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July 29, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How does "Titanic's" Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter top that herculean achievement? He doesn't. After spending the better part of a year aboard the massive luxury liner, Carpenter welcomed the opportunity to shoot a smaller, more intimate craft like "The Negotiator," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. "When I read the script, I thought, what a wonderful break," Carpenter says, "a psychological drama that would be shot mostly in two rooms.
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July 29, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How does "Titanic's" Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter top that herculean achievement? He doesn't. After spending the better part of a year aboard the massive luxury liner, Carpenter welcomed the opportunity to shoot a smaller, more intimate craft like "The Negotiator," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. "When I read the script, I thought, what a wonderful break," Carpenter says, "a psychological drama that would be shot mostly in two rooms.
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April 29, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
A movie motto for the '80s: Anything worth doing badly is worth doing again--especially if it made money. "Critters 2: The Main Course" (citywide) is a sequel to "Critters"--the 1986 horror-comedy and "Gremlins" knockoff, and though it's somewhat better than its predecessor, largely through sheer directorial and photographic panache, it's still pretty disreputable and mindless.
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September 25, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS
"Death Warrant" (throughout San Diego County), in which martial-arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a cop who goes undercover in a prison to investigate a series of mysterious murders, succeeds on all counts. It's a shrewd, cohesive action picture that not only shows Van Damme to best advantage but also reveals the ingenuity of its makers.
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March 24, 1998
* FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: "Character," the Netherlands. * ART DIRECTION: Titanic, Peter Lamont (art direction) and Michael Ford (set decoration), * CINEMATOGRAPHY: Titanic, Russell Carpenter * COSTUME DESIGN: Titanic, Deborah L. Scott * DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: "The Long Way Home," Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank. * DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: "A Story of Healing," Donna Dewey and Carol Pasternak. * FILM EDITING: Titanic, Conrad Buff, James Cameron and Richard A.
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March 18, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Perfect Weapon" (citywide) is a martial-arts action-thriller as efficient and mechanical as its star, newcomer Jeff Speakman, who is handsome, well-muscled, poised and stoical in the extreme. He plays a kenpo karate expert out to avenge the murder of his surrogate father (Mako), a Korean-born antiques dealer rubbed out by the Korean Mafia for refusing to allow his business to serve as a front for drug smuggling.
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March 24, 1998
"We're very proud of the picture, but I've had a sinking feeling all night right up to here. . . . I know Gil Cates is starting to sweat back there . . . go ahead with it? Sure. I'd like to thank everybody here tonight for looking so good." Jack Nicholson Picking up his third Oscar, for "As Good as It Gets," 10 minutes before the show was supposed to end * "This is for the survivors of the Holocaust who walked away from the ashes, rebuilt their lives and helped create the state of Israel.
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March 22, 1998
THE BIG 8 Picture Kenneth Turan: Titanic Kevin Thomas: Titanic Actress Kenneth Turan: Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets) Kevin Thomas: Hunt Actor Kenneth Turan: Robert Duvall (The Apostle) Kevin Thomas: Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold) Supporting Actress Kenneth Turan: Gloria Stuart (Titanic) Kevin Thomas: Gloria Stuart Supporting Actor Kenneth Turan: Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) Kevin Thomas: Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights) Director Kenneth Turan: James Cameron (Titanic) Kevin Thomas: Cameron
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September 1, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Pet Sematary II" (throughout San Diego County), which is too gruesome for grammar school youngsters and too easily laughed off for most high schoolers, ought to be a big hit among the junior high crowd. Not nearly as scary as the 1989 original, it nonetheless expresses and attempts to resolve in bold mythological terms the anxieties of being 13.
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August 22, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Money Talks"--but nobody talks faster than comedian Chris Tucker. In "The Fifth Element," he was the most hyper, outrageous drag queen imaginable, and now he's the most frenetic con artist you'll ever see. His Franklin Hatchett is working as a ticket scalper when Charlie Sheen's James Russell, a TV newsman desperate for a story, zeros in on him at a carwash.
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