October 14, 2000
In the article "Dreaming of Staten Island" (by Richard Natale, Oct. 7), filmmaker Raymond De Felitta was the latest person The Times has described as "half-Jewish." Aren't you going to quantify and disclose the rest of De Felitta's religious heritage? Is he one-quarter Presbyterian? Three-eighths Wiccan? Stop using this inaccurate and inappropriate term. One either is Jewish or is not. G.L. KRAUSS Los Angeles
September 16, 2005 |
Sweet but dramatically inert, "The Thing About My Folks" is writer-star Paul Reiser's seriocomic valentine to his parents. While stocked with simple, earnest observations on love, relationships and family, the film's haphazard plotting and often discordant tone keep it from being anything more than an episodic collection of sentimental aphorisms.
December 17, 2004
"Coach Carter," based on the experiences of a high school basketball coach who led a team of disadvantaged teens from zero to heroes, will raise the curtain on this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival, which will run Jan. 6 to 16, boasts several Oscar contenders in the foreign language and documentary categories, as well as some movies that have not yet played in theaters. "Coach Carter" stars Samuel L.
June 16, 2010
Whether doing drama or comedy, Julianna Margulies always seems to leave a lasting impression. Here's a look at some of her credits: "ER," NBC (1994-2000): As stormy-natured nurse Carol Hathaway, she nearly overdosed in the pilot episode over her failed romance with Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney). The pair's tumultuous relationship captivated viewers for six seasons before they exited Chicago's County General (and the show), ostensibly to raise twins together in Seattle. Margulies won an Emmy the first season and was nominated again each year until she left.
March 19, 2010 |
Raymond De Felitta's screwball farce " City Island" introduces us to the Rizzos, a boisterous party of four living in the tradition-steeped, seaside spit of Bronx real estate of the movie's title. The Rizzos don't talk to each other much and when they do, the neighbors undoubtedly hear every word. But deep down, we're meant to understand, they shout because they care. The Rizzos also harbor secrets. Corrections officer Vince ( Andy Garcia) tells wife Joyce ( Julianna Margulies) that he's out playing poker when he's really taking acting classes in Manhattan.
October 6, 2000 |
Raymond De Felitta's "Two Family House" is as fragile as a soap bubble--one falsemove and it bursts. That it never does only adds to its abundant pleasures, its rich, rueful humor, poignancy and tenderness. Sharp judgments are demanded of De Felitta, acclaimed for his "Bronx Cheers" and "Cafe Society," every step of the way. He avoids the crippling effect of self-consciousness through the sheer dint of his love for an enclave of Italian Americans living on Staten Island in 1956.