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October 30, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
THE critically acclaimed film "Secuestro Express," about violent street crime in Caracas, has become a box office smash in Venezuela while sparking a raging political controversy that could get it yanked from theaters and possibly land its director in jail. "Secuestro's" gritty depiction of the class-driven kidnappings common throughout Latin America has been denounced by Venezuela's vice president as a "miserable" movie that unfairly puts his country in a negative light.
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October 30, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
THE critically acclaimed film "Secuestro Express," about violent street crime in Caracas, has become a box office smash in Venezuela while sparking a raging political controversy that could get it yanked from theaters and possibly land its director in jail. "Secuestro's" gritty depiction of the class-driven kidnappings common throughout Latin America has been denounced by Venezuela's vice president as a "miserable" movie that unfairly puts his country in a negative light.
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August 7, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
The kidnapping happened fast. It was early evening in a nice part of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital gripped in recent years by political chaos and street crime. Young filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz and a friend were driving home from a movie when a car suddenly cut them off and forced them to stop. Two assailants jumped in, guns drawn. Jakubowicz recalls a sensory rush. The gun against his head. Barked commands to look down. Fleeting glimpses of people and places.
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August 7, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
The kidnapping happened fast. It was early evening in a nice part of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital gripped in recent years by political chaos and street crime. Young filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz and a friend were driving home from a movie when a car suddenly cut them off and forced them to stop. Two assailants jumped in, guns drawn. Jakubowicz recalls a sensory rush. The gun against his head. Barked commands to look down. Fleeting glimpses of people and places.
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August 5, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In Jonathan Jakubowicz's jolting "Secuestro Express," sweeping panoramas of Caracas reveal hillsides paved with brown shacks like tiles, give way to views of skylines thick with skyscrapers and then offer darting glimpses of busy streets, finally settling into a sleekly spare nightclub where an exceptionally modish young couple are doing a line of coke. Martin (Jean Paul Leroux) is a rich playboy, while Carla (Mia Maestro) is the beautiful daughter of a hospital physician (Ruben Blades).
NEWS
August 4, 2005
TODAY Versatile sax man New York City-based sax man Dave Liebman, a former associate of Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Elvin Jones and others, who is known for his prowess on both tenor and soprano, swings through L.A. Tonight, Liebman warms up with Yellowjackets' keyboardist Russell Ferrante and bassist Jimmy Haslip, plus drummer Steve Hass and guitarist Jeff Richman at North Hollywood's Baked Potato.
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May 14, 2006 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
LAST month, the mutilated bodies of two policemen were found in the streets of Acapulco. To make a grim story even more gruesome, the cops' severed heads were discovered some distance away in the Pacific resort city once fabled for its glamorous Hollywood visitors but now better known for toxic beaches and a vicious turf war between rival drug cartels. A sign accompanying the remains read: "So that you learn to respect."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2005
May 13 Brothers Drama IFC Films With: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen The idea: A Danish soldier and family man welcomes back his ex-con sibling before being deployed to Afghanistan. Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen Director: Susanne Bier * So? Wounds of war, Dogme style A Hole in One Drama Beach Hill Films With: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf Aday, Bill Raymond The idea: A young woman considers a transorbital lobotomy to solve her problems in 1953.
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