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Sun movie criticPart I An American hero -- and antiheroBeyond anything else, Marlon Brando is the towering original who came out of the Midwest 58 years ago and electrified Broadway and then Hollywood with the visceral excitement and veracity of his acting. He exploded...
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Sun Movie CriticMarlon Brando, who changed not just the face but the mind and soul of movie acting with a series of revolutionary performances in the 1950s, died Thursday at age 80 of lung failure at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. In his five decades on screen, Mr....
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...
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...
Sun Movie CriticWith the last remnants of winter finally dribbling through art theaters, let us now praise summer remakes, sequels and franchises. With trailers rampant and the movies themselves unseen, every question mark registers as a come-on. Around the World in 80...
What book, painting or TV series was more pertinent to the world of the new millennium than the 1999 picture Three Kings? That wised-up Gulf War adventure dramatized the dire consequences of America's failure to support Iraqi dissidents and topple...
VarietyAndrew Sarris, the Village Voice reviewer who was one of the most important film critics of the last half century, died Wednesday morning in Manhattan from complications of an infection after a fall. He was 83. Sarris was a key proponent of the auteur...
Film critic Andrew Sarris began his rise to prominence in the early 1960s when, fresh off an extended visit to Paris, he became a primary spokesman for a theory that would reverberate throughout the cinema world. Screenwriters and producers may have...
Liz Smith"TOURISM DESTROYS the object it loves," said travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. My friends who were in London over the last few weeks complained by email that it rained on them for 11 straight days. But now they are back in New York at the height of the...
Ernest "Chick" Callenbach, a film scholar and environmentalist who created a cult favorite in "Ecotopia," a 1975 novel that predicted with uncanny accuracy a world where recycling is commonplace, food is locally grown and energy comes from the sun, died...
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year: FICTION "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011) The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...
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