June 16, 1996 |
With this captivating heart-tugger, Steve Martin (pictured) took an all-out plunge of basing this 1994 film on no less than George Eliot's 1861 grim novel "Silas Marner." What Martin, who also wrote the screenplay, and director Gillies MacKinnon have created in their free adaptation is a family film that might be best described as a serious comedy. Consistent with Martin's growing collection of thinking man's comedy (TMC Sunday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 7:10 p.m.).
August 26, 2000 |
Judi Dench wailing on tenor sax? Leslie Caron pounding the bass? Olympia Dukakis on trumpet? Now that's music. First-run independent films are now on HBO's agenda, witness tonight's arrival of Alan Plater's slight but charming comedy about a nearly all-female swing band that reinvents itself 56 years after playing in London as German bombs fell on the city in World War II.
August 14, 1998 |
"Regeneration" is as bleak as it is thoughtful, a traditional-style Scottish-British-Canadian production with polished dialogue and superlative performances.
August 23, 1996 |
Scottish director Gillies MacKinnon's "Small Faces" is being described as a look at the lives of three brothers on the fringes of gang life in 1960s Glasgow. It is certainly that, but more importantly, it is also a "baby of the family" story, a universal theme that plays out differently depending on the place, the baby and the family.
April 30, 1992 |
The Scene: The world premiere Tuesday of the Samuel Goldwyn Company's "The Playboys" at the Mann Criterion. A party followed at the nearby Santa Monica Pier carousel--very The-Biz-meets-the-child-within.
May 1, 1992 |
"Impetuous! Homeric! " Barry Fitzgerald exclaimed, when he saw the ruined remnants of John Wayne's and Maureen O'Hara's nuptial bed in "The Quiet Man." It's that type of rough and wry blarney eloquence that infuses much of "The Playboys" (at the Park Theatre).