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Awards

  • 2008 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published July 5, 2007

    "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em"

  • 2008 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published April 5, 2007

    "Fight Club"

  • 2007 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published July 20, 2006

    "Unreal Estate"

2002 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Fishing for Compliments

    published December 26, 2002

    Here's a tricky little movie to review, as it's going to divide audiences fairly drastically. Conservatives, especially black ones like Larry... More >>

  • Beat It

    published December 12, 2002

    Of all the movies you could be spending your December with -- and there are many good choices, from Oscar-bait to better-than-expected sequels... More >>

  • That's Better

    published December 5, 2002

    Directed by. Screenplay by. With. . More >>

  • Send In the Clones

    published November 28, 2002

    The smart sci-fi fan knows that, technically speaking, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris is not a remake of Andrei Tarkovsky's film at all, but... More >>

  • After Schlock

    published November 21, 2002

    The advantage to making a Christmas movie is that, no matter how mediocre your final product is, it's all but guaranteed to show up on at least... More >>

  • Fatale Detraction

    published November 7, 2002

    It's possibly more ironic than Brian De Palma realizes that his latest movie, Femme Fatale, features a down-on-her-luck mother who was... More >>

  • Columbine Harvester

    published October 31, 2002

    If you're a fan of the baseball-cap-wearin', Nader-votin', muckrakin', best-sellin', corporation-confrontin' son of a gun known as Michael Moore,... More >>

  • Tickle Me Elmo

    published October 17, 2002

    As pharmacologist Elmo McElroy in Formula 51, Samuel L. Jackson initially sports a seriously silly fake Afro along with hippy-dippy threads... More >>

  • Alice Unchained

    published October 3, 2002

    I might as well just come out and say it: Spirited Away is the best movie I've seen all year. Though it would be a masterpiece in any... More >>

  • Cut Rate

    published September 12, 2002

    For those with any kind of pop cultural memory, it's more than a little surprising to see Ice Cube in a movie like Barbershop. Not because... More >>

  • Bobby Love

    published September 5, 2002

    Like Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro is one of those guys who can make just about any material inherently enjoyable. Also like Clint, he will... More >>

  • Photo Opportunity

    published August 29, 2002

    When Robin Williams was America's favorite funnyman in films like Mrs. Doubtfire, it always felt a little strange admitting that the guy... More >>

  • Fear the Creeper

    published August 29, 2002

    If you're looking for a horror film to revitalize the genre, keep looking. If you're looking for a horror movie with believable characters . . .... More >>

  • Good Will Stunting

    published August 22, 2002

    Written and directed by. With . More >>

  • Crush Groovin'

    published August 15, 2002

    LYT: Don't you find it interesting that Blue Crush director John Stockwell is on this whole girl-power kick, going off on the... More >>

  • Thunderbald

    published August 8, 2002

    In case you didn't happen to read the tag line on the ubiquitous poster, Xander Cage, also known as xXx because he's tattooed his first... More >>

  • Sunny Delight

    published August 1, 2002

    It's daunting to hear that John Sayles' new film Sunshine State is almost two and a half hours long and consists mostly of calm... More >>

  • Bet on Black

    published July 4, 2002

    Like a Jawbreaker that changes color every few seconds that you suck it, MIIB: Men in Black II delivers a quick buzz, lots of stuff to look... More >>

  • Unholy Communion

    published June 27, 2002

    If it's possible for a film to be simultaneously ambitious and banal, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is it. There's little here we... More >>

  • Enough Already

    published May 23, 2002

    It's very tempting to not just dismiss Enough, the latest bill-paying gig by Michael Apted (Enigma) starring Jennifer Lopez, but... More >>

  • Shadows of the Empire

    published May 16, 2002

    Three years have passed since The Phantom Menace thrilled some and infuriated others, yet the schism in the Church of Lucas remains.... More >>

  • Flat Lyne

    published May 9, 2002

    To the woman who broke Adrian Lyne's heart all those years ago: Stop what you're doing right this minute. Drop everything, pick up the phone and... More >>

  • Rock in Role

    published April 18, 2002

    Say this about World Wrestling Federation Entertainment head honcho Vince McMahon: He knows what his fans want. Few movies have ever been as... More >>

  • A Sad Smile

    published April 11, 2002

    Call it the art-house, or thinking person's, Ocean's Eleven. If you're in the mood for an all-star ensemble but prefer conversation and... More >>

  • Arabian Nightmare

    published March 28, 2002

    It would be easy, and tempting, to hail Kandahar as a masterpiece without even seeing it: It's a foreign film, it takes on social issues,... More >>

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