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December 1, 2006 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
"I wanna go home," a young woman whimpers in the first scene of "Turistas." She's strapped to an operating table, and to judge from her muffled shrieks and the malevolent-looking figure reflected in her pupil, the procedure under way is something other than routine. Thus begins the first release from Fox Atomic (20th Century Fox's new genre division), a wholly predictable bit of slasher unpleasantness and a muddled cautionary tale on the American propensity for foreign misadventures.
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April 3, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"In the Blood" casts mixed martial artist Gina Carano as Ava, who has overcome a particularly parlous upbringing to turn her life around and marry up the social ladder. While on their Dominican honeymoon, husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) vanishes, apparently in an elaborate abduction plot. When local police offer no help, Ava takes matters into her own hands. The self-defense chops she learned the hard way come in very handy, of course. Though lacking marquee names, the film measures up to the typical Hollywood action-thriller in just about every other bailiwick.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"In the Blood" casts mixed martial artist Gina Carano as Ava, who has overcome a particularly parlous upbringing to turn her life around and marry up the social ladder. While on their Dominican honeymoon, husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) vanishes, apparently in an elaborate abduction plot. When local police offer no help, Ava takes matters into her own hands. The self-defense chops she learned the hard way come in very handy, of course. Though lacking marquee names, the film measures up to the typical Hollywood action-thriller in just about every other bailiwick.
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December 1, 2006 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
"I wanna go home," a young woman whimpers in the first scene of "Turistas." She's strapped to an operating table, and to judge from her muffled shrieks and the malevolent-looking figure reflected in her pupil, the procedure under way is something other than routine. Thus begins the first release from Fox Atomic (20th Century Fox's new genre division), a wholly predictable bit of slasher unpleasantness and a muddled cautionary tale on the American propensity for foreign misadventures.
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May 5, 2002 | CHRIS PETRIKIN
Director John Stockwell moves calmly through a crowd of surfers, groupies and other locals who have gathered, on a drizzly Saturday night in late January, for a big blowout at a notorious beach house on Oahu's North Shore. With his sun-streaked hair, sea-salted face, T-shirt, board shorts and flip-flops, Stockwell blends right in: just another mainland water nut turned surf yogi.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "About a Boy" Hugh Grant, Toni $40.6 $84.6 Collette; directed by Chris and Paul Weitz "Blue Crush" Kate Bosworth, Michelle $40.1 -- Rodriguez; directed by John Stockwell "Undercover Brother" Eddie Griffin, $38.2 -- Chris Kattan; directed by Malcolm D. Lee *--* *--* Source: Internet Movie Database *--*
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1986
Arkatov failed to include probably the finest acting school of all, namely the Loft Studio on La Brea Avenue. Founded by William Traylor and his late wife, actress Peggy Feury, the Loft has been home to almost the entire crop of the new successful Hollywood acting generation, including John Stockwell, Sean Penn, Hart Bochner, Anjelica Huston, Eric Stoltz, Laura Dern, Meg Tilly and Alexander Godunov among so many others. Under the continuing guidance of actor-teacher Traylor, the Loft continues to be the haven for future working actors.
NEWS
October 29, 1987
Four former CIA agents who left the agency after becoming disillusioned by covert operations in the Third World said they will lead a national campaign to end such activities. The co-founders of the Center for the Study of Covert Action said they plan "to inform the American people . . . about the true nature of covert action," which they said is a record of secret wars against legitimate governments around the world.
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November 3, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Some fuss was recently made over the role President Obama plays in "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," a docu-drama premiering on National Geographic Channel on Sunday. There were accusations that the timing - days before the election - and the late-hour insertion of additional footage of the president, including a voice-over describing the decision-making process, were designed to boost Obama's reelection bid. Despite subsequent protests from the network and the filmmakers, the partisan kerfuffle can work only to their advantage; no doubt more people will watch "SEAL Team Six" in light of the mild controversy.
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May 5, 2002 | CHRIS PETRIKIN
Director John Stockwell moves calmly through a crowd of surfers, groupies and other locals who have gathered, on a drizzly Saturday night in late January, for a big blowout at a notorious beach house on Oahu's North Shore. With his sun-streaked hair, sea-salted face, T-shirt, board shorts and flip-flops, Stockwell blends right in: just another mainland water nut turned surf yogi.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Writer-director Keoni Waxman's nifty "I Shot a Man in Vegas" is one of those little low-budget pictures that seem to come out of nowhere. Many are better left in obscurity, but this taut psychological drama packs one surprise after another. Storytelling with a camera seems to come naturally for Waxman, who matches an easy visual flair with an equally effective way with actors and dialogue.
NEWS
January 24, 2002
New This Week: Mark Wahlberg, a former rap star, stars in "Rock Star," a genial look at what happens when a wannabe becomes a headliner. Written by John Stockwell and directed by veteran middle-of-the-roader Stephen Herek, the film only stumbles when it decides it has to deliver a lesson. This is classic Hollywood comfort food, intent on delivering well-worn homilies about the pitfalls of fame, the attractions of a normal life and how being yourself is just the most important rule.
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