April 17, 1999 |
In the hands of director John Badham, "The Jack Bull" is a moral drama in genre drag, with an impressive physical sweep. A Canadian mountain vista, standing in for a swath of the American frontier, is referred to as "a church without a roof," and it lives up to the description.
September 17, 1995 |
Tom Flynn's scintillating yet serious 1993 romantic comedy stars Peter Gallagher (right) as a young Texan visiting his cousin (Jon Tenney) in a Chicago suburban home. Tenney and his two roommates (John C. McGinley and Tom Sizemore) are all dedicated--and potentiallynasty--pranksters. Flynn comments on the all-American tendency of men to grow older without growing up as Gallagher, meanwhile, finds his cousin's girlfriend (a radiant Suzy Amis, left), propelled into his own arms.'
January 31, 1994 |
"Car 54, Where Are You?" (general release), based on the popular Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne TV series of the '60s, bombs on the big screen in the '90s. Thanks to a relentlessly terrible script by many hands, it's a dumb movie about dumb cops that should have remained on the shelf, where it's been sitting for over two years. Gravel-voiced David Johansen stars as Gunther Toody, not exactly Brooklyn's finest, who gets a new partner in John C.
September 26, 2002 |
"Scrubs" begins its second year of residency on NBC tonight at 8:30 facing a critical test: Can it live up to the expectations that come with its new time slot, after ratings heavyweight "Friends," which won its first Emmy for best comedy series on Sunday? Only time will tell. Interestingly enough, that wait-and-see sentiment is also one of the themes with which the young doctors of Sacred Heart Hospital must grapple tonight. For J.D.
February 21, 1994 |
With "On Deadly Ground" (general release), Steven Seagal not only makes his directorial debut but also risks combining action with a message, a deadly serious, intelligent protest against the threat to the environment posed by the oil industry. He also does some consciousness-raising in regard to the rights of Native Americans and the spiritual values their Inuit culture has to offer all of us. Although you could certainly wish that Seagal and his writers, Ed Horowitz and Robin U.
August 26, 1994 |
John Candy has one truly funny moment in "Wagons East!," the Western comedy that had nearly finished shooting when he died suddenly early this year. As the reluctant wagonmaster James Harlow, he turns back to the barful of eager-for-exodus townsfolk who're counting on him and proclaims, "We leave at dawn." The cloud of a second thought passes over his face, then a shrug: ". . . Noonish," he wavers.