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Times Staff WriterCurrent assignment: "Last Days," Gus Van Sant's film about the last days of a Kurt Cobain-esque rock star. Previous credits: "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "The Mummy," "Sahara" and Van Sant's "Gerry" and "Elephant." Sound off: "A sound designer is a very...
Tags: Kurt Cobain, Academy Awards, Bram Stoker, Death, David Lynch
Movie CriticIt was partly an accident of history that made Harvey Milk the first openly gay man elected to major public office in this country, so it's fitting that yet another accident of history has made "Milk," the earnest biopic about the man, more involving than...
For Cleve Jones, gay rights activist, initiator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and historical consultant on director Gus Van Sant’s new drama, “ Milk,” a chance meeting on the streets of San Francisco more than 30 years ago changed the...
Tags: Milk (movie), Minority Groups, Education, Vehicles, Schools
An eternal fountain of adolescence, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" went through many permutations between its point of origin, 1948, and its point of notorious, divisive publication, 1957. The best description of it came from Kerouac himself, in a journal...
***1/2 (out of four) If we cut loose with friends on vacation, do we lose ourselves or become who we really are? It's a big question generated in the unexpectedly great “Spring Breakers,” which, yeah, could be lazily dismissed as just an...
**1/2 (out of four) Oh, commerce and integrity. Can't you two ever get along? Five years after Daniel Day-Lewis, his mustache and his oil derricks wreaked havoc in early 20th century California, star/co-writer Matt Damon and “Promised Land&...
"I am a child stuck between two countries," says 15-year-old Fang "Jenni" Lee in the insightful new documentary "Somewhere Between." Adopted at age 5 and raised in Berkeley, Calif., she is one of roughly 80,000 girls who have come to the U.S. since...
For a fellow who's just been promoted to vice president of land management by his multibillion-dollar natural gas company, the character played by Matt Damon in "Promised Land" is awfully wussy. He turns into a puddle whenever he's bested by the...
It's getting cold out there, and what better way to keep warm than by cozying up for a flick at your local cinema? This season, there is no shortage of quality films to watch, whether you're looking for something escapist, such as Peter Jackson's...
*** (out of four) When engaged couple Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) backpack in the Georgian mountains with nothing but each other and their guide Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze), what could possibly happen? A) If Bernal’s work in...
I'd say this formula should put some people in the seats. Between writer Bret Easton Ellis ("American Psycho"), director Paul Schrader ("Auto Focus," "American Gigolo") and, oh yeah, star Lindsay Lohan, the upcoming film "The Canyons" has salaciousness...
VarietyMatt Damon, David O. Russell and Jeff Skoll have been tapped for career tributes at IFP's Gotham Independent Film Awards this year. The Gothams' tributes -- awarded last year to Charlize Theron, David Cronenberg, Gary Oldman and Tom Rothman -- are handed...
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