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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2006 |
One of the latest hoaxes unearthed by the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society (snopes.com) is an e-mail that warns of an unusual street hazard. "What happens is that when you stop for a red light, a young nude woman comes up and pretends to be washing your windshield," the e-mail said. "While she is doing this, another person opens your back door and steals anything in the car."