June 9, 1999 |
A week after calling for an investigation of Hollywood's marketing of violence, President Clinton yesterday won a pledge from thousands of theater owners to card young patrons seeking admission to R-rated movies when unaccompanied by an adult. The National Association of Theater Owners, whose members account for about 65 percent of the nation's movie screens, said it would now require ticket-buyers to provide photo identification proving that they were 17 or older. Those with adults would not be asked for age verification, though it was unclear yesterday whether the adult would have to accompany the minor into the screening room.
April 14, 2012 |
Bully Never mind the hoo-ha over the MPAA ratings, that's beside the point. The point is that bullying isn't being addressed adequately by teachers, administrators or parents, and the kids profiled in this powerful documentary clearly suffer for it. A compelling piece of advocacy filmmaking, with heartbreaking stories, and real-life heroes, too. PG-13 The Deep Blue Sea Shot in a gauze of melancholy, Terence Davies' crushing adaptation of the...
August 23, 1987 |
Working Girls, a frank, independent film, provides a kind of two-way-mirror peek into a high-ticket Manhattan brothel. While following a novice prostitute, the camera brings viewers right to the edge of certain sexual acts, and there is little doubt as to what is occurring. X-rated? No. Working Girls (1987, Charter, $79.95), which hits video stores this week, is going out unrated. So is Betty Blue (1986, CBS/Fox, $79.98), an Academy Award-nominated French film about a pouty-lipped young woman whose passion liberates a timid writer.
November 19, 1998 |
A strong first film tops this week's list of new movies on video. Twentyfourseven (1998) (Universal) 97 minutes. Bob Hoskins, Danny Nussbaum, James Hooton, Darren O. Campbell. Hoskins stars as a hardscrabble optimist who seeks to bring meaning to the lives of a group of disaffected British youths by having them put on gloves and knock each other in the gut and head. Shot in a high-contrast black-and-white that underscores the bleakness of a burnt-out British boomtown, writer-director Shane Meadows' feature debut is an unsparing drama about hope promised and hope lost.
May 23, 1996 |
Two flashy foreign films top this week's list of new movies on home video. Les Miserables (1995) (Warner) 175 minutes. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah. An imaginative and resourceful reworking of Hugo's great novel that connects the sufferings of his protagonist Jean Valjean to a kindred spirit of our own age. In French with English subtitles. R (violence). Videodisc available. Frankie Starlight (1995) (New Line) 100 minutes. Anne Parillaud, Matt Dillon, Gabriel Byrne.
March 5, 1998 |
A Southern tale that recalls a classic tops this week's list of new movies on video. Eve's Bayou (1997) (Trimark) $105.99. 109 minutes. Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Diahann Carroll. A magical and tragic story, set in backwater Louisiana circa 1963 and as resonant as To Kill a Mockingbird, about a girl who solves a family crisis with violence. Stars Jackson and is the debut of writer/director Kasi Lemmons. R (sexual situations, profanity, violence. RECENT MOVIES The Brylcreem Boys (1996)
February 8, 1996 |
A rough-and-tumble thriller that keeps you guessing tops this week's list of new movies on video. THE USUAL SUSPECTS . 1/2 (1995) (PolyGram) $96.99. 106 minutes. Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri. This twisting noir thriller is slick and smart and boasts a great ensemble cast - and an ending that will throw you. R (graphic violence, profanity). Available on videodisc. (CC) THE BIG GREEN . 1/2 (1995) (Disney) $19.98. 90 minutes. Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'AboThis comedy for kids tells the small tale of impoverished Texas grade-schoolers who gain self-respect through soccer.
May 2, 1999 |
Ask me if I believe in freedom of speech, and I say yes. Ask me if I believe that our 14-year-old should be allowed to check out the R-rated video L.A. Confidential from the Free Library of Philadelphia, and I say no. Is this hypocritical? After all, she can check out the James Ellroy novel or walk into any bookstore in the country and buy it with her baby-sitting money. That I don't have a problem with. I do have a problem with the library's policy on videos. Reading a book about violence, corruption and sexual pathology is one thing; seeing a movie that graphically shows mad-dog cops, police officers who frame innocent citizens, and sadists swatting women around is quite another.
February 4, 1999 |
An eloquent return to form for the Disney animation studio tops this week's list. Mulan (1998) (Buena Vista) $26.99. 88 minutes. Voices by Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong, Donny Osmond, Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Miguel Ferrer, Pat Morita. Disney animation returns to top form with a triumphant, gorgeous work that speaks to children with rare eloquence about identity and coming of age. G. (CC) Shooting Fish (1998) (Fox) 93 minutes. Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend, Kate Beckinsale.
November 6, 1997 |
One of the summer's major blockbusters tops a quiet week in new home video releases. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1/2 (1997) (Universal) $22.98. 129 minutes. Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Attenborough. A cautionary tale as colossal, scaly and predatory as a T. rex, The Lost World is a B-minus monster movie with A-plus production values. Except for the witty Goldblum, director Steven Spielberg's film lacks the human scale and interaction that made Jaws and E.T. as special for their stories as for their special effects.