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Sentinel Movie CriticCzech director Jiri Menzel returns to the themes and time-setting of his 1966 classic Closely Watched Trains with his latest, I Served the King of England. It's a charming, picaresque and very sexy dance through the finest hotels and brothels in...
Orlando Sentinel Movie CriticCzech director Jiri Menzel returns to the themes and time period of his 1966 classic Closely Watched Trains with his latest, I Served the King of England. It's a charming, picaresque and very sexy dance through the finest hotels and brothels in...
Times Staff WriterYou may have heard that the Academy Awards are on tonight, and though the winners will be news in all media, what ultimately lends the Oscars their power is that they're on television. That many viewers of the telecast — viewers all around this...
Special to The TimesIf you think reviewing movies is a dandy job, picture this: Feeling duty-bound to devote an evening to revisiting something truly awful because reels were shown out of order — a little like watching both the dubbed and subtitled versions of...
Tags: Easter, Entertainment, Movies, New York, Teen-agers
Times Staff WriterThe legend of Don Juan has been kicking around since 1630, when Spanish dramatist and monk Tirso de Molina wrote a play about a heartless libertine who seduces the daughter of a nobleman, then kills her father. The villain of the story, and an atheist...
Zap2It.comSteve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. The trenchcoat, the mustache, the ridiculous accent. It's not too much of a stretch, is it? Well, no, it isn't -- not for the current incarnation of Steve Martin, anyway. This is the guy who's been coasting for...
The second in a series of occasional stories on the people behind Hollywood's biggest night. The script for the Academy Awards telecast runs about 250 pages. With another 250 pages of ancillary lists — of phone numbers, nominees, presenters,...
Special to The TimesRoberto Benigni was an amusing delight in the 1986 Jim Jarmusch films "Down by Law" and "Coffee and Cigarettes" and a wonderfully wistful wayfarer in Fellini's lovely allegorical valedictory, "The Voice of the Moon" (1989). But by 1997, "Life Is...
Tags: Entertainment, Jean Reno, Movies, Poetry, Jim Jarmusch
THE Oscars and Golden Globes may not always see eye to eye, but the groups proved decidedly in tune this year when it came to serenading animated feature films. Both awards organizations tapped box office favorites "Cars" and "Happy Feet" while giving...
Times Staff WriterRoberto Benigni's "Pinocchio" is a bummer in any language. The most expensive Italian movie ever made ($45 million), it opened on Christmas Day in the U.S. minus press previews to poor business and worse reviews. The film had been given a painstaking...
Tags: Entertainment, Movies, Walt Disney, Federico Fellini
Times Film CriticWhen the narrator of the surprising "Life Is Beautiful" says, "This is a simple story but not an easy one to tell," he's speaking of the tale he's introducing. But the thought applies as well to the challenges facing co-writer, director and star Roberto...
Tags: Italy, Academy Awards, Romance (genre), Jim Jarmusch, Massacres
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday September 24, 1999 Robin Williams, enough already. Enough with the compassionate roles, the humanitarian roles, the caring and concerned roles. Enough with the good deeds, for pity's sake. Remember being funny? Maybe you could try that again....
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