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August 19, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
When a movie places its two lead characters aboard a plane, it's normal to expect that a hijacking, a bombing or a natural disaster will ensue. But "Red Eye," a fine psychological thriller with plenty of action, is cleverer than that. Writer Carl Ellsworth has come up with a sly plot and smart characterizations -- a perfect blueprint for an old pro like Wes Craven. "Red Eye" is the work of a filmmaker in command of the full resources of the camera in telling a story visually and with economy.
June 26, 2005 | Mark Olsen
Where many writers become irritated by having their work boiled down to a simple schematic, writer Carl Ellsworth has no problem with hearing his script for "Red Eye" described as " 'Phone Booth' on a plane." "It's absolutely fair and accurate," he says. "Several years ago, even before the movie came out, a buddy of mine slipped me the script for 'Phone Booth,' and I have to say it was probably the initial inspiration. So many things turned me on about that script."
March 13, 2009 | Mark Olsen
The original version of "The Last House on the Left" -- the 1972 feature debut of horror master Wes Craven and a primal tour of rape, mayhem, murder and madness -- was one of those movies that was spoken about even decades later with an uncertain mix of fear and reverence.
November 3, 2012
The 2012 Holiday Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Nov. 9 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography A documentary about the influential 1980s skateboarding crew known as Bones Brigade, whose members included Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk. Directed by Peralta. The Film Sales Company The Comedy An aging Brooklyn hipster on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate grows weary of his aimless, sheltered life.
May 8, 2005
May 13 Brothers Drama IFC Films With: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen The idea: A Danish soldier and family man welcomes back his ex-con sibling before being deployed to Afghanistan. Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen Director: Susanne Bier * So? Wounds of war, Dogme style A Hole in One Drama Beach Hill Films With: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf Aday, Bill Raymond The idea: A young woman considers a transorbital lobotomy to solve her problems in 1953.
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