November 23, 2005 |
In the early '60s a Navy widow named Helen North and a Navy warrant officer, Frank Beardsley, a widower, made headlines when they were married in the mission at Carmel because between them they had 18 children. Their story inspired the delightful and surprisingly sophisticated 1968 comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours," starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
June 2, 2000 |
Let us all now give praise to the individual who designed the poster for "Big Momma's House," currently on prominent display on buses throughout Los Angeles County. He or she has done a tremendous service to filmgoers--neatly summarizing all we need to know about this new comedy. The image is this: a corpulent female figure in a red flower-print dress, holding an FBI identification card picturing Martin Lawrence. So there you go.
April 9, 1999 |
It's taken some years, but Drew Barrymore's career has finally come full circle. After she became America's moppet sweetheart in 1982's "E.T.," the actress' work and image took a series of hairpin turns, but now, with "Never Been Kissed," she's as warm and appealing as she ever was. Maybe even more. An easygoing and amusing romantic confection, "Never Been Kissed" solidifies the work Barrymore did in last year's "The Wedding Singer" and "Ever After."
June 14, 2002 |
The movie version of "Scooby-Doo" has been hanging like a threat over the happy childhood memories of my funky '70s TV-watching habits. Like so much other pop-culture--"Star Wars," "Josie and the Pussycats," "Rocky & Bullwinkle"--would the cool crime solvers with the groovy van be ruined when Hollywood revisited them? Would a look inside the Mystery Machine reveal nothing but an ugly conversion van? I'm afraid so.
December 12, 1997 |
"Home Alone 3" follows in the, er, proud tradition of "The Sting 2" and "Jaws 3-D," movies that have nothing to do with the original film that inspired them, except a flaccid adherence to the formula that made the first a success. If you have a name-brand product, need you bother to clutter the equation with name-brand stars? Macaulay Culkin has evolved from the once-adorable moppet of the first two flicks to a teenager who could afford his own wing of the new Getty museum.
July 29, 2011 |
To borrow the lingo of the little blue people who populate "The Smurfs" — What the Smurf? If that sort of bad "blue" pun, as opposed to fun, is to your little one's liking, then parents, you are in for a fingernails-on-the-chalkboard, ahem, treat. Whether the off-color word play makes you cringe for fear that the kids will actually get the joke, or the "la, la, la" song haunts your nightmares, this animated-live action hybrid is really more 3-D disaster than family comedy. Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has proved he can save just about any sinking ship (see prime-time awards shows such as the Emmys or Tonys)