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  • 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"

2006 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Radical Chick

    published November 16, 2006

    When a red-blooded, macho, flag-waving, Bush-voting, American country music fan looks at a gorgeous blond who also happens to make his kind of... More >>

  • Last Resort

    published August 31, 2006

    Granted, this may seem like a jarringly odd comparison, but like the recent dud Phat Girlz, Heading South deals with the hot-button... 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

    ou 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 >>

  • 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 surefire 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 & the Shoe Factory

    published April 20, 2006

    Ejiofor plays Simon, AKA Lola, a flamboyant drag queen who gets to sing showtunes, issue snappy putdowns, and look fabulous. (He is not, he... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Shandy Everybody Wants

    published March 9, 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 >>

  • Will in the Way

    published March 9, 2006

    From the stars of Elf, here's a new drama about depression and family baggage! Might not want to bring the kids to this one, lest they... 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 >>

  • Red Dusk

    published February 23, 2006

    If you're a parent trying to teach your sullen teenaged 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... More >>

  • Dead Funny

    published February 9, 2006

    Let's get right to the point: If you are the type of person who enjoys seeing attractive naked girls meet a hideously graphic demise, there's a... More >>

  • Clay's the Thing

    published February 9, 2006

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DreamWorks) Not since Finding Nemo has there been a movie... More >>

  • Funky Fresh

    published February 2, 2006

    January has earned its reputation as the month in which studios unload all their cheapie horror flicks, but February is the month when we... More >>

  • Home Invasion

    published January 26, 2006

    The best thing about Michael Haneke's Caché (Hidden) is the way it draws on contemporary fears without ever mentioning them. The War... More >>

  • Origin of Innocence

    published January 19, 2006

    America — and by extension Hollywood — has an obsession with innocence and the loss thereof. Every generation has that moment when... More >>

  • God Save the Queen

    published January 12, 2006

    When a movie promises that a character played by Queen Latifah may well die during the course of the action, one might hope that the movie in... More >>

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