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Times Staff WriterWith her light yellow hair, clear eyes and purposeful stride, Kate Hudson cuts through the boggy gloom of "The Skeleton Key" like a beam of reason. But even she is no match for the lugubrious vegetation of the Louisiana bayou outside New Orleans, which...
Tags: Movies, Death, Thriller (genre), Kate Hudson, New Orleans
Times Staff WriterI'm pretty sure that the point of computer-generated animation is not to make the audience feel as though it's been trapped inside a large plastic box for an hour and a half, but given how often I stumble out of theaters gasping for air lately, it seems...
Tags: Movies, Gaming, Ewan McGregor, England, Gary Chapman
The Hartford CourantRichard Taylor, one of the special-effects masterminds behind "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," has a fistful of Oscars and the admiration of any computer user who has painted a pixel. He also has a heck of an encore in "The Lord of the...
Tags: Peter Jackson, Movies, Celebrities, Upper East Side, Gaming
Times Staff WritersAfter a recent Beverly Hills screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences walked out of the three-hour epic buzzing about "him." Not actor Viggo Mortensen, who plays the hunky, sword-...
Times Staff Writer"Without publicity," that great ringmaster P.T. Barnum once said, "a terrible thing happens: nothing!" It's a lesson that has never been lost on one of Barnum's spiritual sons, the fitfully brilliant Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. Part carny, part...
Tags: Janet Jackson, Movies, Film Festivals, Nicole Kidman, Breast
Times Film CriticAs the determined enemy of all things modern, British cult novelist and "erstwhile fogy" Giles De'Ath (it's pronounced "day-ath," thank you very much) is not a person one expects to find in a movie theater. In fact, if he hadn't accidentally locked...
Tags: Jason Priestley, Comedy (genre), Movies, Celebrities, Death
Times Staff WriterAfter a decade vanquishing evil inside the panels of a comic book, the big red fighting machine known as Hellboy has taken a much-anticipated leap onto the big screen. Ushered into the world with painstaking detail and the affectionate ministrations of...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday July 11, 1997 Whatever's Out There has always fascinated people Down Here, especially movie people. But these days, instead of watching the skies (as those 1950s films encouraged everyone to do), people are listening to them. "Contact"...
Tags: Radio Industry, David Morse, Movies, James Woods, Science
FOR THE TIMESFriday September 3, 1999 So many movies require their 20-something heroes to be super-aggressive that it seems churlish to jump all over "All the Little Animals," whose protagonist is a brain-damaged 24-year-old man-child whose soft, sweet...
Tags: Movies, Animals, Death, Christian Bale, Bernardo Bertolucci
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday October 13, 2000 "Lost Souls" is lost all right, a dreary tale of supernatural horror featuring Winona Ryder doing battle with Satan. Like her most recent previous film, "Autumn in New York," an old-fashioned tear-jerker that opened sans...
Tags: Crimes, Death, Schindler's List (movie), Criminals, Winona Ryder
Times Film CriticBy the time "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" has sounded its last note, pesky questions leap to mind like pesky fish in a wine-dark sea. Who can say, for instance: * why "Corelli's Mandolin," a title good enough to make the original Louis de Bernieres...
Tags: Movies, Nicolas Cage, Drama (genre), David Morrissey, Book
Times Staff WriterOf all the monsters to go bump in the endless night of the movies, few have been as wonderfully frightening as the creature from "Alien." Designed by the Swiss artist H.R. Giger and first unleashed by director Ridley Scott in 1979, the extraterrestrial...
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