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Chicago Tribune Movie Critic3 1/2 stars (out of 4) "Hulk smash!" That's the famous battle cry of Stan Lee's Marvel Comics super-antihero the Hulk, the huge, green mutant monster bursting from the damaged psyche and DNA of gentle scientist Bruce Banner. But it might also serve as...
Tags: David Banner, Movies, Lou Ferrigno, Tim Burton, Chicago Tribune
Times Film Critic"Black Hawk Down" is more than simply, as the opening title says, "Based on an Actual Event." As much as a movie ever has, it puts you completely inside that event, brilliantly taking you where most people, even those who were actually there, wouldn't...
Tags: U.S. Army, Tom Sizemore, Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Death
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 13, 2001 In the first scene of "Chopper," based on the exploits of real-life Australian ex-con Mark Brandon Read, a newcomer to Melbourne's Pentridge Prison is told by a highly territorial, ferocious-looking older con not to step over a...
Associated Press writerLOS ANGELES With American troops fighting overseas, audiences at home flocked to the intensely realistic military drama "Black Hawk Down." Ridley Scott's depiction of a failed 1993 U.S. mission in Somalia was in first place in movie theaters over...
War may be the way Americans learn geography, as someone once suggested, but movies are the way we learn about war. It was a particular challenge, then, for director Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner," "Gladiator," "Hannibal") to navigate political,...
Tags: John Miller, Family, Social Issues, Ewan McGregor, Movies
Times Staff WriterA story about a nice guy who turns as big, bad and green as King Kong on a bender, "Hulk" is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who launched their monster around the time that Kennedy and Khrushchev were set to launch their...
Tribune movie reporterThe sequels and franchise flicks scored big last summer, so what do we get? More of the same this year. Check out the titles, and you might conclude that this is the year of the colon. But don't be fooled by the amount of noise generated by the highest-...
Orlando Sentinel Movie Critic5 stars (out of 5) Finding Nemo is a find. A computer-animated undersea adventure from those dependable Pixar pros, it has humor, heart and a storytelling style that can only be called fluid. This is one fish story you can really believe in. And it's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWe've suspected it for some time, but "Finding Nemo" all but makes it official: With five successes out of five attempts, Pixar Animation Studios is now the most reliable creative force in Hollywood. Perhaps not since Preston Sturges made seven classic...
Tags: Family, Preston Sturges, Movies, Geoffrey Rush, Willem Dafoe
Times Staff Writer"They're laughing at me in Troy," King Agamemnon wails. And that's not the only place. Inspired by Homer's "The Iliad" as filtered through the sensibility of writer David Benioff and director Wolfgang Petersen, "Troy" will cause chuckles at...
Tags: Peter O'Toole, Demi Moore, Movies, Death, Brian Cox
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic4 stars (out of 4) "Troy"--Wolfgang Petersen's spectacular, literate saga of the Trojan War -may have been preposterously expensive ($175 million or so), but it's also in a league with Hollywood's top historical epics, ancient or otherwise. It's...
Tags: Peter O'Toole, Philosophy, Movies, David Lean, Poetry
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