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August 18, 1990 | SUSAN KING
Poor Anne DeSalvo. She seems like such a nice person, but you wouldn't know it from her films. She has an impressive list of credits and has received great notices for her crack comedic performances in such movies as "Arthur," "Stardust Memories" and "My Favorite Year." But she's always playing villains, tough cookies, sarcastic hookers. "I'm usually the shrew," sighs DeSalvo. "I'm usually very much in control." That is, until now.
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January 19, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a veteran cast that includes Mercedes Ruehl, Paul Sorvino, Sean Young, Mark Harmon and Cloris Leachman, "The Amati Girls" is Anne DeSalvo's bittersweet dramedy about an Italian American Catholic family--not unlike the tight-knit family that included three sisters and a brother she grew up in back in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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January 19, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a veteran cast that includes Mercedes Ruehl, Paul Sorvino, Sean Young, Mark Harmon and Cloris Leachman, "The Amati Girls" is Anne DeSalvo's bittersweet dramedy about an Italian American Catholic family--not unlike the tight-knit family that included three sisters and a brother she grew up in back in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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August 18, 1990 | SUSAN KING
Poor Anne DeSalvo. She seems like such a nice person, but you wouldn't know it from her films. She has an impressive list of credits and has received great notices for her crack comedic performances in such movies as "Arthur," "Stardust Memories" and "My Favorite Year." But she's always playing villains, tough cookies, sarcastic hookers. "I'm usually the shrew," sighs DeSalvo. "I'm usually very much in control." That is, until now.
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January 18, 2001
Movie: The Amati Girls Who: Mercedes Ruehl, Paul Sorvino and Lee Grant star. Story: Writer-director Anne DeSalvo's family drama about four grown sisters and their widowed mother dealing with tragedy. Where/Rating: Selected theaters / PG Movie: Festival Hong Kong Who: Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh star. Story: The action superstars headline a trio of double bills featuring kicks, chops and gunshots. Where/Rating: Nuart, West L.A.
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July 12, 1987 | Compiled by David Pecchia
Films going into production: A FISH CALLED WANDA (Prominent/MGM). Shooting in London. John Cleese writes/co-directs/stars in a look at the love-hate relationship between the Brits and the Yanks. Executive producer Steve Abbott. Producer Michael Shamberg. Directors Cleese and Charles Crichton. Also stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. Distributor MGM/UA Distribution Co. GORILLAS IN THE MIST (Guber-Peters/Universal/Warner Bros.). Shooting in Kenya and the U.K.
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January 19, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anne DeSalvo's "The Amati Girls" is a sentimental, straightforward domestic drama centering on four adult sisters in an Italian American family in Philadelphia. In her feature debut, veteran actress DeSalvo draws from her own family but doesn't give her people much individuality--she doesn't make the most of a large and substantial ensemble cast.
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May 11, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The high-quality "Act One" festival of one-acts at the Met Theatre is developing into a rich talent source for the entertainment industry. Case in point: "Sticks and Stones," a short work by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan that premiered at last year's festival, is currently in development with Showtime. McWeeny and Swan's current work in this year's festival's Evening B, "Broken Bones," lacks the same obvious potential for a full-length movie. No matter.
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November 11, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS
Leave it to Paul Morrissey, fresh from the heretical "Beethoven's Nephew," to take the old prize-fighting movie and the Italian-American comedy and turn them upside down and inside out. The humor in his frequently hilarious "Spike of Bensonhurst" (citywide) comes from nonchalant bigotry and unabashed hypocrisy. It's a daring tactic which Morrissey pulls off with his highly developed sense of caustic, yet good-natured absurdity grounded in--of all things--a profoundly conservative sensibility.
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March 6, 1997 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Television fare this weekend includes something special for fans of soul music, a Gershwin tune, Irish dancing and ice skating. LL Cool J, Gladys Knight and Brandy are the hosts of the 11th annual "Soul Train Music Awards," airing Friday at 8 p.m. on Channel 5. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds will receive the Sammy Davis Jr. Award as entertainer of the year, and Curtis Mayfield is the first recipient of the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements.
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March 20, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Do you have any faith in a big-budget comedy thriller that begins with the star's title credit pasted over a shot of her padded, waggling rump? "Burglar" (citywide) starts badly and goes downhill: This is thick-headed, joyless, malfunctioning big-studio product at its ripest. It's a triple threat: a comedy that doesn't make you laugh, a mystery that doesn't make sense and a thriller without thrills.
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March 9, 1997 | STEVE LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday "Women's Film Festival" / 8 p.m. Lifetime Susan Sarandon hosts an uneven collection of shorts produced and directed by female filmmakers. "Lois Lives a Little," from Adrienne Shelly ("Trust"), turns on the fantasies of a bored, middle-aged wife (Alix Elias). Anne DeSalvo is the writer, director and star of "Women Without Implants," a tale of breast augmentation. "Dr.
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