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.
May 16, 1993 |
The Park Plaza hotel in downtown L.A. has seen its share of bad acts since Hollywood discovered that its "Arabian Nights"-style ballroom makes a terrific movie set. It was here, for example, that Whitney Houston flung herself at an overstimulated concert audience while Kevin Costner's crew cut turned white in "The Bodyguard."
April 11, 1993 |
Shawn Lusader has bared it all on the movie screen--all except her face. That would be going too far. The 32-year-old actress is one of a small corps of Hollywood body doubles--sculpted movie extras hired to flash a little on-camera flesh in place of modest stars. It was Lusader, not Anne Archer, prancing nude during a pivotal bedroom scene in "Body of Evidence." But you'd never know it from the screen credits or the talk-show circuit. She's out to change that.
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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.
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."
November 23, 1986 |
To hype its upcoming "King Kong Lives!," De Laurentiis Entertainment sent exhibitors a synopsis of the excitement to come. We're privy to the letter but . . . BEWARE THAT YOU'LL BE EXPOSED TO IMPORTANT PLOT DETAILS): ". . . Kong has been transported to the Atlantic Institute where Dr. Amy Franklin (Linda Hamilton) watches over him day and night. A team of medical specialists has diagnosed the need for a transfusion of compatible blood and a heart transplant, or Kong will die.