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February 22, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Cultures make movies about the wars that matter to them. In this country, the catastrophe in Iraq is currently on everyone's mind, but in Europe, World War II remains the conflict of choice, and the engrossing "The Counterfeiters" is one result. A film from Austria and the co-favorite (along with Israel's "Beaufort") to win the best foreign-language film Oscar on Sunday night, "The Counterfeiters" demonstrates that no matter how many Holocaust stories the movies tell, there are always new and unexpected ones waiting to be revealed.
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February 22, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Cultures make movies about the wars that matter to them. In this country, the catastrophe in Iraq is currently on everyone's mind, but in Europe, World War II remains the conflict of choice, and the engrossing "The Counterfeiters" is one result. A film from Austria and the co-favorite (along with Israel's "Beaufort") to win the best foreign-language film Oscar on Sunday night, "The Counterfeiters" demonstrates that no matter how many Holocaust stories the movies tell, there are always new and unexpected ones waiting to be revealed.
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October 29, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Inheritors," which opens Friday at selected theaters, is a stunning film from Austria that has brought international acclaim to its 36-year-old writer-director, Stefan Ruzowitzky. Set around 1930 in rural Austria, it tells of the class warfare that festers when a rich old farmer leaves his estate to his peasants. That the farmer was in fact murdered is at first secondary to the man's shocking will.
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February 21, 2008 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
For months now, Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky has been abiding by a superstition whenever his film "The Counterfeiters" is mentioned in the same breath as the Academy Awards. "I don't use the 'O-word,' " Ruzowitzky said with a sheepish grin. The O-word, of course, would be "Oscar." So far, his tactic seems to be working.
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February 21, 2008 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
For months now, Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky has been abiding by a superstition whenever his film "The Counterfeiters" is mentioned in the same breath as the Academy Awards. "I don't use the 'O-word,' " Ruzowitzky said with a sheepish grin. The O-word, of course, would be "Oscar." So far, his tactic seems to be working.
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August 13, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In September 2000, Columbia released in the U.S. "Anatomie," an ingenious sci-fi horror thriller and box-office bonanza in Germany starring "Run Lola Run's" Franka Potente, with scant warning and no press previews. Its even more ambitious sequel, the provocative and scary "Anatomie 2," is faring better, for it opens today at the Fairfax with DVDs made available to critics for preview.
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August 3, 2008 | Noel Murray
Nim's Island Fox Walden, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.98 A sort of "Romancing the Stone" for the preteen set, "Nim's Island" stars Abigail Breslin as an adventurous youngster being raised by her scientist father at a remote ocean outpost. When the old man gets lost at sea, his daughter calls for help from her favorite pulp fiction author: a helpless agoraphobic played by Jodie Foster.
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October 30, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Inheritors" is a tragedy of caste, rich in pathos as well as humor. It's an impassioned yet disciplined film in which the fullness of life is expressed with such subtlety and lyricism that you may not catch all its meanings and insights on just one viewing. By any measure, it's one of the most accomplished and rewarding films of the year. The year is around 1930, but take away electricity and it could be centuries earlier.
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December 6, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like the deer in the headlights that opens the thriller "Deadfall," this is a film about the tragic consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bad roads, bad weather, bad family dynamics are equally problematic. And when Olivia Wilde's lost girl Liza says, "You don't want to take me home," well, that should not be taken lightly. Honestly, the deer was the lucky one. He didn't have to suffer through what happens next. Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won a foreign-language Oscar in 2008 for "The Counterfeiters," another dark morality tale, has a keen eye for the scenic possibilities of the snowy rural outpost of upper Michigan where the film is set. It is the screenplay's strangely schizophrenic sensibility that's harder to understand.
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October 22, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The AFI Film Festival opens tonight at 7:30 at Mann's Chinese theater with a gala premiere of Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful," a high-risk Chaplinesque allegory of good and evil, filled with pathos and humor, and set against an increasingly anti-Semitic World War II Italy. It won the grand jury prize at Cannes, and Miramax will release it Friday at selected theaters. "Life Is Beautiful" is the first of 12 features screening in competition at the Chinese. Films in the new directions--i.e.
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October 29, 1998 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Inheritors," which opens Friday at selected theaters, is a stunning film from Austria that has brought international acclaim to its 36-year-old writer-director, Stefan Ruzowitzky. Set around 1930 in rural Austria, it tells of the class warfare that festers when a rich old farmer leaves his estate to his peasants. That the farmer was in fact murdered is at first secondary to the man's shocking will.
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December 19, 2007 | TOM O'NEIL
CRITICS' reviews, box-office performance, industry screenings and early awards have helped whittle the list of Oscar best picture contenders. Though that means the top race is clearer, unpredictable turns are still ahead. The coming guild awards and Golden Globes will have a sizable effect on which five films emerge as nominees on Jan. 22.
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November 3, 2012
The 2012 Holiday Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Nov. 9 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography A documentary about the influential 1980s skateboarding crew known as Bones Brigade, whose members included Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk. Directed by Peralta. The Film Sales Company The Comedy An aging Brooklyn hipster on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate grows weary of his aimless, sheltered life.
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