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Times Staff Writer"V for Vendetta" is not a movie of ideas so much as it is an idea mall. By the time you've gotten through it, you feel spent, loaded down and more than a little disoriented. Part of the problem is that the movie's big concepts — violence begets...
Zap2It.comSure to be troubling for those incapable of distinguishing political allegory from social realism, "V for Vendetta" will be the year's most misunderstood and confoundingly discussed film. Based on Alan Moore's comic, it's a call for liberation that's...
Tags: Entertainment, Naomi Watts, Stephen Rea, Los Angeles, John Hurt
Zap2It.comReady for "March of the Penguins: The Musical"? That, at least, is what "Happy Feet" aspires to be. But a musical version of last year's surprise documentary hit would need to be far better than this animated effort, a wan, ultimately tedious affair that...
Of the two fundamental questions presented by "Happy Feet," one concerns an intriguing plot conceit and the other an off-screen marketing challenge: What is it like to be an Astaire in a world full of Sinatras? And are audiences ready for another...
Times Staff WriterIf there is such a thing as your standard penguin movie, "Happy Feet" isn't it. But with George Miller involved, how could it be? The Australian filmmaker, whose credits range from writing and producing "Babe" to writing and directing "Mad Max," doesn'...
Tags: Elijah Wood, Entertainment, John Powell, Al Gore, The Beach Boys
Special to The TimesCate Blanchett considered her venti decaf nonfat latte. "Things are so big in America," she said. Four young studio publicists had squabbled over who would have to fetch this mega coffee for her. "What should I do with this? Hit someone over the head?"...
Associated Press WriterKnow your Sauron from your Saruman? Ever mix up Gimli and Gollum, or an orc and an Uruk-hai? As the sword-and-sorcery sequel "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" ventures into theaters, the vastness of author J.R.R. Tolkien's universe can give viewers...
Times Staff WriterOnce upon a time in 1999, the summer was supposed to belong to George Lucas and "The Phantom Menace," his resurrected "Star Wars" series. But after "The Matrix" hit, Lucas' future was yesterday's news. Suddenly, the action wasn't in light sabers and an...
Tags: Entertainment, Sports, Keanu Reeves, Gaming, Action (genre)
TIMES FILM CRITICWith an endeavor like "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, it's the numbers that catch your eye first--and how could they not? An unprecedented three feature films shot simultaneously in 274 days spread over 15 months at a cost of nearly $300 million are...
Los Angeles Times Film CriticWith an endeavor like "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, it's the numbers that catch your eye first—and how could they not? An unprecedented three feature films shot simultaneously in 274 days spread over 15 months at a cost of nearly $300 million are...
Chicago Tribune movie criticHobbits and hobbit-lovers everywhere can rejoice, along with all moviegoers with a taste for fantasy, far-off kingdoms and great swashbuckling adventure stories. Peter Jackson's movie of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring," first part of a...
Times Staff Writer"Russian Doll" is a minor and unoriginal comedy from Australia starring--and co-produced by--Hugo Weaving, who came to international attention as the most wistful of the drag queens in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and went on to...
Tags: Hugh Grant, Australia (movie), Entertainment, Toys, Toy Industry
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