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Times Staff WriterIn "The Chumscrubber," Dean Stiffle (Jamie Bell) walks into his friend Troy Johnson's (Josh Janowicz) room during one of his mother's parties to find that he's hanged himself. The aggressively jovial Mrs. Johnson (Glenn Close) hasn't discovered the body,...
Stranger Than Fiction (U.S.) **1/2 In this bit of Charlie Kaufman lite, IRS agent Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) hears his life narrated, and the voice tells him he's going to die soon. He's actually a character in a novelist's (Emma Thompson) book. Cute...
Tags: Stephen Frears, Eli Roth, Literature, Toby Keith, Shia LaBeouf
Times Staff WriterThink of "Sweet Land" as a gift, the kind of delicate but deeply emotional love story, both sincere and restrained, that, like love itself, is more sought after than found. Directed by Ali Selim in the Minnesota farmland where its story takes place,...
Tags: Immigration, Ned Beatty, Politics, Alan Cumming, Entertainment
TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday July 30, 1997 The most disheartening line in "187" is its last, written in bold type across the screen just before the credits roll: "A teacher wrote this movie." It's enough to make you weep, and not just because it's painful to think...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday June 26, 1998 "Men," a film of much warmth and honesty, could have been tailor-made for Sean Young, a free spirit on screen and off. It's a fresh take on contemporary relationships between men and women in that it unfolds from the woman's...
Tags: Shawnee Smith, Sean Young, Movies, Karen Black, Sex
FOR THE TIMESFriday June 18, 1999 Like "Peanuts" with hormones, the shipwrecked slackers of "Desert Blue" are a universe unto themselves. There are genuine adults in the general vicinity, but their influence is as marginal as everything else in a town where...
Tags: Disasters, Sara Gilbert, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, Ice Cream
FOR THE TIMESFriday November 10, 2000 Actors who direct movies tend, naturally, to be labor-intensive on the performance front, and it's no surprise that Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory" is distinguished from top to bottom with actors as intensely committed as...
Special to the TribuneAlthough seen in New York in 1993, Arthur Miller's "The Last Yankee" had never been given an Equity production in Chicago before an interesting new company called The Actors Workshop Theatre opened the play here the other night in rented space at the...
Times Staff WriterThe rowdy "White Chicks" has Shawn and Marlon Wayans, handsome, buff and African American, passing themselves off as a pair of socialite sisters who seem rather clearly inspired by Paris and Nicky Hilton. Thanks to the wizardry of special effects...
Tribune Movie Critic1-1/2 stars (out of 4) Isn't there some kind of unwritten law that a movie has to make some sense before it can make you laugh? Maybe not. Some film premises are so outlandish, so thinly worked out and so deep-down ridiculous that they wind up sinking...
FOR THE TIMESFriday December 20, 1996 If you suspect that U.S. presidents spend more time thinking about who they are and how they can exploit their job than on running the office, your cynicism will jibe nicely with that of Peter Segal's "My Fellow Americans."...
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