Posts Tagged ‘actor’

City Island: An Actor Prevaricates

This little indie film should have confined its drama to the stage.
Writer-director Raymond De Felitta made an excellent movie in 2000 called Two Family House, a drama that drew heavily on his early life and his memories of his dad. Since then he’s made only three films, including this one an...


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Written in 1983 by the Romanian playwright Gilles Ségal, The Puppetmaster of Lodz is less a piece of Holocaust kitsch than a spin on the old story of a puppeteer who starts to lose the distinction between fantasy and reality. ...

Not the Finest Anything

They may be Brooklyn’s Finest, but this cop drama is a routine stop.
As boilerplate as its title would suggest, Brooklyn’s Finest is no different from any other gritty New York City cop thriller made in the past 35 years. If you took away the characters’ cell phones, this could be a movie fr...

Letters to Savannah

Yet another sodden Nicholas Sparks adaptation: Dear John.
In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world’s new guilty pleasure is pablum rather than pulp. In other words, slasher flick...

Medical License

In the late 1990s, a Harvard Business School graduate named John Crowley made medical history. He was a Bristol Myers executive whose two youngest children suffered from Pompe disease, a form of muscular dystrophy that had alwa...

Xmas-Rated Theater

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We always welcome any theater troupe that can bring us fresh stuff for Christmas, and this week several of the local ensembles are coming through.

That Hamilton Woman

Older viewers will remember George Hamilton as a maximally tanned, minimally talented Hollywood actor whose fame in the 1970s and ’80s was completely out of proportion to anything he actually did on the screen. (The high ...

Ram Jam

Everyone’s calling The Wrestler a comeback vehicle for Mickey Rourke, but he hasn’t really been away. He has worked steadily in this decade, and younger viewers probably know him as the deep-voiced, muscle-bound cha...

Shtick ’Em Up

There’s a lot going on right now that we need to pay attention to, and none of it is fun: a shitty economy, a U.S. presidential campaign that’s annoying and superficial, and the final days of Dubya’s corrupt, ...

Funny Games

Kristian Lin
When Heath Ledger is on screen during The Dark Knight, you can’t look anywhere else.