Marcel Duchamp. She covered murder on...
Movies have their own special magic, of course, but it helps a lot to have a great book and great words behind them. A supreme recent case in point: the visually spectacular and absolutely mesmerizing "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," a state-of-...
- See where this movie is playing. ++++++++++++++++++++ || Make a night of it. Find: - Recommended dining - Recommended bars || ++++++++++++++++++++ "Metropolis," Fritz Lang's celebrated silent film about a futuristic society that descends into...
In the wonderful new film "The Color of Paradise," Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi tries to show us how the world appears to two kinds of observer: the blind and the seeing. But, more than that, he tries to show us how a spiritual dimension often colors...
1. SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder; 1950) 4 stars In this classic backstage Hollywood movie, Gloria Swanson and Erich Von Stroheim play characters modeled on themselves: aging screen-silent diva Norma Desmond and her ex-director turned butler Max Von...
A great film artist who works best on small canvases, France's Eric Rohmer breaks new ground at the age of 81 with his new film, "The Lady and the Duke," renewing himself by taking advantage of digital-age technologies to look back on the history of...
Tags: Eric Rohmer, France, Chicago Tribune, Painting, Movies
Courant TV CriticWhether it's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" that reigns supreme, "A Beautiful Mind" that captures everyone's attention or "Moulin Rouge" that dances the night away, the 74th Academy Awards show is bound to be one big Kodak moment....
Times Staff WriterCharles Dance's "Ladies in Lavender" teams two of Britain's grandest dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, in an endearing film of subtlety and charm. This lovely period picture, set in Cornwall in 1936, also boasts the inimitable Miriam Margolyes and David...
Special to The TimesAfter the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel opened a year and a half ago near our home, my daughter watched with a mix of envy and ennui at the passing parade: guests at the hotel, 24 stories of sparkling white; shoppers at the adjacent Hollywood & Highland...
Times Staff WriterThere is something remarkable about Lukas Moodysson's ability to keep us in our seats for a movie that's as relentlessly bleak as his latest, "Lilya 4-Ever." That doesn't sound like much of a recommendation, but one of the things that separates real movie...
Tags: Television, Movies, Sex, Entertainment, Death
Tribune Movie Critic3 1/2 stars (out of 4) Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" sets fire to the Earth, dares the heavens and almost wins. Based on a lesser-known episode of the Crusades, Scott's new film traces the rise of a fictionalized French knight, Balian (Orlando...
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