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February 16, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It might be wintry cold this time of year in Brussels, but on a recent February afternoon in Los Angeles, it was sunny, warm and near-perfect as Belgian writer-director Michaël R. Roskam and actor Matthias Schoenaerts sat at a table poolside at a Sunset Strip hotel, each laying into a plate of steak frites as women in swimsuits and the men who chase after them circulated nearby. It was more or less a scene straight from "Entourage," the fantasy version of itself Hollywood likes to export around the world.
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February 16, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It might be wintry cold this time of year in Brussels, but on a recent February afternoon in Los Angeles, it was sunny, warm and near-perfect as Belgian writer-director Michaël R. Roskam and actor Matthias Schoenaerts sat at a table poolside at a Sunset Strip hotel, each laying into a plate of steak frites as women in swimsuits and the men who chase after them circulated nearby. It was more or less a scene straight from "Entourage," the fantasy version of itself Hollywood likes to export around the world.
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March 12, 2006 | Kristin Hohenadel, Special to The Times
THERE was something intriguing about the teenage mother steering a stroller up and down a street in Seraing, a disaffected industrial town in Belgium. "She was pushing the carriage in a violent fashion and we wondered, 'Who is she? Where is she going? Where's the father?' " says filmmaker Luc Dardenne.
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July 26, 2009 | Mark Olsen
The works of Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne follow the hardscrabble struggles of lower-class life so relentlessly that they might seem like textbook examples of arduously difficult, obtusely unfun European art cinema. Yet their films are made with such restless energy, hurtling headlong and recklessly through their exactingly portrayed worlds, that they often feel more like crackerjack thrillers. So which is it?
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July 26, 2009 | Mark Olsen
The works of Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne follow the hardscrabble struggles of lower-class life so relentlessly that they might seem like textbook examples of arduously difficult, obtusely unfun European art cinema. Yet their films are made with such restless energy, hurtling headlong and recklessly through their exactingly portrayed worlds, that they often feel more like crackerjack thrillers. So which is it?
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January 5, 1998
"L.A. Confidential" was voted best film of 1997 by the National Society of Film Critics, finishing ahead of "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Boogie Nights," the 48-member group announced Sunday. The results capped a sweep of major critics awards for "L.A. Confidential," which had previously been chosen best picture by the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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November 26, 1999 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Rosetta" grabs you by the throat and won't let go. It's a killer of a film about a desperate young woman, someone we're both terrified by and for, yet it's so finely empathetic and insightful it also tears at your heart. A triumph of humanistic cinema, it won two awards at Cannes, the Palme d'Or for writer-directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and a share of the best actress prize for its 18-year-old star, Emilie Dequenne, and both couldn't be more deserved.
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December 9, 1999
Theater A film noir-style P.I. solves the case of a wedding ring lost in 1929 that resurfaces in 1999 in Lisa Loomer's new play, "Broken Hearts: A B.H. Mystery," a Cornerstone Theater presentation closing Sunday at Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre 2, 514 S. Spring St., downtown Los Angeles. Tonight-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $8 to $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds. (213) 485-1681. "You Can't Take It With You," Moss Hart and George S.
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May 28, 1999
Pop/Rock * Blues Experiment, Afrodisiac and 00 Soul play at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. 8 tonight. $8-$10. (714) 957-0600. * Mulch, Famous Last Words, Speedbuggy and Pseudo Star play at Linda's Doll Hut, 107 S. Adams St., Anaheim. 9 tonight. $6. (714) 533-1286. * Hellbound Hayride, Hi-Fi & the Roadburners and Hai-Karate play at Club Mesa, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. 9 tonight. Cover. (949) 642-8448.
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December 12, 2004 | Paul Ames, Associated Press Writer
Sixty years after the Battle of the Bulge reduced it to rubble, the "pearl of the Ardennes" is shining again. Squeezed between its hilltop medieval fortress and the serpentine River Ourthe, the little town has rediscovered its pre-World War II fame as a thriving tourist center. Its population of 1,400 swells tenfold with summer visitors attracted by the charms of the Ardennes forest. It epitomizes a peaceful, uniting Europe reborn from the ashes of war.
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March 12, 2006 | Kristin Hohenadel, Special to The Times
THERE was something intriguing about the teenage mother steering a stroller up and down a street in Seraing, a disaffected industrial town in Belgium. "She was pushing the carriage in a violent fashion and we wondered, 'Who is she? Where is she going? Where's the father?' " says filmmaker Luc Dardenne.
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March 18, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Is French the secret language of childhood? Maybe that's why the French-speaking world has produced so many cinematic classics about children, from Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" (1959) and Louis Malle's "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (1987) to Jacques Doillon's heart-rending "Ponette" (1996) and this year's French-Canadian Oscar nominee "Monsieur Lazhar. " Much of the oeuvre of the Belgian filmmaker siblings Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne also belongs in this rarefied company.
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December 14, 1997 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"L.A. Confidential," Curtis Hanson's noir-ish saga of police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles, garnered its third best-picture award when it received the citation from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. In all, the movie won four awards and was named runner-up in two other categories during voting Saturday afternoon. The L.A. critics followed the lead of their colleagues on the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, who had previously bestowed top honors on the film.
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