September 24, 2000
Movies Christopher Guest's comedy "Best in Show" focuses on several eccentric dog owners gearing up for the canine showdown of their lives--the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Michael Hitchcock and Parker Posey head an ensemble cast. Opens exclusively at the Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and the Loews Broadway in Santa Monica on Friday.
September 29, 2000 |
Minnie Driver easily lives up to the title of the new film "Beautiful," in which she stars so impressively under Sally Field's aptly nuanced direction. Yet Driver's angular features are just distinctive enough to make it credible that her small-town Illinois beauty contestant might find it a struggle to come out a winner. Written perceptively by Jon Bernstein, "Beautiful" is not yet another easy satire on a target that is by now overly familiar.
January 16, 2004 |
Ah, the '70s. Remember? When an impecunious off-Broadway actor could support a bipolar former dancer and her 10-year-old daughter in a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side? At least, he could in Neil Simon's 1977 film "The Goodbye Girl," which starred Marsha Mason (then Simon's wife), Richard Dreyfuss and Quinn Cummings as a pair of reluctant roommates and the sophisticated tot who suffers patiently through their hysterical conversion from hatred to love.
November 11, 2000 |
Sometimes, there's a reason for tampering with perfection. In the case of the new remake of "The Miracle Worker," airing Sunday as a "Wonderful World of Disney" presentation on ABC, it comes down to this: Reaching today's young people.
August 25, 2006 |
If your stomach doesn't churn a bit after hearing the title of the children's movie "How to Eat Fried Worms," the picture itself may finish the job. Indeed, we watch the film's main character, 11-year-old Billy Forrester (Luke Benward), devour worm after worm -- fried, grilled, juiced or raw. In this movie, the barf scenes standard in the usual crude youth comedies aren't gratuitous. They're logical climaxes.
November 19, 2000 |
CBS is going a little bit country Thanksgiving night with "Grand Ole Opry 75th--a Celebration" and "Faith!," an hourlong music special starring the award-winning country-pop singer, Faith Hill. Taped at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan during two sold-out shows, the Hill special features songs from all of her albums including her five-time platinum, "Faith," in 1998; and her four-time platinum, "Breathe," in 1999.