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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2001
Try explaining Keanu Reeves' appeal to a guy, and you're likely to run into a roadblock. But lots of women get it. When he looks at you with those baby browns, well, something cosmic happens. Forgotten are his struggles as a serious actor; he's forgiven his flaws for that earnest quality he brings to each role. That said, "Sweet November" may wear patience thin. As a romantic lead, he starts off on the wrong foot as a sour-pants hot-shot ad exec, Nelson Moss. He is reunited with his "Devil's Advocate" co-star, Charlize Theron, who plays Sara Deever, a bohemian who tries to rehabilitate men who've lost the ability to connect with others.
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now playing "Dark Shadows" (PG-13). In this comic takeoff from the 1970s daytime drama, vampire Barnabas Collins emerges from a long slumber to 1972 Maine. With Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. TownMall Cinemas (10:20 p.m.) "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (PG). The gang joins a traveling circus in an effort to elude those trying to catch them, and get back to New York. With Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer. TownMall Cinemas (12:00*, 1:00, 2:30*, 4:00, 5:00*, 6:50, 7:30*, 9:20, 10:00* p.m.)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 23, 2004
Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and made herself look grotty in order to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. She ended up resembling Gary Busey at his most macho-flamboyant as much as she does the hooker executed in 2002 for taking six men's lives along Florida's interstate highways. (A seventh body wasn't found.) Like Busey preparing to be nasty in Drop Zone or Man With a Gun, she flashes her eyes and works the muscles around her down-turned mouth to suggest churning impulses even when she doesn't force a belligerent toothy smile.
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By Anne Marie Turner | January 19, 2012
Wow, tonight's episode of “Top Chef” marks a turning point in the season. With seven cheftestants left, Tom ships them back to San Antonio directly after Restaurant Wars. Sleep-deprived, mentally and physically exhausted, and on the edge of ripping each other's heads off, the chefs go home and the real challenges begin. Quickfire Challenge The chefs enter the kitchen and see Padma standing next to Eric Ripert, who is a member of the “Top Chef” family. If Anthony Bourdain is the drunken uncle at Thanksgiving, Uncle Eric is the one who quietly hands him a glass of watered-down wine.
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 1, 2004
If nothing else, Charlize Theron hopes her new movie will make people forget the orange dress. The tall, beautiful actress with the ballerina legs has been haunted by that orange dress - a Vera Wang design - since she wore it at the 2000 Oscars. The form-fitting gown apparently was so stunning and memorable that Theron believes that it actually hurt her career. "I can't tell you how many times I've auditioned for a role, only to have my agent come back and say, "Listen, Charlize, they saw you in the orange dress and they don't think you can do it."
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | February 12, 2004
There wasn't much hope, to put it mildly, for The Astronaut's Wife when it was released sometime in the dregs of summer 1999. Its studio hadn't even bothered to schedule screenings for reviewers before its release -- which usually prompts reviewers to give advance demerits to any film, sight unseen. The movie, a conscientiously febrile science-fiction-Gothic romance, would have matched such low expectations, except for one thing: Playing the title role of a woman whose space-faring spouse comes back to Earth literally a new man, Charlize Theron carried this soupy enterprise with a poised command of porcelain and melted steel.
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June 9, 2012
now playing "Dark Shadows" (PG-13). In this comic takeoff from the 1970s daytime drama, vampire Barnabas Collins emerges from a long slumber to 1972 Maine. With Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. TownMall Cinemas (10:20 p.m.) "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (PG). The gang joins a traveling circus in an effort to elude those trying to catch them, and get back to New York. With Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer. TownMall Cinemas (12:00*, 1:00, 2:30*, 4:00, 5:00*, 6:50, 7:30*, 9:20, 10:00* p.m.)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2000
The best movie thrillers, no matter how outrageous the plot twists or how fickle the characters, exhibit their own sense of logic. The stories may turn on a dime, the narrative may leave the viewer with a severe case of whiplash, but the audience keeps believing. Then there are the thrillers where the writers insert a plot twist just because it's time for a plot twist, shift a character's mood simply because they can and carefully calculate the number of turns-on-a-dime. The audience never starts believing.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 25, 1998
I'm at a loss to decide what is most distressing about "Mighty Joe Young," the saga of a 2,000-pound gorilla and his unhappy encounter with the Hollywood lifestyle. So I'll let you decide. Could the big problem be:A) The filmmakers took a B-movie released almost 50 years ago, a film whose strengths were slight but endearing, and made it seem like a masterpiece in comparison with the "Mighty Joe Young" of 1998, whose message (men with guns -- bad!) is slapped on with a trowel and whose emotions are as genuine as a 22-foot-tall monkey.
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December 9, 2005
Capsules are by critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach, plus wire services. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies. Aeon Flux, -- the movie Paramount was hiding from movie critics, is just a good-looking, empty-headed, empty-hearted sci-fi failure. And there's no shame in that. Four hundred years in the future, a depopulated Earth is reduced to living in one big city. A "chairman" (Marton Csokas) runs the show. Rebels are trying to kill him. Frances McDormand, dolled up like the Bride of Frankenstein, orders the hit. And Aeon (Charlize Theron)
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December 9, 2005
Capsules are by critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach, plus wire services. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies. Aeon Flux, -- the movie Paramount was hiding from movie critics, is just a good-looking, empty-headed, empty-hearted sci-fi failure. And there's no shame in that. Four hundred years in the future, a depopulated Earth is reduced to living in one big city. A "chairman" (Marton Csokas) runs the show. Rebels are trying to kill him. Frances McDormand, dolled up like the Bride of Frankenstein, orders the hit. And Aeon (Charlize Theron)
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | February 12, 2004
There wasn't much hope, to put it mildly, for The Astronaut's Wife when it was released sometime in the dregs of summer 1999. Its studio hadn't even bothered to schedule screenings for reviewers before its release -- which usually prompts reviewers to give advance demerits to any film, sight unseen. The movie, a conscientiously febrile science-fiction-Gothic romance, would have matched such low expectations, except for one thing: Playing the title role of a woman whose space-faring spouse comes back to Earth literally a new man, Charlize Theron carried this soupy enterprise with a poised command of porcelain and melted steel.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 23, 2004
Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and made herself look grotty in order to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. She ended up resembling Gary Busey at his most macho-flamboyant as much as she does the hooker executed in 2002 for taking six men's lives along Florida's interstate highways. (A seventh body wasn't found.) Like Busey preparing to be nasty in Drop Zone or Man With a Gun, she flashes her eyes and works the muscles around her down-turned mouth to suggest churning impulses even when she doesn't force a belligerent toothy smile.
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 1, 2004
If nothing else, Charlize Theron hopes her new movie will make people forget the orange dress. The tall, beautiful actress with the ballerina legs has been haunted by that orange dress - a Vera Wang design - since she wore it at the 2000 Oscars. The form-fitting gown apparently was so stunning and memorable that Theron believes that it actually hurt her career. "I can't tell you how many times I've auditioned for a role, only to have my agent come back and say, "Listen, Charlize, they saw you in the orange dress and they don't think you can do it."
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2001
Try explaining Keanu Reeves' appeal to a guy, and you're likely to run into a roadblock. But lots of women get it. When he looks at you with those baby browns, well, something cosmic happens. Forgotten are his struggles as a serious actor; he's forgiven his flaws for that earnest quality he brings to each role. That said, "Sweet November" may wear patience thin. As a romantic lead, he starts off on the wrong foot as a sour-pants hot-shot ad exec, Nelson Moss. He is reunited with his "Devil's Advocate" co-star, Charlize Theron, who plays Sara Deever, a bohemian who tries to rehabilitate men who've lost the ability to connect with others.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2000
The best movie thrillers, no matter how outrageous the plot twists or how fickle the characters, exhibit their own sense of logic. The stories may turn on a dime, the narrative may leave the viewer with a severe case of whiplash, but the audience keeps believing. Then there are the thrillers where the writers insert a plot twist just because it's time for a plot twist, shift a character's mood simply because they can and carefully calculate the number of turns-on-a-dime. The audience never starts believing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Anne Marie Turner | January 19, 2012
Wow, tonight's episode of “Top Chef” marks a turning point in the season. With seven cheftestants left, Tom ships them back to San Antonio directly after Restaurant Wars. Sleep-deprived, mentally and physically exhausted, and on the edge of ripping each other's heads off, the chefs go home and the real challenges begin. Quickfire Challenge The chefs enter the kitchen and see Padma standing next to Eric Ripert, who is a member of the “Top Chef” family. If Anthony Bourdain is the drunken uncle at Thanksgiving, Uncle Eric is the one who quietly hands him a glass of watered-down wine.
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December 2, 2005
Aeon Flux, a futuristic thriller starring Charlize Theron, was not screened for critics.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 25, 1998
I'm at a loss to decide what is most distressing about "Mighty Joe Young," the saga of a 2,000-pound gorilla and his unhappy encounter with the Hollywood lifestyle. So I'll let you decide. Could the big problem be:A) The filmmakers took a B-movie released almost 50 years ago, a film whose strengths were slight but endearing, and made it seem like a masterpiece in comparison with the "Mighty Joe Young" of 1998, whose message (men with guns -- bad!) is slapped on with a trowel and whose emotions are as genuine as a 22-foot-tall monkey.
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