May 12, 1996 |
This 1994 release is a high-class tear-jerker, Albert Finney (pictured) is Andrew Crocker-Harris, the classics professor at a posh British boys' school. Its core relationship is not the professor's sour marriage to a younger woman (Greta Scacchi, pictured) but rather between Crocker-Harris and Taplow (Ben Silverstone), a student who--realizing what a hated reputation his teacher has with his classmates--warms up to him anyway (Cinemax early Tuesday at 5:15 a.m.).
August 4, 1996 |
Full of bawdy lyricism and rough-hewn wit, this 1992 Irish pastorale, set in 1957 and revolving around the interactions of a small town and a troupe of traveling players led by Aidan Quinn (pictured), is writer Shane ("My Left Foot") Connaughton's salute to his provincial roots. Directed on location by Gillies MacKinnon, it's rich and charming--and stolen entirely by Albert Finney as the tormented town cop, burning for the woman (Robin Wright) who won't have him (ABC early Monday at 12:05
September 24, 1987 |
Alan Pakula's "Orphans" (Mann Plaza Friday) is a tender, often beautifully acted film about violence and male bonding. The movie may play on the cliches of machismo, but there's a sweetness about it, a twisted, nervous delicacy, like a vein throbbing beneath bruised skin. It's suffused with Pakula's humane sensibility; it undermines the fantasies rather than indulging them. Pakula's source is Lyle Kessler's stage play--adapted by Kessler himself.
December 22, 1994 |
"A Man of No Importance" takes us to an early '60s Dublin neighborhood, where a jolly bus conductor, Alfie (Albert Finney) entertains his riders, regulars all, with impassioned recitations from his favorite author, Oscar Wilde.
October 2, 1999 |
Since making his remarkable starring debut in the 1960 British classic "Saturday Night and Sunday Monday," Albert Finney has been incapable of giving a bad performance. The 63-year-old British actor became an international superstar as the sexy rogue in the 1963 Oscar winner "Tom Jones," for which he received his first Oscar nomination.