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October 26, 1989 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Knowing a bit of history will help you enjoy this week's top video arrivals: a brilliant look at a much-discussed British government scandal, a misunderstood film from the 1940s and a story that owes much of its feel to 1960s London. SCANDAL (1989) (HBO) $89.99. 105 minutes. John Hurt, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Ian McKellen, Bridget Fonda. Michael Caton-Jones' film is an affair to remember: The 1963 Profumo scandal, which involved Defense Minister John Profumo, model Christine Keeler and Soviet military attache Eugene Ivanov, eventually brought down Harold Macmillan's government.
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August 19, 2005 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Mad passion and marital ennui collide with calamitous results in Asylum, a handsome but heavy-handed tale of social and sexual repression set in late-'50s Britain. With serious credentials in front of the camera and behind, this claustrophobic, erotic melodrama about a couple who take up residence at a mental facility - where the husband has a new job as a psychiatrist - promises a certain level of class and intelligence. Natasha Richardson and Hugh Bonneville, as Stella and Max Raphael, are newly arrived to the high-security institution in the Yorkshire countryside.
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December 5, 1997 | by Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
A movie about the Nazis' persecution of homosexuals had to be made. Too bad it was made into "Bent. " Adapted by Martin Sherman from his acclaimed play, the film starts with rich, decadent atmosphere but gradually minimalizes itself into . . . a filmed play. Clive Owen plays Berlin party guy Max. It's another orgy night at Greta's - an omnisexual drag-rave venue presided over by Mick Jagger, swinging on a trapeze and singing in hose and crimson evening gown - where Max catches the eye of a cute brownshirt.
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November 25, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Gods and Monsters" is the "Ed Wood" of good horror movies. Its subject is James Whale, the cultured and refined English director of "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein. " Though he also directed "The Invisible Man" and "Showboat," Whale remained known mainly for his monster movies. "Gods and Monsters" introduces us to Whale (Ian McKellen) late in his life, retired in relative obscurity in Southern California, his career halted by self-destruction and perhaps a scandal about his homosexuality.
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October 23, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Bryan Singer's hit "The Usual Suspects" stands as a virtuoso display of plotting and narrative at a time when most thrillers have trouble stringing even two scenes together. Even so, the movie ultimately proved to be more about directorial gamesmanship than actual characters - the notorious Keyser Soze is remembered more as storytelling trick than the terrifying criminal mastermind he was meant to be. The same feeling of artifice plagues Singer's latest feature, "Apt Pupil," starring Brad Renfro as a high school valedictorian whose thirst for learning about the Holocaust draws him into a chillingly symbiotic relationship with a fugitive Nazi (Ian McKellen)
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September 11, 1993 | by Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"Yentl" rides the range in "The Ballad of Little Jo," a tedious, politically programmed anti-Western that stars Suzy Amis as an Eastern debutante who becomes a Western homesteader in Ralph Lauren drag. Writer-director Maggie Greenwald ("The Kill-Off") doesn't come up with many ideas beyond the obvious ironies of the plot, which is said to be based on a true story. Banished by her father when she gives birth to an illegitimate child, Amis' Jo Monaghan begins moving West, apparently on foot, only to discover that every white male in the vicinity wants to rape her (including, in one curious passage, a seemingly gay character played by Ian McKellen)
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November 28, 2003 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
To the people who thought that comic books were for nerds, freaks and geeks: Ha! Who's having the last laugh now? The films and subsequent DVD releases of Spider-Man, The Hulk and X-Men have been doing as much damage to people's wallets as Storm does to the local weather front. The release of X2: X-Men United on DVD not only faithfully re-creates the amazing experience on your home theater, but has enough extras to keeps fans intrigued until the tentatively titled X-Men 3 is due out in a couple of years.
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March 20, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sheldon Stephens , the first of four men who accused former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of molesting him when he was underage, alleges in a new lawsuit that Clash, 52, indulged in an orgiastic intake of crystal meth and "poppers" before having sex with Stephens, then 16. The suit, filed by the Harrisburg resident in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, says Clash promised the young would-be actor he'd help advance his career. Clash lawyer Michael Berger calls the suit meritless.
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November 3, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Toilet humor has long been a staple of movie comedies - from gross farce to, well, gross farce. But the jolly, computer-animated roller-coaster ride Flushed Away takes potty-ness to a new level: subterranean, as in the sewers that run beneath the city streets. A very British affair overseen by a duo from Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park's fabled Aardman Studios, Flushed Away is about a pampered pet mouse named Roddy St. James (the voice of Hugh Jackman, this month's hardest-working man in show business)
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November 25, 1998 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A deteriorating figure from Hollywood's Gothic past. A museumlike residence. The obligatory swimming pool. And, naturally, a strapping young hunk who enters on cue. If from these clues you guessed Sunset Boulevard, you would be wrong. But not by much. Gods and Monsters, an expressionist portrait of the final days of forgotten Hollywood director James Whale, is a character study of the cinematic Father of Frankenstein. Why, you may ask, should we care? For one thing, because actor Ian McKellen, who plays the dementia-addled Whale circa 1957, is as hypnotic as a cobra charmer.
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June 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ian McKellen: keep moving! Sir Ian McKellen , 76, says he needs to keep working, keep moving, keep busy, keep keepin' on, lest he begin feeling his age. "Keep working, keep moving, keep exercising, keep thinking, keep enjoying yourself," McKellen, who is playing a 90-year-old Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes , tells Time Out mag. Whenever he slows down, he says, he remembers his age. "I've been a pensioner for over 10 years. So I have intimations of incapacity," said the X-Men star.
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December 18, 2014
NOW THAT "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies are finally wrapped, the filmmakers involved seem more exhausted than elated. At least their post-"Hobbit" interviews make it seem that way. So I asked the opinion of Martin Freeman, who plays the title character in director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy. (Jackson also did the "Rings" trilogy.) "I'm probably not as exhausted as Peter is, who has spent every day and every night on it for many, many years," the actor said.
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March 20, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sheldon Stephens , the first of four men who accused former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of molesting him when he was underage, alleges in a new lawsuit that Clash, 52, indulged in an orgiastic intake of crystal meth and "poppers" before having sex with Stephens, then 16. The suit, filed by the Harrisburg resident in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, says Clash promised the young would-be actor he'd help advance his career. Clash lawyer Michael Berger calls the suit meritless.
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January 25, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
ALL HAIL the king of the nerds. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams , who is already behind the reboot of "Star Trek," will also be behind the next edition of "Star Wars. " According to the website "The Wrap," Abrams will follow up "Star Trek Into Darkness" with "Episode VII" of the "Star Wars" franchise, scheduled to reach theaters in 2015. Fans already have begun lining up at Comic-Con with their lightsabers. Abrams previously told reporters that he would not be involved with the "Star Wars" franchise, but can you really trust the guy who plotted "Lost"?
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December 14, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Traffic alert: There's an epic pileup in Middle-earth, and it doesn't end at the troll-hoard on the Great East Road. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , Peter Jackson's bloated and blustery adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fairy-tale gem about a furry-footed homebody handpicked to go a-questing with a band of potbellied dwarfs, all manner of creatures collide in all manner of ways on all manner of terrain. Orcs and wars, elves and goblins, Great Eagles and Great Spiders, furry little ponies and giants made of stone, not to mention a dragon asleep on a mountainous pile of loot and an emaciated hobbit corrupted by avarice - it's a bumper-to-bumper mess, and you can rubberneck it all in 3-D if you care to shell out the extra silver pennies.
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December 9, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'Gandalf is in Middle-earth to keep an eye on everybody, and that can be a rather serious matter," says Ian McKellen , not all that seriously, on the phone from his London home the other day. Absent last week from the Wellington, New Zealand, world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , McKellen, of course, is Gandalf - the wise old wizard and guiding spirit in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now in The Hobbit ...
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October 28, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tired of seeing the same horror films every Halloween? Here are some scary movies you might never have seen. All titles are available on DVD or Blu-ray. Audition (1999, dir. Takashi Miike) A widower looks for his new wife by setting up film auditions for hot young women. Boy, does he fall for the wrong dame - a sadistic killer who finds creative ways to torture him. In a Glass Cage (1987, dir. Agustí Villaronga) A stunning indictment of Franco's Spain, this unforgettable shocker is about an iron-lung-bound ex-Nazi pedophile who develops a chilling teacher-student relationship with his male nurse.
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April 3, 2011
By Judi Dench, as told to John Miller St. Martin's. 268 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Jessica Gelt Although Judi Dench is perhaps best known to American film audiences for her Oscar-winning turn in Shakespeare in Love and for portraying "M" in the more recent James Bond movies, she is a live-theater actress at heart. And it is through this sepia-toned lens that she tells the story of her life onstage in her new memoir, And Furthermore . The book begins with Dench as a little girl in a very theatrical family, before cataloging every role she played on stage, TV, and film over her more than 50-year career.
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May 8, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A businessman and his secretary, both married to different people, kiss in the office. Scandal! Scandal indeed - if you're talking about small-town America in the mid-1960s. Especially if that town is Peyton Place. That scene, and others like it, shocked many a citizen in 1964 when a TV version of Lana Turner's 1957 Oscar-nominated film - and Grace Metalious' controversial book - debuted on ABC. Peyton Place: Part One from Shout! Factory (www.shoutfactorystore.
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May 1, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
LADIES, IF YOU'RE going to date a minor, make sure your ex is cool with it. TMZ.com reports that Billy Bob Thornton's 15-year-old son, Willie Thornton, is being questioned by Los Angeles law enforcement officials as the alleged victim of "unlawful sex. " TMZ.com says that Willie has been dating a 22-year-old woman whose ex-boyfriend apparently became jealous and called the L.A.P.D. today to rat her out as a predator. Willie is reportedly cooperating with the sex-crimes unit.
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