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Times Staff WriterWhen you are the third generation of a celebrated Hollywood family, when your father's an eminent director, people tend to underestimate you. It's been happening to Sofia Coppola all her life, and, frankly, it's fine by her. "I think it's an advantage,"...
FOR THE TIMESFriday November 21, 1997 Francis Ford Coppola writing and directing an adaptation of a John Grisham novel sounds like the creative mismatch of the decade. What's next, Maya Angelou reciting "Humpty Dumpty"? Wynton Marsalis doing an arrangement for...
Times Staff WriterFor a simple-minded film, which is what it is, "We Were Soldiers" manages to evoke a complex series of reactions. It both frustrates with its unrelenting sentimentality and impresses with the overwhelming physicality of its combat sequences. These in turn...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday February 11, 2000 The crippling search for perfection can affect anyone, a traveler looking for a dreamy retreat from modern life or an actor searching for exactly the right role. In "The Beach," it afflicts both at the same time. For...
Tags: Danny Boyle, Travel, Movies, Leonardo DiCaprio, France
NEWSDAYIf your dad was the genius who made "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now," chances are you'd want to do whatever you could to avoid his shadow. Unfazed, music video director Roman Coppola has chosen to walk in his father's footsteps, albeit in less...
TRIBUNE MOVIE CRITIC4 stars (out of 4) At 73, Jean-Luc Godard, director of the striking new French film "Notre Musique" ("Our Music"), may look like a cineaste contemplating the end, but fortunately for us, he's never out of breath. Still cinematically alive, intense and...
Times Staff WriterForty years ago, Robert Duvall made his film debut standing behind a door in "To Kill a Mockingbird." As Gregory Peck's emotionally damaged neighbor, the mysterious mute "Boo" Radley, Duvall loomed in the frame as silently terrifying as an Easter Island...
Tags: Drama (genre), Marlon Brando, Murder, Kathy Baker, Movies
Times Staff WriterHis is a name you can't make up, a voice you can't forget even if you want to, a look beyond duplication or even description. He's been called the prince of pop, the king of L.A. radio, even, as an intriguing new documentary has it, the "Mayor of the...
Times Staff WritersMarlon Brando, a two-time Oscar winner whose riveting performances transformed acting from a remote craft to a naturalistic art form, has died, the Associated Press announced today. He was 80. An actor's actor whose skill was envied by generations of...
Tags: Marlon Brando, Civil Unrest, Politics, Anthony Quinn, Movies
Sun Movie CriticPART I -- A Veterans Reunion After watching Francis Coppola's newly restored, 197-minute Apocalypse Now Redux, it is a shock to show up at a New York hotel room and see the actors who played sailors dressed in civvies. I had been prepared to conduct...
Times Staff WritersLow-budget indie veteran Kirk Harris wrote and stars in "Intoxicating," a tiresome addiction drama about a hard-driving heart surgeon with an ex-boxer father who's suffering from pugilistic dementia. Dr. Dorian Shanley (Harris) careens around L.A. in...
Times Staff Writer"E.T." is back, and that has to be a good thing. Hugely popular with audiences and critics on its initial release, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (to give it its full name) is being reissued in a special 20th anniversary edition that features, we are...
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