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October 15, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Death is the barrier we can't get around, an eternal void burdening those among the living who yearn for those who are gone. What would it mean if we could communicate with the other side, or even just be sure it existed? That is the theme of the haunting "Hereafter," the latest work from Clint Eastwood, which presents a trio of stories having to do with what might be on that far side and how it relates to the world we know. Over the years, Eastwood has very much become a director we expect to deliver the unexpected, and he's done that here.
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October 15, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Death is the barrier we can't get around, an eternal void burdening those among the living who yearn for those who are gone. What would it mean if we could communicate with the other side, or even just be sure it existed? That is the theme of the haunting "Hereafter," the latest work from Clint Eastwood, which presents a trio of stories having to do with what might be on that far side and how it relates to the world we know. Over the years, Eastwood has very much become a director we expect to deliver the unexpected, and he's done that here.
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February 14, 1997 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Absolute Power's" opening close-up of a painting by El Greco, an impeccable old master, is dead-on appropriate. For the pleasures of this sleek and satisfying entertainment come from the position of its director and star, Clint Eastwood, as the last Old Master in Hollywood, just as reliable in his sphere (at least when he's not co-starring with orangutans) as Rembrandt and Rubens were in theirs.
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September 15, 1995 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
For a little picture like "The Stars Fell on Henrietta" to get made, powerful people have to fall in love with it. And although a good number did, including Robert Duvall, who gives the kind of deft performance that has become his trademark, it wasn't enough to raise this film out of the realm of the ordinary.
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December 15, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
What can be said about Clint Eastwood that hasn't been said before? That he's American film's last and best classicist, a 74-year-old director who's aged better than a "Sideways" Pinot Noir? That his increasingly fearless and idiosyncratic choice of material has made him more of an independent filmmaker than half the people at Sundance? That he continues to find ways to surprise audiences yet remain inescapably himself?
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December 7, 1990 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's a moment early on in "The Rookie" where Clint Eastwood, playing a grizzled, combative cop named Nick Pulovski, looks over at Sonia Braga and mutters, "They don't make 'em like that anymore." The moment could just as easily apply to Eastwood himself. At least that's what he seems to be banking on here. Who else besides Eastwood freaks would want to see this bummer? As a cop thriller, "The Rookie" (citywide) is sub-par even by TV series standards.
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March 20, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Sondra Locke's "Ratboy" (at the Beverly Center Cineplex) is a fairy tale with a cutting edge. Its protagonist, Eugene--a deformed little creature, with a rat's face--is a rodent Candide, Pinocchio with a tail. Through his eyes, we get satirical glimpses of the American Dream, '80s Style: slick empty hopes out of Robin Leach-Land. And Locke tells this charming story swiftly, with a delicate, breezy touch.
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September 10, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
CLINT EASTWOOD has a stock company of people he has collaborated with over the years, including editor Joel Cox, cinematographer Tom Stern and twotime Oscar-winning production designer Henry Bumstead ("To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Sting"). Despite battling prostate cancer for the last few years, Bumstead was able to work on Eastwood's latest film, "Flags of Our Fathers," which opens Oct. 20. He even got to see the film before his death at 91 in May.
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March 28, 1993
Here is your ballot for the 65th Academy Awards. Make your choices by marking the boxes in one column and use the boxes in the other column to not the winner. The Big Six * Picture: The Crying Game A Few Good Men Howards End Scent of a Woman Unforgiven * * Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
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March 30, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Call it a coronation for the common man. Clint Eastwood, an underappreciated foot soldier for much of his career, was king of all he surveyed Monday night as his "Unforgiven" won Oscars for best direction and best picture at the 65th Academy Awards. Though the success of "Unforgiven" was expected, especially after it walked off with two of the evening's first three Oscars, the evening's climax was no less emotional for that.
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November 24, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Clint Eastwood will survive "A Perfect World." Ditto for Kevin Costner, who in fact gives one of his most affecting performances. An audience's chances of staying involved, however, are not so good. One of the pokiest chase pictures to come along in some time, "A Perfect World" (citywide) unites two of today's biggest male action heroes but can't quite figure out how to handle the largess.
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