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There are a several moments of real pathos in Ron Howard's film of Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons", which is several more than he was able to conjure up in his film of Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." Howard has made a better, more entertaining thriller out...
TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday December 10, 1997 While it's tempting but unfair to see him as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Steven Spielberg does have a split in his filmmaking personality. The work of America's most successful director has in recent years alternated between...
TIMES STAFF WRITERHans Petter Moland's compelling "Aberdeen" stars Lena Headey as an ambitious young attorney whose life unexpectedly starts unraveling at the very moment she has received an important promotion from her large London firm. Her mother, Helen (Charlotte...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday December 5, 1997 By this time everyone who cares knows about the fairy tale beginnings of "Good Will Hunting." Actors and boyhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, disgruntled with the material they were seeing, wrote a film for...
Tags: Sex, Miramax Films, Frank Capra Jr., Movies, John Grisham
Times Staff WriterMargot Kidder is back, looking far too young and beautiful to be the mother of a 30-year-old son, and giving a beguiling performance as an easygoing parent in Stephen Kijak's skittish "Never Met Picasso." It's a wry comedy, decidedly on the callow side,...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday June 5, 1998 As the opening titles unreel for "Insomnia," an imaginative psychological thriller from Norway that demands total attention, we glimpse a pretty young woman meeting a grisly fate. Her death brings to a town in the north of Norway...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday September 25, 1998 They're tense and intense, been there and been around, world-weary and drop-dead professional. They're five hard men with implacable faces and murky pasts brought together to do a dirty job they don't even pretend to...
Tags: Movies, Jean Reno, Paris (France), Vehicles, Robert De Niro
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday June 25, 1999 "My Son the Fanatic" opens with what should be a high point in the life of Parvez (Om Puri), born in Pakistan, but for the last 25 years a cabdriver in the northern English city of Bradford. Parvez and his wife are...
Tags: Miramax Films, Sarah Kane, Pakistan, Movies, Entertainment
TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday July 28, 1999 A liquid to rely on, water is right there when we're hot, when we're thirsty, when we want things to grow. But who speaks up for water's dark side, for its implacable force, the terrifying power of its raging torrents?...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 5, 2000 "Luminarias" takes us into a world all too rarely seen on the big screen: that of upwardly mobile Los Angeles Latinas. Instead of barrio poverty, gangs and drugs, we're introduced to four women, longtime friends, whose...
FOR THE TIMESFriday May 12, 2000 From "The Red Shoes" to "The Turning Point," dramatic films about the ballet world have begged the question: How is it that such a serious and disciplined performing art attracts such silly and chaotic people? The callow...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday October 15, 1999 Cedric Kahn's relentless "L'Ennui" is such a rigorous exploration of sexual obsession that it proves to be a most demanding film. Virtually devoid of eroticism and sensuality, it depicts with the utmost realism a 17-year-...
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