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

    "Fight Club"

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

    "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em"

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

    "Unreal Estate"

2006 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Tone Deaf

    published November 9, 2006

    Ed Harris as Beethoven? The man who would be John Glenn is hardly the most instinctive choice to play the legendary composer, especially if you... More >>

  • Feckless

    published September 21, 2006

    Fans of Hong Kong cinema have been anticipating Jet Li's Fearless all year, if not longer. The star is arguably the best in the business at... More >>

  • Nowhere Fast

    published August 17, 2006

    Jason Lethcoe's book Amazing Adventures From Zoom's Academy doesn't particularly wow the reader with its prose, but the concept is... More >>

  • Show Me the Mommy

    published August 3, 2006

    Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels makes his directorial debut with Shadowboxer, and it couldn't be clearer that he's trying to... More >>

  • Palfrey Sum

    published August 3, 2006

    It seldom fails. Every year, we'll get a movie that doesn't necessarily have a remarkable plot or director, but does feature an aging master (or... More >>

  • Unreal Estate

    published July 20, 2006

    In the latest extravaganza from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, millions of dollars and long hours in the digital... More >>

  • Pause and Effect

    published June 22, 2006

    Click may be the first Adam Sandler movie in which the high concept isn't dependent upon the star. Sandler comedies tend to take his... More >>

  • Hell on Wheels

    published June 15, 2006

    Given that John Singleton directed the second movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, it makes a perverse kind of sense that Justin... More >>

  • Vince Charming

    published June 1, 2006

    You know how in most romantic comedies, the best friends are nearly always more interesting than the actual leads we're supposed to care about?... More >>

  • Full-Serve Philosophy

    published June 1, 2006

    UC-Berkeley gymnast Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is one of the best at what he does, and he has it all: perfect abs, a big bulge in his crotch... More >>

  • Lucky X III

    published May 25, 2006

    When kids of all ages discuss comic books and superheroes, there is inevitably one question that comes up time and again: If that one guy and that... More >>

  • Cracked Code

    published May 18, 2006

    You know it's hard out here for a screenwriter. You've got a sure-fire hit on your hands -- an adaptation of the runaway best seller The Da... More >>

  • Welcome to Hooters

    published May 4, 2006

    The most important thing to know about the new movie Hoot, adapted from the children's book by Carl Hiaasen, is that it's co-produced by... More >>

  • Charlie and the Shoe Factory

    published April 27, 2006

    If you're a regular moviegoer with a gift for remembering unusual names, chances are you've started paying attention to Chiwetel Ejiofor, the... More >>

  • When Stars Don't Align

    published April 20, 2006

    Americano (MTI) Before he is due to take a high-powered corporate job, college graduate Chris (Joshua Jackson) heads off... More >>

  • Easy Out

    published April 13, 2006

    Believe it or not, The Benchwarmers is so lame that it can't even lay claim to being the best Adam Sandler-produced movie not screened for... More >>

  • Diary of a Fat Black Woman

    published April 13, 2006

    There's a certain exuberance, a "you go, girl" spirit of defiance and self-reliance to the new Mo'Nique vehicle Phat Girlz that's... More >>

  • Latino Heat

    published April 6, 2006

    It's difficult to tell from the image on the poster for Take the Lead, but that's not star Antonio Banderas dancing in blue silhouette. In... More >>

  • Now You See Them

    published March 23, 2006

    Breasts: A Documentary (First Run) Honest, compassionate, and funny, this documentary is remarkable for the bravery of... More >>

  • See Also: Vexing

    published March 16, 2006

    The posters for V for Vendetta read "An uncompromising vision of the future from the creators of The Matrix trilogy."... More >>

  • Rug Rat

    published March 16, 2006

    So wait. It's a movie about the longest criminal trial in U.S. history, it's directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet, and it stars . . . Vin... More >>

  • Shandy Everybody Wants

    published March 2, 2006

    It should be too early in the year to expect a good movie, let alone a great one; anything released prior to the Oscars is bound to be forgotten... More >>

  • Red Dusk

    published March 2, 2006

    If you're a parent trying to teach your sullen teenage kids that movies with subtitles aren't all bad, try taking them to see Night Watch... More >>

  • Scared Stiff

    published February 23, 2006

    If you have any awareness at all of the existence of Running Scared -- no, not the Gregory Hines/Billy Crystal cop buddy comedy, but the... More >>

  • He Will Bury You

    published February 23, 2006

    Tommy Lee Jones' feature directorial debut is probably much as you'd expect: a blast of nostalgia that nonetheless accepts the realities of... More >>

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