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December 4, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A master swordsman leaves his homeland of warring clans for the Wild West in the bloody wuxia/shoot-em-up hybrid "The Warrior's Way. " But South Korean filmmaker Sngmoo Lee's debut feature is less a genre-spanning romp than a tiresome lab experiment in computer-generated tropes and green-screen oppressiveness. The human part involves quietly dashing Korean star Jang Dong-Gun as the stoic, blade-wielding nomad Yang, who brings his waylaid enemies' lone survivor, a baby girl he can't bring himself to kill, to an American frontier outpost made up mostly of circus workers led by a welcoming ringmaster named Eightball (the always appealing Tony Cox)
January 16, 2009 | Robert Abele
Everywhere in these tough times, people are trimming the excess from their lives. The Indian martial arts comedy "Chandni Chowk to China," however, which stars Akshay Kumar as a hapless food-stall worker who goes from chopping vegetables to hand-chopping bad guys, approaches entertainment with a more-is-more ethos.
April 25, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
The absence of any strong new draw for the youth market made plenty of room at the top of the nation's box office for Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter," and females dominated the audience for the three newest movies, as they have for the past two weekends. The film, which stars Nicole Kidman as an interpreter who overhears a conversation about an assassination plot at the U.N. and Sean Penn as the Secret Service agent assigned to investigate and protect her, took in an estimated $22.
April 18, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
There appears to be money in ghosts, or at least in movies about ghosts -- even in tales told twice, thrice or more. MGM's "The Amityville Horror" scared up an estimated $23.3 million over the weekend to take the lead in box office receipts, the studio reported Sunday.
February 27, 2005 | Christina Klein, Christina Klein is an associate professor of literature at MIT.
It is a common observation that the Academy Awards offer Hollywood an opportunity to celebrate itself. And, indeed, the Los Angeles-based film industry generated most of the nominees in this year's best picture, best director, best actress and best actor categories. Yet these movies, as well as others in less prominent categories, can tell us quite a bit about the state of filmmaking around the world. One of the things they tell us is that the era of distinct national cinemas is fading.
August 7, 2005 | Mark Olsen
Some five years in the making, "2046" is one of the year's most highly anticipated films in cineaste circles. Hong Kong filmmaker and art house hero Wong Kar-Wai has revived the lead character from his previous film, "In the Mood for Love," to continue the romantic misadventures of aspiring writer Chow Mo-Wan, played with dash and daring by Tony Leung.
Screening at the Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival Thursday at 7 p.m. in UCLA's Melnitz Theater is Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho's amazing "Letter for an Angel," a vivid evocation of the often brutal quality of life in adjoining villages on a small, idyllic island. As the film moves from one vignette of daily life to the next, punctuated by awesomely beautiful sunsets, it centers on a bright, feisty 9-year-old whose camera, a modern intrusion in a primitive society, precipitates havoc.
January 19, 2003 | Richard Cromelin and Kevin Crust
The Alamo. Small band of Texans led by William Travis, Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie defend San Antonio mission against Mexican army forces numbering in the thousands. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Touchstone, Holiday Bad Boys II. Detectives Will Smith and Martin Lawrence battle ambitious drug kingpin Jordi Molla. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay also return for the sequel. Columbia, July 18 Biker Boyz.
January 13, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"The Green Hornet" needed a superhero to save it. Sony Pictures has long been counting on the big budget action-comedy to be a new franchise that could stand alongside hit movie series like "Spider-Man. " Coming off a disastrous holiday season, capped by James L. Brooks' flop "How Do You Know," the studio could ill afford to have "The Green Hornet" play to empty theaters after it invested more than $200 million to make and market the film around the world. But last summer, early cuts of "The Green Hornet" and scoffs from fanboys at the Comic-Con comic book convention in San Diego had Sony executives worried that they had a flop on their hands, people close to the picture said.
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