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Criterion Review: The In-Laws

  • CineVue
★★★★☆ Alan Arkin and Peter Falk send up their dramatic personae to great effect in Arthur Hiller's 1979 The In-Laws, a wonderfully balanced and often hilarious comedy that benefits from the formidable talents of its leads. Sheldon Kornpett (Arkin) is a successful dentist excited about his daughter's impending wedding. Little does he know that the father of the groom (Falk), is waist-deep in organised crime, having recently pulled off the heist of the century. Invariably, Sheldon quickly becomes tied up with his new in-law Vince's nefarious dealings, forcing the pair to go on the lam in Honduras and attempt to hawk Vince's stolen Us Mint imprints to loopy military dictator General Garcia (Richard Libertini).
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Betrayed

Costa-Gavras sets his focus on right-wing political terror in the American heartland, where FBI agent Debra Winger finds farmer Tom Berenger at the head of a clan of murderous white supremacists. Our friends and neighbors! Betrayed Blu-ray Olive Films 1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 127 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair, John Mahoney, Ted Levine, Jeffrey DeMunn, Albert Hall, David Clennon, Robert Swan, Richard Libertini. Cinematography Patrick Blossier Film Editor Joële Van Effenterre Original Music Bill Conti Written by Joe Eszterhas Produced by Irwin Winkler Directed by Costa-Gavras

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Filmmaker Cost-Gavras occupies a high roost where political activism is concerned. His most popular films 'Z', Stage of Siege, The Confession and Missing put strong values before wide audiences in the Nixon and Reagan years, when few major filmmakers would go near such touchy subjects. 1988's Betrayed is
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The In-Laws

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

Good grief, I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas remade this movie back in
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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk
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Soap, Mary Tyler Moore, Murphy Brown: Actor Richard Libertini Dies at 82

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Successful character actor, Richard Joseph Libertini, has passed away at the age of 82. According to his obituary, Libertini died January 7, 2016, after a two year battle with cancer.

This son of Italian immigrants found success on stage and the silver screen. His first TV appearance was a guest role on the Marlo Thomas sitcom, That Girl, in 1970. He had a recurring role as Joe Sutonni, on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, in 1976. He also recurred as "The Godfather," on Soap, in 1977.

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Best of Burt Reynolds

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

We like to celebrate the movie tough guys of the ’70s here at We Are Movie Geeks and at Super-8 Movie Madness. We’ve posted Top Ten lists to tie into Super-8 shows featuring Charles Bronson (Here), Clint Eastwood (Here), and Lee Marvin (Here). This month we’re going to honor the #1 top money-making star for five consecutive years – 1978 – 1982 – Burt Reynolds. On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants
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All of Me Remake Moves Forward at DreamWorks

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All of Me Remake Moves Forward at DreamWorks
DreamWorks Pictures is mounting a remake of the 1984 comedy All of Me. The Vow screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein wrote the screenplay, which is being developed by producer John Davis (Chronicle).

Lily Tomlin starred in the original movie, directed by Carl Reiner, as a dying millionaire who tries to transfer her soul into a younger woman. Things go awry when she actually transfers herself into the body of her attorney (Steve Martin). The remake would flip the premise, having the man's soul enter the body of a woman.

Back in April 2007, we reported that New Line Cinema was developing this remake as a starring vehicle for Queen Latifah. DreamWorks picked up the remake rights out of turnaround last year.

No production schedule was given at this time.

All of Me was released September 21st, 1984 and stars Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Richard Libertini, Dana Elcar,
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Dolphin Tale - Blu-ray Review

.Well imagine my delight.. A Dolphin Tale of a dolphin.s tail that is largely fictionalized, although the dolphin in question is played by the real life survivor that inspired the film. Never go looking for history in movies, but even this imagined tale has the power to uplift and inspire. Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble, looking much like Roddy McDowall in My Friend Flicka) is a quiet boy being raised by his single mom Lorraine (Ashley Judd). He seems to most communicate with his cousin Kyle (Austin Stowell), but Kyle has enlisted in the military and is going away. One day Sawyer is bicycling and is flagged down by a fisherman (Richard Libertini) who asks him for his
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'Relatively Speaking' review: Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen's comedy on Broadway

  • Pop2it
Comedies, without musical interludes, are just not that common on Broadway.

Sure, there have been some recent revivals -- notably "La Bete," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Born Yesterday" -- and one-person shows such as "Ghetto Klown" and "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short," but new comedies, where no one dances, no one sings and we hang on wordplay, are pretty rare.

There's a reason. It's really hard to be funny.

But the three names behind "Relatively Speaking" -- Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, each of whom wrote original one-act plays for the show -- pull people into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

It's a fun night, and the comedies improve with each one. Coen's "Talking Cure" is about a mailman (Danny Hoch) who went postal and his subsequent sessions with a psychiatrist (Jason Kravits).

It's this one, in particular, where John Turturro's direction is most obvious,
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Medialog: Doctor Who gets a job!

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Established 1974! Our news column celebrates Shark Week in Outer Space!

Character Castings

Doctor Who’s David Tennant has a new gig. He’ll follow in the footsteps of Gillian Anderson and Alan Cumming by serving as host for a series of Masterpiece Theatre presentations on PBS. Tennant will preside over the Masterpiece Contemporary entries beginning October 25.

Night Stalker’s Gabrielle Union will have a recurring role on ABC’s upcoming Flashforward.

Mutant X’s Lauren Lee Smith joined CSI last season as Riley, but she’s now exiting the show.

Hugh Jackman will sing as The Greatest Showman On Earth, that master of ballyhoo and humbug, P.T. Barnum, in an original movie musical being charted by 20th Century Fox. Jenny Bicks is scripting. Expect Jenny Lind, Tom Thumb, Jumbo, the Fiji Mermaid and a three-ring circus worth of more! Of course, Cy Coleman’s Tony-winning Broadway musical Barnum already
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Father’s Day Blu-Ray Round Up, May 26, 2009: ‘Fletch,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Seabiscuit’

Chicago – Universal Home Video is releasing a wave of titles timed for Father’s Day gifts. Some of their choices - “Field of Dreams,” “Fletch” - seem like logical picks for a better HD daddy day than another striped tie while others seem chosen purely because they have the word “Men” or “Man” in the title - “Children of Men,” “Cinderella Man,” “Inside Man”.

Most are pretty good and some are great. Pick your favorite and give it to your Blu-Ray pop.

Inside Man” will be released on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009.

The other five titles were released on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009.

Children of Men

Photo credit: Universal Synopsis: “No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, Clive Owen portrays an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former love, played by Julianne Moore to escort a
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"Fletch" - Blu-ray review. A comedy classic butchered by its features.

Fletch” – The Blu-ray reviewby Peter Dimako ____________________________________________ “Fletch” brings back ‘80s comedy and it’s still damned funny. Based on the novel by Gregory McDonald, Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher is as ‘80s in comedy as “Beverly Hills Cop” is in the action genre. Played to comedic-perfection by Chevy Chase, Fletcher is a top dog newspaper reporter who uses any and all of his diverse means to get the story. He’s been bumming it on a California beach, working to expose a drug trade run by Fat Sam (George Wendt) and basically loafing around for the most part. He pretty much has his story-thirsty editor Frank Walker (Richard Libertini) in the palm of his hand. While on assignment, he’s approached by the suit-wearing Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who lures him back to his place with $1000 and pops him with a strange and intriguing proposition. Stanwyk wants Fletch to murder him, apparently
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"Fletch" - Blu-ray review. A comedy classic butchered by its features.

Fletch” brings back ‘80s comedy and it’s still damned funny. Based on the novel by Gregory McDonald, Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher is as ‘80s in comedy as “Beverly Hills Cop” is in the action genre. Played to comedic-perfection by Chevy Chase, Fletcher is a top dog newspaper reporter who uses any and all of his diverse means to get the story. He’s been bumming it on a California beach, working to expose a drug trade run by Fat Sam (George Wendt) and basically loafing around for the most part. He pretty much has his story-thirsty editor Frank Walker (Richard Libertini) in the palm of his hand. While on assignment, he’s approached by the suit-wearing Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who lures him back to his place with $1000 and pops him with a strange and intriguing proposition. Stanwyk wants Fletch to murder him, apparently because the filthy rich man has
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"Fletch" - Blu-ray review. A comedy classic butchered by its features.

Fletch” brings back ‘80s comedy and it’s still damned funny. Based on the novel by Gregory McDonald, Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher is as ‘80s in comedy as “Beverly Hills Cop” is in the action genre. Played to comedic-perfection by Chevy Chase, Fletcher is a top dog newspaper reporter who uses any and all of his diverse means to get the story. He’s been bumming it on a California beach, working to expose a drug trade run by Fat Sam (George Wendt) and basically loafing around for the most part. He pretty much has his story-thirsty editor Frank Walker (Richard Libertini) in the palm of his hand. While on assignment, he’s approached by the suit-wearing Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who lures him back to his place with $1000 and pops him with a strange and intriguing proposition. Stanwyk wants Fletch to murder him, apparently because the filthy rich man has
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A Clip From 'Supernatural' 4.12: Criss Angel is a Douche Bag

A clip from "Supernatural" January 22 episode called "Criss Angel is a Douche Bag" has been made available. It shows a scene where Dean comes upon a place to meet the chief but instead he is brought to a dungeon for a misunderstood purpose.

A mysterious death draws Sam and Dean to a town full of old-school magicians. Their investigation leads them to Charlie, Jay and Vernon, three friends who were famous magicians in their day but have now been replaced by flashier, younger magicians. One of them has made a deal to acquire real magical powers, but the price was extremely high. Sam and Dean must figure out a way to reverse the spell before others are harmed.

Guest stars lined up in the episode are John Rubenstein, Barry Bostwick and Richard Libertini as Charlie, Jay and Vernon respectively.

On other news, the show has cast Kurt Fuller ("Desperate Housewives
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‘Supernatural’ Returns, Plus Season 4 Details

Come Thursday, the brothers Winchester will be back in action thumping demon butt and carrying out angel orders on Supernatural on The CW! The episode coming up is called Family Remains.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the appearance of a young female ghost (guest star) in an abandoned house, but things become more complicated when a family moves in.

The brothers fail to get the family to leave, but when the son is kidnapped though the walls, they look to Sam and Dean to rescue the boy.

The episode after, airing on January 22nd, is called Criss Angel Is A Douchebag (sorry about the language, I didn’t name the episode).

Three aging magicians attend a magic conference and prove that they still have a few unbelievable tricks up their sleeves - but are they only illusions? Meanwhile Ruby tries to convince Sam to use a little magic of his own.
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Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for December 1, 2008

Did you see any stars from old TV shows while you were out holiday shopping? If not, it could be because they're on the sets of series (like The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, and Bones) or movies.

Catch up with favorites like Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), John Rubinstein (Day Break), Richard Libertini (Soap), Tasha Smith (Boston Common), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Bateman (Valerie's Family), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Carlos Ponce (Lipstick Jungle), Jon Huertas (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Tamala Jones (One on One), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Dear John), Susan Sullivan (The Nine), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Laura Allen (The 4400), Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars), Esai Morales (Vanished), Brittany Robertson (Swingtown), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Charles S. Dutton (Threshold), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Debbie Allen (Fame), Marisa Coughlan (Boston Legal), Kathleen Quinlan (Family Law), Rob Bogue (Oz), Josh Cooke (Big Day
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Everybody Wants To Be Italian

Nice locations in Bos ton's North End lend some much-needed spice to Jason Todd Ipson's "Everybody Wants To Be Italian," an otherwise bland ethnic romantic comedy in the mold of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

Hunky Jay Jablonski plays Jake, a Polish-American fishmonger who meets Marisa (Cerina Vincent), an attractive Hispanic veterinarian he mistakenly thinks is Italian.

Jake is in a funk. Eight years after his ex-girlfriend Isabella (Marisa Petroro) dumped him, he's still trying to win her
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Film review: 'Telling You'

Film review: 'Telling You'
Well-meaning but thematically and dramatically uninspired slice-of-life comedy "Telling You", screened during the recent Hollywood Film Festival, is the latest entry in the twentysomethings-pondering-their-existence derby.

While novice feature filmmaker Robert DeFranco has a nice directorial touch, particularly when it comes to the performances of his young, likable cast, the unsubstantial script (penned by DeFranco and Marc Palmieri) and its flatly generic dialogue serve as a major detriment.

Understandably on the hunt for the next Ben and Matt, Miramax has just picked up this trifle, but don't expect it to generate much boxoffice goodwill.

The picture, which could have just as easily been titled "Two Guys, Two Girls and a Pizza Parlor," looks in on Phil (Peter Facinelli) and Dennis (Dash Mihok), two best buddies who find themselves making good on their college graduation by working at Lombardo's, the neighborhood pizza joint.

Somewhat embarrassed by the fact that their lives are stuck in an adolescent rut, they spend most of the time contemplating their fates with similarly unmotivated friends -- when not ducking behind the counter every time people they know wander in for a slice and a soda.

While Phil finds himself constantly dodging the attentions of hopeful ex-girlfriend Deb (a hyper Jennifer Love Hewitt in a nice change-of-pace performance), Dennis pines for what might have been with Kristen (Gina Philips), the potential relationship he screwed up years earlier.

The cast, also including Richard Libertini as a kind, all-knowing street person and Matthew Lillard as a hot-headed salesman, is uniformly effective. One wishes there were better things for them to say and do.

While DeFranco and director of photography Mark Doering-Powell know their way around a camera with solid, unflashy results, whoever told young filmmakers to stick with what they know has dealt a serious blow to the power of good old-fashioned imagination. Limited by their own experiences and behavior, DeFranco and Palmieri have settled on a blandly agreeable thumbnail sketch, striking a chord that is ultimately more insular than universal.

TELLING YOU

Miramax

CineTel Films presents

A Division I Entertainment production

Director: Robert DeFranco

Screenwriters: Robert DeFranco & Marc Palmieri

Story: Marc Palmieri & Denis Flood

Producer: David DuPuy

Executive producer: Christopher DeFranco

Director of photography: Mark Doering-Powell

Editor: Louis Cioffi

Music: Russ Landau

Color/stereo

Cast:

Deb Friedman: Jennifer Love Hewitt

Phil Marzano: Peter Facinelli

Dennis Nolan: Dash Mihok

Sal: Frank Medrano

Mr. P.: Richard Libertini

Adam Ginsberg: Matthew Lillard

Kristen Barrett: Gina Philips

Mr. Dupuy: Rick Rossovich

Running time -- 93 minutes

No MPAA rating

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