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News, The Snitch Sharee M. Hall, East Bay Woman, Sentenced for Ripping Off Jet Li's Charity

Sharee M. Hall, East Bay Woman, Sentenced for Ripping Off Jet Li's Charity

A Contra Costa County woman messed with the wrong person when she decided to defraud movie star Jet Li and his disaster-relief charity, One Foundation.Today, Sharee M. Hall, a Rodeo resident, was sentenced to six-plus years in prison after she…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Warlords</i>

The Warlords

No less a man than Jet Li cries multiple times in The Warlords, an impressively gargantuan Chinese battle epic that generously accommodates director Peter Chan's proven talent for jerking tears (e.g., Comrades: Almost a Love Story). A quasi-remake of the…
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Film, Corpse Fried

Corpse Fried

I was 13 when Stephen Sommers' 1999 remake-in-name-only of The Mummy came out — just about the ideal age. Sommers is definitely some kind of junk-addled auteur, and if The Mummy didn't achieve its obvious goal of topping Raiders Of…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish A True Horror Classic

A True Horror Classic

When the Levees Broke (HBO) Spike Lee's four-part doc, easily the best non-fiction film of 2006, gets a fifth part on DVD: a 105-minute epilogue that reveals just how little has changed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in…
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Film, Feckless


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 combining major ass-kicking with acting; the director is Ronny Yu, known here for over-the-top…
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Summer Guide, Summer Get Inside!

Get Inside!

Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the moment it's opened, and fat guys are the only ones hanging by the pool in bikini briefs. So…
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Film, Jet Propelled

Jet Propelled

There's a new movie called Hero. Don't confuse it with that dusty Dustin Hoffman vehicle, nor with the epic Bollywood musical/espionage extravaganza Hero: Love Story of a Spy (though that's worth a mind-altering look if you can find it). America…
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Culture, Stuff Kung Fu'd

Kung Fu'd

Two years ago, Harvey Weinstein, who runs Miramax Films with an iron fist that no doubt smells of cigarettes and meat, bought a Hong Kong-made movie called Hero for $20 million. That is an extraordinary amount of money for a…
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Film, Kicked Butt

Kicked Butt

Kiss of the Dragon -- the latest vehicle for martial arts star Jet Li, a mainland talent who became a superstar in Hong Kong and has since succumbed to the blandishments of Hollywood -- includes a little of the best…
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Film, Fight Club

Fight Club

Despite its late summer release date -- usually a sign of studio jitters -- The Art of War is a mostly well-constructed action flick with a number of flashy, well-choreographed fight and chase scenes. Wesley Snipes stars as Neil Shaw,…
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Film, Jet Set

Jet Set

Is America ready for the Hong Kong action style? Certainly there are many fans of the balletic, guns-and-martial-arts, fly-through-the-air movies that have inspired everyone from Quentin Tarantino to the Wachowski brothers. And yet Hollywood still seems to have had trouble…
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Zoom Lens

Hitman A terrifically funny Hong Kong thriller with Jet Li as a shy bumpkin from the mainland trying to make a living in a crew of low-rent hit men. When a mysterious super-hit man known as the "King of Killers"…
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