Sunday, January 1 1995
Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito are doing that non-mating mating dance that buddy characters tend to do, with too much spastic energy and not nearly enough inspiration.
Waking the Dead opens with a television image. In 1974, young Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) is watching the news, when he sees that his girlfriend Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) has been killed in a car bomb explosion (reportedly engineered by 'terrorists,' that all-purpose contemporary cultural monster).
Thank god for Joan Cusack. As the sole truly cynical character in TV producer Matt (Roseanne, A Different World) Williams’s feature film directing debut,
Hey there. If you find yourself pushing on past middle age and wondering why all your potential has only gotten you just where you are and not one iota farther, then Curtis Hanson's new film Wonder Boys may be your sunset tonic.
All of these elements combine to create a contemporary fairy tale where the purpose is not only to invoke a nostalgia for the warmth and simplicity of childhood or perhaps the soothing powers of food, but also to address, however whimsically, sex and gender politics.
The Wisdom of Crocodiles begins with some breathtakingly handsome images. So striking and unusual, in fact, that it’s only toward the end of the
The Wedding Planner's many compromises between eras, between genres, between color palettes -- never really take you anywhere, except, perhaps, a place where everything has turned kind of beige.
“For the record, I’ll call myself Mr. Parker, and my associate will be Mr. Longbaugh.” By the time Parker (Ryan Phillippe) names himself, about
Soon enough, they're locked in an opposites-attract sort of love affair, translated to a few scenes in which she behaves wildly in public and he discovers wild sex. Who knew this wussy guy was such a tiger in the sack?">
You’d better look out your window, not too obviously, but very carefully. He may be watching you. He’s out there, always out there,
Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys is very much concerned with the boys its title declares (or, rather, with a certain sort of boyish behavior). More to the point, it actually seems to wonder, as we do and as the characters do, what is to be done with them.
You might be old enough to remember those heady years when local theaters played Friday the 13th triple features and there were occasional midnight screenings
Throughout Waking Life, the pictures rarely, if ever, stop moving, flowing, breathing -- attention has been paid to the animated environments, not just the characters in the foreground.
Penelope Cruz is as radiant a rising star as you're likely to see in this lifetime, sensuous and dewy-new-seeming.
WARNING: The following review contains spoilers. The Denominator of Denial The director of The Whole Nine Yards, Jonathan Lynn, used to specialize in delectable mayhem
Where the Money Is opens with two high school graduates played improbably by Linda Fiorentino and Dermot Mulroney cruising down a nighttime road in their
At the start of What Women Want, we learn the definition of a “man’s man.” This lesson comes first from the ex-wife of Nick
What’s Cooking? opens with a photograph of a white, All-American-looking family gathered around a Thanksgiving turkey. As the camera zooms out, we discover the
There are plenty of anxieties to go around here, most of them concerning what it means to be -- or at least behave like -- a man.
Considers the possible effects of transposing a 'natural' justice system onto human conflict.