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By Kate Bolick and Kate Bolick,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 26, 2003
It's been a while since we've seen the Sexy Stenographer. Eclipsed 70 or so years ago by her successor, the Sexy Secretary, she has long been nothing but a discontinued archetype with a chignon. A lesser clerical worker -- oh, a mere typist, say -- might have simply accepted her lot. But drawing on her characteristic patience, and plenty of pluck, the Sexy Stenographer is finally back, in Rob Reiner's latest romantic comedy, Alex and Emma, which opened last week. The plot is simple, if seemingly implausible: scruffily handsome Alex (Luke Wilson)
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | March 31, 2008
Well, we have complained often here about the Academy Awards folks neglecting to give Richard Widmark a lifetime achievement Oscar. (The actor died at 93 last week, after making his mark in many movies, including the 1947 classic for which he was nominated, Kiss of Death.) Now Turner Classic Movies will honor him with a special triple feature in April, showing Alvarez Kelly, Take the High Ground! and The Tunnel of Love. Turner Classics is very much in the news. Every other person I meet asks if I know the genial, knowledgeable host, Robert Osborne.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 13, 1992
It's Meathead!Oh, yeah, he's wearing a tie and a little blue blazer and he speaks in complete sentences and he's so laid-back he could be teaching Zen consciousness in Encino and his hair has gone the way of all hair except Robert Redford's, but it is indeed, Meathead."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 11, 2008
The Bucket List is 98 minutes of mawkish sentiment, a stream of greeting-card moments made palatable only because they come out of the mouths of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Of course, a plumber's manual would sound interesting if recited by these two men; Nicholson would make it seem subversive, while Freeman would make it seem comforting. But in the end, it would still do nothing more than tell you how to fix a leaky pipe. So it is with this movie; even with all this Hollywood star power, it's still a series of "Happiness is ... " cliches and cuddly moments.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 11, 2008
The Bucket List is 98 minutes of mawkish sentiment, a stream of greeting-card moments made palatable only because they come out of the mouths of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Of course, a plumber's manual would sound interesting if recited by these two men; Nicholson would make it seem subversive, while Freeman would make it seem comforting. But in the end, it would still do nothing more than tell you how to fix a leaky pipe. So it is with this movie; even with all this Hollywood star power, it's still a series of "Happiness is ... " cliches and cuddly moments.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 15, 1999
How sorry are we expected to feel for Ben and Katie Jordan?The attractive couple at the center of "The Story of Us" live comfortably in an arts-and-crafts bungalow in Los Angeles, they're the parents of two nifty kids, they apparently make lots of money (he as a screenwriter, she as a crossword-puzzle designer), they have good friends with whom they banter over lunch about the opposite sex.And yet, Ben and Katie are miserable. Through years of mothering both her children and Ben, Katie has become a tad uptight.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 3, 1991
Not only did Lou Diamond Phillips star in "Ambition," he also wrote it.Memo to Lou Diamond Phillips: Lou, don't quit your day job.The movie is about a half-hour's worth of good "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" spun out to a seemingly endless hour and 45 minutes. It's like drifting in space while Lou Diamond Phillips whispers his personal philosophy of life into your ear. How did this guy get the clout in Hollywood to get his ditzy, half-developed screenplay turned into a $15 million movie? Where did all the grown-ups go?
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By Orange County Register | December 10, 1992
A smiling, confident Demi Moore, dressed in a pantsuit that i not painted on, strides into a Los Angeles hotel suite trailed only by her 4-year-old daughter, a nanny and a publicist.Hey, wait a minute. Where's the hairdresser? Where are the makeup person and fashion consultant? Where are the agent and personal manager? Where are the bodyguards? Where are the exotic pets and animal trainers? Where are the personal trainer and chef?Where are the half-dozen assorted assistants and lackeys that go with any self-respecting movie star entourage?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | August 16, 1994
To hear Whit Stillman tell it on the phone, his life has been one long bumble that has brought him to the strangest and least expected place in the world."
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By Steve McKerrow | February 16, 1991
TelevisionTrip down memory laneOne show was a raucous breakaway from convention, while the other was television's last regular gasp of the vaudeville stage, and both are getting attention on CBS this weekend. At 8 tonight (Channel 11) comes the "All in the Family 20th Anniversary," with highlights of the social satire series which in 1971 gave us Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), "Dingbat" Edith (Jean Stapleton), "Meathead" Michael (Rob Reiner) and all the rest. And at 9 p.m. tomorrow, "The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show" brings back Old Stoneface and some of the "reealy big shews" he provided for 23 years.
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By Kate Bolick and Kate Bolick,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 26, 2003
It's been a while since we've seen the Sexy Stenographer. Eclipsed 70 or so years ago by her successor, the Sexy Secretary, she has long been nothing but a discontinued archetype with a chignon. A lesser clerical worker -- oh, a mere typist, say -- might have simply accepted her lot. But drawing on her characteristic patience, and plenty of pluck, the Sexy Stenographer is finally back, in Rob Reiner's latest romantic comedy, Alex and Emma, which opened last week. The plot is simple, if seemingly implausible: scruffily handsome Alex (Luke Wilson)
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff | February 11, 2001
I have a friend who has seen "When Harry Met Sally" so many times she can quote entire monologues from the movie. Another buddy is an absolute pain to see the film with because he will recite each line of every scene -- as it's being said. And then there's the friend who slips the movie into her VCR whenever she's had a bad day at work or an argument with her boyfriend. As for me, I've probably seen "When Harry Met Sally," oh, a mere 40 times since it hit the big screen in 1989. For my friends and many other twentysomethings I've met, writer Nora Ephron's romantic comedy is the quintessential contemporary feel-good relationship movie that somehow still rings true -- which is interesting, considering it was written 15 years ago in the mid-'80s.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 17, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The secret's out. Rob Reiner's been telling the same story for 14 years. The 52-year-old Reiner, who's risen from Hollywood progeny (his father is writer-director-actor Carl Reiner) to acclaimed director with a resume that stretches from 1984's wickedly satirical "This Is Spinal Tap" to the just-released "The Story Of Us," has landed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington to jawbone about his new film. "Us" stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis as a wedded couple of 15 years whose union is rapidly coming apart at the seams.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 15, 1999
How sorry are we expected to feel for Ben and Katie Jordan?The attractive couple at the center of "The Story of Us" live comfortably in an arts-and-crafts bungalow in Los Angeles, they're the parents of two nifty kids, they apparently make lots of money (he as a screenwriter, she as a crossword-puzzle designer), they have good friends with whom they banter over lunch about the opposite sex.And yet, Ben and Katie are miserable. Through years of mothering both her children and Ben, Katie has become a tad uptight.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | August 16, 1994
To hear Whit Stillman tell it on the phone, his life has been one long bumble that has brought him to the strangest and least expected place in the world."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 13, 1992
It's Meathead!Oh, yeah, he's wearing a tie and a little blue blazer and he speaks in complete sentences and he's so laid-back he could be teaching Zen consciousness in Encino and his hair has gone the way of all hair except Robert Redford's, but it is indeed, Meathead."
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,Tribune Media Services | March 31, 2008
Well, we have complained often here about the Academy Awards folks neglecting to give Richard Widmark a lifetime achievement Oscar. (The actor died at 93 last week, after making his mark in many movies, including the 1947 classic for which he was nominated, Kiss of Death.) Now Turner Classic Movies will honor him with a special triple feature in April, showing Alvarez Kelly, Take the High Ground! and The Tunnel of Love. Turner Classics is very much in the news. Every other person I meet asks if I know the genial, knowledgeable host, Robert Osborne.
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By Michael HIll | February 15, 1991
LAST WEEKEND it was Lucy and Ricky. This weekend, it's Archie Bunker, Ed Sullivan and Mary Richards. No wonder they used to call CBS the Tiffany's of the networks.Unable to generate many destined-to-be-classic shows these days -- "Murphy Brown," maybe "Designing Women," but can you really see "Murder, She Wrote" getting enough votes for the Hall of Fame? -- CBS is dipping into its impressive past in search of viewers.Two are 20th anniversary specials, marking two decades since a pair of CBS' best comedies went on the air. Tomorrow night at 8 o'clock, it's 90 minutes of "All in the Family."
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By Orange County Register | December 10, 1992
A smiling, confident Demi Moore, dressed in a pantsuit that i not painted on, strides into a Los Angeles hotel suite trailed only by her 4-year-old daughter, a nanny and a publicist.Hey, wait a minute. Where's the hairdresser? Where are the makeup person and fashion consultant? Where are the agent and personal manager? Where are the bodyguards? Where are the exotic pets and animal trainers? Where are the personal trainer and chef?Where are the half-dozen assorted assistants and lackeys that go with any self-respecting movie star entourage?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 3, 1991
Not only did Lou Diamond Phillips star in "Ambition," he also wrote it.Memo to Lou Diamond Phillips: Lou, don't quit your day job.The movie is about a half-hour's worth of good "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" spun out to a seemingly endless hour and 45 minutes. It's like drifting in space while Lou Diamond Phillips whispers his personal philosophy of life into your ear. How did this guy get the clout in Hollywood to get his ditzy, half-developed screenplay turned into a $15 million movie? Where did all the grown-ups go?
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