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The period from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day is the busiest moviegoing time of the year. To take advantage of this annual rush to the theaters -- as well as to draw maximum attention to Oscar-aspiring films -- the studios cram many of their high-...
The end of a year is time for stock-taking. A decade calls for even more. And a century or a millennium? The sheer potential for memory or fact overload can be mind-boggling. So, what can we say about movies at the end of 1999? In the last century,...
Against the Ropes Boxing manager Jackie Kallen is the real-life inspiration for this fictional story of a fighter (Omar Epps) and his handler (Meg Ryan). With Tony Shalhoub, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington. Directed by Charles S. Dutton. Paramount, March...
Tags: Peter Mullan, John Sayles, Tim Robbins, Anne Reid, Val Kilmer
Zhang Yimou's "Happy Times," a comedy about a poor phony and a blind girl that eventually breaks your heart, is set in modern China, and it's the kind of bustling modern urban environment this extraordinary filmmaker ("Raise the Red Lantern," "To Live")...
Most movies these days can't honestly earn your tears. But Zhang Yimou's "The Road Home" -- a great love story and a deeply moving celebration of simple lives -- does. Set in a tiny village in northern China today and in the past, "The Road Home" is a...
1. IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (Nagisa Oshima; Japan; 1976) 4 stars Oshima's sexual-cinematic milestone has lost none of its power to shock in the two decades since its release. Based on the famed real-life '30s love-and-crime story of a gangster and his...
Tribune Movie Critic3-1/2 stars (out of 4) "Eros" is a classy triple shot of film erotica from three brilliant writer-directors: Italy's Michelangelo Antonioni, Hong Kong's Wong Kar-wai and the U.S.'s Steven Soderbergh. This justly renowned trio combine for an ambitious...
TIMES STAFF WRITERWednesday December 20, 1995 Zhang Yimou's "Shanghai Triad," a great gangster film, evokes the most exciting, glamorous, dangerous, cruel and corrupt city on Earth during the 1930s. What Chicago was to the United States in the '20s, Shanghai was to...
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