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It's possible to think of Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" as the anti-"Slumdog Millionaire." Where Danny Boyle's flashy fantasia offers economically depressed audiences a miraculous distraction from their daily woes, akin to the MGM musicals that...
Tags: Michelle Williams, Sam Adams, Movies, MGM Inc., Danny Boyle
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe images that open Shane Meadows' deeply personal, politically charged drama "This Is England" begin with cheeky nostalgia, an innocuous collection of 1980s British iconography -- TV's Roland Rat, grinning Margaret Thatcher photo-ops, primitive video...
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Times Staff WriterFor director Ken Loach, the personal is always political, the political personal. The dean of British independent filmmakers, Loach has the gift of finding the intensely moving private emotions in broad, societal dilemmas. He does that with his fine new...
FOR THE TIMESFriday April 24, 1998 Fledgling British firebrand Shane Meadows takes his cues from Alan Clarke's '80s BBC dramas and Ken Loach and 501 Jeans commercials yet strives for the iconography of religious tableaux--which seems incongruous, given that...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 1, 1998 Robert Dornhelm's compelling "The Break," an offbeat romantic political thriller, opens with an exciting, faultlessly staged, 20-minute escape from a Belfast prison. A weary long-term IRA convict, Dowd (Stephen Rea) is in the...
Tribune movie reporterThe sequels and franchise flicks scored big last summer, so what do we get? More of the same this year. Check out the titles, and you might conclude that this is the year of the colon. But don't be fooled by the amount of noise generated by the highest-...
TIMES FILM CRITICWednesday December 17, 1997 The consummate American actor, Robert Duvall has spent a lifetime crafting roles for other filmmakers. Now, in writing and directing "The Apostle," Duvall has created for himself what could be the defining role of his...
Tags: Texas, Robert Duvall, Movies, Robert Mitchum, Miranda Richardson
Times Staff WriterNot long after 9/11, a French producer named Alain Brigand asked 11 very different directors from across the world to make short films about the catastrophe. Some of Brigand's choices were real head-scratchers: No matter how great Sean Penn can be as an...
Times Staff WriterKen Loach believes the truth will set you free. A man whose independence, vigor and passion for naturalism have inspired several generations of British filmmakers, he's been a socially conscious director for nearly 40 years. Loach's best films -- "Kes,"...
Tags: Movies, Cinema Industry, Teen-agers, Entertainment, England
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday June 5, 1998 Carine Adler's "Under the Skin" takes us into the comfortable suburban Liverpool home of a middle-aged woman (Rita Tushingham) who has just been told she has brain cancer, and has anywhere from three weeks to three months to...
Tags: Movies, Cinema Industry, Brain, Entertainment, Mike Leigh
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday August 28, 1998 Ken Loach's "Carla's Song" is a lesser "Land and Freedom" in that both films focus on a young man from Britain who goes abroad and experiences love and revolution. Alas, "Land and Freedom" was such an excellent film in its...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday February 5, 1999 "My Name Is Joe" is a romance that pulsates with the disturbances both large and small of the hard-knock life. A tough, fearless piece of work that cares desperately about its people--and respects them too much to provide...
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