August 12, 2012 |
It's time to say goodbye to Brenda Leigh Johnson's sing-song, Georgia-scented " thank you! " The LAPD interrogator par excellence played with delightful quirk, brilliant intelligence, and disarming cunning by Kyra Sedgwick will take her leave on the season finale of TNT's The Closer at 9 p.m. Monday. The episode also will transition viewers to the series premiere of TNT's spin-off, Major Crimes , at 10 p.m. Set in the same squadroom, Major Crimes retains most of the Closer regulars we've grown to love, or in the case of Capt.
July 11, 2011
THE CLOSER. 9 tonight, TNT. AS TNT'S "The Closer" begins its long goodbye tonight, Kyra Sedgwick's a little closer to the door than her viewers, who won't be seeing the last of Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson until the summer of 2012. "We're shooting 21 episodes, so we're going all the way till December," Sedgwick said in a recent phone interview. TNT's chosen to split those episodes over two years, using the final six next summer to launch "Major Crimes," a "Closer" spin-off that will star Mary McDonnell.
July 12, 2010
9 tonight TNT Hit police procedural returns for a sixth season with Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick, right) and her team moving into new, high-tech quarters, where they find the gadgets get in the way of their work.
June 16, 2006 |
Directed by Kevin Bacon, Loverboy is a cracked art-house romance about a woman's smothering love for her son. As Emily (Kyra Sedgwick, Bacon's wife) informs us in the spooky voice-over, "I never wanted a house, never wanted a husband. What I wanted with every cell of my body was a baby. " Describing herself as a "nomadic huntress," she couples with men all around the country when she deems they have promising genetic potential. She brings to these trysts all the affection of a queen bee. Eventually, Emily bears a son and immediately takes him hostage, focusing her considerable energy and imagination on the boy. Determined to have an exceptional child, she tries to make each day a magical adventure.
December 13, 2002 |
Just A Kiss is another one of those love/sex/hip-banter relay races, where the baton of infidelity (sorry for the sports metaphor) is passed willy-nilly from one randy Manhattanite to the next. The directorial debut of actor Fisher Stevens, this predictable and gimmicky ensemble piece brings together considerable talent - Kyra Sedgwick, Taye Diggs, Sarita Choudhurya and Marisa Tomei among them - and lets them loose in scenarios that are the stuff of personal ads. You know, an illicit hotel tryst here, a little kinky S&M there.
July 3, 1996 |
"Phenomenon," the bastard movie child of "Forrest Gump" and "Starman," stars John Travolta as an average Joe transformed into a charismatic genius by a beam of light. George Malley (Travolta) is a garage mechanic who gets drunk on his 37th birthday and stumbles into the street, just in time to see a celestial light so blindingly powerful it knocks him on his butt. When he picks himself up, he discovers he is suddenly able to learn entire languages in 20 minutes, read several books a day, break military codes and detect the subtle atmospheric vibrations that presage earthquakes.
August 4, 1995 |
"Something to Talk About" isn't one of those women's pictures that believes all men are pigs. Here, men are also referred to as old goats, crocodiles, bulls, hound-dogs and just plain "dog. " This men-as-animals leitmotif, the handiwork of screenwriter Callie Khouri ("Thelma and Louise"), is delivered with all the subtlety and charm of our current heat wave. In "Something to Talk About," all the men suffer from incurable Hugh Grant's disease. Carriers include a distinguished family patriarch with the unlikely name Wyly King (Robert Duvall)
July 3, 1996 |
George Malley, the wide-eyed, small-town Everyguy played by John Travolta in Phenomenon, is celebrating his 37th birthday. He's in a bar joshing and drinking beer with his buddies. Then George steps out to get some air. What he gets instead is something like a shooting star that zooms straight at him and knocks him flat on his back in the middle of the street. Next thing you know, the most lovable car mechanic in Harmon, California - never exactly the quickest of fellows - is speaking fluent Spanish, reading three or four books a day, and besting ol' Doc (Robert Duvall)
December 6, 2002 |
Every woman has the capacity for momentum - and momentous change - according to Rebecca Miller's keenly observed triptych Personal Velocity. In this startlingly fine film directed by Miller, who adapted her own collection of short stories, she introduces us to three women just as each unhitches herself from the father or husband or beau she has trailed. Suddenly liberated, she's poised to run on her own horsepower. The trio are spiritually linked as women who stop letting the men in their lives define them and - at last!
August 24, 2012 |
Three new DVD releases this week deal with people and power. The Hunger Games, Grade A: A teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) must participate in a fight to the death. The film features high-tension action that eclipses the Twilight films and has more magical character development than the Harry Potter series, making it a prime contender for the next great film series. This is that rare case of a movie that will please lovers of the book as well as those who have never heard of the series.