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September 24, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It is impossible to imagine a television landscape without Tom Selleck, and fortunately we don't have to. Although in recent years he has appeared only sporadically, starring in the Jesse Stone movie series, guest-starring on shows including "Friends" and "Boston Legal," he's back full time as the paterfamilias of CBS' solid and satisfying cop/family drama "Blue Bloods. " As someone who has loved the man for her entire adult life, I think I speak for many when I say: How is it possible that he still looks so darn good?
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April 5, 1993 | JON MATSUMOTO
It's easy to understand why Elizabeth Perkins and Laura San Giacomo decided to take roles in TV's "For Their Own Good," which airs at 9 p.m. on ABC (Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42). This is a well-intentioned, though flawed, message movie that has a lot to say about corporate immorality and the plight of working-class women. Based on real events, "For Their Own Good" takes place in a small Texas town where 25 women factory workers are told they must be sterilized or face losing their jobs.
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July 15, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Die Hard" (citywide) is the archetypal big-deal Hollywood exploitation picture. It's like a giant war toy, a triumph of well-oiled mechanical precision that performs miracles of destruction. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale. It is also dead certain to give Bruce Willis his movie stardom at last.
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October 24, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
In "Human Trafficking," a four-hour, two-part miniseries airing at 9 tonight and Tuesday on Lifetime, Mira Sorvino plays a New York City detective who joins U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to bust up a sex-slavery ring. Eventually, Sorvino's tough-but-tender, tender-but-tough Kate will go undercover, posing as a Russian mail-order bride.
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September 6, 1997 | DAVID GREENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Hollywood comes to town, Ventura is not as it appears to be. What is normally The Thrift Factory at 222 E. Main St. has been transformed into "Claudette's Occult Shoppe" in Lower Manhattan. Glowing pumpkins near a make-believe newsstand down the street help turn the night into Halloween. The 65-member cast and crew of "Mike Hammer: Private Eye" have been spending 12 to 14 hours a day, five days a week, in Ventura County to make you a believer.
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December 2, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Several years ago, Paul Schrader joked to his friends, "I'm the sort of writer-director who doesn't win awards but gets retrospectives"--and, as in many things, he turned out to be prophetic. The writer and/or director of such notable films as "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "American Gigolo" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" is full up on retrospectives.
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June 29, 2001 | JOHN CLARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Already suffering from a bad hip and a bad knee, actor Danny Glover is receiving a tongue-lashing from Pam Grier--over and over again, in close-up, in wide angle, in reverse angle. Glover has a weary, beset air, although he looks great: straw hat, maroon shirt, checked pants, penny loafers. There's something old-school about him, which is appropriate, because in this movie, "3 A.M.," he plays a New York City cab driver. (Grier, a waitress, is his love interest.
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