December 22, 2000 |
"Miss Congeniality" is about a beauty pageant, right? So what's it doing opening with an FBI raid in what appears to be a Brighton Beach nightclub to nail some Russian mafiosi? It works like this: The most intrepid member of the raiding party is no-nonsense but headstrong special agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock), who breaks the rules but gets the job done.
June 27, 1990 |
Whoosh!! "Days of Thunder" just streaked in (citywide), fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat. The movie's excitement comes from its racing footage; its massive case of attitude comes from producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer's assurance that they can retool the formula of "Top Gun," bless it with a little sprinkle of Valvoline and send it out as a brand-new movie. They have a few things working for them. Tom Cruise's slowly dawning grin remains unassailable.
November 24, 1993 |
In its first 15 minutes the thoroughly winning "Josh and S.A.M." (citywide) reveals just how painful divorce can be for children as poignantly as any movie imaginable.
December 22, 1995 |
"Grumpier Old Men" brings back Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as those feisty seniors, John and Max, next-door neighbors in a small Minnesota town, and Ann-Margret as John's lovely wife of six months. Joining them is Sophia Loren, a big plus in an overly contrived comedy strewn with less-than-hilarious geriatric sex jokes that gets by on its formidable star power.
May 9, 1988 |
In "Dead Heat" (selected theaters), Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo play a zombie cop and his jocular partner, up against a shadowy scientific syndicate that revives corpses and undead hooligans for its criminal endeavors. It's the kind of goofy idea that might almost work: Williams plays "Roger Mortis," a clean-cut cop who gets decompressed in a dog-execution chamber and then scientifically resurrected by the criminal's apparatus--though only for 12 hours.