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February 9, 2003 | David Gritten, Special to The Times
Vic Armstrong is a long way from being a household name, yet he's a legendary figure to thousands of action film aficionados -- the kind of folks who think Bond films go straight downhill after the spectacular jumps, stunts, falls and chases of their opening sequence.
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February 9, 2003 | David Gritten, Special to The Times
Vic Armstrong is a long way from being a household name, yet he's a legendary figure to thousands of action film aficionados -- the kind of folks who think Bond films go straight downhill after the spectacular jumps, stunts, falls and chases of their opening sequence.
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November 26, 1998 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At their very best, digital media special editions turn a movie that is simply watchable into a full-blown home video event. Such is the case with the stunning special edition of the Secret Agent 007 blockbuster "Tomorrow Never Dies," which MGM has just released on digital videodisc. If the film itself is a by-the-numbers collection of action stunts with none of the flair and cynicism that graced the first nine entries in the series, the DVD's bonus materials make up for all of its shortcomings.
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February 17, 1994 | PANCHO DOLL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Farewell My Concubine," a candidate for best foreign film at this year's Academy Awards, will be the feature at this week's Ojai Film Society screening. Some critics call it the Chinese "Gone With the Wind," set as it is during the ravages of World War II and later, the Cultural Revolution. The controversial film from China uses the unsettled emotional lives of its characters to portray the human cost of war and the cruelties suffered by artists during the Cultural Revolution.
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April 18, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Once upon a time there was a handsome young hermit whose purity of love for a beautiful princess was symbolized by a pair of unicorns who roamed the lush forest where the hermit made his home. So enchanted was the princess by the unicorns that she touched the magical but fragile horn of one of these blindingly white animals before the hermit could stop her. As the unicorn lay stricken, the Lord of Darkness started unleashing all his terrible powers.
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June 12, 1987 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Since movies about treasure hunts are usually so crass and contrived, "Million Dollar Mystery" (citywide) is a welcome surprise. Blithe, fast and full of belly laughs, it uses the slenderest of plots as a showcase for an array of young, talented comedians, most of then new to the screen. Unlike most of its predecessors, it sees the humor in greed instead of bearing down on it with a heavy, hypocritical hand.
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March 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Amid a rising tide of biblical movies this year, the Christian drama "Left Behind," starring Nicolas Cage, has been set for release Oct. 3 by Stoney Lake Entertainment, according to a Variety report. Based on the popular book series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, "Left Behind" is set on a commercial airliner in the immediate aftermath of the Rapture, in which millions of Christians have been transported to heaven while the rest of the world is plunged into chaos. Cage plays Ray Steele, a pilot trying to calm his hysterical passengers, land his damaged plane and get back to his family.
REAL ESTATE
February 20, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Jackie Chan, who stars in the upcoming movie "The Myth," has put his Beverly Hills home on the market at $6.7 million. Chan, a businessman as well as a film star and director, plans to make his base in China, where he manufactures motorcycles and cars and owns high-rise buildings, restaurants and a growing number of stores similar to the Sharper Image, said Curtis F. Wong, a longtime friend of Chan's.
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November 19, 1999 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The World Is Not Enough," the 19th James Bond movie, is in the "Mission: Impossible" tradition: It presents action, adventure and romance with maximum sophistication and spectacle and minimal clarity. Director Michael Apted and his writers admirably maintain a balance between complexity of character and special effects, only to undercut their impact with a murky narrative.
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September 6, 1992 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
REGINALD (REGGIE) VELJOHNSON, who stars as a Chicago police sergeant and head of the overcrowded but loving Winslow household in the ABC sitcom "Family Matters," has purchased his first house and is about to move into it after finishing some refurbishing. VelJohnson has appeared in such films as "Die Hard" (1988), "Die Hard 2" (1990), "Turner and Hooch" (1989), "Crocodile Dundee" (1986) and "Ghost Busters" (1984).
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July 10, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Think of "Universal Soldier" (citywide) as an inflation-fighter special, an action antidote to a struggling economy. Mayhem fans who literally want to get more bang for their buck can now see two killing machines for the price of one as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren square off in the very same motion picture, a heartening development if ever there were one.
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