It’s getting dark, and it’s almost time for dinner, and it’s Friday, and it’s Valentine’s Day. So put on these jazz tunes and be one with your libido.
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People Like Us is a conveyor belt romcom about a tough tomato with a kid to raise, calloused by life’s shin kicks and cynical with despair, who falls in love at last with the perfect guy she’s waited for her entire life, unaware that he’s really her brother. It sounds awful, but the big surprise is that in spite of its too-obvious directorial flaws, it has an emotional impact (for me, anyway) I can’t resist, reinforced by the guileless chemistry of a perfect cast and the genuine humanity in the script. In a summer overloaded with numbing junk movies masquerading as gum-chewing blockbusters, this is a rare feel-good treat that nudges the heartstrings and makes you feel optimistic about the human race.
Look, we don’t claim to understand how TV networks get the rights to movies–the Weather Channel’s movie series stymied us once and for all–but we will just note that BBC America, your go-to for classy Anglophile, is showing not The Queen, or whatever, but Batman Returns tonight. Perhaps the presence of the butler piqued the Read More
If you trek to the theaters this weekend, we hope you’re prepared to encounter hordes of killer robots (and teenage boys). Four movies hit the multiplex today, but all anyone will really care about come Monday morning is Transformers. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
A flop 6 years in the making, Rush Hour 3 was almost beaten out at the New York City box office this weekend by Bourne Ultimatum riding high on fantastic word of mouth.
The rest of the country, however, was not as wary. The movie did decent nationally, accruing $50 million at 3,778 theaters. Read More
Suit up and plunge: The 27th Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and diversity is the name of the game in a post-9/11 cinematic world. While New York struggles with loss and recovery, the Toronto festival-which was fatally disrupted during last year’s apocalyptic events-is putting its best foot forward to make everyone pause Read More
Welcome to deep winter,with its preponderance of icky hand lotion and pale, hungry freelance writers …. Tonight, they gather like so many plucky streetwalkers at the Roger Smith Hotel, where Featurewell.com , an electronic marketplace that syndicates articles by more than 500 “top” journalists (Featurewell.com’s definition of “top journalists” includes Ed Koch Read More
A Hitchcock Medley
This was supposed to be the hot one for summer. Big stars (Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer). Major big-time director (Robert Zemeckis). A plot so top-secret that even Ms. Pfeiffer, on the talk-show circuit, confessed she didn’t know the ending. One screening for critics–and if you were absent, forever hold your peace. Well, Read More
Pfeiffer Radiates, Even in Deep Grief
When Michelle Pfeiffer shows anguish, it is palpable. A beautiful
actress with warmth, grace and an ever increasing range that continually
amazes me, she is one of the motion picture industry’s unrewarded,
underrated treasures. In The Deep End of the Ocean , a meticulous and
heartfelt film of uncommon Read More