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TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER3½ stars (out of 4) Meet the new Jackie Chan: Tony Jaa, star of Thailand's martial arts epic "Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior." Jaa combines Chan's early-career daredevil feats with Jet Li's calm ferocity, generating a powerful cinematic experience...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic4 stars (out of 4) Jean-Pierre Melville was a reigning master of French noir and the heist movie, the proprietor of a tight-lipped, dangerous world of deadly men in raincoats, multiple betrayals and Paris by night. Yet while Melville's austere crime...
Tribune Movie Critic3 stars (out of 4) Michael Mann's "Collateral"--an expertly-made thriller about an L.A. night ride with an immaculate hitman (Tom Cruise) and a smart, funky cab driver (Jamie Foxx) --is really two movies: a taut, terrific, realistic crime drama, and,...
TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER2 stars (out of 4) "Bang Rajan" might be best described as Thailand's version of "The Alamo." Director and co-screenwriter Thanit Jitnukul mounts an impressive, blood-spattering, limb-scattering war epic that plays just as scattered in recounting a...
Tags: Heroism, Hong Kong, Arts and Culture, History, Movies
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday February 6, 1998 Some films create heroes, while others are content to worship them. As starry-eyed as it is stylish, "The Replacement Killers" opts for adoration all the way. The object of veneration this time around is Hong Kong...
Tags: Cinema Industry, Crimes, Michael Bay, Movies, Mira Sorvino
Sure, the Grammy awards will give a few nods to Chicago musicians this weekend, most notably Kurt Elling, Cathy Richardson and the perennial polka nominee Eddie Blazonczyk. But in addition to this city's second-to-none musicians, there's plenty to...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC2½ stars (out of 4) "Ocean's Twelve" isn't necessarily one up on "Ocean's Eleven"--Steven Soderbergh's glossy, amiable all-star 2001 remake of the Frank Sinatra heist thriller--but it doesn't really have to be. Sometimes a movie works simply because...
The Hartford CourantAt one time or another, most modern male movie stars climb aboard a Harley or a Ducati to look cool, with maybe a touch of the outlaw about them. But apart from the obvious titles, there is not a great selection of true biker sagas of value out there...
FOR THE TIMESFriday April 24, 1998 Hong Kong director Che-Kirk Wong's first American feature, "The Big Hit," is that rarest of all genre hybrids, the screwball-romantic-action-situation-black comedy. Rare for good reason. Who'd want to see a thing like that? ...
Times Film Critic"Brotherhood of the Wolf" is the cinematic equivalent of fusion cuisine. It's not only that this French-language film has an editor and a stunt coordinator from Hong Kong, a cinematographer from Denmark and a star from Hawaii, it's that its very...
FOR THE TIMESFriday January 30, 1998 With Eastwoodian effectiveness, the Hit Woman With No Name struts into and over the bad guys in Bharat Nalluri's "Killing Time," mowing 'em down, blowing 'em up and making them share her pain, even if she doesn't remember it....
Tags: Marquis de Sade, Crimes, Chow Yun-Fat, England, Gang Activity
Tribune Staff Reporter2-1/2 stars (out of 4) If Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear can be conjoined twins in "Stuck on You," then perhaps it's not so strange for mismatched Tim Blake Nelson and David Arquette to be cast as farm boy brothers in "A Foreign Affair." In this...
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