February 16, 1992
I am writing in response to Mark Epstein (Letters, Feb. 2). He criticized screenwriter Linda Woolverton's assertion that the character Belle, from "Beauty and the Beast," is a feminist. His misconceptions concerning feminism need to be addressed. Feminists come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They do not need to fit any mold, particularly the character-type Linda Hamilton portrayed in "Terminator 2." In fact, there are even male feminists! Therefore, what defines Belle as a feminist is not her appearance, but her actions and beliefs.
November 20, 1995 |
"Separate Lives" is the direct-to-video version of "Never Talk to Strangers," which itself staked out the lowest-common-denominator audience. Both movies concern imperiled psychiatrists who themselves are borderline bonkers; both have private investigators getting romantic with their subjects; both have the same banal revelation at their finales.
December 22, 1986 |
It's been more than a decade since King Kong took his big fall off New York's World Trade Center. But in sequel-crazed Hollywood, movie heroes never die--especially not the tallest, darkest and most brutishly handsome leading man of all. However, the challenge of "King Kong Lives" (citywide) isn't just bringing the Big Fella back from the dead.
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June 30, 1991
One can well imagine that Chuck Stewart is indeed "a very popular teacher." Eighth-graders seldom have their sexual curiosity so willingly accommodated by a classroom teacher. Adolescent curiosity notwithstanding, it is evident that Stewart has a personal agenda for educating his students that goes well beyond the physical science curriculum. What Stewart fails to recognize is that classroom discussion of personal sexual activities is highly inappropriate--whether the teacher is male or female, married or unmarried, homosexual or heterosexual--and would be so even if the class were sex education.
January 10, 1986 |
The prime ingredients of any thriller are sheer drive and tension, and "Black Moon Rising" (citywide) has them. It may not have much underneath--the script approaches the kind of lean, existentialist, B-movie parable that Walter Hill tried in "The Driver"--but it moves like a cold rocket. The movie is about a thief (Tommy Lee Jones) hired by the Justice Department to steal incriminating tapes from an indicted corporation.
January 31, 1997 |
In a cozy, covert U.S. government research facility, bearded refuseniks drink tea and contemplate their screen-savers. Suddenly a gunman enters and systematically slaughters the staff--all except one, who throws the assassin a curve by hiding his tea setting in a sideboard. "Three Days of the Condor"? No, and it's not quite Robert Redford either.
April 8, 2005 |
It's never easy to create a fictional narrative that fits the specific purpose of promoting a good cause, and for all the usual good intentions, writer-director Jeffrey Kramer with "Smile" has made a plodding, drawn-out, overly long and contrived film in behalf of Operation Smile, which since 1982 has provided free reconstructive surgery for more than 80,000 children and young adults in developing countries.
June 5, 1992 |
Beware the tank top-clad movie heroine. In current cinema shorthand, a muscle shirt pretty much guarantees that the wearer is one tough-but-sexy woman. Take Linda Hamilton in "Terminator 2," or Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in "Thelma and Louise."