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This Alan Arkin-Peter Falk show is finally being recognized as a comedy mini-masterpiece. Afraid of offending his daughter's future father-in-law, a dentist is sucked into a nightmare of crime and jeopardy, as a jolly Chinese airline whisks him away to a rendezvous with danger in a Latin American dictatorship. It's a gem of sustained mirth. The In-Laws Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 823 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 5, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul Lawrence Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong, Barbara Dana, David Paymer. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Robert E. Swink Original Music John Morris Written by Andrew Bergman Produced by Arthur Miller, William Sackheim Directed by Arthur Hiller
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Like a good legal thriller, CBS’ “The Good Wife” surprised fans right down to its closing moments as Alicia Florrick’s emotional roller-coaster ride of the past seven seasons came to an unexpected end.
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading unless you have seen the May 8 finale of “The Good Wife.”
There were few neat and tidy endings in the series finale — appropriately titled “End” — written by series creators Robert and Michelle King. Julianna Margulies’ titular character spends the episode wrestling with the intellectual instincts that get in the way of what her heart wants. Thoughout the hour she gets counsel from a surprising source: Will Gardner, the love-of-her-life fellow lawyer who died a violent death back at the end of season five.
Josh Charles did indeed make a memorable return to the show to give Alicia a kick in the pants, although it’s not clear whether she takes all of his romantic advice. »
- Cynthia Littleton
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