January 6, 1995 |
"Houseguest," a rowdy fish-out-of-water comedy, is as good-natured as its big, beefy star, comedian Sinbad. His Kevin Franklin is a Pittsburgh dreamer steeped in get-rich-quick schemes but now dangerously in debt to a local Mafioso. Deciding to make a run for it, he finds salvation when, at the airport, he's mistaken for a childhood friend by Phil Hartman's Gary Young, an Ivy League lawyer who lives in the lush suburb of Sewickley and has come to pick up his old acquaintance.
June 5, 1992 |
Kid 'n Play are a new-style comedy duo, rappers turned movie comics who seem to have the dynamics, interplay and the casual expertise of some of the best old-style teams (Abbott & Costello, Martin & Lewis, Hope & Crosby) down pat. Kid is the oddball, Play is the smoothie and, at their best, they work together as joyously as their predecessors. But they don't necessarily have the best vehicles.
March 28, 1997 |
If there's such a thing in Hollywood as being too smart for your own good, Disney's marketing gurus may qualify for releasing a movie on a weekend when it will have to compete with its own subject.
March 31, 2006 |
The quaintly titled "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" is a movie of sentiment, sweetness and nostalgia, a story hovering somewhere between realism and bittersweet fantasy. Occurrences, coincidences and resolutions take on an adult fairy-tale quality, much of it genteel and preposterous. Director Randall Miller, who first hit upon the crux of the tale for a shorter film about 15 years ago, would no doubt argue that truth, not reality, is the intent here.
January 10, 2008 |
After Axium International Inc. imploded this week, a company vice president said its Hollywood clients would make a "seamless transition" to other payroll services providers. But that's not how many of them described it Wednesday after learning that money they had deposited with Axium was tied up by the company's bankruptcy liquidation action filed the day before.
December 5, 2008 |
"Nobel Son" loosely straps a story of family disappointment and academic jealousy to a juiced-up caper flick and then speeds off on its way. What comes next is a movie with moments of vengeance-filled enjoyment but also a sense of tonal haphazardness. You can't blame co-writer-director Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock") for wanting to have flashy criminal fun with his setup.