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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 16, 2007
The movie version of Love in the Time of Cholera doesn't have the drive or the dynamism to be an artistic nightmare. It's more like a dead dream, the kind that leaves nothing more behind in the light of day than a sickly cloud. The director, Mike Newell, and the screenwriter, Ronald Harwood, have taken novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez's sustained flight of grand passion and analyzed the swooping life right out of it. They've thought their way into an adaptation that needed to be intuitive and "felt," like Marquez's mighty marvel of a book.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 16, 2007
The movie version of Love in the Time of Cholera doesn't have the drive or the dynamism to be an artistic nightmare. It's more like a dead dream, the kind that leaves nothing more behind in the light of day than a sickly cloud. The director, Mike Newell, and the screenwriter, Ronald Harwood, have taken novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez's sustained flight of grand passion and analyzed the swooping life right out of it. They've thought their way into an adaptation that needed to be intuitive and "felt," like Marquez's mighty marvel of a book.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 19, 2003
Can we just accept it as a given that good teachers are even more inspiring than they are informative? Do we need a movie about every man or woman who ever opened young people's eyes to possibilities outside their normal realm of experience? Mona Lisa Smile stars Julia Roberts as just such an inspiring classroom presence, a free-spirited, West Coast art-history instructor who hits 1950s-era Wellesley College like a bomb blast about 20 years ahead of her time. She's beautiful and she's smart and she wants her girls to be all she thinks they can be, and woe to any man or institution that gets in her way. As the movie would have it, she was about as welcome at Wellesley in 1953 as a case of the plague, and just about as subtle.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 23, 2007
Fifteen years ago, George Lucas employed cutting-edge digital technology and a stunning array of European talents (including directors like Harry Potter IV's Mike Newell) to pour his consuming interests in history and anthropology into ripping yarns that echo classic movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Bunch. The result was The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, a TV series that lit up the small screen from 1992 to 1994. Today marks the DVD debut of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, a vivid and imaginative package that surrounds the original episodes with supplements that deepen the resonance and expand the dimensions of the show.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 6, 1995
Guaranteed literal dialogue from "An Awfully Big Adventure":"Eh? Hos gwinne dwan, mite?""Euwww, noffinx. Me dwags dwan't gribe, effo."That's because the movie is in real English -- the English of the British Isles -- rather than in that fictitious, bell-clear movie language known as Middle-Atlantic, constructed to be intelligible the colonies.Thus "An Awfully Big Adventure" seems to play as if through a fog, about a third of it knowable, the rest merely to be taken on faith. It may be too much.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | September 17, 1993
"Into the West"Starring Gabriel ByrneDirected by Mike NewellReleased by MiramaxRated PG** 1/2You are forgiven if you think the "West" of "Into the . . ." lies somewhere on the nether shore of the Red River as it trickles through far Texas horse country. But no. The "West" we're talking about is the west of Ireland, and it's surprising that that tiny island country is big enough to accommodate such a geographical concept as "the west" .But the West is also metaphorical: the West in the movie is the same as the West in American movies, at least imaginatively -- it's the West of freedom and opportunity and escape from oppression, all themes in the Mike Newell film.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 21, 1992
'Enchanted April'Starring Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson.Directed by Mike Newell.Released by Miramax.Unrated.*** 1/2What would the English do without Italy? They might go ahead and get married, but they'd probably never have sex.And, in fact, Italy as incubator of the libido for the frosty bourgeois druids of the drizzly isle is a theme made most famous by E. M. Forster, but also used by lesser writers, notably Elizabeth von Arnim, who wrote her novel "Enchanted April" in 1921 in a castle overlooking the Mediterranean.
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By Caryn James and Caryn James,New York Times News Service | January 26, 1994
"Success is a tricky mistress," Robert Redford said. "It's nice to have, but it's a tricky thing to embrace."He ought to know.Though he was talking about the Sundance Film Festival, the festival's problems are the kinds that usually nag at movie stars: How to survive the pressures of fame? How to avoid being typecast?Sponsored by Mr. Redford's Sundance Institute and devoted to independent films, this is the pop icon among American festivals. Every January, filmmakers -- and the agents and distributors who lust after them -- must show up in Park City, Utah, or the industry will wonder what's wrong with their careers.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 23, 2007
Fifteen years ago, George Lucas employed cutting-edge digital technology and a stunning array of European talents (including directors like Harry Potter IV's Mike Newell) to pour his consuming interests in history and anthropology into ripping yarns that echo classic movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Bunch. The result was The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, a TV series that lit up the small screen from 1992 to 1994. Today marks the DVD debut of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, a vivid and imaginative package that surrounds the original episodes with supplements that deepen the resonance and expand the dimensions of the show.
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May 3, 1993
BaseballCleveland Indians -- Placed C Sandy Alomar on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 1. Recalled C Jesse Levis from Triple-A Charlotte.CollegesLamar -- Announced that basketball coach Mike Newell had resigned.FootballPhiladelphia Eagles -- Signed DT Leonard Renfro to three one-year contracts.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 19, 2003
Can we just accept it as a given that good teachers are even more inspiring than they are informative? Do we need a movie about every man or woman who ever opened young people's eyes to possibilities outside their normal realm of experience? Mona Lisa Smile stars Julia Roberts as just such an inspiring classroom presence, a free-spirited, West Coast art-history instructor who hits 1950s-era Wellesley College like a bomb blast about 20 years ahead of her time. She's beautiful and she's smart and she wants her girls to be all she thinks they can be, and woe to any man or institution that gets in her way. As the movie would have it, she was about as welcome at Wellesley in 1953 as a case of the plague, and just about as subtle.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 6, 1995
Guaranteed literal dialogue from "An Awfully Big Adventure":"Eh? Hos gwinne dwan, mite?""Euwww, noffinx. Me dwags dwan't gribe, effo."That's because the movie is in real English -- the English of the British Isles -- rather than in that fictitious, bell-clear movie language known as Middle-Atlantic, constructed to be intelligible the colonies.Thus "An Awfully Big Adventure" seems to play as if through a fog, about a third of it knowable, the rest merely to be taken on faith. It may be too much.
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By Caryn James and Caryn James,New York Times News Service | January 26, 1994
"Success is a tricky mistress," Robert Redford said. "It's nice to have, but it's a tricky thing to embrace."He ought to know.Though he was talking about the Sundance Film Festival, the festival's problems are the kinds that usually nag at movie stars: How to survive the pressures of fame? How to avoid being typecast?Sponsored by Mr. Redford's Sundance Institute and devoted to independent films, this is the pop icon among American festivals. Every January, filmmakers -- and the agents and distributors who lust after them -- must show up in Park City, Utah, or the industry will wonder what's wrong with their careers.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | September 17, 1993
"Into the West"Starring Gabriel ByrneDirected by Mike NewellReleased by MiramaxRated PG** 1/2You are forgiven if you think the "West" of "Into the . . ." lies somewhere on the nether shore of the Red River as it trickles through far Texas horse country. But no. The "West" we're talking about is the west of Ireland, and it's surprising that that tiny island country is big enough to accommodate such a geographical concept as "the west" .But the West is also metaphorical: the West in the movie is the same as the West in American movies, at least imaginatively -- it's the West of freedom and opportunity and escape from oppression, all themes in the Mike Newell film.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 21, 1992
'Enchanted April'Starring Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson.Directed by Mike Newell.Released by Miramax.Unrated.*** 1/2What would the English do without Italy? They might go ahead and get married, but they'd probably never have sex.And, in fact, Italy as incubator of the libido for the frosty bourgeois druids of the drizzly isle is a theme made most famous by E. M. Forster, but also used by lesser writers, notably Elizabeth von Arnim, who wrote her novel "Enchanted April" in 1921 in a castle overlooking the Mediterranean.
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May 10, 2001
Baseball Athletics: Activated 1B/DH John Jaha from 15-day DL. Optioned OF Eric Byrnes to Triple-A Sacramento. Cardinals: Activated P Luther Hackman from 15-day DL and sent him outright to Triple-A Memphis. Expos: Transferred P Hideki Irabu to 60-day DL. Padres: Agreed to terms on two-year contract extension with OF Mark Kotsay through 2003 season. Red Sox: Activated 3B John Valentin from 15-day DL. Placed IF Craig Grebeck on 15-day DL, retroactive to May 2. Delmarva (Single-A): Named Ryan Murray director of public relations.
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November 17, 1999
BaseballCubs: Agreed to one-year contract with 3B Shane Andrews.Expos: Named Perry Hill first base coach.Indians: Bought contract of C Chris Coste from Independent Northern League.Giants: Sent IF-OF Edwards Guzman outright to Triple-A Fresno.Marlins: Named Jonathan D. Mariner executive VP and chief financial officer.Reds: Agreed to one-year contract with IF Mark Lewis. Signed former Orioles P Joe Borowski to minor-league contract.Rockies: Claimed P Julian Tavarez off waivers from Giants.BasketballRaptors: Activated G Dee Brown from injured list.
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