October 22, 1987 |
One of television's most successful sitcoms will be raised from the grave, as it were. The Munsters will be brought back to life in a first-run syndication, half-hour series with a new cast for the 1988 season. "The Munsters Today," being produced by the Arthur Co., has already been given a 24-episode order, with an option for 48 more.
February 6, 1993 |
Although it had a certain Okie charm, last season's failed NBC sitcom "The Torkelsons" was nothing to build an evening around. Premiering at 8 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, its retooled successor, "Almost Home," is nothing to build even a half-hour around.
September 20, 2002 |
Prepare to be astonished by "Spirited Away." Written and directed by one of the world's master animators, Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, this visual wonder is the product of a fierce and fearless imagination whose creations are unlike any you've seen before. If you're dispirited by look-alike, sound-alike, think-alike movies, disturbed by an art form that seems not only to tolerate, but also to reward a paucity of imagination, you're not going to believe your luck.
March 27, 2014 |
The middling "Locker 13" is a "Twilight Zone"-like anthology of quasi-chilling stories mostly unified by an unlucky little storage closet and the theme of choices and consequences. Featuring five short yarns, each spun out by its own writer and director, the film takes a decidedly old-fashioned approach to situation and character. The result is an alternately creaky and intriguing ride, one of earnest ambition and dashed potential. More consistent is the array of knowing performances, led by the dependable Jon Gries ("Napoleon Dynamite")
May 15, 1997 |
The final weekend of the May ratings sweeps brings a vast array of specials, ranging from a beauty pageant to a tribute to the Three Stooges. "KTLA's 50 Golden Years," airing at 8 tonight on Channel 5, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first commercial TV station in Los Angeles. Newscasters Stan Chambers, Hal Fishman and Barbara Beck host the two-hour retrospective, which features archival footage and interviews with longtime viewers. (Review on Page 48.) Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!
August 5, 1999 |
James McLure's "The Day They Shot John Lennon" is a title as loaded with meanings as director Emilio Borelli's revival at the Gene Bua Acting for Life Theatre is loaded with fine actors. Amid the vigil forming across the street from the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West where Lennon was killed, various mourners engage in their own little dramas. The title sounds misleadingly like the title of a play Sean Lennon might write.