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Tribune arts critic2½ stars (out of four) With a brisk stylistic nod to Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (which is not to say it's another "GoodFellas"), writer-director Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War" chases an international arms dealer around the globe, delivering to the...
The recent death of Richard Harris was the occasion for much looking back . . . and for "Harry Potter" fans to look forward. After all, the Irish actor's last performance was as Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft....
Associated Press WriterKnow your Sauron from your Saruman? Ever mix up Gimli and Gollum, or an orc and an Uruk-hai? As the sword-and-sorcery sequel "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" ventures into theaters, the vastness of author J.R.R. Tolkien's universe can give viewers...
Hobbits and hobbit-lovers everywhere can rejoice, along with all moviegoers with a taste for fantasy, far-off kingdoms and great swashbuckling adventure stories. Peter Jackson's movie of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring," first part of a...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic4 stars (out of 4) One "Ring" - finally - rules them all. In "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," a great mythic movie cycle gets the ending it deserves - and we can finally see this stunningly completed film trilogy for what it is: one of...
Tags: Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto, Sean Bean, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd
Times Staff WriterThe clever and delightful "The Emperor's New Clothes" proposes that it was not Napoleon who died on St. Helena on May 5, 1821, but rather a look-alike impostor. In deftly bringing the Simon Leys novel "The Death of Napoleon" to the screen, director...
Times Staff WriterThe exquisite yet demanding "Esther Kahn" is one of the most unusual and persuasive explorations of the flowering of an actor. It unfolds in a low-key manner in the mind of its title character, for whom life does not become real until she discovers the...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic3 1/2stars (out of 4) "Alien: The Director's Cut" is an old nightmare, made shiny new. It's a scream from another era that still echoes around us. Director Ridley Scott's new, digitally refurbished and re-edited version of his 1979 pop science-fiction...
Tags: John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Halloween, Science, David Fincher
The Hartford Courant``The Fellowship of the Ring," the first in Peter Jackson's ``The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, succeeds mightily as picture-book storytelling, with its constantly exhilarating tapestry of quaint Hobbit houses, dark town streets, Victorian elf chateaux...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday October 24, 1997 Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. And it might turn out to be "A Life Less Ordinary." The latest effort from the crew that made "Trainspotting" so exciting--writer John Hodge, director Danny Boyle,...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday December 25, 1998 "A Civil Action" comes close, achingly close, to greatness. Finely cast, classically shot, written and directed with sureness and skill and based on a book compelling enough to stay on bestseller lists for two years, it's...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 23, 1999 With "eXistenZ" David Cronenberg, Canada's master of the macabre, envisions a near-future in which virtual reality games will have become so perfected that their players may no longer be able to tell whether they're in a game...
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