Articles tagged barry levinson

‘What Just Happened?’ Nothing Worth Watching!

Hollywood hates poking fun at itself. While it’s handled its fair share of good natured cinematic ribbing, once we get to the seething scalding

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Director brings some of his own industry experiences to ‘What Just Happened?’

Veteran filmmaker Barry Levinson (who gave us “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Rain Man” as well as the sci-fi botch “Sphere” and the Ben Stiller-Jack Black

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20 Oct 2008 // 2:37 AM

What Just Happened

Less an expose than a recap of what even casual observers of the industry know or intuit, What Just Happened relies on clichés even as it deplores them.

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17 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Natural (1984)

What could have been a magnificent comment on this patriotic pastime unfortunately turns in to an emotionally manipulative barrage of iconic imagery.

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13 Oct 2006 // 4:30 AM

Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Season 5

It frequently expanded cop-show boundaries, occasionally gave in to suits in search or ratings, and most often, surprised fans and detractors alike.

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Homicide Life on the Street: The Complete Season 4

Unlike most TV fare, especially cop shows, Homicide concerns itself with details and asides that don't always come together into thematic wholes.

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29 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Envy (2004)

Scheduled to open a year ago, Envy is as dopey, uninventive, and smug as you'd expect from a movie that's 'all from shit'.

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Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Third Season

Homicide's third season focuses increasingly on tensions among the detectives, as they endure increasingly personal devastations, over more linear storylines and more sensational murder mysteries.

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Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2

Homicide lays out an utterly compelling and occasionally oblique anti-cop-show premise.

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Oz

10 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

Oz

No other fiction show has offered such a frighteningly realistic look inside our nation's prisons or so openly debated their moral and social obligations.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Liberty Heights (1999)

This sign, set outside a suburban Baltimore country club in 1954, appears early in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights, establishing at once the irony of its title (the name of a suburban Jewish neighborhood where its protagonists reside) and the film's focus on the insidious workings of prejudice, ranging from conspicuous to subtle.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

An Everlasting Piece (2000)

Just in case there is an audience member who hasn't seen the news since, like, 1970, the film uses this conversation and some supposedly comic comparisons between the Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods to illustrate Colm's inferior position in society (and by extension, the position of Belfast's Catholics generally).

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Bandits (2001)

Though it looks like it might have been fun to make, 'Bandits' never becomes subversive or screwball.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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