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ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
What's a man to do when he's got triplets who've been accepted to Yale, but he can't afford to send them and no scholarships are in sight? If he's Alan Arkin, in the deliciously funny "Big Trouble" (at the Metro, Westwood), he's going to listen very carefully to what Beverly D'Angelo has to say. Knocking back straight vodka and wearing little under a filmy peignoir, D'Angelo bewails the imminent loss of her husband--"His heart is surrounded by fat!"
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
If Giorgio Armani doesn't start making power suits out of camouflage material, he is missing a good bet, because successful professionals are fast becoming the most endangered on-screen species since Bambi's mother. First in "Regarding Henry," now in "The Doctor" (citywide), we are invited to relish the spectacle of a hard-driving hotshot finding out that there is more to life than insensitively bludgeoning your way to the top.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1995 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Species" is a pretty good Boo! movie. It's not the kind of sci-fi film that's going to give Stanley Kubrick any sleepless nights, and it may not give the rest of us much sleeplessness either. Its primary purpose in life is to unleash a lot of gloppy morphing and mutating and make us go--all together now --eeeuuuh .
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1988 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
Director Costa-Gavras has always been drawn to incendiary political subjects, but in "Betrayed" (citywide), which is about the white supremacist movement in the American heartland, he has apparently trusted the instincts of his American screenwriter and co-producer Joe Eszterhas ("F.I.S.T.," "Flashdance"). The result is a loosening of the trademark Costa-Gavras tension and the sogging of a relevant issue into overwrought pulp. In "Betrayed," none of its actors' notable efforts can save the farm.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1994 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Babies are often content to be entertained by things that go boom. Adults may require a bit more with their boom--like a story that makes a smidgen of sense, characters that we can connect with, a few good jokes maybe, a few thrills. "Blown Away" is graced with none of these attributes. It's a baby-go-boom movie with an attitude.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
If Giorgio Armani doesn't start making power suits out of camouflage material, he is missing a good bet, because successful professionals are fast becoming the most endangered on-screen species since Bambi's mother. First in "Regarding Henry," now in "The Doctor" (at selected San Diego theaters), we are invited to relish the spectacle of a hard-driving hotshot finding out that there is more to life than insensitively bludgeoning your way to the top.
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