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Times Film CriticStephen King is a writer with an eye for the grotesque, never at a loss for a strange way to make somebody die. Scott Hicks, director of "Shine" and "Snow Falling on Cedars," is a filmmaker of noticeable, at times overwhelming, gentility. They do not seem...
Tags: Bronko Nagurski, Movies, Death, Adults, Scott Hicks
TIMES STAFF WRITERWednesday December 24, 1997 In all seriousness, "The Education of Little Tree" would have been a perfect vehicle for Mary Pickford. Just change its adorable little half-white, half-Native American hero to a heroine. Silent film is so much...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday April 6, 2001 There are both mysteries and surprises in "Along Came a Spider," a reasonably diverting albeit frequently improbable thriller, but the biggest mystery of all is hardly a surprise: How does star Morgan Freeman manage to give a...
Tags: Movies, Lee Tamahori, Television, Morgan Freeman, Dalai Lama
Times Staff WriterThis is what I learned while watching "Blue Crush," which defiantly describes itself as "Not your parents' idea of a surf movie": • "Baywatch Barbie" is not a term of endearment; • "pipe" is more than something plumbers fool around with; • when...
Times Staff Writer"Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" is sufficiently original and engaging to be called merely "Havana Nights" but will no doubt get a boost by the reference to the popular 1987 "Dirty Dancing" even though it is actually drawn from the personal experiences of...
Times Staff Writer"Sleepover" is a skillfully made teen comedy with such an endearing sensibility that it's fun even for those old enough to be the grandparents of its stars. Screenwriter Elisa Bell has created a sturdy, dynamically structured context in which lots of...
Tags: Movies, Jeff Garlin, High Schools, Crimes, Assault
Times Staff WriterIt's never easy to create a fictional narrative that fits the specific purpose of promoting a good cause, and for all the usual good intentions, writer-director Jeffrey Kramer with "Smile" has made a plodding, drawn-out, overly long and contrived film...
Tribune staff reporter3 stars (out of 4) I'll admit it if you will. "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" is a pelvis-gyrating, ponytail-releasing, shirt-unbuttoning good time. It's not innovative, but after watching this movie, I left the theater inspired - swinging my hips and...
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