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Times Staff Writer"Ella Enchanted," a breezy take on "Cinderella," is likely to cast its spell primarily on adolescent girls, while their elders might well find it more than a little tedious in its familiarity and artificiality. That said, director Tommy O'Haver and his...
Times Staff WriterImagine a Shirley Temple movie written and directed by Lenny Bruce — "Little Miss Marker" or "Wee Willie Winkie" — with key plot points involving pornography and masturbation, and you'll get an idea of what writer-director Kevin Smith has come...
Tags: Miramax Films, Matt Damon, Shirley Temple, Lenny Bruce, Movies
Times Staff WriterChris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's rousing documentary "Only the Strong Survive" takes its title from one of rhythm-and-blues pioneer Jerry Butler's most enduring hits, and it serves as an apt anthem not only for Butler but also for all of the other...
Times Staff WriterHe didn't call it "J'Accuse!" but he might as well have. Like Emile Zola, whose celebrated 19th century open letter assailed the French government for being a party to intolerable injustice, Michael Moore in "Fahrenheit 9/11" has launched an unapologetic...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 20, 1998 "Wide Awake" is a wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual situation for the screen: a 9-year-old's struggles with his faith in God. It conveys just how devastating the...
Times Staff WriterRenny Harlin's "Mindhunters" begins with a deceptive scariness. Two FBI agents and would-be criminal profilers, J.D. (Christian Slater) and Sara (Kathryn Morris), on the track of a serial child-killer, come upon a derelict Victorian hotel in rural...
Times Staff Writer"Shall We Dance?" makes the move from Tokyo to Chicago with the deftness of Fred Astaire leading Ginger Rogers. In Masayuki Suo's 1996 version, a Tokyo office manager who's hit a bored and dissatisfied passage in his life catches a glimpse of a...
Tags: Dance, Miramax Films, Sports, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere
Times Staff WriterA sci-fi thriller that relies more on intelligence than spectacular action and special effects, "Impostor" could not be more timely as a parable on the threat to civil liberties in a society endangered by outside forces. Based on a 1953 Philip K. Dick...
Times Staff Writer"All characters, whether grown-ups or babes, must wear a child's outlook as their only important adornment," wrote Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie in the stage directions for "Peter Pan." This directive became a guiding principle for "Finding Neverland,"...
Times Staff WriterAt a time the nation is both at war and deeply divided, Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab's wholly unexpected documentary "Paper Clips" arrives with an authentically persuasive message of hope: In the words of one of its children, "People can change the way...
Tags: Ku Klux Klan, Miramax Films, Judaism, White House, Massacres
Zap2It.comIt plays well in Peoria, and that's the most important thing for Michael Moore, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" became the most successful documentary in history on Sunday. "The numbers have certainly surprised me and surprised everyone," says Moore in his first...
TIMES STAFF WRITER"Kate & Leopold," a flawed time-travel love story, benefits from Meg Ryan's reliable perkiness and establishes Australia's Hugh Jackman as a potent romantic leading man. These and other pluses, however, cannot overcome the film's inability to come alive...
Tags: Brooklyn Bridge, Miramax Films, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber, Movies
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