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Times Staff WriterJerry BRUCKHEIMER, the producer-king of mass audience mayhem, is not in the habit of giving his films French titles, but "Déjà Vu" is in the business of confounding expectations. Rather than the routine Denzel Washington-starring potboiler the...
Tags: Defense, Dana Andrews, Denzel Washington, Tony Scott, Crimes
Times Staff WriterThe best science fiction talks about the future to talk about the now, and "Children of Men" very much belongs in that class. Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to...
Tags: Fiction, Crimes, Movies, Children, AMC (tv network)
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterALANIS MORISSETTE has felt heartbreak before, as anyone who's listened to her ripped-from-life songs knows. But last year's split with her fiancé, actor Ryan Reynolds, turned out to be the big one. "I think it's the straw that breaks the camel's back,"...
By Ed Park Looking backward, briefly: It went unremarked that 2007 was the year when the weirdness of time dilation hit Sgt. William Mandella. Battling the far-flung Taurans meant interstellar travel via "collapsars" (black holes); two years of army...
Tags: Defense, Trips and Vacations, Los Angeles, Travel, Crimes
Edward Anderson had a strange and sad career. He was born in Texas in 1905 and grew up in Oklahoma, serving his apprenticeship as a journalist on a small paper in Ardmore, Okla. Restless, he worked as a deckhand on a freighter, plied his fists as a...
Times Staff WriterWhen we first see Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) in "Next," a confusing new thriller directed by Lee Tamahori, he's sitting alone in a diner sipping a martini and looking strikingly like Richard E. Grant after a terrible night's sleep. Cris, we soon learn,...
Tags: Russia, Jessica Biel, Lee Tamahori, Travel, Movies
Times Staff WriterOnce upon a time in 1999, the summer was supposed to belong to George Lucas and "The Phantom Menace," his resurrected "Star Wars" series. But after "The Matrix" hit, Lucas' future was yesterday's news. Suddenly, the action wasn't in light sabers and an...
Times Staff WriterAn accidental entertainment, "Equilibrium" is a science-fiction pastiche so lacking in originality that if you stripped away its inspirations there would be precious little left. Among the referent titles that flipped up on my mental Rolodex as I...
Tags: Christian Bale, John Woo, Entertainment, Emily Watson, Movies
Times Staff WriterIn "I, Robot," a new science fiction potboiler starring Will Smith, androids see and speak no evil. With humans calling the shots, however, they hear plenty. Designed along the articulated lines of wooden artists' mannequins, the robots serve their mortal...
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 WriterBen Affleck has had such a rough year (or so I've read) that it almost seems unfair to pick on either his newest film or latest nontabloid performance. Still, in the interest of stargazing and semiotics, it does seem worth mentioning that Affleck, a movie...
Tags: Michael C. Hall, Colm Feore, Gaming, Crimes, Movies
TIMES STAFF WRITERIt took paranoid visionary Philip K. Dick to do what Stanley Kubrick could not: Get Steven Spielberg to fully cross over to the dark side. The question now is, how happy are we to have him there? Spielberg's "Minority Report" is amplified from a Dick...
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