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Classical composer Eric Zeisl had a tough time living in mid-20th century Los Angeles. The somber, heavy-browed Austrian, who left Nazi-dominated Europe in 1938, stated that the two things he hated most in this world were Hitler and the sun. He was...
Playwright Justin Tanner takes an uncharacteristic segue into sweetness in his 1992 coming-of-age play, "Teen Girl," now in revival at the Zephyr. "Girl" is not the acid-etched indictment of soulless suburban life so typical of Tanner but a scrawled...
Special to The TimesApril 17, 2008 For the last several years, Richard Schickel has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review, writing primarily about books on film. His new book, "Film on Paper: The Inner Life of Movies," is a collection of many of...
Tags: Politics, Reviews, Elia Kazan, Book, Biography (genre)
Special to the TribuneFor the first few minutes, it's easy to see "Married Life" as an early Alfred Hitchcock film. The year is 1949, and Pierce Brosnan's elegant, mannered narration sets the scene as he and old friend Harry ( Chris Cooper) meet in an upscale supper club. They...
Tags: James Stewart, Rachel McAdams, Sex, Movies, Chris Cooper
Sentinel Movie CriticTyler Perry knows his audience. His shows are stage-tested hits, laugh-lines polished for maximum giggles. And he's learning how to make movies. His latest stage-to-screen adaptation, Why Did I Get Married?, has the shiny veneer not just of African-...
Special to The TimesA crafty mixture of George Romero and Douglas Sirk, "Fido" is a boy and his zombie movie that may have an unusually pastoral color scheme but tears into its many satirical targets — war, class, nuclear families, the '50s, our culture of death and...
We never need much convincing to pack up our blankets and our picnic baskets and head to the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival on a warm summer night. (What's not to love about seven weeks of free classic movies under the stars?) But this year's schedule is...
Tribune movie critic3½ stars (out of four) The pleasures of the new Pedro Almodovar film "Volver," and they are many, have less to do with deep wells of feeling than they do with mastery of craft and a magnificent sort of artifice. It's odd, since writer-director Almodovar'...
Tags: Pedro Almodovar, Movies, Death, Family, Cinema Industry
Zap2It.com"Summer Storm" is a contemporary teen summer romance with a modern sexual twist--though in many ways, it's just the same old malarkey. Set at a Bavarian summer camp for high school rowing teams, the dramatic focus here is on a young gay coxswain-captain's...
Tags: Sports, Fantasy (genre), Movies, Comedy (genre), Rowing
Tribune movie critic1½ stars (out of four) "Summer Storm" is a contemporary teen summer romance with a modern sexual twist--though in many ways, it's just the same old malarkey. Set at a Bavarian summer camp for high school rowing teams, the dramatic focus here is on a...
Tribune Movie Critic3 stars (out of 4) Few movie genres are more prone to sentiment and artificial uplift than the domestic drama or film romance. But "The Mother" is a soap opera with guts: a movie that takes a familiar situation--the May-December class-clashing romantic...
Tags: Health, Death, Todd Haynes, Daniel Craig, Family
Tribune national correspondentWhen the title appears at the start of "Far From Heaven," a brightly painted title covers the screen over the backdrop of a street scene occupied by people and automobiles, and the music of composer Elmer Bernstein rises in a broad sweep that evokes a...
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