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Times Staff WriterQuite possibly the first Tunisian feminist belly-dancing film, "Satin Rouge" isn't your average empowerment trip. Written and directed by 31-year-old Raja Amari, the coming-of-middle-age story centers on a widowed seamstress, Lilia (Hiam Abbass), who...
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TIMES FILM CRITICFriday October 20, 2000 Is it live or is it Memorex? Is it a diamond or is it authentic cubic zirconium? Is the feeling in "Pay It Forward" genuine or is it a carefully created emotional forgery, the kind of fake tinsel that's been a Hollywood...
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By Michael Wilmington Tribune movie critic Toronto revealed its best Sunday morning, at a film festival many thought a watershed event. David Cronenberg's eerie thriller "Spider," Peter Mullan's devastating true-life Irish bio-drama "The Magdalene...
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Sometimes we can see the truth more clearly through the artifice of fiction, the present more intensely though the prism of the past. In Todd Haynes' great new movie melodrama "Far From Heaven" - set in Hartford, Conn., 1957 - the pristine suburban...
Jan 6, 2003 |Story| MetromixBy Michael Wilmington Tribune movie critic Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," an emotionally devastating portrait of Polish life during the Holocaust, was the big winner at the 37th annual award vote meeting of The National Society of Film Critics,...Jan 10, 2003 |Story| Metromix"Far From Heaven," Todd Haynes' beautifully retro-styled remake of Douglas Sirk's 1955 romance-movie classic "All That Heaven Allows," was the big winner in this year's Chicago Film Critics Association awards. Rounding out the top five are: 2....Jun 17, 2004 |Story| MetromixTribune 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: Todd Haynes, Celebrities, Long Island, Death, Drama (genre)Feb 11, 2003 |Story| Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune arts critic'50s suburban housewife, against the era's grain, confronts her husband's homosexuality and her own taboo extramarital yearnings. Two flappers cynically manipulate Roaring '20s media to win sympathy for killing their men. A real-life Mexican painter...Aug 9, 2001 |Story| Metromix1. STELLA DALLAS (King Vidor; 1937) 3 1/2 stars The ultimate movie drama about a self-sacrificing mother, with Barbara Stanwyck in one of her finer hours as the mom who gives her all. From Olive Higgins Prouty's novel; filmed many times, but never as...Oct 22, 2002 |Story| MetromixEven though the academy nominations won't be announced until Feb.11 (the awards themselves are March 23), Oscar season arrives early, like winter in North Dakota. It may be too soon to convince the White House that the Earth is in the grip of global...Mar 23, 2003 |Story| Chicago TribuneTribune 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...Original site for Douglas Sirk topic gallery.
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