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Documentary maker Scott Hamilton Kennedy has earned critics' paeans and an Oscar nomination by training his camera on two intensely local, only-in-L.A. subjects: a play at a Compton high school and the rise and fall of a South Los Angeles community...
Tribune arts critic3½ stars (out of four) "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" is pretty-near pure gold, an amalgam of songwriter/musician Young and director/music fanatic Jonathan Demme. Both men have now reached their 60s and could coast profitably into hackdom if they liked....
Tribune movie critic3 stars (out of four) Throughout the fascinating new film "Masai: The Rain Warriors"--made in Africa by French filmmakers and an African cast--director Pascal Plisson keeps showing us overhead views and moving tableaux of his main characters, the Masai...
Tags: Death, Walter Brennan, Senegal, Cinema Industry, Entertainment
Metromix StaffNeil Young stands in front of a painted prairie background at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. This is the world premier concert for Young's latest album, Prairie Wind, which he wrote after learning he had an aneurysm. The songs are...
Tags: Neil Young, Nashville
Orlando Sentinel Movie CriticRachel Getting Married is a magical wallow in excess, a too-happy, too-sad, too-indulgent plunge into an over-planned wedding. Jonathan Demme's gorgeously messy movie is shot and acted like real life -- real life that's over the top in its emotions, its...
Special to the TribuneThe members of the World Festival Symphony Orchestra are accustomed to performing on strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. It's just the specific forms of these instruments that might feel a little foreign to the musicians as they rehearse this week:...
Times Staff Writer"The Agronomist" is a wonderful gift in a plain brown wrapper, an unexpectedly moving and exciting story that's arrived with a most ordinary title and a subject matter not likely to make heartbeats quicken. It almost seems an act of magic that an...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe musical career of Howard Shore keeps taking strange turns. Back in the late '60s, he played saxophone with a Canadian rock band. He went on to become the original musical director for TV's "Saturday Night Live" and followed that by becoming a film...
FOR THE TIMESFriday October 3, 1997 Longtime Hollywood producer David Brown says in the production notes for "Kiss the Girls" that he had been so frightened by John Patterson's source novel that he had to close the blinds in his house while reading it. That's...
Tags: Entertainment, Cary Elwes, Jay O. Sanders, Death, Ashley Judd
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday October 16, 1998 To see "Beloved," all two hours and 52 minutes of it, is to understand at once all its confounding contradictions. Visible is both why it took 10 years to reach the screen and why star and driving force Oprah Winfrey would...
FOR THE TIMESFriday December 18, 1998 Like Jonathan Demme's "Handle With Care" (a.k.a. "Citizens Band") or even the old cult fave "Vanishing Point," J.S. Cardone's "Outside Ozona" is that customized species of road movie in which the characters are spokes and...
Tags: Gore Vidal, Death, Kevin Costner, Entertainment, Meat Loaf
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