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Zap2It.com"Summer Storm" is a contemporary teen summer romance with a modern sexual twist--though in many ways, it's just the same old malarkey. Set at a Bavarian summer camp for high school rowing teams, the dramatic focus here is on a young gay coxswain-captain's...
Zap2It.comHollywood, the site of so many blockbusters, is also the home of the annual Los Angeles Film Festival, which champions cinema's more independent cousins. Zap2it will be on hand for all 11 days to chat with stars and celebrities, consume lobster and...
Times Staff WriterWith the fantasy kicked up a notch and a new director, Harry Potter catches 'Fire.'It's taken them long enough, but the movies have finally gotten Harry Potter right. Despite the reported $2.7 billion earned by the series' three previous attempts, it's...
Times Staff Writer"As long as humanity has existed," the somber voice intones, "there have been Others among us: witches, sorcerers, shape-shifters." And for as long as the movies have existed, they have cashed in on human curiosity about just what those Others might be up...
Tags: Entertainment, Genres, Moscow (Russia), Movies, Russia
Times Staff WriterAlthough the plot and motifs are largely borrowed from "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland," there is something oddly intoxicating about Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman's coming-of-age fantasy "MirrorMask." The teenager's journey through a nightmarish...
Times Staff WriterNeither a comedy nor a drama but existing in that comfortable space in between, "Catch and Release," the feature-directing debut of screenwriter Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich," "In Her Shoes"), is an oddly appealing, if innocuous, movie of considerable...
Tags: Julia Roberts, Education, Movies, Entertainment, Drama (genre)
Orlando Sentinel Movie CriticConfessions of a Shopaholic is a lot more in sync with the zeitgeist than you'd expect from a movie with that title. A dizzy and chic chick picture for our times, this hit-or-miss comedy is about the perils of conspicuous consumption, the void that...
John Updike, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction whose novels and short stories exposed an undercurrent of ambivalence and disappointment in small-town, middle-class America, died Tuesday. He was 76. Updike's death from lung cancer was...
Tags: Alfred Kazin, Health, Edward Hopper, Pennsylvania, Harold Bloom
Forest Park is one of the largest patches of urban wilderness in the United States, and the Victorian homes and gardens nearby create an air of Tolkienesque enchantment. Right around here in fact, one of Tolkien's heirs labors in a century-old house....
In the fashionably medieval-tinged fantasy adventure "Inkheart," contemporary people known as Silvertongues bring literary characters to life simply by reading aloud from the pages in which they exist. One of the drawbacks to this unasked-for...
Zap2It.comAmid all the media foofaraw over whether Philip Pullman's books promote child atheism, deicide or anti-Catholic sentiment, one thing rarely gets mentioned: "The Golden Compass," the first book in Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, barely cracks the...
Tags: Christianity, Peter Jackson, Children, Movies, Sam Elliott
Sentinel Movie CriticJon Favreau heard the whispers, the murmurs of "What the hey?" when he was selected by Marvel Studios to turn the comic-book empire's Iron Man into a movie. He heard them again when he talked the studio into casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron...
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