January 22, 1988 |
It's not that Sam Shepard can't write a tight single-action play. Think of "Fool for Love." But in "A Lie of the Mind" at the Mark Taper Forum he's writing about two families, and that's a story that takes time to tell. Some people were fretting Wednesday night at the length of the play, as staged by Robert Woodruff--just over three hours. (Some didn't stay to fret.) They'll be interested to hear that Shepard's original New York staging went on for almost four. That was ridiculous.
March 3, 2002 |
She may be well versed in Tolstoy and James Agee these days, but Debra Winger would still feel just fine taking a ride on that mechanical bull. Debra Winger--remember her? If your memory span is short or you're under say, 30, you have every right not to. She was last on the screen in the very forgettable "Forget Paris" opposite Billy Crystal. That was six years ago.
May 11, 1992 |
"Crisscross" (citywide), set in 1969 during the days around the Apollo moon launch, captures something about that controversial decade almost perfectly. It's a mixed achievement: a small, movingly done human story swallowed up in a more conventional crime thriller. Yet, if it fails, it doesn't fail ignobly.
March 16, 1992 |
The metallic world of high-price call girls--especially one who thought she could quit--is dramatized in a coolly insidious portrait of marital betrayal, "Those Secrets" (at 9 tonight on ABC, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42). Blair Brown, in a role that is as startling as it is devilishly calibrated, stars as a regal-looking wife whose happy marriage is torn apart by successive jolts.
June 22, 1996 |
A film about a death row inmate and a good woman struggling for his redemption as they commune face-to-face through a barrier of safety mesh may sound familiar, but Showtime's lugubrious "Beyond the Call" is no "Dead Man Walking." David Strathairn plays Russell, a psychologically tortured man who is unable to convince authorities that his crimes of murder were the result to his Vietnam War-induced post-traumatic shock syndrome.
August 20, 1993 |
Just about everybody and everything connected to "Wilder Napalm" (selected theaters) is terrible, starting with that title. Don't expect a Vietnam movie. In fact, don't expect a movie. Wilder (Arliss Howard) and Wallace (Dennis Quaid) are estranged brothers in the Cain and Abel mold, with a Stephen King-ish twist. Both have pyro-kinetic powers--they can will fires into roaring life.