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Special to The TimesNearly a decade ago, Isabel Coixet found herself on an oil rig off the southern coast of Chile. An aspiring if impecunious filmmaker, she was there to shoot an industrial film for Shell Oil. The job was neither glamorous nor idyllic, but in the weeks...
Special to The TimesThere may be no young actress today better at embodying a blend of wounded innocence and stoic pride than Sarah Polley. In "The Secret Life of Words," she has a part worthy of her gifts. Polley drew international acclaim as an accident victim in Atom...
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Zap2It.comThe winners at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival will be selected by a jury led by Mos Def and Sarah Polley. The rapper-actor and activist-actress will be joined by director Catherine Hardwick, editor Pamela Martin and Film Independent Executive Director...
The Sundance Film Festival is finally growing up. Even as it has enjoyed increased cache and huge success, for years it has been known for self-consciously quirky films that lean heavily on dysfunctional families and relationships. For the 2007 edition,...
Times Film CriticThe exquisite and overwhelming emotional tapestry that is "The Sweet Hereafter" plays its credits over the simplest and most primal of scenes. An infant and its parents, unclothed and drowsy under white sheets, share the same quiet bed. It's a pristine...
Times Staff WriterIn Hal Hartley's tender yet lacerating and darkly funny fable "No Such Thing," the director imagines that what supermarket tabloids say is true: A monster does indeed still roam the Earth. In this case, the Monster (Robert John Burke) lives in a ship...
Once you've seen big-name features like "The Human Stain," starring Nicole Kidman, the film festival's list of nearly 100 films from 50 countries can be a little overwhelming. That's why we've done the hard work for you and highlighted our top 10 "must-...
Times Staff Writer"My Life Without Me" has an authentic look and feel of gritty blue-collar life in British Columbia and has been made with dedication and commitment, but its depiction of dying at an early age is as romantic and sanitized as if it had been made in...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday April 9, 1999 "Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane" is a hilarious black comedy in which a pair of luckless, 30ish, small-town car salesmen, driven to desperation, agree to take 48-hour custody of a burgundy 1963 Pontiac Le Mans convertible--in...
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TIMES FILM CRITICFriday September 24, 1999 Both true and contrived, genuine and slick, "Guinevere" details one of the world's oldest stories: the relationship, at once mentoring and romantic, between an older man and a much younger, beautiful woman. We have a...
Tags: Gina Gershon, Stephen Rea, Photography, Movies, Weddings
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday December 29, 2000 To watch Michael Winterbottom's audacious "The Claim" is to wish Cecil B. DeMille had the idea first of transposing Thomas Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" to Northern California two decades after the discovery of gold in...
1. "Babe" (Chris Noonan; 1995) 4 stars In 1995, this talking-pig tale was the dark-horse Best Picture nominee in a field that included "Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Il Postino (The Postman)." Now it stands as the one true...
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