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Cal Thomas: Bobby Jindal for president?

...look forward."He says voters want the hard truth told to them, which immediately brings to mind the oft-quoted Jack Nicholson line from "A Few Good Men": "You can't handle the truth." In the age that obsesses with cultural embarrassments...

...and glancing at me as though I were a member of Congress.This was, I found out later, about the same time that Jack Nicholson was going through similar torture trying to order plain toast at a diner in the movie Five Easy Pieces. His solution...
'Wolfman' wins points for style

...classic movie monster, it makes fiscal sense as well, because your movie has a built in audience. Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Gary Oldman, and Tom Cruise, among others, have all traded on their fame and hollywood clout to play werewolves...
Latest super hero movie is all fun

...couple of fun after-school cartoon series, but that's not quality. That's not seeing Christopher Reeves fly or Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Those early Marvel shows amounted to just enough effort to keep a 10-year-old amused. There were...
Some movies bring on the romance, others fall short

...cloyingly ridiculous films I?ve seen in a long, long time. Diane Keaton, trying to relive the success she had with Jack Nicholson in ?Something?s Gotta Give,? plays a perky yet intrusive mother who can?t help but interfere in the life...
Movie review: A good day for 'Beautiful Creatures'

...little Hollywood pedigree, with her being the daughter of acclaimed director Jane Campion and he looking like a young Jack Nicholson. Looks and parentage aside, these two, and their young co-stars, were not selling the movie for me, at least...
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Filmmaker captures highs, lows of running the Iditarod

...feature films like ''The Witches of Eastwick'' and ''Field of Dreams.'' She's rubbed elbows with stars like Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner. In Alaska, however, the first time she had a chance to meet well-known...
Best and worst picks for 2006

...DiCaprio gives a brilliant performance as Billy Costigan, an undercover agent constantly in fear of discovery by Jack Nicholson?s insane crime boss. Also good is ?Blood Diamond.? DiCaprio plays a Rhodesian diamond smuggler determined to help...
Drama troupe takes on adaptation of Kesey book

...Ratched and Randle McMurphy from the 1975 Oscar-winning film. "Most people will want to see it because they know the Jack Nicholson movie -- it's one of the few films most of saw in the '70s and people still remember," said Terri Zopf-Schoessler...

Opens Friday, Jan 4, 2013 Synopsis: "You may think you know what you're dealing with, but believe me, you don't," warns water baron Noah Cross (John Huston), when smooth cop-turned-private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) starts nosing around Cross's water diversion scheme. That proves to be the ominous lesson of Chinatown, Roman Polanski's critically lauded 1974 revision of 1940s film noir detective movies. In 1930s Los Angeles, "matrimonial work" specialist Gittes is hired by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) to tail her husband, Water Department engineer Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling). Gittes photographs him in the company of a young blonde and figures the case is closed, only to discover that the real Mrs. Mulwray had nothing to do with hiring Gittes in the first place. When Hollis turns up dead, Gittes decides to investigate further, encountering a shady old-age home, corrupt bureaucrats, angry orange farmers, and a nostril-slicing thug (Polanski) along the way. By the time he confronts Cross, Evelyn's father and Mulwray's former business partner, Jake thinks he knows everything, but an even more sordid truth awaits him. When circumstances force Jake to return to his old beat in Chinatown, he realizes just how impotent he is against the wealthy, depraved Cross. "Forget it, Jake," his old partner tells him. "It's Chinatown." Reworking the somber underpinnings of detective noir along more pessimistic lines, Polanski and screenwriter Robert Towne convey a '70s-inflected critique of capitalist and bureaucratic malevolence in a carefully detailed period piece harkening back to the genre's roots in the 1930s and '40s. Gittes always has a smart comeback like Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, but the corruption Gittes finds is too deep for one man to stop. Other noir revisions, such as Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973) and Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975), also centered on the detective's inefficacy in an uncertain '70s world, but Chinatown's period sheen renders this dilemma at once contemporary and timeless, pointing to larger implications about the effects of corporate rapaciousness on individuals. Polanski and Towne clashed over Chinatown's ending; Polanski won the fight, but Towne won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. Chinatown was nominated for ten other Oscars, including Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes, and Score. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review


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