August 4, 1996 |
Full of bawdy lyricism and rough-hewn wit, this 1992 Irish pastorale, set in 1957 and revolving around the interactions of a small town and a troupe of traveling players led by Aidan Quinn (pictured), is writer Shane ("My Left Foot") Connaughton's salute to his provincial roots. Directed on location by Gillies MacKinnon, it's rich and charming--and stolen entirely by Albert Finney as the tormented town cop, burning for the woman (Robin Wright) who won't have him (ABC early Monday at 12:05
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.
September 2, 1994 |
Nobody ever accused Steve Martin of not taking chances, and with the captivating heart-tugger "A Simple Twist of Fate" he took the all-out plunge of basing this film on no less than George Eliot's 1861 novel, "Silas Marner"--that grim morality play most of us did not escape having to read in high school.