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December 5, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Actor Stanley Tucci is a stealth-bombing mischief-maker, an eye-twinkling scene-stealer. Often flying under the radar, he is precision in action and deadly ? or deadly funny if that's the mission ? when you least expect it. At the moment, he's the best thing about the disappointing bump and grind of "Burlesque," but then he's made a habit of being really good in really bad movies. Fortunately, he's also made a habit of being terrific in the great ones, a quality that Hollywood hasn't, in my mind, appreciated nearly enough.
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December 5, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Actor Stanley Tucci is a stealth-bombing mischief-maker, an eye-twinkling scene-stealer. Often flying under the radar, he is precision in action and deadly ? or deadly funny if that's the mission ? when you least expect it. At the moment, he's the best thing about the disappointing bump and grind of "Burlesque," but then he's made a habit of being really good in really bad movies. Fortunately, he's also made a habit of being terrific in the great ones, a quality that Hollywood hasn't, in my mind, appreciated nearly enough.
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September 15, 1996 | David Kronke, David Kronke is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Tony Bennett pours forth from the speakers, but that's about the only concession this ski-resort-town Italian restaurant makes to ethnicity; its menu includes French dip sandwiches and burgers.
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September 15, 1996 | David Kronke, David Kronke is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Tony Bennett pours forth from the speakers, but that's about the only concession this ski-resort-town Italian restaurant makes to ethnicity; its menu includes French dip sandwiches and burgers.
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April 22, 1997
"BIG NIGHT" is out today. Times film critic Kenneth Turan calls it "as delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features . . . a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting." It stars Ian Holm, left, and Stanley Tucci, who co-wrote with Joseph Tropiano and co-directed with Campbell Scott.
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September 20, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, "Big Night" is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting. Written and directed by actors for themselves and their friends, it is a sensual feast that understands, as great chefs do, the virtues of taking its time.
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December 15, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Secrets & Lies," a British drama about a young black woman's search for her birth mother, was voted best picture of 1996 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The movie by Mike Leigh captured three of the critics' awards. Brenda Blethyn won for best actress for her role as the mother and Leigh received the award for best direction. Previously, "Secrets & Lies" won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and Blethyn was named best actress.
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March 24, 1997 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Fargo" amassed a body count of trophies at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards nearly matching the cinematic body count in the darkly comic tale of a kidnapping gone awry. The film--which is also nominated for seven Oscars--won six statuettes: best feature, best director (Joel Coen), best screenplay (Joel and Ethan Coen), best actress (Frances McDormand), best actor (William H. Macy) and best cinematography (Roger Deakins).
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January 10, 1997 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen years ago when the Independent Feature Project decided to bestow awards to the best independent films, a board member had to lure people to screenings with home-popped popcorn. But all that has changed dramatically. Just last month an IFP screening of the four-hour version of "Hamlet" drew 550 people--with many others having to be turned away--and this on a Saturday morning two weeks before Christmas.
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February 6, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There will be those for whom the mere pairing of former "Picket Fences" love interests Lauren Holly and Costas Mandylor will be reason enough to watch "Just Desserts," a made-for-TV romantic comedy about pastry chefs from opposite sides of the Harlem River that premieres Sunday night on the Hallmark Channel.
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January 5, 1997 | Kenneth Turan, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic
Never mind that no studio was willing to finance it. Never mind that its stars were said to be not big enough to warrant its $20-something-million budget. In the latest indication of Hollywood's perennial schizophrenia, Oscar prognosticators are saying that "The English Patient" is the surest best picture nominee and one of the most likely contenders for the final prize in the 69th Academy Awards competition.
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January 29, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Perhaps inspired by the record snowfall (10 feet in 10 days) that has impressed even the seen-that local population, the juries at the Sundance Film Festival handed out an unexpectedly large number of awards Saturday night, 17 instead of the usual dozen, in tribute to what most visitors agreed was a stronger-than-usual event.
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