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.
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.
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."
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.
September 16, 2004 |
Man on Fire Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning Fox, $30 Two-time Oscar winner Washington continues to grow and push himself as an actor; witness his exceptional performances this year as men on the edge, in "The Manchurian Candidate" and in this dark, often violent story set in Mexico City. Washington plays an alcoholic former special-ops assassin who finds redemption in the form of an endearing young girl (a winning Fanning) whom he is hired to guard.