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TIMES FILM CRITICFriday March 6, 1998 The Coen brothers are not twins but they might as well be. Like many close siblings, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan share a private cinematic language. The films they make together are self-contained, almost...
Tags: John Turturro, Ethan Coen, Sex Crimes, Gramercy, Steve Buscemi
TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday December 30, 1998 It was a horse named Old Sorrel that brought Pete Calder and Big Boy Matson together in the bleak, northeastern corner of New Mexico that gives "The Hi-Lo Country" its name. So it's fitting that a shot of Pete sitting...
Tags: David Lynch, Cole Hauser, Gramercy, John Ford, Stephen Frears
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday October 13, 2000 An unlikely combination of "West Wing" and the National Enquirer, "The Contender" is the type of trashy but watchable political melodrama we don't get much of anymore. Ripped from today's headlines with a veneer of...
Tags: Death, Politics, Sex, Entertainment, Andrew Jackson
Major historical battles may seem full of glory when seen from afar, but they're always terrible when you see them up close. The November 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley (or "The Valley of Death") - the subject of the exciting new Randall Wallace-Mel...
Tags: Defense, Armed Forces, Madeleine Stowe, John Wayne, Michael Bay
Times Staff WriterFor a simple-minded film, which is what it is, "We Were Soldiers" manages to evoke a complex series of reactions. It both frustrates with its unrelenting sentimentality and impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences. These in turn...
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-...
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...
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 CRITIC3½ stars (out of 4) The mysterious alchemy of arthow it's born and how it survives its creatorsis the central subject of actor-director Campbell Scott's "Off the Map," a lovely film, shot near D.H. Lawrence's old ranch near Taos, N.M., which tells...
Times Staff WriterA wickedly funny satire about a lonely slob from Queens, the Burmese bride he orders from a catalog and the documentary filmmaker who chronicles the debacle before luring her away, "Mail Order Wife" sends up everyone in its circuitous path — self-...
Zap2It.comIf you took a poll on the professions the American people find least trustworthy, politician, journalist, Hollywood agent and tobacco billionaire would rank high. Why, then, is Jason Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking," being praised for its political...
Times Staff WriterIf you haven't heard of Nick Naylor and aren't quite sure who Aaron Eckhart is, "Thank You for Smoking" is going to change both situations once and for all. Though he's been excellent in "Erin Brockovich," "In the Company of Men" and numerous other...
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