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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 10, 2006
The movie begins with tender vows between an Afghan-war vet, Jim Davis (Christian Bale), and his Mexican betrothed, Marta (Tammy Trull). It ends in carnage on the street. But for most of its meandering running time Harsh Times is just a rough South Central L.A. buddy movie about a slacker named Mike (Freddy Rodriguez) and a psycho (Bale). Rather than face up to the demands of adulthood, they retreat into the feckless, footloose ways of their youth. They don't foresee petty crimes becoming major.
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By Tony Glaros | July 4, 2014
When I spoke to Liz Cassedy during the height of our freezing polar vortex this winter, it was like twisting the cap off a bottle of sparkling Champagne. Her effervescent, adventurous spirit was the balm I needed for my annual unwanted visitor: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Liz helps you see in the dark. Liz, 25, a Reservoir High grad, took the plunge a while back and moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of being in show business. During our talk, she was blunt about her travails.
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August 31, 2007
BROTHERS SOLOMON -- (Screen Gems/Revolution Studios) Comedy about two brothers struggling to give their ailing father a grandchild. Starring Will Arnett. GOYA'S GHOSTS -- (IDP) Milos Forman directs Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman in a drama about painter Francisco Goya and a scandal involving his muse. MOLIERE -- (Sony Pictures Classics) Fictitious comedic speculation on the 17th-century playwright's inspiration. SHOOT 'EM-UP -- (New Line Cinema) Action-thriller starring Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 12, 2011
As we wait (im)patiently for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" to finish filming already so we can all drool all over it, a teaser poster for the film has made its way on the internets. Looks cool, no? And sort of "Inception"-y. And looks like something rough is happening in Gotham City, but the destruction is beautiful enough to form the Batman logo. Debris does that sometimes.  Out July 20, 2012, "DKR" (we expect that to catch on) will feature new cast additions Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 20, 2006
You never know what you're going to see in The Prestige - appropriately, since it's a movie about magic. That uncertainty pervades not only what is seen onscreen, but how it's presented as well, a propensity for the unexpected that keeps audiences on their toes, even as it leads to the occasional question of whether writer-director Christopher Nolan is being honest with his audience. Then again, most people will be having so much fun trying to keep up that they may not even notice. The Prestige (Warner Bros.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 12, 2011
As we wait (im)patiently for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" to finish filming already so we can all drool all over it, a teaser poster for the film has made its way on the internets. Looks cool, no? And sort of "Inception"-y. And looks like something rough is happening in Gotham City, but the destruction is beautiful enough to form the Batman logo. Debris does that sometimes.  Out July 20, 2012, "DKR" (we expect that to catch on) will feature new cast additions Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 21, 2007
If any man should be more than the sum of his parts, it's an artist. But Todd Haynes' I'm Not There makes Bob Dylan less than the sum of his parts. It's like a tony art-school parlor game. Haynes, who directed and co-wrote (with Oren Moverman) this multipart biographical essay on Dylan, must have spent too much time wondering, "If I were a multifaceted, forward-moving, self-created singer-songwriter poet like Dylan, who would I get to play me?" What he arrives at is not one but a half-dozen performers who represent different phases of Dylan's life.
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By Janet Stobart and Janet Stobart,Los Angeles Times | July 23, 2008
LONDON - Did Batman attack his family? Christian Bale was arrested and released here yesterday and then denied allegations made by his mother and sister that he had assaulted them Sunday night. The arrest reportedly was delayed until after Monday night's glittering European premiere of the actor's latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The British press reported that Bale was accused of lashing out at his mother and sister Sunday in his suite at the downtown Dorchester hotel. Bale was questioned by police for four hours yesterday morning and released.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 20, 2009
Series Everybody Hates Chris:: While test-driving the janitor's car, Chris (Tyler James Williams) accidentally hits Greg (Vincent Martella). (8 p.m., WNUV-Channel 54) Battlestar Galactica:: The science-fiction saga about the human survivors of a nuclear holocaust comes to a close. (9 p.m., Sci-Fi) Friday Night Lights:: When J.D. (Jeremy Sumpter) meets a girl at school, his father (D.W. Moffett) worries he is losing his focus on football. (9 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11) Movies 3:10 to Yuma:: A rancher (Christian Bale)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 6, 2002
Every time Christian Bale or Emily Watson or Sean Bean or Taye Diggs appears in the futuristic sci-fi fantasy Equilibrium, you wonder what any one of these great faces is doing in such a squalid picture. Maybe they believed they were acting in the 1984 or Metropolis of the Prozac generation. Writer-director Kurt Wimmer sets his tale in a city-state of the near-future. Warfare has depressed the population. At the behest of a shadowy figure known as Big Bro- no, Father, citizens agree to use a drug called Prozium to rid themselves of fiery emotions like rage and hate.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 20, 2009
Series Everybody Hates Chris:: While test-driving the janitor's car, Chris (Tyler James Williams) accidentally hits Greg (Vincent Martella). (8 p.m., WNUV-Channel 54) Battlestar Galactica:: The science-fiction saga about the human survivors of a nuclear holocaust comes to a close. (9 p.m., Sci-Fi) Friday Night Lights:: When J.D. (Jeremy Sumpter) meets a girl at school, his father (D.W. Moffett) worries he is losing his focus on football. (9 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11) Movies 3:10 to Yuma:: A rancher (Christian Bale)
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By Michael Sragow | August 15, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. American Teen This documentary about a handful of high school seniors in Warsaw, Ind., shows how even teens who superficially fit the labels of jock and geek have inner lives and outer ambitions that break up any stereotypes. The movie has the sureness and nuance of a tiptop novel. PG-13 95 minutes A The Dark Knight Heath Ledger gives a bravura performance as the Joker in this handsome piece of work, but it takes you from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then goes on for two hours more.
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By Michael Sragow | August 1, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. The Dark Knight Heath Ledger gives a bravura performance as the Joker in this handsome piece of work, but it takes you from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then goes on for two hours more. It's scaled to be an urban epic about the deterioration of hope and possibility in Batman's (Christian Bale) hometown, Gotham City, but there isn't a single inspired moment in it. Yes, Ledger detonates a savage sick joke or two. But it's a Pyrrhic acting victory.
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By Janet Stobart and Janet Stobart,Los Angeles Times | July 23, 2008
LONDON - Did Batman attack his family? Christian Bale was arrested and released here yesterday and then denied allegations made by his mother and sister that he had assaulted them Sunday night. The arrest reportedly was delayed until after Monday night's glittering European premiere of the actor's latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The British press reported that Bale was accused of lashing out at his mother and sister Sunday in his suite at the downtown Dorchester hotel. Bale was questioned by police for four hours yesterday morning and released.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 21, 2007
If any man should be more than the sum of his parts, it's an artist. But Todd Haynes' I'm Not There makes Bob Dylan less than the sum of his parts. It's like a tony art-school parlor game. Haynes, who directed and co-wrote (with Oren Moverman) this multipart biographical essay on Dylan, must have spent too much time wondering, "If I were a multifaceted, forward-moving, self-created singer-songwriter poet like Dylan, who would I get to play me?" What he arrives at is not one but a half-dozen performers who represent different phases of Dylan's life.
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August 31, 2007
BROTHERS SOLOMON -- (Screen Gems/Revolution Studios) Comedy about two brothers struggling to give their ailing father a grandchild. Starring Will Arnett. GOYA'S GHOSTS -- (IDP) Milos Forman directs Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman in a drama about painter Francisco Goya and a scandal involving his muse. MOLIERE -- (Sony Pictures Classics) Fictitious comedic speculation on the 17th-century playwright's inspiration. SHOOT 'EM-UP -- (New Line Cinema) Action-thriller starring Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 23, 2003
Laurel Canyon features Frances McDormand giving her all as a Los Angeles record producer who lives and works in a contemporary post-hippie whirl of pop art, hedonism and substance abuse. She has a disc to finish so she can't stop the carnival when her Harvard M.D. son (Christian Bale) arrives at her door with his fiancee (Kate Beckinsale), who has a Harvard M.D. and (almost) Ph.D. He's come to take a pyschiatric residency at an L.A. clinic while his bride-to-be finishes her thesis on genomics.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 10, 1992
"Newsies" is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it "Snoozies."How good an idea was this, anyhow? "Hey, kids, let's put on a musical about a strike." What is it, "Pajama Game" for the Li'l Rascals? Actually it is based on an authentic event, the strike by newspaper boys against New York press lords Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst back in 1899. But the "1899" of "Newsies" is that old familiar place, the quaint and gentrified past so beloved of the Disney sensibility, where everything has been artificially aged until it has that tasty theme-park look, as if it's set in the fabled New York borough of Orlando.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 10, 2006
The movie begins with tender vows between an Afghan-war vet, Jim Davis (Christian Bale), and his Mexican betrothed, Marta (Tammy Trull). It ends in carnage on the street. But for most of its meandering running time Harsh Times is just a rough South Central L.A. buddy movie about a slacker named Mike (Freddy Rodriguez) and a psycho (Bale). Rather than face up to the demands of adulthood, they retreat into the feckless, footloose ways of their youth. They don't foresee petty crimes becoming major.
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