October 2, 2010 |
Early in "Case 39," Renée Zellweger's overburdened social worker, Emily, complains to her boss ( Adrian Lester) that she's buried in 38 active cases, right before he plops the file for you-know-what on her desk. One can't help experiencing the same dread about the exhausting flood of lackluster horror films that swamp our screens and, as "Case 39" unfolds, realizing we're enduring one more. It didn't have to be that way, considering screenwriter Ray Wright's initially nifty setup.
December 13, 2006
WHAT'S AHEAD TONIGHT: OK, maybe it's not the best way to save a marriage. But moving to a remote village in China worked for Naomi Watts and Edward Norton in "The Painted Veil," which premieres at 7 tonight at the ArcLight. In addition to Watts and Norton, guests are expected to include Liev Schreiber, Drew Barrymore and Anthony LaPaglia. Also: He's baaaack. Sylvester Stallone is expected to join Milo Ventimiglia, Sharon Stone, James Caan, Gov.
January 13, 2008
Bolt A canine TV superhero doesn't realize his superpowers aren't real when he embarks on a cross-country trek accompanied by a jaded house cat and a hamster. John Travolta and Susie Essman lend their voices. Directed by Chris Williams. Walt Disney Pictures, Nov. 26. Chicago 10 Writer-director Brett Morgen contrasts volatile documentary footage of protesters and police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention with 3-D animated re-creations of the infamous trial that followed.
September 16, 1985 |
Agatha Christie's "Ordeal by Innocence" (citywide) is quite a few cuts above most films that open Fridays without previews, yet is not up to the best of the filmed Christie mysteries. There's just not enough bite in either adapter Alexander Stuart's dialogue or in Desmond Davis' direction.
July 9, 1989 |
Blood Sport (Comedia/Blood Sport). Shooting in Toronto and Vancouver. Based on the Dick Francis mystery novel, this one concerns a free-lance investigator and security consultant who's given the task of locating a missing thoroughbred horse. Executive producers Jacky Stoller, Jonathan Harris and Liam Miller. Producer Jonathan Hackett. Director Harvey Hart. Screenwriter Andrew Payne. Stars Ian McShane, Jennifer Dale, Carolyn Dunn, Heath Lamberts and Ken Welsh. Queen's Logic (QL).
December 1, 1985 |
"SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM." Grace Jones. Manhattan. This peculiar hodgepodge of song and spoken homage to pop's dominatrix diva might have suited the self-absorbed spirit of the disco days. But like the slimy critters in "War of the Worlds," it shrivels and dies when exposed to today's more urgent atmosphere.
October 13, 1989 |
"The Saint," in the stylish persona of Simon Templar, is back--and KCOP's got him. The new face in the old role is likewise a Simon: suave Simon Dutton, a British actor whose paltry 31 years is enhanced with a few gray brush strokes across his temple hair. Channel 13 runs the first of six new two-hour "Saint" episodes tonight at 8 in a Friday cycle labeled "The Mystery Wheel of Adventure."