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Tribune movie critic3½ stars (out of four) Jan Decleira Belgian actor who has the rugged, bitterly savvy demeanor of great gangster movie stars like Humphrey Bogart or Lee Marvinplays a hit man afflicted with Alzheimer's disease in the new Belgian thriller "The Memory...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC4 stars (out of 4) Chanwook Park's "Oldboy" is a high-voltage Korean saga about an elaborate cat-and-mouse game between a sadistic criminal of seemingly limitless resources and his dangerous prey: a businessman whose life has been brutally stolen from...
Times Staff Writer"This is fictional life, based on factual death," reads the title card that opens "The Big Red One: The Reconstruction," the restoration that breathes new life into Samuel Fuller's 1980 World War II movie about a weathered sergeant and his four fresh-...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC4 stars (out of 4) Samuel Fuller's "The Big Red One"--released in 1980 by its original studio Lorimar in a cut butchered beyond its director's control--has long been hailed as the great American World War II epic that wasn't, a casualty of the studio...
Chicago Tribune movie criticCan Cannes bounce back from "The Brown Bunny"? Or will Michael Moore's already controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" dominate the international movie showcase, which begins again Wednesday on the southern coast of France? Last year's Cannes Film Festival --...
Times Staff WriterAfter a decade vanquishing evil inside the panels of a comic book, the big red fighting machine known as Hellboy has taken a much-anticipated leap onto the big screen. Ushered into the world with painstaking detail and the affectionate ministrations of...
Despite the film's awkward mouthful of a title, star Lucy Liu's lines in "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" could fit neatly on the back of postage stamp. As steely assassin Sever, Liu reverts to an almost classic (read: dated) action-hero mold -- a...
Tags: Gregg Henry, Lucy Liu, Movies, Action (genre), Antonio Banderas
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...
Tags: Movies, Steve McQueen, John Woo, Gary Busey, Easy Rider (movie)
In many ways, Fritz Lang's "The Big Heat," scripted by former crime reporter Sydney Boehm, laid the groundwork not only for "Dirty Harry," but for the whole sub-genre of "rogue cop" films that began to surface during the Vietnam era. This 1953 "angry cop...
1. AIR FORCE (Howard Hawks; 1943) 4 stars The single most nerve-racking of all WWII movie flights is probably the voyage of the crew of the Boeing B-17 bomber Mary Ann on Dec. 7, 1941, in Howard Hawks' ace flagwaver. We're rarely off the plane; we...
John Cassavetes had a great frightening smile. It spread across his face like a werewolf's cackle, and it made his eyes light up in a way that suggested delight putting a hammerlock on frenzy. Movie audiences of the late '60s knew that crazy smile well....
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday February 5, 1999 "Parker steals. Parker kills. It's a living." Or so claimed the paperback blurb copy for the series of drop-dead hard-boiled novels about a nerveless professional criminal that Donald Westlake wrote in the 1960s and '70s...
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