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April 29, 1986 | CLARKE TAYLOR
Paul Newman will direct Joanne Woodward in a feature-film version of Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie," Woodward's office confirmed here Monday. The film, which is to be financed and distributed worldwide by the New York-based Vista Organization Ltd., is expected to start shooting early next fall. It will mark the first joint venture for the married couple since Newman directed Woodward in the 1980 TV movie "The Shadow Box."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
"The Gate" (citywide) is another bit of movie horror-whimsy, about wholesome, lovable all-American suburban kids battling the Forces of Darkness. It's sub-Spielberg stuff: The film makers take us back to Anywhere, U.S.A., where lawns are broad, houses--and neighbors--are white, bikes whiz under arching trees, and ghosties and beasties, and Poltergeists I and II are prowling around out of sight.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
"Pass the Ammo" (citywide)--is a grotesque, cartoonish satire on big time TV religious programs. The movie takes some well-earned swipes at the commercialism of fundamentalism, the hypocrisy of some of society's self-appointed moral guardians and the staggering credulity of the well-meaning faithful who keep the TV preachers swimming in dough. And though, overall, the film is very inconsistent, its best moments have a crazy, liberating energy that keeps you wishing it were better.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
What in the world went wrong with "Rented Lips?" (AMC Century 14.) Certainly no movie written by and starring Martin Mull and directed by Robert Downey should be this bad. It's a joke, right? No such luck. This film about inept movie makers botching up the movies they're making is so bollixed up itself--full of jokes that misfire, gags that drag and a plot that leaks out like methane gas--that you wonder whether the story behind the film is funnier than what we're watching.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Sometimes a few good visual conceits, some directorial pizazz and energy from the cast can make a dumb idea sing a little--and that's pretty much what happens in "Dudes" (selected theaters). It's an entertaining movie from a bad script. And it's good in only a limited sense, as a teen-age movie that might play terrifically well at a loosey-goosey grind-house or drive-in.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1986 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
"Guns cause pain. Opium eases pain," says Madonna, the bobby-soxed missionary of "Shanghai Surprise." That's the somewhat bewildering rationale for a lady of the cloth to be scouring Shanghai for a vast missing opium shipment. Presumably, she and her mission chums will use this cache to help the Chinese wounded in 1937 during the Japanese occupation of China.
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