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May 30, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When James O'Barr started writing an arty black-and-white comic book called "The Crow" to help him deal with a personal tragedy, he never thought it would attract a wide audience--let alone be turned into a movie that looks like an early summer favorite. And though mentions of comic books might bring to mind images of flamboyant super-heroics, O'Barr's story about a rock guitarist who rises from the dead to seek revenge on his and his fiancee's murderers gives the film a grim, gothic look.
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May 30, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When James O'Barr started writing an arty black-and-white comic book called "The Crow" to help him deal with a personal tragedy, he never thought it would attract a wide audience--let alone be turned into a movie that looks like an early summer favorite. And though mentions of comic books might bring to mind images of flamboyant super-heroics, O'Barr's story about a rock guitarist who rises from the dead to seek revenge on his and his fiancee's murderers gives the film a grim, gothic look.
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September 2, 1996 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
"They call this the city of angels, but all I see are victims. It's the city of drugs. The city of death." So says Sarah (Mia Kirshner), the young tattoo artist we meet in the opening moments of Tim Pope's "The Crow: City of Angels." She might add, without fear of contradiction from anything shown in the movie, "the city of overacting, the city of bad writing and the city of truly dreadful sequels." This follow-up to Alex Proyas' exhilaratingly stylish 1994 hit, which was adapted from James O.
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September 19, 1996 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
James Gilkey is into comic books. He digs "The X-Men" and "Batman," but what really excites him is the new wave of comics featuring even darker heroes and plots. One he likes is "The Crow," a cult book by James O. Barr. Because of that, the 15-year-old Laguna Beach boy was thrilled when he heard that "The Crow: City of Angels" was coming to theaters. James saw the first movie ("The Crow," 1994), starring Brandon Lee, and went nuts over it.
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May 11, 1994 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Driven by a dark and sensual television trailer that appeals to women and a soundtrack geared to the MTV generation, Miramax Films' "The Crow" starring the late Brandon Lee is posting remarkably high responses from test audiences only days before the movie opens nationwide.
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May 11, 1994 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Crow," starring the late Brandon Lee, is like one long fright night. Even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud. The "Batman" movies were probably the first to transfer the new style in doom-and-gloom comic book fantasias to the screen, but "The Crow" makes those films seem happy-go-lucky. On its own terms it's highly effective but that doesn't mean you have to accept its terms.
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February 27, 1998 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
Like Hong Kong action directors reinventing the western, Australia's current crop of filmmakers are happily absorbing the received wisdom of Hollywood and boomeranging it back at us. Recalibrated film noir. The costume epic as psycho drama. Road movies with no maps. There's no end to the modifications and mutations. Sometimes, of course, the boomerang catches you in the neck.
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March 8, 1994 | DANIEL CERONE, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Marvel-ous: Marvel Entertainment Group's super-heroes are getting around these days. The "Marvel Action Hour," a new one-hour syndicated series scheduled to launch in September, will star the Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Both were created by legendary Marvel artist Stan Lee in the 1960s. Lee will serve as the program's co-executive producer and host, offering live-action behind-the-scenes glances at the Marvel Universe.
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April 29, 1994 | JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens, that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then, sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put things right." * On May 11, "The Crow," which opens with the above ominous voice-over, will arrive in Los Angeles and New York theaters. Two days later it will open nationwide.
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