July 24, 1996 |
A Time to Kill begins with the kind of violence and vengeance we expect at the end of an action movie. Unfortunately, the strong opening heralds the beginning of the end for any promise of a truly provocative drama about race and justice. With a running time of close to 2 1/2 hours, Joel Schumacher's second John Grisham adaptation (his first was The Client) seems longer than the O.J. trial. More damagingly, A Time to Kill follows the example of many apartheid films in portraying the wrongs done to a black family from the perspective of a white liberal.
October 15, 1989 |
They had just finished stirring martinis and were about to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary when they looked at the mail. There the Abington couple found a notice of a public tax sale that warned in bold print: "Your property is about to be sold without your consent for delinquent taxes. Your property may be sold for a small fraction of its fair market value. " John and Marie Russo couldn't believe it. Montgomery County was threatening to sell their house - the house that Marie's father, a stonemason who immigrated from Italy, bought in 1953 after scrimping for years.
September 28, 2012
* MADE IN JERSEY. 9 p.m. Friday, CBS 3. * FRINGE. 9 p.m. Friday, Fox 29. IT TAKES only about two minutes for "Made in Jersey" to get its lead down to her pretty bra. I don't know if that's a record, but it says a lot about how deftly CBS' newest drama handles the introduction of Martina Garetti (Janet Montgomery), Jersey-girl-turned-Manhattan-lawyer, that women should be able to relate to her, even in her undies. I suspect guys will be fine with her, too. Montgomery ("Black Swan")
May 24, 2000 |
Lost Girls By Andrew Pyper Delacorte Pree, 385 pages, $23.95 Two missing girls, the teacher accused of murdering them and a young hot-shot lawyer relocating to a small town to defend him. Doesn't really sound like a a ghost story but "Lost Girls," the debut novel by Andrew Pyper, slowly reveals its true colors after first setting itself up as a legal drama. Bartholomew Crane is a coke-snorting, strip club-visiting lawyer whom we meet as he is forcing a key witness to knowingly lie on the stand during a sexual assault trial.
August 31, 2008 |
The new TV season doesn't begin for three weeks. But a number of shows are diving in early, intent on getting a few laps in before the big boys cannonball into the pool. Today we look at a pair of new cable series that are jumping the networks. The better bet is Sons of Anarchy on FX (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), a shockingly good series about a motorcycle gang in the apocryphal California valley town of Charming. This is the most unusual and engaging family drama since The Sopranos, to which Sons of Anarchy bears certain similarities.
April 20, 1994 |
"L.A. Law" is going to the big courtroom in the sky after eight seasons and 173 episodes, with the announcement yesterday that NBC is canceling the much-decorated legal drama. The winner of 15 Emmys will close out its run with four original episodes that will commence April 28 and lead to a series finale May 19. There was no word on how the show will end, or if there will be any acknowledgment of its conclusion. Since its premiere on Sept. 15, 1986, the creation of Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher has been a critical favorite and an NBC mainstay.
October 25, 2012
SO DOES A TV SHOW that's filmed entirely in Philly look different from one that only pretends it's here? We won't be able to see how we look in our latest closeup until NBC's "Do No Harm" premieres in early 2013. Until then, there's always "Hack," the 2002-04 drama starring Philadelphian David Morse and Andre Braugher ("Last Resort"). Its 40 episodes are now available for streaming on Netflix. Also on Netflix (as well as on Amazon Instant Video): Steven Bochco's "Philly," a legal drama starring Roxborough's Kim Delaney that mostly filmed in southern California, on a set with surprisingly realistic City Hall interiors, including one of its massive staircases.
August 2, 2010
The big screen isn't the only place where Philadelphia and its environs have played a starring role. Through the decades, television has featured the city in such series as the 1970s sitcoms "Angie" and "The Tony Randall Show"; "Hack," starring David Morse; "Cold Case"; and the legal drama "Philly. " But few set-in-Our-Town programs have shown us more love than the FX cult comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which follows the misadventures of a group of lovable (and not-so-lovable)
January 10, 1997 |
ABC announced yesterday that it will put "NYPD Blue" and "Ellen" on hiatus for two months, beginning in March, in order to launch midseason replacement series, including a sitcom starring Arsenio Hall. Both shows will return in time for May sweeps, the network said. Not so lucky is "Murder One. " The critically acclaimed but little-watched series will leave the air after Jan. 23, which will mark the verdict in the second of the show's three trials this season. That season, likely to be the show's last, will conclude in a three-night, six-hour mini-series scheduled to air April 13, 14 and 17. "Murder One," scheduled against NBC's "Seinfeld," has been regarded as living on borrowed time for much of this season.
August 28, 1994 |
A memorial service for Robert P. Barnes, 42, of Bala Cynwyd, who died in a car crash Wednesday evening, will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 226 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne. Mr. Barnes, a partner with the Mindlin Co., a metals brokerage, was the passenger in a 1991 Nissan 300 ZX when it collided with another car on Kelly Drive. The crash also caused the deaths of a Queen Village couple, Dale and Leslie Bluebond, both 32, who occupied the second car. The driver of the Nissan, Stuart Wagman, 36, of Havertown, was seriously injured.