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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 21, 1991
"Mannequin Two: On the Move" isn't on the move at all; it's dead as a stump.A meek clone of a yet meeker original -- "Mannequin", starring Andrew McCarthy, the boney wimp who spritzed to some minor fame during "St. Elmo's Fire's" 15 minutes -- it features William Ragsdale in the McCarthy role. He's prettier but equally as insignificant. And just as boney.Kim Cattrall, so minor she made McCarthy look major, has been replaced by a cheerful blonde named Kristy Swanson, who looks exactly as you would imagine someone named "Kristy Swanson" to look.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 18, 1997
There's nothing wrong with "Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag" that three re-writes and a new director wouldn't have solved.A so-called black farce, it follows as Mafia meathead Joe Pesci tries to track down the duffel bag of the title, which has gotten mixed up on an airline flight to San Diego. By the physics of lazy screenwriting, it's come into the astonished possession of an amiable but otherwise unremarkable medical student named Charlie (Andy Comeau, and I don't know who he is either), who is spending his vacation with his girlfriend (Kristy Swanson)
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | June 7, 1996
Sorry, Phantom, but the purple suit has got to go. No amount of buff bod can make an audience take a superhero in bright purple seriously.And while we're at it, that script has got to go, too. Screenwriter Jeffrey Boam apparently studied the first two "Indiana Jones" movies so thoroughly -- so that he could write "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" -- that he's carried many of the motifs to "The Phantom."The result is not breathtaking excitement, but rather a stunning lack of originality.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1996
Do you really want to ask a woman to marry you in front of thousands of people? Apparently some people do; the proof is on ABC tonight."Seinfeld" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- George and Jerry first pitch their idea about a TV series about "nothing" to skeptical executives at NBC."Will You Marry Me? III" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This wacky special looks at the wacky lengths wacky people go to to propose marriage, like putting their wacky proposals on those wacky stadium scoreboards.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | May 21, 1991
This time, they got it right. ''Mannequin Two: On the Move'' is an improvement over the original film that appeared four years ago.The new film is nothing great, mind you. It's just a little movie that hopes to give us a laugh or two and make us feel good for having seen it. It does.The new film begins in medieval times, with a young prince hoping to elope with a beautiful peasant girl.He's smart. She's the prettiest thing around, but his mama, the queen, does not approve. Sounding like a Jewish mother, the queen mother tells the boy to forget the girl.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 4, 1994
Charlie Chaplin once said that the only truly cinematic subjects were fights and chases. But if he saw "The Chase," he might reconsider. He might even throw up.Let's skip the lecture on the dubious ethics of the premise -- another one of those criminal-as-victim jobs that looks with only mildly raised eyebrows at kidnapping, carjacking, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reckless endangerment and speeding -- and concentrate on the sheer stupidity of...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1996
Do you really want to ask a woman to marry you in front of thousands of people? Apparently some people do; the proof is on ABC tonight."Seinfeld" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- George and Jerry first pitch their idea about a TV series about "nothing" to skeptical executives at NBC."Will You Marry Me? III" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This wacky special looks at the wacky lengths wacky people go to to propose marriage, like putting their wacky proposals on those wacky stadium scoreboards.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 18, 1997
There's nothing wrong with "Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag" that three re-writes and a new director wouldn't have solved.A so-called black farce, it follows as Mafia meathead Joe Pesci tries to track down the duffel bag of the title, which has gotten mixed up on an airline flight to San Diego. By the physics of lazy screenwriting, it's come into the astonished possession of an amiable but otherwise unremarkable medical student named Charlie (Andy Comeau, and I don't know who he is either), who is spending his vacation with his girlfriend (Kristy Swanson)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 3, 1992
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is a title in search of a movie.But the film is, at least for an hour or so, so wondrously effervescent and its young star is such a complete charmer that it's hard to sit there without feeling those irritating pangs of warmth and pleasure that signify you are having a good time.Kristy Swanson plays Buffy of that cultural mecca of strip malls, doughnut shoppes and GAP stores called the San Fernando Valley. She is not just from the Valley or of the Valley, she is the Valley: She's the Valleygeist, beautiful, shallow, casually cruel, obscenely vacuous.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | July 31, 1992
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is a title in search of a movie.But the film is, at least for an hour or so, so wondrously effervescent and its young star is such a complete charmer that it's hard to sit there without feeling those irritating pangs of warmth and pleasure that signify you are having a good time.Kristy Swanson plays Buffy of that cultural mecca of strip malls, doughnut shoppes and GAP stores called the San Fernando Valley. She is not just from the Valley or of the Valley, she is the Valley: She's the Valleygeist, beautiful, shallow, casually cruel, obscenely vacuous.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | June 7, 1996
Sorry, Phantom, but the purple suit has got to go. No amount of buff bod can make an audience take a superhero in bright purple seriously.And while we're at it, that script has got to go, too. Screenwriter Jeffrey Boam apparently studied the first two "Indiana Jones" movies so thoroughly -- so that he could write "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" -- that he's carried many of the motifs to "The Phantom."The result is not breathtaking excitement, but rather a stunning lack of originality.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 4, 1994
Charlie Chaplin once said that the only truly cinematic subjects were fights and chases. But if he saw "The Chase," he might reconsider. He might even throw up.Let's skip the lecture on the dubious ethics of the premise -- another one of those criminal-as-victim jobs that looks with only mildly raised eyebrows at kidnapping, carjacking, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reckless endangerment and speeding -- and concentrate on the sheer stupidity of...
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | May 21, 1991
This time, they got it right. ''Mannequin Two: On the Move'' is an improvement over the original film that appeared four years ago.The new film is nothing great, mind you. It's just a little movie that hopes to give us a laugh or two and make us feel good for having seen it. It does.The new film begins in medieval times, with a young prince hoping to elope with a beautiful peasant girl.He's smart. She's the prettiest thing around, but his mama, the queen, does not approve. Sounding like a Jewish mother, the queen mother tells the boy to forget the girl.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 21, 1991
"Mannequin Two: On the Move" isn't on the move at all; it's dead as a stump.A meek clone of a yet meeker original -- "Mannequin", starring Andrew McCarthy, the boney wimp who spritzed to some minor fame during "St. Elmo's Fire's" 15 minutes -- it features William Ragsdale in the McCarthy role. He's prettier but equally as insignificant. And just as boney.Kim Cattrall, so minor she made McCarthy look major, has been replaced by a cheerful blonde named Kristy Swanson, who looks exactly as you would imagine someone named "Kristy Swanson" to look.
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By Judy Rousuck | August 1, 1992
'The Phantom Lady'THEATER The gutsy Bowman Ensemble has mounted a highly theatrical, witty rendition of Calderon de la Barca's 17th century swashbuckling romantic comedy, "The Phantom Lady." The title refers to a young widow, who, despite being kept under lock and key by her over-protective brothers, manages to fall in love with one of their guests. The Bowman Ensemble performs outdoors at McDonogh School in Owings Mills. Tonight's performance is a fund-raising gala. Tickets are $35. Regular performances continue tomorrow at the usual ticket price of $10. Curtain time both nights is 8. For more information, call (410)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | February 28, 2000
Network television has long been shameless in the way it imitated any show that was even a mild success. But now it looks like the networks are down to imitating failure. Steven Eckholdt starred last year in an ABC sitcom about four young adult friends in Los Angeles, "It's Like, You Know," which was mercifully canceled. Starting tonight, viewers can see Eckholdt in a CBS sitcom about four young adult friends in Miami, "Grapevine," which can't be canceled soon enough as far as I'm concerned.
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