May 5, 1992 |
It's hard to think of a less satisfying creature feature in recent memory than the simply terrible "Split Second" (citywide), which by the end not only has allowed few glimpses of the beast in question but hasn't even explained where the big guy came from or what kind of animus, supernatural or otherwise, is responsible for its strange m.o. It's a monstrous cheat. The most obvious models for this quasi-sci-fi are the "Predator" movies, with gullible audiences as the intended prey.
May 15, 1990 |
Robert Hays, who first gained recognition in "Airplane!" is such an able farceur that it's a shame he's wasted in such a stale, repetitive comedy-adventure as "Honeymoon Academy" (citywide). He plays a bridegroom who's on his honeymoon when his bride's past catches up with her. Unknown to him, she's been a government agent, and now she's been maneuvered out of retirement and into tracking down some counterfeit plates.
September 20, 2004
The walk down the red carpet at the Emmys wasn't "as scary as it usually is," quipped "Sex and the City" actress Kim Cattrall. Why? Joan and Melissa Rivers, the mother-and-daughter duo who long hosted the event for E! Entertainment and served as the network's snarky fashion cops, were replaced by daytime talk show host Star Jones, who ushered in a far friendlier tone as she doled out air kisses and compliments.
January 20, 2003
Best foreign film "Talk to Her" (Spain) * Best supporting actress Meryl Streep "Adaptation" * Best supporting actor Chris Cooper "Adaptation" * Best screenplay Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor "About Schmidt" * Best original score Elliot Goldenthal "Frida" * Best original song "The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York" by U2 * Cecil B.
March 9, 2003
MeetUp, the Internet service that arranges meetings between individuals with special interests and hobbies and like-minded people in their area, has gone global, with more than 31 countries represented. But MeetUp's Web site operators didn't expect such a great response from Internet users in Pakistan. It seems that users, seeing that there were "Sex and the City" groups for fans of the HBO series, signed up to form "Sex and the City: Islamabad."
December 8, 1995 |
"Live Nude Girls" is a lousy title for a thoughtful comedy about a group of thirtysomething women reflecting upon sex and love. Those who go expecting an expose about go-go dancers will be sorely disappointed while others who might well appreciate filmmaker Julianna Lavin's wit and perception and her actresses' skillful portrayals could be put off by that title. This is not to say, however, that "Live Nude Girls" isn't raunchy and racy.
April 8, 2011 |
In "Meet Monica Velour" a young dork sets out to meet the '80s-era porn star he worships only to find the embittered middle-age woman she has become. The feature debut for writer-director Keith Bearden, the film, starring Dustin Ingram and Kim Cattrall, works hard to be both a quirky comedy and heartfelt, age-imbalanced romance of self-discovery. Ingram, with his bony physique and shock of "Napoleon Dynamite" curls, looks funny in a comic-caricature kind of way but never quite nails the person underneath the nasally shtick.
March 12, 1999 |
There are several ways to describe "Baby Geniuses," an alleged comedy about alleged babies. One, it's a shameless recycling of "Look Who's Talking." Two, it's a charmless rip-off of "Rugrats." Three, it's a Christmastime movie being opened in March. Be particularly frightened by No. 3.
April 10, 1999 |
As the telltale title indicates, time is of the essence in "36 Hours to Die," a slick and satisfying thriller premiering Sunday on TNT. Treat Williams is a vulnerable protagonist as Noah Stone, a brewery owner who suffers a heart attack minutes into the film. Two months later, Noah must grapple with a tricky ticker and the future of his family when a crafty embezzler (Saul Rubinek) unveils a multimillion-dollar scheme to crush his company.
March 14, 2005 |
The TV trailers for Disney's new film "Ice Princess" give the impression that it's just a piece of fluff for tweeners about a girl attempting to become a championship skater. But the family drama, which opens Friday, deals with the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, peer pressure and the importance of following one's dream.