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Big question: After completing the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Peter Jackson apparently asked himself, "What can I direct that's a bit larger?" Can $200 million, three hours and a full arsenal of special effects make "King Kong" more fun than a barrel of...
Tribune arts critic3½ stars (out of four) The new "King Kong" is a blast, and I'm probably not the only one surprised at how well the lavishly overstuffed project, unlike Kong after the fall, lands on its feet. The great achievement of Peter Jackson's remake, the one he...
Tags: Times Square, Racism, Andy Serkis, Colin Hanks, Peter Jackson
The TV Zone(Kelsey McNeal / Fox Photo) You've come to the right place, oh loyal friends of one of TV's greatest shows, "24"... Today, The Baddies Poll. Over seven seasons, we've had hundreds of baddies, and virtually all of them have......
Times Staff WriterIn Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," nothing is more absurd or surreal than war. Based on a memoir by a Polish Jew who survived the Warsaw ghetto, the composer and concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, the film opens on Sept. 23, 1939. Germany had invaded...
Tags: Maureen Lipman, Judaism, Roman Polanski, Civil Unrest, Massacres
"The Pianist" is the film Roman Polanski may have been born to make: a great movie on a powerful, essential subject--the Holocaust years in Poland--directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away....
Times Staff Writer"Resident Evil: Apocalypse," or as the cool kids say, "RE2," plays so much like a videogame you will be reaching for a joystick. Unfortunately, there is no interactive element available other than yelling at the screen so you're left with enjoying the few...
TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTER1 ½ stars (out of 4) The sequel "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" might be justified as "mindless fun" if it weren't for the acute lack of fun in its 93 minutes. As video game movies go, this one contains less plot and character development than Pac-Man....
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC2 stars (out of 4) Was World War II the most romantic of all movie wars? "Head in the Clouds" is the latest effort to recapture the magic of "Casablanca" or "The English Patient" and also the latest to fail--despite the heart-stirring presence of...
Times Staff WriterIn her first film released since winning an Oscar as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster," Charlize Theron has chosen a part that on the surface could not be more different from the seedy, desperate hard-scrabble Florida prostitute. In Australian...
Tags: Sony Corp., Sex, Steven Berkoff, Cinema Industry, Drama (genre)
Times Staff Writer"Blade II" brings back Wesley Snipes in the title role as the Marvel Comics half-human, half-vampire who wears a long, flowing black coat and who has all the strengths of vampires but none of their weaknesses--save a craving for blood. However, Whistler...
Times Staff WriterAs its title indicates, "Blade: Trinity" brings back Wesley Snipes a third time as the black-leather-duster-clad, half-human/half-vampire dedicated to eradicating full-fledged bloodsuckers, which Blade regards as the scourge of the Earth — as if our...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC4 stars (out of 4) "The banality of evil" was the phrase Hannah Arendt used to describe the mindset of Germany's death camp culture during World War II, and it perfectly fits the theme and subject of the new German film "Downfall." Few movies indeed have...
Tags: Adolf Hitler, Bruno Ganz, Health, Entertainment, Nazi Party
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