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Times Staff WriterIf you want to talk about the world, Anton Chekhov once said, talk about your own village. In "Monsoon Wedding," director Mira Nair has persuasively taken this advice, returning to India's Delhi and coming up with an energetic and amusing romantic drama...
AZTAsk most American film buffs to name their favorite Indian movies and you'll likely be treated to titles by Satyajit Ray, Shekhar Kapur or possibly Mira Nair. But ask average Indians or Pakistanis and they'll almost certainly give you the names of...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic3 1/2 stars (out of 4) Sometimes the world of cinema, like the world at large, gives us something extraordinary that is also a painful reminder of lost opportunities. One such example is "September 11," an often brilliant, always revelatory, deeply...
Tags: Politics, Ken Loach, Refugee, Paul Laverty, India
AP movie writerLOS ANGELES Audiences went vampire hunting as "Queen of the Damned," featuring the late pop singer Aaliyah as an ancient bloodsucker, debuted as the top weekend movie with $15.2 million. "John Q," last weekend's No. 1 film, dropped to second place...
Tags: Anne Rice, Aaliyah, Kevin Costner, Death, Movies
Mira Nair's "Monsoon Wedding" delighted me like few films I've seen recently. It's a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception that unites two upper-middle-class families in New Delhi, India. Within...
Whatever else people say about the Sundance Film Festival--and they say quite a lot--it's an event that's been known for its dependability. Up to now. Be prepared to think of Sundance 2002 as the Sundance of dislocation, displacement and business not as...
Tribune movie reporter2 1/2 stars (out of 4) Gurinder Chadha's "Bend It Like Beckham" offers a double dose of a surefire formula: The outsider triumphs in the mainstream. The movie's heroine not only is a girl trying to prove herself in the male-dominated sport of soccer, but...
Tags: Archie Panjabi, Parminder Nagra, Sports, Keira Knightley, Soccer
Times Staff WriterNot long after 9/11, a French producer named Alain Brigand asked 11 very different directors from across the world to make short films about the catastrophe. Some of Brigand's choices were real head-scratchers: No matter how great Sean Penn can be as an...
Special to Baltimoresun.comTwo strangers lock eyes across a crowded room. Suddenly, everyone around them starts to move in slow motion. The voices even somehow slow down to a murmur. It's as if the two lovers-to-be are suddenly stuck in their own version of time. Real life? Nah,...
Times Staff WriterReese Witherspoon reigns over a full-bloom 'Vanity Fair.' In "Vanity Fair," William Makepeace Thackeray's sly and sprawling satire of greed, pretension and social aspiration in Regency England, a penniless but undeniably ghetto-fabulous young orphan...
Tags: Academy Awards, India, Douglas Hodge, Rhys Ifans, Climbing
Tribune Movie Critic3 1/2 stars (out of 4) Mira Nair's "Vanity Fair" is beautifully directed and acted literary movie fare: a lusciously entertaining film that makes William Makepeace Thackeray's oft-filmed classic novel on unscrupulous 19th Century anti-heroine Becky Sharp...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday February 28, 1997 With "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love," director Mira Nair has incorporated the teachings of the famous 4th century text on the art of love into a heady, tragic tale of the entangled lives of two women and two men in 16th century...
Tags: Naveen Andrews, India, Movies, Jonathan Demme, Indira Varma
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