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April 2, 1994
A column in yesterday's editions of The Sun contained incorrect information about movie and television projects involving Alan Sereboff. Mr. Sereboff is associate producer of the film "In the Living Years." The column also incorrectly listed Mario Van Peebles as the star of the film. Mr. Sereboff also has agreed to co-produce a public service announcement for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.The Sun regrets the errors.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 26, 1997
If you are one of those viewers who believes that made-for-television movies are nothing but shopworn formula and that the major networks and cable channels never try anything new, you need to see "Riot," at 8 tomorrow night on Showtime."
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | March 8, 1991
WITH ''NEW Jack City,'' Mario Van Peebles lets the industry know that he is much more than a pretty face. Van Peebles, who directed and appears in the new film, proves that he can both act and direct and do both for the same movie.The film, opening here today, comes close to comic book time and time again, but just as often, it remains in check. The plot may seem a bit fanciful, but it easy enough to read all this as truth, the kind we get from the newspapers.Van Peebles, heretofore known primarily as an actor (''Heartbreak Ridge'')
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 23, 1996
In "Solo," the Terminator joins the Magnificent Seven.A movie so purloined from other movies it has almost no single moment of original life, this odd hybrid follows as an experimental super android infantryman joins forces with a guerrilla-besieged Central American village and, faster than you can say "Yul Brynner," has the villagers outfighting the boys with the AK-47s and the Che T-shirts.Mario Van Peebles is the best thing in the picture as the title character. With his head shaven (nice conceit: When the android is given a choice of faces during construction, he picks Michael Jordan's)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 4, 1994
In "Gunmen," the machine guns have all the best lines. The automatic pistols should sue, the sawed-off shotguns need a new agent, and the one poor pitiful little revolver is so overwhelmed it seems like a victim of society.As for the actors, they hardly register amid the hardware.This is an oafish, overwrought mock Italian western updated to South America, where the endless fighting centers not on gold or cattle but the profits from cocaine and heroin. It's full of immense close-ups of men with dirty, oily faces and messy hair, and music that sounds like an accordion and a trombone thrown down the stairs.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | August 23, 1996
In "Solo," the Terminator joins the Magnificent Seven.A movie so purloined from other movies it has almost no single moment of original life, this odd hybrid follows as an experimental super android infantryman joins forces with a guerrilla-besieged Central American village and, faster than you can say "Yul Brynner," has the villagers outfighting the boys with the AK-47s and the Che T-shirts.Mario Van Peebles is the best thing in the picture as the title character. With his head shaven (nice conceit: When the android is given a choice of faces during construction, he picks Michael Jordan's)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | April 26, 1997
If you are one of those viewers who believes that made-for-television movies are nothing but shopworn formula and that the major networks and cable channels never try anything new, you need to see "Riot," at 8 tomorrow night on Showtime."
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By GARLAND L. THOMPSON | April 4, 1992
Despite the hopes of some observers, ''Boyz N the Hood'' was bypassed at the Oscars. ''Silence of the Lambs'' swept up the gold. It had already swept a lot more at the box office, which brings up a question:Where were all those folks who beat up on Spike Lee, Warrington Hudlin and Mario Van Peebles over the violence and abusive relationships in their movies when young black Americans were lining up to see ''Silence''?Anthony Hopkins created a surpassingly evil Hannibal Lecter, and he justly won Best Actor.
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By WILEY A. HALL | May 9, 1995
Reluctantly -- and after much soul-searching -- I took my two boys to see "Panther," Melvin and Mario Van Peebles' fictionalized account of the birth of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966.The movie has whipped up a storm of controversy since it opened last Wednesday, in part because it portrays the Panthers as idealistic young heroes, while police in Oakland, Calif. and the FBI are shown as murderous thugs."So, what'd you think?" I asked after the movie."It was great," said the 10-year-old.
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By Dennis McDougal and Dennis McDougal,Los Angeles Times | April 2, 1991
HOLLYWOOD Tears will flow, hearts will rend and noses will sniffle all over America tonight as CBS airs the made-for-TV movie "Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story."The title notwithstanding, it will only be a small, somewhat fictive slice of the real Ricky Bell story. (It will be on Channel 11-WBAL at 9 p.m.)"We weren't doing the complete Ricky Bell story," said screenwriter Jeff Andrus, who spent a month last year researching the former USC football hero's life and tragic early death.
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By WILEY A. HALL | May 9, 1995
Reluctantly -- and after much soul-searching -- I took my two boys to see "Panther," Melvin and Mario Van Peebles' fictionalized account of the birth of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966.The movie has whipped up a storm of controversy since it opened last Wednesday, in part because it portrays the Panthers as idealistic young heroes, while police in Oakland, Calif. and the FBI are shown as murderous thugs."So, what'd you think?" I asked after the movie."It was great," said the 10-year-old.
NEWS
April 2, 1994
A column in yesterday's editions of The Sun contained incorrect information about movie and television projects involving Alan Sereboff. Mr. Sereboff is associate producer of the film "In the Living Years." The column also incorrectly listed Mario Van Peebles as the star of the film. Mr. Sereboff also has agreed to co-produce a public service announcement for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.The Sun regrets the errors.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 4, 1994
In "Gunmen," the machine guns have all the best lines. The automatic pistols should sue, the sawed-off shotguns need a new agent, and the one poor pitiful little revolver is so overwhelmed it seems like a victim of society.As for the actors, they hardly register amid the hardware.This is an oafish, overwrought mock Italian western updated to South America, where the endless fighting centers not on gold or cattle but the profits from cocaine and heroin. It's full of immense close-ups of men with dirty, oily faces and messy hair, and music that sounds like an accordion and a trombone thrown down the stairs.
NEWS
By GARLAND L. THOMPSON | April 4, 1992
Despite the hopes of some observers, ''Boyz N the Hood'' was bypassed at the Oscars. ''Silence of the Lambs'' swept up the gold. It had already swept a lot more at the box office, which brings up a question:Where were all those folks who beat up on Spike Lee, Warrington Hudlin and Mario Van Peebles over the violence and abusive relationships in their movies when young black Americans were lining up to see ''Silence''?Anthony Hopkins created a surpassingly evil Hannibal Lecter, and he justly won Best Actor.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | March 8, 1991
WITH ''NEW Jack City,'' Mario Van Peebles lets the industry know that he is much more than a pretty face. Van Peebles, who directed and appears in the new film, proves that he can both act and direct and do both for the same movie.The film, opening here today, comes close to comic book time and time again, but just as often, it remains in check. The plot may seem a bit fanciful, but it easy enough to read all this as truth, the kind we get from the newspapers.Van Peebles, heretofore known primarily as an actor (''Heartbreak Ridge'')
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 28, 1995
I'm a little late and it's already started and I'm thinking: Hey, they've really upgraded. Glorious photography of the Scottish hills. A huge cast representing the medieval armies of England and Scotland, sheathed in acres of clanking chain mail and carrying enough assault swords to start a revolution, or stop one. goodness, they've even replaced squirrelly little Christopher Lambert with . . . Mel Gibson?Hmmmm. How come I didn't read about this in Premiere?Of course, I'd bumbled into a preview of the beautiful-looking "Braveheart," Gibson's summer film about the English conquest of Scotland.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 8, 1991
"New Jack City" is like an update of a famous Gershwin opera into "Porgy and Uzi."It's about a culture with plenty o' nothing: nothing, that is, except crack and cruelty, guns and machismo, doom and hopelessness. Yet the miracle of the movie is that this landscape of human wreckage is re-created with a kind of folkloric and compulsively watchable brio.Substitute "York" for "Jack" in the title, and you know where the film is set -- in that free-fire zone of the Bronx that looks as if the 24th Mechanized Infantry has just helled through on wheels on the road to Kuwait.
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