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November 13, 1994 | Richard Natale
When John Dahl first moved to Los Angeles from his native Billings, "people here thought Montana was a part of Canada," he observes in a flat Western deadpan. Now that it's become a chic getaway for Hollywood celebrities, Dahl likes to torture people with stories "about how rotten it is there."
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January 21, 1996 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Angela. In this debut by writer-director Rebecca Miller (daughter of Arthur), religious mysteries become two young sisters' key to the emotional life of their erratic mother. (Tree Farm) Angels & Insects. Entomologist Mark Rylance is plunged into a web of secrets when he returns to England from his research in South America and marries Patsy Kensit. (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) Anne Frank Remembered.
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January 21, 1996 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Angela. In this debut by writer-director Rebecca Miller (daughter of Arthur), religious mysteries become two young sisters' key to the emotional life of their erratic mother. (Tree Farm) Angels & Insects. Entomologist Mark Rylance is plunged into a web of secrets when he returns to England from his research in South America and marries Patsy Kensit. (Samuel Goldwyn Co.) Anne Frank Remembered.
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November 13, 1994 | Richard Natale
When John Dahl first moved to Los Angeles from his native Billings, "people here thought Montana was a part of Canada," he observes in a flat Western deadpan. Now that it's become a chic getaway for Hollywood celebrities, Dahl likes to torture people with stories "about how rotten it is there."
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August 4, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Miramax Films said Wednesday that it would appeal the R rating given its World War II film "The Great Raid" by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. The movie, about the rescue of American prisoners from a Japanese camp in the Philippines in 1945, was assigned the restrictive rating because of "strong war violence and brief language," the company said.
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February 26, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
John Dahl's terrific 1993 film noir brings to mind the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple," Carl Colpaert's "Delusion" and his own "Kill Me Again" with its clever plotting and wide-open setting. Nice-guy Nicolas Cage (pictured) is just passing through the tiny Wyoming town of Red Rock when he's mistaken by a saloon proprietor (J.T. Walsh) for the Dallas hit man he's hired to rub out his wife (Lara Flynn Boyle).
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October 25, 1998 | Kevin Thomas
The brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski inevitably bring to mind Joel and Ethan Coen, especially the brothers Coens' first picture, "Blood Simple." Their inventiveness in thinking up one outrageous yet plausible plot development after another also recalls John Dahl's "Red Rock West."
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October 22, 1995 | Kenneth Turan
While most directors approach film noir from the outside, John Dahl (at left) intuitively penetrates to the heart of the beast, luxuriating in its fatalism, duplicity and despair. He also understands that laughter and shivers can be bedfellows. As played by Linda Fiorentino (right) with career-making gusto, Bridget Gregory is a virtuoso of venom, her amorality so cold even her attorney asks her, "Anybody ever check you for a heartbeat?"
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March 12, 1995 | Daniel Howard Cerone, Daniel Howard Cerone is a Times staff writer
On a bitter-cold January day in San Francisco, hundreds of extras gather on a narrow Chinatown street colorfully decorated with streaming banners and floats for a Chinese New Year's parade. Director William Friedkin, who staged celebrated chase scenes for "The French Connection" and "To Live and Die in L.A.," has worked up another one for his latest movie, "Jade," leading to this densely populated street. "Please, we're about to shoot," an assistant director shouts into a bullhorn.
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