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Prime-Time Flicks

June 09, 1996|Kevin Thomas

Although the authorized 1992 Sinatra (CBS Sunday at 8 p.m., part 2 Monday at 9 p.m.) presents a negative portrait of Ol' Blue Eyes, it somehow manages to retain the flatness of a routine celeb pic that fails to penetrate the veneer of its seemingly complex subject. Philip Casnoff does a good job of affecting the walk and singing mannerisms of Sinatra, and he adroitly lip-syncs his way through the spate of Sinatra classics that thread the story.

Spaceballs (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m.), Mel Brooks' 1987 parody, satirizes space operas, primarily the "Star Wars" trilogy and its merchandising empire but is engulfed by its own super-spectacle morass. Brooks and John Candy star.

Who's Harry Crumb? (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is a pleasantly silly 1989 private-eye spoof with John Candy as the klutziest detective since Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. Crumb is a grand poseur, shamelessly self-important, slow on the uptake yet good of heart and not the complete fool he so often seems.

The gangsters in the 1991 Billy Bathgate (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.) are as grave as government accountants that they make J. Edgar Hoover look like Party Animal 1. And they turn this Robert Benton film of the E.L. Doctorow novel into the most lugubrious of gangster films, as somber and solemn as a statesman's funeral.

White Sands (KCOP Friday at 8 p.m.) is a snazzy but incoherent 1992 thriller starring Willem Dafoe as a New Mexico cop tracking down a murderer. Mickey Rourke is highly effective as a smooth operator.

In the superstar-making 1968 Funny Girl (KCOP Saturday at 7 p.m.), Barbra Streisand, in peak show-stopping form, plays Fanny Brice--with assistance from director William Wyler, writer Isobel Lennart, choreographer Herb Ross, songsmiths Jules Styne and Bob Merrill, heartthrob Omar Sharif and Walter Pidgeon (as Florenz Ziegfeld).

In the 1951 The Thing (KCET Saturday at 11 p.m.) an isolated group of scientists and airmen at the North Pole discover a downed UFO and a frozen life form. Unfortunately, someone lets it thaw out and all hell breaks loose. This is classic, lean, economical, horror-sci fi: fast, funny, tense and scary.

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