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By Soren Andersen and Soren Andersen,McClatchy News Service | June 2, 1995
Matthew Modine has gone to the dogs. And no, I'm not talking about the fact that his last movie, "Bye Bye, Love," was a box-office bowser, skedaddling out of the theaters faster than a mutt with a Chevy to chase.I mean he's really a dog in "Fluke." Four paws, shaggy coat, wet nose, mouth full of sharp teeth and dog breath.Matt's life as a dog begins when his character's speeding car goes airborne and fetches up, grille-first, against a nice sturdy tree. Blackout. When he comes to, he's no longer a stressed-out yuppie but a cute little puppy named Fluke.
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By Soren Andersen and Soren Andersen,McClatchy News Service | June 2, 1995
Matthew Modine has gone to the dogs. And no, I'm not talking about the fact that his last movie, "Bye Bye, Love," was a box-office bowser, skedaddling out of the theaters faster than a mutt with a Chevy to chase.I mean he's really a dog in "Fluke." Four paws, shaggy coat, wet nose, mouth full of sharp teeth and dog breath.Matt's life as a dog begins when his character's speeding car goes airborne and fetches up, grille-first, against a nice sturdy tree. Blackout. When he comes to, he's no longer a stressed-out yuppie but a cute little puppy named Fluke.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 11, 1990
*''Memphis Belle'' A World War II film in which a B-17 crew hopes so survive its 25th mission. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz are in the cast.*''Mr. Destiny''James Belushi is a young man who believes his life would be much better had he hit that baseball, years before, in the high school championship game. A stranger (Michael Caine) shows him how life would have been if he had.* 'Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' Winona Ryder is Dinky Rosetti, a teen-ager who hopes to follow in the steps of the local girl who made good.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 17, 1995
Bye bye "Bye Bye, Love," I think you're going to die.Not so much a movie as three bad sitcom pilots in search of a network contract (Fox to "Bye Bye, Love": Drop Dead), the new "divorced dads" film crams farce, hi-jinx, dates from hell, burned casseroles, bald emotion and bad writing into a very long couple of hours. It even has time for commercials: It's mostly set at a McDonald's and those wonderful McDonaldland products are strewn throughout. In fact, if anyone here gets an Oscar nomination, it'll be . . . Ronald McDonald!
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 17, 1995
Bye bye "Bye Bye, Love," I think you're going to die.Not so much a movie as three bad sitcom pilots in search of a network contract (Fox to "Bye Bye, Love": Drop Dead), the new "divorced dads" film crams farce, hi-jinx, dates from hell, burned casseroles, bald emotion and bad writing into a very long couple of hours. It even has time for commercials: It's mostly set at a McDonald's and those wonderful McDonaldland products are strewn throughout. In fact, if anyone here gets an Oscar nomination, it'll be . . . Ronald McDonald!
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | September 11, 1992
At last, a new wrinkle. "Wind" isn't a "Hey, kids, let's put on a show movie," it's a "Hey, kids, let's build a $4 million, world-class 12-meter racing yacht" movie, with Matthew Modine in the Mickey Rooney part and Jennifer Grey as Judy Garland.Every bit as preposterous as I have just made it sound, the movie squanders the fresh and previously unexamined world of ocean racing by burying it under a ballast of formula and bombast. In fact, in one sequence, the American boat Geronimo lies in becalmed waters, desperate for the stuff of the title.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 28, 1990
It takes too long for the victim to turn on the aggressor in ''Pacific Heights,'' and consequently the film, one that could have been most satisfactory, is only partly so.Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine are the young couple who buy a house in San Francisco for some $700,000. They can't afford it, but they think they'll be able to make the monthly payments if they rent out two apartments.A nice Asian couple moves into one. A psychopath moves into the other. Played by Michael Keaton, he is seemingly nice, but any fool could see through him. In defense of the landlords, they do see through him, but the guy is just a little too crafty for them.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 26, 1993
Alan Rudolph is one of those directors who can only do his own films. A couple of years back, he hired out to do "Mortal Thoughts" for star-producer Demi Moore and it was a catastrophe. Even further back, in 1982, he did a thriller called "Endangered But give the guy his own head and watch out.Fortunately, this is the case with "Equinox," his latest, which opens today for a week at the Charles. It is a strange and beautiful movie, dreamy and violent at once, but most passionately and completely a movie, by someone who really wants to make movies and not money.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 12, 1990
THE PEOPLE who produced ''Memphis Belle'' showed courage of a special kind. The idea that someone might dare, today, to do a film about a World War II bomber crew seems incredibly risky. After all, we have all those old war films showing on television. What can the producers of ''Memphis Belle'' do that hasn't been done before, many times over?Well, they could make an exceptional film, and they have. ''Memphis Belle'' plays a little like the old World War II movies but with a difference. Yes, the final mission plays like so many similar missions in so many similar films, but because today's movie makers are allowed more freedom, these airmen speak a language that was alien to the World War II war movies.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1990
THE FALL CALENDAR of films reveals one thing. No one genre seems to dominate. There seems to be something for all, romance, violence, comedy, action, adventure and, of course, the Mafia. What would the season, any season, be without a few films about the Mafia?One such film opens Friday. It is Martin Scorsese's ''GoodFellas,'' a movie based on the book ''Wiseguy'' by Nick Pileggi. Ray Liotta is the young man who dreams of being a member of the mob, and Robert De Niro is the mob chieftain he serves.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 5, 1995
Hmm, this must be a first. A good portion of the spring's prestige movies are based on . . . Sean Connery's tattoo.Absurd, but true. Connery, it is famously known, wears a faded blue stencil on a forearm that reads "Scotland Forever," meaning forever until the taxes got too high, which is why he now resides in Marbella, Spain.But as it turns out, two of the biggest pictures of the spring appear to be illustrated versions of "Scotland Forever" -- one the old swashbuckler "Rob Roy," remade with Liam Neeson, and the other set in a slightly more medieval time frame, Mel Gibson's "Braveheart," about the coming of the English to Scotland in the first place.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 26, 1993
Alan Rudolph is one of those directors who can only do his own films. A couple of years back, he hired out to do "Mortal Thoughts" for star-producer Demi Moore and it was a catastrophe. Even further back, in 1982, he did a thriller called "Endangered But give the guy his own head and watch out.Fortunately, this is the case with "Equinox," his latest, which opens today for a week at the Charles. It is a strange and beautiful movie, dreamy and violent at once, but most passionately and completely a movie, by someone who really wants to make movies and not money.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | September 11, 1992
At last, a new wrinkle. "Wind" isn't a "Hey, kids, let's put on a show movie," it's a "Hey, kids, let's build a $4 million, world-class 12-meter racing yacht" movie, with Matthew Modine in the Mickey Rooney part and Jennifer Grey as Judy Garland.Every bit as preposterous as I have just made it sound, the movie squanders the fresh and previously unexamined world of ocean racing by burying it under a ballast of formula and bombast. In fact, in one sequence, the American boat Geronimo lies in becalmed waters, desperate for the stuff of the title.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 12, 1990
THE PEOPLE who produced ''Memphis Belle'' showed courage of a special kind. The idea that someone might dare, today, to do a film about a World War II bomber crew seems incredibly risky. After all, we have all those old war films showing on television. What can the producers of ''Memphis Belle'' do that hasn't been done before, many times over?Well, they could make an exceptional film, and they have. ''Memphis Belle'' plays a little like the old World War II movies but with a difference. Yes, the final mission plays like so many similar missions in so many similar films, but because today's movie makers are allowed more freedom, these airmen speak a language that was alien to the World War II war movies.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 11, 1990
*''Memphis Belle'' A World War II film in which a B-17 crew hopes so survive its 25th mission. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz are in the cast.*''Mr. Destiny''James Belushi is a young man who believes his life would be much better had he hit that baseball, years before, in the high school championship game. A stranger (Michael Caine) shows him how life would have been if he had.* 'Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' Winona Ryder is Dinky Rosetti, a teen-ager who hopes to follow in the steps of the local girl who made good.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 28, 1990
It takes too long for the victim to turn on the aggressor in ''Pacific Heights,'' and consequently the film, one that could have been most satisfactory, is only partly so.Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine are the young couple who buy a house in San Francisco for some $700,000. They can't afford it, but they think they'll be able to make the monthly payments if they rent out two apartments.A nice Asian couple moves into one. A psychopath moves into the other. Played by Michael Keaton, he is seemingly nice, but any fool could see through him. In defense of the landlords, they do see through him, but the guy is just a little too crafty for them.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | March 5, 1995
Hmm, this must be a first. A good portion of the spring's prestige movies are based on . . . Sean Connery's tattoo.Absurd, but true. Connery, it is famously known, wears a faded blue stencil on a forearm that reads "Scotland Forever," meaning forever until the taxes got too high, which is why he now resides in Marbella, Spain.But as it turns out, two of the biggest pictures of the spring appear to be illustrated versions of "Scotland Forever" -- one the old swashbuckler "Rob Roy," remade with Liam Neeson, and the other set in a slightly more medieval time frame, Mel Gibson's "Braveheart," about the coming of the English to Scotland in the first place.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1990
THE FALL CALENDAR of films reveals one thing. No one genre seems to dominate. There seems to be something for all, romance, violence, comedy, action, adventure and, of course, the Mafia. What would the season, any season, be without a few films about the Mafia?One such film opens Friday. It is Martin Scorsese's ''GoodFellas,'' a movie based on the book ''Wiseguy'' by Nick Pileggi. Ray Liotta is the young man who dreams of being a member of the mob, and Robert De Niro is the mob chieftain he serves.
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