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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1999
Ellie Nesler's story is as compelling as they come. Too bad the makers of "Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story" don't evince any faith in it.Nesler is the Sonora, Calif., mother who, during a court proceeding in 1993, shot and killed the camp counselor charged with sodomizing her son. Put on trial for first-degree murder, she became a combination celebrity/folk hero, praised by many for ensuring a child molester would never molest again.Obviously, this is a story with all the elements needed for compelling drama.
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By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,Special to the Sun | January 21, 2001
ARK CITY, Utah -- The shadow of a labor war. The skewering of "Survivor." And the growth of Drew. If any one theme has emerged in the early going of the Sundance Film Festival, it's that there's no central theme at all. Every year, pundits stretch for a common thread, a punchy sound bite: The Year of the Tarantino Knockoffs. The Parker Posey Festival. Not this time. Independent film is meant to avoid compartmentalization anyway, right? Those who still yearn for a single story line will have to content themselves with several: n Despite the grousing about the big studios' imposing presence, Sundance remains a haven for grass-roots filmmakers.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 24, 1990
YOU SHOULD know, before you consider seeing ''Funny About Love,'' that this is a drama with more than a -- of comedy. The presence of Gene Wilder in the cast might lead you to believe that it's all comedy.In large part, it is an interesting, diverting film. The opening scenes are quite good. In these, a cartoonist, played by Wilder, meets a caterer, played by Christine Lahti.It's always reassuring to know that Lahti is in the cast of any film. But there are some troublesome scenes early in the movie that she and Wilder must go through before we get to the better part of the movie.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1999
Ellie Nesler's story is as compelling as they come. Too bad the makers of "Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story" don't evince any faith in it.Nesler is the Sonora, Calif., mother who, during a court proceeding in 1993, shot and killed the camp counselor charged with sodomizing her son. Put on trial for first-degree murder, she became a combination celebrity/folk hero, praised by many for ensuring a child molester would never molest again.Obviously, this is a story with all the elements needed for compelling drama.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 24, 1990
If I didn't know better, I'd suspect some crusty big Republican money was in "Funny About Love." It's that dirty a trick -- but I don't think the Republicans are clever enough anymore.It's about a liberal icon, a prize-winning political cartoonist, the conscience of his generation, as played by Gene Wilder. He's sensitive, gutty, forthright, enviro-correct, caring, nurturing, decent, honest. He's Herblock with sex appeal and a wardrobe. At least the movie thinks he is.But in fact it turns the whole proud cavalcade of liberalism on its back to die twitching in the sun, as well as depicting "male sensitivity" at such a sanctimonious, hypocritical pitch that it makes you want to beat a child.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 4, 1995
"Hideaway" is a stupendously overactive horror thriller that only begins to work because of a stupendously underactive performance by Jeff Goldblum.Has there every been a stranger movie presence than Goldblum? Huge, olive-skinned and almost eerily still, yet at the same time weirdly intense, he always rivets attention with his odd line readings, his endlessly draped body and his deadpan-screwball sense of humor. He seems not amused but bemused, usually a subversive delight who deflates rather than amplifies the meaning of the movie.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1996
What? No more Olympics? Medals? Tiny gymnasts? Speedy racers? Get over it."Battlefield" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The Battle of the Rhine, the World War II conflict in which the Allied forces liberated Nazi-held countries and captured Berlin, is chronicled, as are D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. PBS."Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This is what happens when single people buy food at warehouses. They end up like Kramer, who has so many cans of Beeferino that he feeds some of it to a horse, with disastrous results.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1996
King Kong and Godzilla, together in one movie? Man, talk about star power. Check out Sci-Fi tonight."Almost Perfect" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Kim (Nancy Travis) leaves Gary (Chip Zien) in charge of the set with explosive results that come at just the wrong time. A repeat of one of the series' funniest episodes. CBS."MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- MacGyver makes like Indiana Jones in a quest for lost booty from the lost city. ABC."Awake to Danger" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1997
One of TV's greats gets a whole week of prime-time air time, thanks to Nick at Nite."Spy Game" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Our Emma Peel and Jonathan Steed wannabes have to stop an android on a mission to kill the president of Russia. ABC."Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard appears briefly as Ray tries to convince his wife that she's not as normal and boring as she thinks. CBS."Lies He Told" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,Special to the Sun | January 21, 2001
ARK CITY, Utah -- The shadow of a labor war. The skewering of "Survivor." And the growth of Drew. If any one theme has emerged in the early going of the Sundance Film Festival, it's that there's no central theme at all. Every year, pundits stretch for a common thread, a punchy sound bite: The Year of the Tarantino Knockoffs. The Parker Posey Festival. Not this time. Independent film is meant to avoid compartmentalization anyway, right? Those who still yearn for a single story line will have to content themselves with several: n Despite the grousing about the big studios' imposing presence, Sundance remains a haven for grass-roots filmmakers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1997
One of TV's greats gets a whole week of prime-time air time, thanks to Nick at Nite."Spy Game" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Our Emma Peel and Jonathan Steed wannabes have to stop an android on a mission to kill the president of Russia. ABC."Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard appears briefly as Ray tries to convince his wife that she's not as normal and boring as she thinks. CBS."Lies He Told" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1996
What? No more Olympics? Medals? Tiny gymnasts? Speedy racers? Get over it."Battlefield" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The Battle of the Rhine, the World War II conflict in which the Allied forces liberated Nazi-held countries and captured Berlin, is chronicled, as are D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. PBS."Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This is what happens when single people buy food at warehouses. They end up like Kramer, who has so many cans of Beeferino that he feeds some of it to a horse, with disastrous results.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1996
King Kong and Godzilla, together in one movie? Man, talk about star power. Check out Sci-Fi tonight."Almost Perfect" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Kim (Nancy Travis) leaves Gary (Chip Zien) in charge of the set with explosive results that come at just the wrong time. A repeat of one of the series' funniest episodes. CBS."MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- MacGyver makes like Indiana Jones in a quest for lost booty from the lost city. ABC."Awake to Danger" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 4, 1995
"Hideaway" is a stupendously overactive horror thriller that only begins to work because of a stupendously underactive performance by Jeff Goldblum.Has there every been a stranger movie presence than Goldblum? Huge, olive-skinned and almost eerily still, yet at the same time weirdly intense, he always rivets attention with his odd line readings, his endlessly draped body and his deadpan-screwball sense of humor. He seems not amused but bemused, usually a subversive delight who deflates rather than amplifies the meaning of the movie.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 24, 1990
If I didn't know better, I'd suspect some crusty big Republican money was in "Funny About Love." It's that dirty a trick -- but I don't think the Republicans are clever enough anymore.It's about a liberal icon, a prize-winning political cartoonist, the conscience of his generation, as played by Gene Wilder. He's sensitive, gutty, forthright, enviro-correct, caring, nurturing, decent, honest. He's Herblock with sex appeal and a wardrobe. At least the movie thinks he is.But in fact it turns the whole proud cavalcade of liberalism on its back to die twitching in the sun, as well as depicting "male sensitivity" at such a sanctimonious, hypocritical pitch that it makes you want to beat a child.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 24, 1990
YOU SHOULD know, before you consider seeing ''Funny About Love,'' that this is a drama with more than a -- of comedy. The presence of Gene Wilder in the cast might lead you to believe that it's all comedy.In large part, it is an interesting, diverting film. The opening scenes are quite good. In these, a cartoonist, played by Wilder, meets a caterer, played by Christine Lahti.It's always reassuring to know that Lahti is in the cast of any film. But there are some troublesome scenes early in the movie that she and Wilder must go through before we get to the better part of the movie.
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By Lou Cedrone | August 15, 1991
* ''The Doctor'' A surgeon who treats his patients with indifference learns what it is to be on the other side of the stethoscope when he suffers from a life-threatening cancer. William Hurt and Christine Lahti star.* ''Mystery Date'' 10,10 A comedy mystery starring Ethan Hawke as a young man who is mistaken for his brother by people who want something from the other brother.* ''Talkin' Dirty After Dark'' Duke's Comedy Club in Watts, Los Angeles, attracts assorted characters, many of them stand-up comics.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 20, 1990
* ''Funny About Love'' Gene Wilder is a cartoonist who falls in love with a caterer, divorces her then tries to win her back. Christine Lahti co-stars. A drama with comedy.* ''GoodFellas'' Martin Scorsese's film version of Nicholas Pileggi's ''Wiseguy'' is the story of a boy who dreamed of being part of the mob and saw that dream come true. A drama with comedy. Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta star.* ''Narrow Margin'' Gene Hackman is a district attorney who has to protect a federal witness from professional killers.
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