Tag Archives: Anne Heche

Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

IN 1978, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAGED A WAR AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME. ONE MAN WAS LEFT BEHIND THE LINES.  I was just listening to a political debate about Islamic terrorism. One of the participants talked about how intelligence agencies need to do more than just tap phones; they need to put ”boots on the ground” by … Continue reading Donnie Brasco: A Made(Up) Man

The Other Guys

When two hot-shot NYC cops are killed in action, it is up to desk-bound colleagues Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) to pick up the baton. Adam McKay’s buddy-cop spoof is a definite improvement on his Step Brothers (2008); it may be loud and dumb, but at least it’s got plenty of … Continue reading The Other Guys

I Know What You Did Last Summer

IF YOU’RE GOING TO BURY THE TRUTH, MAKE SURE IT STAYS BURIED. On graduation night, four high school students accidentally hit a pedestrian with their car; they dump the body into the ocean, but that’s not the last they hear of him. Kevin Williamson made sure to capitalize on his success with Scream (1996) and churned out a … Continue reading I Know What You Did Last Summer

A Simple Twist of Fate

MICHAEL MCCANN IS ABOUT TO FIND WEALTH BEYOND HIS IMAGINATION… A REAL FAMILY. Loner Michael McCann (Steve Martin) adopts a two-year-old girl after the death of her mother; what he doesn’t know is that the child’s father is a local politician (Gabriel Byrne). Martin did a fine job updating ”Cyrano de Bergerac” in Roxanne (1987), … Continue reading A Simple Twist of Fate


CHECK IN. RELAX. TAKE A SHOWER. The pointlessness of Gus Van Sant’s project is staggering; plays are restaged all the time, for instance, but rarely does anyone try to copy a specific famous production of one. Few changes have been made to this scene-by-scene remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, but they’re all bad. The … Continue reading Psycho

John Q

GIVE A FATHER NO OPTIONS AND YOU LEAVE HIM NO CHOICE. When his critically ill son is denied a heart transplant, working-class dad John Archibald (Denzel Washington) holds an emergency room hostage. Here’s a drama that tries to jump-start the debate on universal health care coverage in the U.S., but everyone involved feels so passionately … Continue reading John Q

Against the Wall

A PRISON RIOT THAT BURNS WITH RAGE… EXPLODES IN THE FACE OF AMERICA. In 1971, conditions in the famous Attica prison were so bad that they caused the now notorious riot; a new guard (Kyle MacLachlan) ends up in the middle of it. The riot was previously depicted in the TV movie Attica (1980) and … Continue reading Against the Wall