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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.
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.
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.
September 22, 2005 |
THIS year's AFI Fest will start out with a twang -- the Johnny Cash/June Carter biopic "Walk the Line." The opening-night film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and directed by James Mangold, arrives in L.A. after well-received screenings at the Toronto and Telluride festivals. It's also in time for the run-up to awards season that traditionally begins when the National Board of Review announces its honorees, which this year will be Dec.
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.
January 10, 1994
Felipa R. Richland (" 'Pelican' Grief!" Dec. 27) would do well to heed her own advice to "get out in the real world." Julia Roberts' portrayal of a young law student whose life suddenly is invaded by massive acts of violence is probably closer to reality than either the book's character or Richland's fantasy image. Roberts' character was rightfully traumatized. Women, unlike men, are generally not brought up to experience physical violence on a regular basis. Traditionally, males physically fight among themselves from a young age to establish hierarchy.