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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"

2002 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

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

    published December 26, 2002

    This is 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

    Robert De Niro always did love an acting challenge, but lately those challenges have been less along the lines of "Can I convincingly play a... More >>

  • Funeral Rights

    published December 5, 2002

    So when was the last time we heard from Olivia Newton-John? Seriously, why is it that John Travolta gets to have resurrection after pathetic... More >>

  • Ocean's Ill Heaven

    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... 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 one... More >>

  • Fatale Detraction

    published November 7, 2002

    It's possible that Brian De Palma's latest movie is more ironic than the director realizes. Femme Fatale features a down-on-her-luck... More >>

  • Columbine Harvester

    published October 24, 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 >>

  • Kiss Off

    published October 3, 2002

    The catering company that provided sustenance to the cast and crew of Just a Kiss, the feature directorial debut of actor Fisher... 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... 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 enjoyable. Also like Clint, he will sometimes make... More >>

  • Photo Opportunity

    published August 29, 2002

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

  • What a Tangled Web

    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... More >>

  • Cruel Summer

    published August 15, 2002

    Let's all agree on one thing from the outset: The poster for Blue Crush is fantastic. It has a great color scheme and actresses... More >>

  • Thunderbald

    published August 8, 2002

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

  • Coo Coo Ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson

    published July 25, 2002

    The advent of digital filmmaking has been essentially a good thing, allowing cameras to go places their larger, celluloid-spooling cousins cannot,... More >>

  • Sunny Delight

    published July 11, 2002

    It's daunting to hear that John Sayles's 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... More >>

  • Altar Egos

    published June 20, 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... 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,... 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 >>

  • Salton Crackers

    published May 16, 2002

    If you enjoy movies about a violently widowed man who's unsure of his identity -- and is covered in tattoos that remind him of his mission of... 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 >>

  • Reel Guilty

    published April 4, 2002

    Joseph Finder's 1998 novel High Crimes reads like a movie, and a derivative one at that, borrowing scenes and elements from... More >>

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