October 19, 2007
If you like your gore straight up, no chaser, see 30 Days of Night. It's got a great idea to go with that grabby title: A band of vampires descends on Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States, just when the December sun is about to set and plunge it into monthlong night. Sam Raimi (director of The Evil Dead and Spider-Man movies) and his long-time film partner Rob Tapert co-produced this blood fest. Starting with the ice-blue-and-white Columbia Pictures "Lady Liberty" logo, it's seductive in its buildup but overall as subtle and, alas, as humorless as a hatchet to the brain.
August 24, 2007
Samuel L. Jackson gives a great lost-cause performance as a homeless former prizefighter with a tragic present and an elusive past in Resurrecting the Champ, a delayed-coming-of-age drama that otherwise throws a weak one-two combination as a sports film and a newspaper movie. Jackson creates a searing study in reverse nobility as a character with a battered, street-poetic presence and subtle powers of sympathy that come into play even when he appears to be a rogue. Unfortunately, Josh Hartnett is all prose as Erik Kernan, a sports reporter for The Denver Times who is frustrated on the job (he wishes he were covering the Broncos or the Nuggets)
September 16, 2006
Go See Half Nelson -- This is a portrait of the artist as a junior high history teacher and girls' basketball coach. He's also a coke addict. But the bond he shares with one of his student-players is a sign of life in a blighted urban landscape, and the performances of Ryan Gosling as the teacher and Shareeka Epps as the girl who befriends him will make you feel whole. Sun score: A-. The Black Dahlia -- Top cops Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett try to solve the instantly infamous case of a would-be starlet whose murder seemed to sum up the sick soul of post-World War II L.A. Director Brian De Palma imbues the imagery with an obsessive grandeur even as the narrative falls apart.
April 23, 2006
On April 20, 2006, ROBERTA MAGDALENE HARTNETT-HACKER, loving mother of Michael G. Hartnett, of Baltimore, MD, Patrick J. Hartnett, of Baltimore MD, Maureen Koppelman of Mineral, VA and Kathleen A. Rupert of Catonsville, MD.; devoted sister of Elise Yeakle of Towson, MD, and Cora Pencek of Aberdeen, MD, grandmother of 13 great-grandmother of 4. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Rd....
April 7, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin features lots of cool dialogue but doesn't provide much of a movie in which to showcase it. The result is likely to leave audiences feeling as though they've been taken for a ride. There are things to like about this movie - some good performances, enjoyable plot twists, unique (if a bit too quirky) characters - but hardly enough to leave one wanting more. By the time the credits roll, Lucky Number Slevin has worn out its welcome. The trouble starts early, with a way-too-self-consciously impenetrable opening in which Bruce Willis, in a wheelchair, rolls up to a guy and, unprompted, starts talking about something called a "Kansas City shuffle," a con artist's move in which the mark's attention is directed one way while the action's happening in the other.
March 7, 2005
On March 5, 2005 MILDRED E. HARTNETT (nee Imhoff) beloved wife of the late Maurice Hartnett, dear sister of G. Vaughan, also survived by many nieces, nephews and grand nieces. Relatives and friends are invited to call the Schimunek Funeral Home Inc., 9705 Belair Rd (Perry Hall) on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church of Fullerton on Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Parkwood Cemetery.