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Film: Pimp My Ride

Herbie needs comedic gas, but Bewitched has plenty thanks to Will Ferrell

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2005
There are actors who are only as good as their material, those who can't rise above a weak script or who bring down a good one. With the openings this week of Bewitched and Herbie: Fully Loaded,  

Film: Man Behind the Plastic Wookie

Local action figure sculptor Paul Brooke carves a career niche

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith might finally be dying down a little at the movie theaters, but miniature battles between the dark and light sides of the Force are still raging in p  

Film: Rare Bird

Mark Bittner's love of wild parrots fuels director Judy Irving's unique documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a love story as well as an exquisitely beautiful nature documentary. It's about the love people can develop for abandoned animals as well as the love that ec  

Film: Takes Two to Tango

Swing kids documentary Mad Hot Ballroom is funny and inspirational, while dull action squelches the laughs in Mr. & Mrs. Smith

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2005
One image sums up debut director Marilyn Agrelo's joyous documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. Young Wilson and female classmate Jatnna dance atop a large rock in a Washington Heights Park in their Upper  

Film: Greed & Indifference

Alex Gibney discusses his illuminating documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Just as we suffer from water and air pollution, there is also money pollution. Director Alex Gibney's new documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, shows just how disas  

Film: L.A. Story

Writer/director Paul Haggis discusses the origins of his provocative new film, Crash

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Paul Haggis' provocative new movie can best be described as a Crash between cultures. The title of Crash, fittingly set in L.A., specifically refers to the opening scene's auto   

Film: God Is in the Details

The creators of period epic Kingdom of Heaven strive for accuracy

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2005
PASADENA, CALIF. -- The Ritz Carlton Huntington is an opulent hotel under normal circumstances, a countryside estate built around outdoor pools and gardens. But to promote Ridley Scott's histori  

Film: Grand Plans, Good Intentions

Crash's crosscutting L.A. narrative falters while Kingdom of Heaven is a rousing look at the Crusades

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Despite multiple, often underdeveloped plot lines and a vast ensemble cast, the lofty themes are crystal clear in Crash, the debut film from Million Dollar Baby scribe Paul Haggis. As long as ther  

Film: Tales of Could-Have-Been

Be Cool fails despite Travolta's youthful swagger; Born into Brothels thrives on its message of hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2005
John Travolta dances! A twisting dance floor reunion between Uma Thurman and Travolta, together for the first time since their memorable dance in Pulp Fiction, is the highlight of Be Cool, direct  

Film: Shake Your Moneymaker

Can a movie have a Hip Hop vibe? Ask the makers of Be Cool

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2005
CENTURY CITY, Calif. -- Just as Harvey Keitel was explaining the importance of being present at the creation of the modern "indie" film movement -- Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Bad Lieuten  

Film: One Industry; Two Ceremonies

Awarding Sideways a record-tying six awards, the Indie Spirits proved itself better than the Oscars

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Nothing at the Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 26 in Santa Monica was as thrilling as watching Sean Penn upbraid Chris Rock's mean-spirited joke about Jude Law at the Os  

Film: Old and Grey

Vera Drake is a breakthrough for actress Imelda Staunton

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Los Angeles -- It's a shock when British actress Imelda Staunton walks into the hotel room. She looks lively, sprightly and fashionably contemporary. Hip, even. Pink lace peeks out from under t  

Film: Punk Critic

On his new show, Henry Rollins proves to be a surprisingly intellectual film critic -- with an edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- For a high-school graduate, the former Punk Rock singer Henry Rollins has an amazing frame of reference. In conversation, whether talking Punk or movies -- the latter of which oste  

Film: Oscar Talk

Current Oscar campaigns replace gifts with intellect

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Most people think Oscar campaigning is all about hype. There is another side, one far different from the inane talk show appearances and "for your consideration" advertisements a  

Film: The Year of Men in Tights

CityBeat critics sum up 2004 movies and offer their top film choices

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2004
How to sum up a year's worth of watching and reviewing movies? CityBeat critics TT Clinkscales, Rodger Pille, Steve Ramos and Steven Rosen break it down into four manageable chunks. Here We G