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Chicago Tribune Movie Critic3-1/2 stars (out of 4) Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist" is a great documentary on the politics and history of Haiti--and on one man, Haitian radio journalist, station owner and activist Jean Dominique, whose biography encapsulates that history and whose...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday August 18, 2000 Given the number of indifferent films that leave the Sundance Film Festival loaded with honors, it's something of a shock to come across a small gem that played the event but somehow slipped in under everyone's radar. That's...
Tags: Theft, Crimes, Christopher Walken, Donal Logue, Cyndi Lauper
The Hartford CourantBetween the end of summer and the edge of winter and the holiday season, the movies shrink. The budgets are lower; the weekend totals dip. As young acolytes await the second coming of Harry Potter on Nov. 15 and older fans count the days until Pierce...
Nineteen ninety-eight was a magnificent year for movies, the best of the decade, perhaps the best of two decades, fueled largely by advances in the use of computer-generated (CG) images, which at the conclusion of the first century of filmmaking now...
Tags: Drama (genre), Death, Samuel L. Jackson, Oliver Stone, Terrorism
Tribune Movie Critic3 stars (out of 4) "The Manchurian Candidate," Jonathan Demme's remake of the classic 1960s cold-war thriller about a brainwashed political assassin and a rigged presidential convention, is a chilling, very smart melodrama that seems on the mark at...
This is the traditional slow time at the cinemas -- just don't tell the moviegoers, studios and theater owners. After the dismal summer and disappointing fall of 2000, moviegoers finally were offered a selection of movies they liked, and they've been...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC1 ½ stars (out of 4) Science fiction may be one movie genre that's really flourishing, but you'd never know it from "Final Cut." A fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller about lifelong memory-recording implants and guilt, this movie...
Tags: Stephen King, Gene Hackman, Mira Sorvino, Death, Drama (genre)
Courant Film CriticMore than 30 minutes into "Alien," Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic, the creature that gives the film its title has not yet had a close-up. In fact, it has not been glimpsed at all. The fact that audiences are pinned to their seats and clutching...
Times Staff WriterPulp is powerful. The strength of sensational material joined to excellent acting, superior filmmaking and uncanny political relevance has made "The Manchurian Candidate" into exceptionally intelligent entertainment and a high point of director...
Times Staff Writer"I don't like thinking of people as types," says one of the characters in "Tully," director and co-writer Hilary Birmingham's impressive debut film. "I think it's lazy. I believe people can surprise you." "Tully" does just that. Its passion for...
Few recent films have stripped open the angst-ridden mind and heart of a writer with more wit and firecracker imagination than "Adaptation," the latest cinema jape from the unbuttoned "Being John Malkovich" team of director Spike Jonze and writer...
Tomorrow - The Agronomist: Jonathan Demme, keeping his hand in documentaries and pursuing his fascination with Haiti (previously reflected in a CD compilation of Haitian music), tells the story of the volatile Caribbean nation through the dissident...
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