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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1999
If only a few minutes of "At First Sight" rang true.Although based on a true story, this tale of a blind massage therapist whose busybody new girlfriend convinces him to undergo a risky operation to restore his sight comes across as phony as anything Washington has to offer these days.Leads Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino exhibit hardly any chemistry (though they do share the bond of being inordinately attractive people), the script never opts for a single tug at your heartstrings when a dozen will do, and the supporting players (including Nathan Lane, Kelly McGillis and Bruce Davison)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 15, 2004
Robin Williams continues to shine in films that use his nervous energy best by repressing it, turning him into a character ever ready to pounce, even though the results of doing so would surely prove disastrous. In The Final Cut, Williams plays Alan Hakman, an employee of a company that implants tiny chips in selected infants' brains that record everything that happens throughout their lives. When they die, it's the job of "cutters" like Hakman to take the footage, edit out all the bad parts and make the dearly departed look like a paragon of virtue.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 15, 2004
Robin Williams continues to shine in films that use his nervous energy best by repressing it, turning him into a character ever ready to pounce, even though the results of doing so would surely prove disastrous. In The Final Cut, Williams plays Alan Hakman, an employee of a company that implants tiny chips in selected infants' brains that record everything that happens throughout their lives. When they die, it's the job of "cutters" like Hakman to take the footage, edit out all the bad parts and make the dearly departed look like a paragon of virtue.
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April 5, 2000
Donny Osmond sings the title role in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the musical adaptation of the biblical tale from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Continuing in this "PBS Showcase" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) is Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" with Placido Domingo. PBS. At a glance "The West Wing" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- An arrest at a frat party could pose problems for the president's daughter; the staff celebrates the confirmation of their Supreme Court nominee.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1997
Ha! And you thought it was the year of the volcano movie. It's really the year of the high-school reunion movie: "Grosse Pointe Blank" and now "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."The generation that grew up with John Hughes flicks, in which moussed suburban teens had cross-clique romances with Molly Ringwald, has returned to re-evaluate. But despite similar, kickin' '80s soundtracks, these two films have done it quite differently."Blank," which stars the same sibling Cusacks, John and Joan, who had tiny roles in "Sixteen Candles" all those years ago, shows our hero as a frustrated kid who fled his high-school romance and joined the Reagan-era military only to become a warped hit man. It's ironic and smart.
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April 5, 2000
Donny Osmond sings the title role in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the musical adaptation of the biblical tale from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Continuing in this "PBS Showcase" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) is Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" with Placido Domingo. PBS. At a glance "The West Wing" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- An arrest at a frat party could pose problems for the president's daughter; the staff celebrates the confirmation of their Supreme Court nominee.
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By Tamara Ikenberg | May 2, 1999
Last week at a Queens, New York auction, fans of filmmaker Woody Allen acquired their own stardust memories. Hundreds of props from his many films were sold off because there was no more room for them in Allen's movie warehouse.Among the interiors and other treasures purchased were shoes from "Deconstructing Harry," mahogany radio consoles from "Radio Days" and a few gaudy sofas from "Bullets Over Broadway."Surprisingly, in a time when "Antiques Roadshow" yokels are told their Charo napkins are worth a mint, none of the cinema tchotchkes required astronomical bids.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 6, 1998
People often ask movie critics just how they assign stars when rating movies. Let's put it this way: "The Replacement Killers" gets a half a star for length alone."
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1997
With the success of "101 Dalmatians," Hollywood seems intent on rushing more children's classics to the big screen.Associated PressPeter Pan -- The time: the year 2033. The place: a barren atoll in the South Pacific.One of only a few hundred survivors of worldwide thermonuclear war, Peter Pan (Johnny Depp) leads a band of feral youths known as the Lost Boys in a desperate post-apocalyptic struggle for survival on Never-Land.When the deranged transsexual ex-Green Beret officer Captain Hook (Dennis Rodman)
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By MARY COREY and MARY COREY,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1998
It began the way many great relationships do - almost by accident. Jamie Lee Curtis spied a Pamela Dennis crystal-studded gown she liked on a store rack and wore it to the Cannes Film Festival several years ago. The rave fashion reviews attracted other stars. Ellen DeGeneres picked a Pamela Dennis tapestry pantsuit for the Emmys, and Kate Winslet squeezed into a black lace dress for the Golden Globes."I couldn't buy all the press they gave me," Dennis says. "People are in awe of Hollywood."
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By Tamara Ikenberg | May 2, 1999
Last week at a Queens, New York auction, fans of filmmaker Woody Allen acquired their own stardust memories. Hundreds of props from his many films were sold off because there was no more room for them in Allen's movie warehouse.Among the interiors and other treasures purchased were shoes from "Deconstructing Harry," mahogany radio consoles from "Radio Days" and a few gaudy sofas from "Bullets Over Broadway."Surprisingly, in a time when "Antiques Roadshow" yokels are told their Charo napkins are worth a mint, none of the cinema tchotchkes required astronomical bids.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1999
If only a few minutes of "At First Sight" rang true.Although based on a true story, this tale of a blind massage therapist whose busybody new girlfriend convinces him to undergo a risky operation to restore his sight comes across as phony as anything Washington has to offer these days.Leads Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino exhibit hardly any chemistry (though they do share the bond of being inordinately attractive people), the script never opts for a single tug at your heartstrings when a dozen will do, and the supporting players (including Nathan Lane, Kelly McGillis and Bruce Davison)
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By MARY COREY and MARY COREY,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1998
It began the way many great relationships do - almost by accident. Jamie Lee Curtis spied a Pamela Dennis crystal-studded gown she liked on a store rack and wore it to the Cannes Film Festival several years ago. The rave fashion reviews attracted other stars. Ellen DeGeneres picked a Pamela Dennis tapestry pantsuit for the Emmys, and Kate Winslet squeezed into a black lace dress for the Golden Globes."I couldn't buy all the press they gave me," Dennis says. "People are in awe of Hollywood."
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 6, 1998
People often ask movie critics just how they assign stars when rating movies. Let's put it this way: "The Replacement Killers" gets a half a star for length alone."
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1997
With the success of "101 Dalmatians," Hollywood seems intent on rushing more children's classics to the big screen.Associated PressPeter Pan -- The time: the year 2033. The place: a barren atoll in the South Pacific.One of only a few hundred survivors of worldwide thermonuclear war, Peter Pan (Johnny Depp) leads a band of feral youths known as the Lost Boys in a desperate post-apocalyptic struggle for survival on Never-Land.When the deranged transsexual ex-Green Beret officer Captain Hook (Dennis Rodman)
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1997
Ha! And you thought it was the year of the volcano movie. It's really the year of the high-school reunion movie: "Grosse Pointe Blank" and now "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."The generation that grew up with John Hughes flicks, in which moussed suburban teens had cross-clique romances with Molly Ringwald, has returned to re-evaluate. But despite similar, kickin' '80s soundtracks, these two films have done it quite differently."Blank," which stars the same sibling Cusacks, John and Joan, who had tiny roles in "Sixteen Candles" all those years ago, shows our hero as a frustrated kid who fled his high-school romance and joined the Reagan-era military only to become a warped hit man. It's ironic and smart.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 2, 1999
Maybe it was the talking dog that finally put me over the edge. "Summer of Sam," Spike Lee's ambitious yet addled new film, is so full of non sequiturs, gratuitous sex and emotionally empty characters that for the first hour you simply watch it with mouth disbelievingly agape. Then, in one of the movie's supposedly climactic scenes, where serial killer David Berkowitz battles his interior demons, the black lab that Berkowitz actually blamed for the murders begins to speak to him, Taco Bell-chihuahua style.
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March 26, 1996
Sleek, shiny and bare was the unofficial dress code for women at the 68th Academy awards ceremony last night. Pale, shimmery fabrics in white, silver or blue were the norm, with several standout gowns in brown satin, but not for actress Sharon Stone. Departing from the predictable fashion again this year, she covered up in a black mockturtleneck and black velvet coat. The men showed their fashion flair with elongated jackets, distinctive vests (Mel Gibson wore his family's Buchanan tartan under his black Armani tux)
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