February 3, 2006
Critic's Pick-- The Caped Crusader tries to beat The Joker (Jack Nicholson, above) to the punch line in Batman (8 p.m.-11 p.m., ABC Family).
January 11, 2008
The Bucket List is 98 minutes of mawkish sentiment, a stream of greeting-card moments made palatable only because they come out of the mouths of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Of course, a plumber's manual would sound interesting if recited by these two men; Nicholson would make it seem subversive, while Freeman would make it seem comforting. But in the end, it would still do nothing more than tell you how to fix a leaky pipe. So it is with this movie; even with all this Hollywood star power, it's still a series of "Happiness is ... " cliches and cuddly moments.
March 10, 2006
JOHN A. "Jake" JACOBSON, 58, Baltimore native son, died March 7, at his home in Los Angeles. John was the beloved son of Amelia R. Jacobson of Baltimore, brother of Lisa M. Jacobson of New York City, and husband of Anne Kurrasch Jacobson and father of Adam John Jacobson of Los Angeles. Jakes father was the late Lt. Col. Abraham Jacobson of the U.S. Army. Jake was a film and television producer and for several seasons worked on Barry Levinson's baltimore based NBC series "Homicide" : Life on the Street," and the CBS crime drama "The District.
August 18, 1997
Time to get out the fava beans.Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins star in one of the more worthy Oscar-winners of recent years, 1991's "Silence of the Lambs" (9 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., Lifetime). It became only the third film in history to win Best Actor, Actress, Picture and Director.Just about everything works in this film, but for a look at breakthrough greatness, watch Hopkins' performance as Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. Wanna know how good his low-key, insidious performance is? Think of someone like Jack Nicholson, at his full-bore looniest, playing the role.
December 13, 1996
Jack Nicholson as the president of the United States. Jack Nicholson as a Las Vegas hustler. Little green men who say "ack-ack," leer at Playboy centerfolds and turn the entire U.S. Congress to toast. Tom Jones as Tom Jones. Disembodied heads falling in love with each other. Songs by Slim Whitman."Mars Attacks!" has it all, and more. How could this movie not be a riot?Ask Tim Burton, who somehow has managed the impossible. Never has a movie so brimming with potential failed so utterly to deliver.
December 25, 1992
"Hoffa" appears made for the smallest of all possible audiences, America's shrinking population of big game hunters. And why big game hunters? Because they alone among us seem to like things that are both large and dead.The movie is a corpse. It's a fish that stinks from the head. They ought to bury it in the Jersey Meadowlands.It never begins to build a case that its hero, Teamsters boss and tough guy Jimmy Hoffa, is worthy of the time and money the film lavishes on him. It has no theory of his personality, it offers no coherent account of his life and times, it's not a revisionist screed arguing his innocence on pension fund fraud, and it can't begin to evoke the romantic idealism that caused working men to risk everything to build a union.