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.
July 12, 1987 |
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.
January 19, 2001 |
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.
November 11, 1988 |
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.
May 11, 1995 |
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.
March 20, 1987 |
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.