Tag Archives: Shirley Knight

Playing for Time

During World War II, the French singer and pianist Fania Fénelon (Vanessa Redgrave) is sent to Auschwitz where she’s hired to perform together with a women’s orchestra. A critically acclaimed TV movie that came on the heels of the miniseries Holocaust (1978), presented like a play by Arthur Miller. Set in filthy, sparsely furnished camp … Continue reading Playing for Time

Our Idiot Brother

EVERYBODY HAS ONE. After a stint in prison for selling weed to a cop who looked like he really, really needed to relax, the perpetually friendly and honest Ned (Paul Rudd) becomes involved in the lives of his three sisters. This comedy may have its contrived moments, but it’s hard to complain when Rudd’s performance as … Continue reading Our Idiot Brother

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

TERROR BEYOND IMAGINATION. Two salvage parties, one led by Mike Turner (Michael Caine), the other by Stefan Svevo (Telly Savalas), arrive at the site of the now flipped-over luxury liner Poseidon. The sequel to The Poseidon Adventure (1972) is a dull afterthought that almost looks like a parody of Irwin Allen’s earlier disaster movies, with unconvincing sets and … Continue reading Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF GOOD VS. EVIL. When a serious rift occurs in the relationship between Vivianne (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter (Sandra Bullock), a group of old friends gather to help heal the wounds. Writer Callie Khouri’s directing debut brings several well-known actors together and they carry the story through its most … Continue reading Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood