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August 16, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no zeal like the zeal of the newly converted, and so it is that sections of Neil LaBute's frustratingly uneven version of "Possession" just about glow with a satisfying romantic warmth not only unknown but even anathema to the writer-director's earlier work. When his "In the Company of Men" debut was followed quickly by "Your Friends & Neighbors," LaBute acquired a reputation for icy misanthropy that not even the nominally cheerier "Nurse Betty" could dispel. With A.S.
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August 16, 2002 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no zeal like the zeal of the newly converted, and so it is that sections of Neil LaBute's frustratingly uneven version of "Possession" just about glow with a satisfying romantic warmth not only unknown but even anathema to the writer-director's earlier work. When his "In the Company of Men" debut was followed quickly by "Your Friends & Neighbors," LaBute acquired a reputation for icy misanthropy that not even the nominally cheerier "Nurse Betty" could dispel. With A.S.
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February 11, 1986 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
Verdi: "Il Trovatore." Sony. $79.95. This 1983 telecast documents an unintentional travesty from Australian Opera. Sidney Nolan's sets suggest shadow-and-splotch abstraction. Luciana Arrighi's costumes invoke "Pirates of Penzance." Elijah Moshinsky's staging fuses tableaux with live cartoons. Mezzo Lauris Elms sings well, but Jonathan Summers is a lyric baritone gone astray and Kenneth Collins a caricature tenor.
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May 18, 1989 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
. . . There was a faint vast rainbow . . . its pedestals luminous in the corruption of new houses on the low hill, its arch the top of heaven. --D. H. Lawrence, "The Rainbow" The rainbow that arches away from the muddy, mundane colliery town toward the vaults of heaven at the end of D. H. Lawrence's great 1915 novel is, for his heroine Ursula Brangwen, a symbol of the exaltation that drives her on, makes her dissatisfied with town, family, friends and lovers. But for Ken Russell, in his movie of "The Rainbow" (opening Friday at the Royal)
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December 17, 1999 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Anna and the King" is stuffed with things: 19 costumed elephants, 500 gilded Buddhist statues, 4,000 square feet of marble polished with coconut oil and banana leaves, nearly 10 miles of Thai cloth used to dress the background players, not to mention the largest set built from scratch since "Cleopatra." But what it doesn't have is what viewers may miss most: songs.
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May 22, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since Oliver Parker so successfully directed and adapted Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" to the screen in 1999, there was every reason to hope that he would do the same with "The Importance of Being Earnest." But this time he chose not to stick with the visual elegance and crisp, taut direction that worked so well the first time around, taking a freer and easier approach that's at odds with Wilde's epigrammatic dialogue and tight construction.
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November 22, 1991 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The British film "Close My Eyes" (selected theaters) is about an incestuous brother-sister relationship, but it doesn't have the hearty force of a full-scale taboo-shatterer. Despite its several graphic sex scenes, the film's attitude is rather prim and decorous. It's all veddy British--the decencies may be overturned but never taste.
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February 16, 2000
* Foreign Film: "All About My Mother," Spain; "Caravan," Nepal; "East-West," France; "Solomon and Gaenor," United Kingdom; "Under the Sun," Sweden. * Art Direction: Luciana Arrighi (art direction), Ian Whittaker (set decoration), "Anna and the King"; David Gropman (art direction), Beth Rubino (set direction), "The Cider House Rules"; Rick Heinrichs (art direction), Peter Young (set direction), "Sleepy Hollow"; Roy Walker (art direction), Bruno Cesari (set direction), "The Talented Mr.
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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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October 20, 2000 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
"Peter Grimes"--Benjamin Britten's tragic opera about a tormented, cruel fisherman rooted in a harsh land and bleak climate, and subject to an intolerant society--suggests a theme and place far distant from sunny, friendly Southern California. Even "Aida" feels closer to home. There will never be a Disney "Grimes."
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