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Times Staff WriterIn "The Matador," a delightfully sly diversion, Pierce Brosnan breaks the mold and turns in what might be considered the performance of his career, the kind of witty, relaxed star portrayal that recalls those of Cary Grant and other Golden Era legends....
Tags: Hope Davis, Pierce Brosnan, Entertainment, Movies, Greg Kinnear
Times Staff WriterWhen the mugging he masterminds ends in murder, and a member of his gang chooses this delicate moment to make some ill-advised inquiries into his past, Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) beats his buddy senseless and runs out into the rainy night, demons...
Times Staff WriterIt's hardly an architectural icon on the level of the Capitol Records Building or Cinerama Dome, both designed by the same firm. Nor is the place as historically important as, say, the now-demolished Ambassador Hotel. But a plan to raze Trader Vic's...
Times Staff WriterLittle movies about the radical self-reinvention of working-class underdogs have become as reliable a British export as Prince Harry damage control. You could say the factory layoff has become the Chekhov's gun of contemporary British cinema — if...
Tags: Death, Entertainment, Companies and Corporations, Easter, Movies
Times Staff WriterThe title of David Auburn's play "Proof" refers to two things: a specific mathematical proof that comes to dominate the plot as well as the human need to offer proof, to demonstrate to others our value, our worth, the truth of our talents and the...
Tags: Theater, Death, New York, Awards and Prizes, Gwyneth Paltrow
Zap2It.comMichael Moore is still feeling the heat from "Fahrenheit 9/11." A national guardsman seen in the incendiary documentary has sued Moore for $85 million claiming that his footage was used out of context to portray him as anti-war, when in fact he...
Times Staff WriterIt's not Zidane-head-butt-to-the-chest invigorating, but the documentary "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos" does provide an exuberant look at a heady moment in America's soccer past that is well worth remembering....
Go ahead, admit it. Between the kerchiefs and the corgis, the sensible clothes and the semi-detached smile, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has never been mistaken for the most dramatic monarch in the world, never given much of a hint that there might be a...
Times Staff WriterBill Resler, an exuberant University of Washington tax law professor turned girls' high school basketball coach, would have been a good subject for a documentary all on his own. That a 14-year-old phenom named Darnellia Russell walked into his gym one day...
Tags: Sports, Drama (genre), Gaming, Education, Basketball
Times Staff WriterThe new motion-capture animated film "Renaissance" is a visually wondrous experience in high-contrast black and white, bogged down by a slow, underwrought story and uninvolving characters. It would be easy to dismiss it as another great-looking film...
Times Staff WritersIt used to be that December was the cruelest month for Oscar contenders who jousted for critical and box office attention at the end of the year. Now the battle begins in September, as more and more Oscar hopefuls crowd the fall weekends. The rationale...
Times Staff WriterDecember is the month when undiscovered movie gems are found. A band of critics might rise in support, a movie studio may make a last-minute sprint, or a top awards organization could herald an unfamiliar triumph. But what happens when none of that...
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