December 4, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
January 1, 2014 |
BEIJING - China's movie box office topped $3.6 billion in 2013, up about 27% over 2012, with home-grown fare drawing particularly large crowds and driving down Hollywood's share of the market. Seven of the 10 highest-grossing films were Chinese, data from box office analysis firms Artisan Gateway and EntGroup showed Tuesday. In first place was Stephen Chow's action-comedy "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons," which took in about $207 million. Three Hollywood films made the top 10. "Iron Man 3," also the top box-office performer in the U.S., made $124 million for second place.
March 19, 2005 |
There were movie stars, of course. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie strolled across the stage one day to present clips from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." There were filmmakers, naturally. Fox Filmed Entertainment recruited George Lucas -- who received an instantaneous standing ovation -- to introduce footage from "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." There were promises of a digital, 3-D and fat-free future at the multiplex.
May 31, 1995 |
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.
August 7, 2005 |
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.
July 22, 2010 |
Just as some movies are impervious to bad reviews, there are films that debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego whose fates simply cannot be doomed. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" won't likely suffer if Warner Bros. does nothing more than hold up one of star Daniel Radcliffe's dirty socks before thousands of the movie's fans. Any number of other films — particularly those flying just below the pop culture radar — face a more perilous test at the annual gathering of comic book, fantasy and sci-fi fans running Thursday through Sunday.