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Zap2It.comWhile a religious cult plays a major role in Robin Hardy's film "The Wicker Man," the cult that's built up around the trippy and creepy 1973 drama is nearly as fervent. Facing that kind of devotion, Neil LaBute acknowledges he's taking a creative risk in...
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Times Staff Writer"Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" doesn't really need the first two words in its title. After all, who else's corpse bride might this be confused with? "Garry Marshall's Corpse Bride"? "Chris Columbus' "? It doesn't seem likely. For better and worse, this...
So it's official: Leonard Nimoy has been cast as William Bell for the May 12 season finale of "Fringe." My first reaction was "Isn't he a little old?" I mean, he's supposed to be Walter Bishop's former lab partner, and the last time I saw Nimoy, he...
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Tribune movie critic4 stars (out of four) In a summer of movie discontent, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" stands out like a gourmet truffle in a box of stale caramels and curdled creams. Tim Burton's scrumptious version of writer Roald Dahl's 1964 children's classic...
Tribune staff reporter3½ stars (out of four) Whether directing apes, aliens, monkeys or the dead, Tim Burton can't stay away from two intertwining themes: the clash of worlds and the allure of any reality that isn't this one. "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"--his first animated...
Tags: Movies, Entertainment, Joanna Lumley, Children, Danny Elfman
Times Staff WriterWhen it comes to confections, Tim Burton has confessed, his preference is "dark, bitter chocolate." Which is not exactly a surprise. The director's visionary, phantasmagorical version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is equally dark and, if not...
Times Staff WriterIt's Hammer time as the American Cinematheque celebrates "The Golden Age of British Horror, 1955-1975." For two decades, Hammer Film Productions, along with other British purveyors of terror, such as Anglo-Amalgamated, Amicus, Independent Artists and...
AP Entertainment Writer"Harry Potter" has a new schoolmaster: Michael Gambon. The Irish-born actor is replacing Richard Harris, who died last year, as Albus Dumbledore in the third installment of the "Harry Potter" series, Warner Bros. announced Friday. "Harry Potter and...
The Fellowship of the Ring is a movie masterpiece - thrilling, passionate and wise. From the spine-tingling stentorian tone of the opening, which introduces us to the mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien's antique Middle-earth and "The One Ring to Rule Them All,"...
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Courant Film CriticPeter Jackson's epic "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" first unfolds with even greater grandeur than "The Fellowship of the Ring." But the inherent cinematic problems of the J.R.R. Tolkien book - huge battles, a divided story and talking trees -...
Associated Press WriterKnow your Sauron from your Saruman? Ever mix up Gimli and Gollum, or an orc and an Uruk-hai? As the sword-and-sorcery sequel "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" ventures into theaters, the vastness of author J.R.R. Tolkien's universe can give viewers...
Tribune movie critic4 stars (out of 4) The climax for George Lucas' entire "Star Wars" series comes in a blaze of fire and darkness, wild light-saber battles and enough Sturm, Drang and digital pyrotechnics to fill multiplexes from here to Tatooine. Like some grand,...
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