January 19, 2001 |
In "The Pledge," his third film as a director, Sean Penn once again demonstrates that he is a gifted filmmaker whose abilities don't count for as much as they should because of how fanatically he clings to a narrow, reductive view of the human condition. Starring Jack Nicholson as a dour policeman who gets increasingly obsessed with a brutal murder he has sworn to solve, "The Pledge" showcases Penn's ability to both attract and work extremely well with top-drawer fellow actors.
December 25, 1998 |
"Hurlyburly" takes us into the hills of Hollywood to acquaint us with a group of people we've met many times before, on the screen and in life--and would take pains to avoid whenever we could. Yet playwright-screenwriter David Rabe writes such juicy parts that he's attracted as glittering a lineup of stars for the new film version as he did for the original play 14 years ago.
February 12, 1999 |
"The fault is not in our stars," Shakespeare wrote once upon a time, and though he wasn't referring to "Message in a Bottle," he could have been. Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman do everything major attractions can do to make "Message in a Bottle" into a three-hankie extravaganza, but they're finally let down by a film that tampers both too much and not enough with what looked to be a sure thing. "Message" is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, a.k.a.
January 28, 1998 |
For the second year in a row, Miramax and NBC received the most Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations in the movie and television categories, SAG officials announced Tuesday, with "Good Will Hunting" getting four nods, the most for any film. "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Ally McBeal," "Chicago Hope," "ER," "Frasier," "Law & Order," "Mad About You," "NYPD Blue," "Seinfeld" and "The X-Files" received multiple nominations in the television field.
February 18, 1999
The five top-grossing films last weekend: 1. "Message in a Bottle," with Paul Newman, left, Robin Wright Penn and Kevin Costner; 2. "Payback"; 3. "My Favorite Martian"; 4. "She's All That"; 5. "Blast From the Past."