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.
August 4, 2006 |
I understand that realism is not the main goal in an animated movie about anthropomorphized farm animals, but, seriously, what's with the male cows in "Barnyard"? Did the bovine gender confusion at the heart of the story give no one pause at Paramount or Nickelodeon? Did the drawbacks of featuring a female lead so outweigh the benefits of cow protagonism that a mass species sex-change was required in order for the project to go forward?
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.