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March 19, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS
"The Birds II: Land's End" is pretty much for the birds. It's a routine reworking rather than a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic "The Birds." The film is decently, though unexcitingly acted and has good special effects, but it lacks suspense and tension, crucial for a story so well-known to so many viewers in the first place. Predictably, the new film plays up the ecological implications of the birds' malevolent behavior.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Pitch Black," a routine sci-fi/horror action-adventure, takes us where we've been countless times before--a forbidding distant planet--and offers nothing new along the way. Director David Twohy, who co-wrote the script with Jim and Ken Wheat, seems to understand this because he brings maximum razzle-dazzle and energy to the film, which is certainly the way to go with such trite material, even if ultimately a flashy technique is not enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1989 | LEONARD KLADY
Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn enlist in Orion's "Navy SEAL," a tale of counter-terrorism to film in Spain next September. The screenplay by Kevin Jarre and Angelo Pizzo centers on a strike against a Mid-East group with a cache of nuclear missiles. Lewis Teague directs and Bernard Williams is producing. . . . Jimmy Smits has the unenviable job of supervising interns Jason Gedrick, Diane Lane and Lisa Jane Persky in Fox's "Vital Signs." Marisa Silver directs the Larry Ketron screenplay which finds Gedrick in conflict with his famous surgeon father played by William Devane.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2002 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bankrupt retailer Kmart Corp. won a temporary restraining order preventing Penske Auto Centers from shuttering its 563 service centers over the weekend. The two companies are to return to court today to determine whether the order will be made permanent. Penske Auto Centers, which is partly owned by Kmart, had informed the Troy, Mich.-based retailer on Friday that it would shut down all of its centers beginning Saturday. But U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2004
Friday After Freedom Drama Vitagraph With: Mic Tomasi, Greg Satamian, Sophie Chahinian The idea: Cultural tug of war set in Glendale as a young Armenian American is torn between his tightknit community and finding his own way. Writer-director: Vahe Babaian * So?
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