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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | November 27, 1991
Child psychologists are reportedly disturbed by the fact that Macaulay Culkin (''Home Alone'') plays a boy who dies in ''My Girl,'' a new film that opens here today.Their objections may be legitimate, but you might wonder if they have actually seen the film.It is a weeper. It is sad, but it is also very funny, very touching, very real. Yes, it's about death. Yes, the principal character, an 11-year-old girl, lives in a funeral home (her father is the owner), but the subject matter is handled with great tact.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
Anna Faris is happy making people laugh. Three years ago, the Baltimore native, who moved with her family to Seattle at age 5, was considering a biopic of adult film actress Linda Lovelace. With small parts in two acclaimed dramas under her belt ("Lost In Translation" and "Brokeback Mountain"), Faris was ready to give drama a try. But since then, Lindsay Lohan got attached to the project Faris was considering (she's no longer connected, with Malin Ackerman now the leading contender for the role)
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By Lou Cedrone | February 19, 1991
The advance word on ''Nothing But Trouble'' was that it was bad. The reports were totally accurate. The film is bad, truly bad. The only interesting things about it are the sets. The movie had to have cost a bundle, beginning with the salaries, and all of it went for nothing.The blame rests on Dan Aykroyd, who did the direction and wrote the script, one that is based on a story by Peter Aykroyd, Dan's brother, who must have been raised on the ''Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' movies.That's what the new film plays like, a comedy version of ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' films.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 10, 2003
LET'S GET this out of the way for the raw-meat and testosterone crowd that was waiting to see if any chairs were thrown in last night's 60 Minutes face-off between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. Nope, it was all very polite. There was no ranting and raving. There was no finger-pointing. Why, neither man so much as cut the other off in mid-sentence, never mind stalked off the set. Jerry Springer, this wasn't. Actually, the best word to describe what this was is ... boring. In fact, if this first revival of the old "Point/Counterpoint" debate between the ex-president and former Senate majority leader is any indication, we may need to hold a mirror under each man's nose to see if he's still breathing.
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By Nancy Spiller | July 31, 1992
THIS IS MY LIFEFox Video (1992)Rated PG-13Considering that "This Is My Life" is about a single mom who aspires to a career in stand-up comedy, that its script is written by the often amusing sisters, Nora and Delia Ephron, and that it is directed by Nora (in her directorial debut), "This Is My Life" is a surprisingly unfunny film.Sample joke: Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner) tells her two daughters that her agent, Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd), "grows on you." Now people, are we sure this woman makes her living as a stand-up comic?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 27, 1991
"My Girl's" got Macaulay Culkin and who could ask for anything more? Well, what about some believable characters? What about a sense of spontaneity instead of manipulation? What about a performance instead of a posture from Dan Aykroyd? What about less wacky zaniness from zany wacko Jamie Lee Curtis? And what about more Macaulay Culkin?In fact the deepest disappointment in this deeply disappointing film is that Culkin, whose vivid presence elevated "Home Alone" into the most successful comedy every made, is essentially a minor character.
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By William Arnold and William Arnold,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 29, 1996
If you are a fan of the classic 1950s television series "You'll Never Get Rich," you're likely to have a good time in the long-threatened big-screen version, "Sgt. Bilko" (the name the series took in syndication, and under which it is better known).More than "Maverick," "The Brady Bunch," "The Addams Family," or any of the many other movie versions of golden-age television series, this is the series: not so much a departure point as a tribute, painstakingly endeavoring to re-create the show's distinct style, every character of the cast, every beat of the premise.
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November 18, 1997
"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jamie has difficulty trusting Mabel's first baby-sitter (Lili Taylor), while waitress Ursula (Lisa Kudrow) can't determine what's different about Jamie. NBC."Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Treasures of the Sunken City" tells of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1375. Could its remains still be lying under the sea? PBS."NewsRadio" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 11, 1994
"My Girl 2"Starring Anna Chlumsky and Austin O'BrienDirected by Howard ZieffReleased by ColumbiaPG-rated... **A cynic has said that the secret to life is sincerity, and once you learn to fake that everything is easy. The problem with "My Girl 2" is it can't even fake sincerity.A sequel to the first film, in which Macauley Culkin A) got kissed and B) got killed, it returns the appealing Anna Chlumsky as Vada Sultenfuss, small-town teen-age girl with an open heart, bright eyes, a passionate if slightly callow mind, and enough decency to caulk the hull of the Arizona.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau | August 20, 1993
WASHINGTON -- On his 47th birthday, President Clinton arrived yesterday at Martha's Vineyard, a picturesque, high-tone island hangout with no McDonald's, precious few Bubbas -- but, thank goodness, not one, but two golf courses.The White House is advertising this as an 11-day stay, although one aide said yesterday that he doubts that Mr. Clinton, a notorious workaholic, will actually manage to stay put that long.Close friends say that in the past four years they can't remember the president's taking more than a long weekend without mixing a little politics.
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November 18, 1997
"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jamie has difficulty trusting Mabel's first baby-sitter (Lili Taylor), while waitress Ursula (Lisa Kudrow) can't determine what's different about Jamie. NBC."Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Treasures of the Sunken City" tells of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1375. Could its remains still be lying under the sea? PBS."NewsRadio" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11)
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 20, 1997
ASTORIA, N.Y. -- The name of the new hot club on Broadway is carved into a corrugated steel sign, which hangs above the potted palm trees and the blackboard advertising $4 margaritas and $3 frozen cappuccinos. Inside, bartender Nick Lion, ring firmly planted in left ear, turns on the stereo behind the bar (next to a relief of Medusa) and talks about the "very bombed-out, Gothic, Soho feel" of this place.Tuesday is gay night, and the weekends bring in Manhattan-thin women. "We've rolled out the welcome mat for anyone who is escaping Chelsea or the Village for something a little more Bohemian," Lion says.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 11, 1997
The key question concerning "Grosse Pointe Blank" isn't whether it's any good (it is) but whether anybody other than three critics, nine film students and its own creators will get it.This is one of those specialized deadpan-hip items, mining a narrow vein of macabre humor between the tasteless and the stupid; you either connect or you don't, and the connectors and the non-connectors will have very little to say to the other. They should probably not even be married to each other.Think of it as a comedy styling on Stallone's dolorous, ponderous "Assassins" or John Woo's "The Killer" as re-interpreted by John Waters.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 19, 1996
"Celtic Pride" is about men who know what's important in life: not careers, which they've blown, or families, which they've abandoned, or happiness, which eludes them forever. No, what's truly important is the success of 12 mercenary millionaires playing a game for sheer profit and shoe company commercials. Is this a great country or what?The movie, which makes some nifty points about the irrationality of passion devoted to professional athletics, is only semi-funny, however, and only semi-convincing.
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By William Arnold and William Arnold,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 29, 1996
If you are a fan of the classic 1950s television series "You'll Never Get Rich," you're likely to have a good time in the long-threatened big-screen version, "Sgt. Bilko" (the name the series took in syndication, and under which it is better known).More than "Maverick," "The Brady Bunch," "The Addams Family," or any of the many other movie versions of golden-age television series, this is the series: not so much a departure point as a tribute, painstakingly endeavoring to re-create the show's distinct style, every character of the cast, every beat of the premise.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 11, 1994
"My Girl 2"Starring Anna Chlumsky and Austin O'BrienDirected by Howard ZieffReleased by ColumbiaPG-rated... **A cynic has said that the secret to life is sincerity, and once you learn to fake that everything is easy. The problem with "My Girl 2" is it can't even fake sincerity.A sequel to the first film, in which Macauley Culkin A) got kissed and B) got killed, it returns the appealing Anna Chlumsky as Vada Sultenfuss, small-town teen-age girl with an open heart, bright eyes, a passionate if slightly callow mind, and enough decency to caulk the hull of the Arizona.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau | August 20, 1993
WASHINGTON -- On his 47th birthday, President Clinton arrived yesterday at Martha's Vineyard, a picturesque, high-tone island hangout with no McDonald's, precious few Bubbas -- but, thank goodness, not one, but two golf courses.The White House is advertising this as an 11-day stay, although one aide said yesterday that he doubts Mr. Clinton, a notorious workaholic, will actually manage to stay put that long.Close friends say that in the past four years they can't remember the president's taking more than a long weekend without mixing a little politics.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 19, 1996
"Celtic Pride" is about men who know what's important in life: not careers, which they've blown, or families, which they've abandoned, or happiness, which eludes them forever. No, what's truly important is the success of 12 mercenary millionaires playing a game for sheer profit and shoe company commercials. Is this a great country or what?The movie, which makes some nifty points about the irrationality of passion devoted to professional athletics, is only semi-funny, however, and only semi-convincing.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau | August 20, 1993
WASHINGTON -- On his 47th birthday, President Clinton arrived yesterday at Martha's Vineyard, a picturesque, high-tone island hangout with no McDonald's, precious few Bubbas -- but, thank goodness, not one, but two golf courses.The White House is advertising this as an 11-day stay, although one aide said yesterday that he doubts that Mr. Clinton, a notorious workaholic, will actually manage to stay put that long.Close friends say that in the past four years they can't remember the president's taking more than a long weekend without mixing a little politics.
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By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 20, 1993
CHAPLIN(Live, $94.98, rated PG-13) 1992First and foremost, Robert Downey Jr. does an incredible job of capturing the mannerisms, the speech and the physical appearance of Charlie Chaplin. His best-actor Academy Award nomination was richly deserved.And we're not talking about simply impersonating the Little Tramp character that was introduced to a new generation by an actor in the IBM commercials of the 1980s (though Downey is even so good with that aspect that viewers will not notice the difference between him and the actual film clips of Chaplin that are seamlessly interwoven)
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