October 7, 1999
* Last week's Top 5 rentals: "The Matrix," "Forces of Nature," "My Favorite Martian," "Analyze This" and "The Out-of-Towners." * Last week's Top 5 sellers: "The Prince of Egypt," "The Matrix" (DVD), "My Favorite Martian," "Doug's 1st Movie" and "Pokemon: Fighting Tournament." What's New In stores this week: * "This Is My Father" (Columbia TriStar), Irish drama starring Aidan Quinn. (R) * "The Thirteenth Floor" (Columbia TriStar), thriller starring Craig Bierko.
April 17, 1998 |
Tennis-shoe-sole designer Richie (Craig Bierko) and his brain surgeon cousin Evan (Steven Weber) are sitting at adjacent slot machines in an Atlantic City casino, doing what losers at the blackjack table often do, punishing themselves by getting rid of their pocket change. Richie is down to one quarter and asks Evan for the other two he needs to maximize his bet, and Evan obliges. "Here, go crazy," he says, turning over the two coins.
October 29, 1999 |
Call it, if you want, "That Thing You Do: The Sequel." Except that, unlike that underrated Tom Hanks project from 1996 about one-hit wonders from the 1960s, "The Suburbans" gets its title from the name of an imaginary "fab four" from Long Island that streaked across the pop universe on the cusp of the Reagan administration and flamed out after one hit single. Now it's the cusp of the millennium and the Suburbans have become, if anything, even more suburban.
May 28, 1999 |
If looks were everything, "The Thirteenth Floor," a sleek time-travel mystery that offers a rich and accurate re-creation of 1937 L.A., would have it made. But for all the soaring visual splendor of its past, present and future, it's hobbled by a murky plot that proves to be not all that original once it starts unraveling.
August 22, 2004 |
"Hell House," the multimedia, mass-marketed, evangelical scare-fest that uses graphic, gory stagecraft to terrify teenagers into declaring themselves Christians, has spawned a spoof. "Hollywood Hell House," scheduled to run Saturday through Oct. 31 at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, is crafted from the Rev. Keenan Roberts' actual scripts, which promise grisly life and afterlife consequences for homosexuality, abortion, drug use and other purported transgressions.
March 21, 1990 |
The new CBS comedy "Sydney" needs a Valium. It premieres at 8:30 tonight on Channels 2 and 8, introducing a tightly wound private eye named Sydney Kells who is played as so gratingly frantic and neurotic by Valerie Bertinelli that instead of laughing, you're grinding your teeth. Enough already!