September 5, 2012 |
Don't dismiss "Premium Rush" as just another action movie. The film centers on a bike messenger in a bad fix, and its grunge sensibility is the antithesis of what we've come to expect from the genre. The bodies, most prominently Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Wilee (as in that speedy cartoon coyote), are more string bean than bulked up. And the most dangerous weapon isn't a weapon at all, but the skill and moxie it takes to race through Manhattan on a bike without brakes. Directed by David Koepp, who co-wrote the clever script with John Kamps, it's got intellect as well.
July 31, 2012 |
Suppose a voting issue for you is which presidential candidate would be more likely to acquiesce in an Israeli air raid against Iran'snuclear program. Superficially, it's no contest. Mitt Romney has said there wouldn't be an "inch" between the U.S. and Israel if he were president, and he gave a tough speech in Jerusalem saying that preventing Iran from developing the capacity to build a nuclear weapon "our highest national security priority. " On the other hand, as my colleague Maeve Reston pointed out: "Romney did not explicitly break with the policy set out by his Democratic opponent, President Obama , who has said that no option is off the table when dealing with Iran.
June 1, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The Happiest King cannot be found on the roster, behind the bench, or even among the 126 names in the staff directory. The Happiest King is rarely seen outside of the practice rink, rarely heard outside the dressing room, and still exists almost entirely in your memory. Nobody with a crown on his sweater has ever scored more goals in one season. Yet no King is more invisible as he tries to prod this latest bunch into making a different sort of history. Quick, show of foam fingers, how many knew that Bernie Nicholls was back?
December 20, 2009
Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Betsy Sharkey (B.S.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Anthony Miller. Openings WEDNESDAY Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel The chipmunks head to school to save the music program in a battle of the bands where they face off against the Chipettes. With the voices of Zach Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate.
June 26, 2009 |
Her debut provocation, 1993's "Boxing Helena," revealed the limits of artistic heredity, and now director Jennifer Lynch -- daughter of David -- has returned with the prankish, ultra-violent hell ride "Surveillance." But, again, her quest to unnerve feels forced.
December 19, 2008 |
It is the hot show among NBA players. At least that's what Gary Payton's text messages tell him. The "NBA GameTime Live" show on Tuesday nights on the NBA TV channel features Payton talking trash, stats and sometimes even cooking with studio host Ahmad Rashad and, as Payton calls him, "the good cop, Chris Webber." "Of course," Payton says, "I'm the bad cop." Payton's chuckle crackles over the phone line.