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October 13, 2010 5:00am EST
Actor Zak Orth wed his girlfriend in a star-studded ceremony in New York last weekend (09-10Oct10).
March 06, 2009 7:57am EST
A stunning, mind-bending, breathtaking, densely packed motion picture experience you may want to see again the minute it ends -- if you can figure it all out.
February 17, 2009 4:20pm EST
"Joe the King" isn't your usual coming-of-age tale. The movie's 14-year-old hero doesn't get the girl. His experiences growing up in the '70s aren't nostalgic. And his role models are non-existent. What makes Joe memorable is his tenacious spirit, something emphasized by this film's unsentimental approach to his vulnerability. Frank Whaley, an actor making his writing-directing debut, has cast this indie feature with some stars, although the true standout is Noah Fleiss in the title role. From the opening sequence, it's clear that Joe is one of those troubled kids destined for the detention center. In a cameo as a monstrous school teacher, Camryn Manheim proceeds to pull down Joe's pants and spank him in front of his peers after he refuses to acknowledge his father's occupation as the school janitor. Home life isn't getting any better for the youngster. Val Kilmer co-stars as the boy's drunken and abusive dad, and Karen Young plays his absentee mother, who works too much to watch over her family. The boy's closest companion is an older brother (Max Ligosh) who'd rather spend time with his own pals and girlfriends. Ethan Hawke plays a guidance counselor trying to interest Joe in something more substantial than comic books. And John Leguizamo co-stars as the teen's closest thing to an adult friend, a scheming employee at the restaurant where he washes dishes. It would be tempting simply to feel sorry for young Joe. When he's not being berated by his intoxicated pop, he's hounded to cough up the money his dad owes some of the town's less-than-stellar citizens. His employers at the restaurant like to call him all sorts of colorful profanities, and the authorities think he's a criminal in training. But filmmaker Whaley has other designs for his protagonist. For one thing, Joe is a skillful and intelligent petty thief, able to steal candy for his classmates as easily as he pulls off heists to pay for valuables his father has destroyed. Joe's never a total victim, or innocent. The youngster initiates several small crimes, and spends little time trying to channel his energy into more socially acceptable efforts. With pathos, longing and keen instinct, Fleiss endows the young king of the streets with a certain nobility and sadness. Despite his father's abusive behavior, Joe is shown to care deeply about him, just as Joe cares about his mother and brother. The filmmaker's refusal to sentimentalize the boy's nature allows him to develop within a dysfunctional dynamic. At times, Whaley's determination to keep things as raw as possible comes across as hip cynicism, and the film's brutal secondary characters are drawn especially starkly. And although Kilmer conveys the beer-bellied force his role requires, his performance doesn't delve beneath the surface of a man whose destructive tendencies overwhelm his better notions. Leguizamo and Hawke are more affecting in their minor roles, and Young, as Joe's mother, is able to convey both exasperation and affection for her children. Complimenting his smart performance is Whaley's understated direction. As with the screenplay, the filmmaker and his collaborators choose not to lard their drama with unnecessary flourishes. The music by Robert Whaley and Anthony Grimaldi is spare and introspective, which perfectly complements Michael Mayers' simple, effective cinematography. Anchored by Fleiss' strong performance, the film captures a slice of growing up rarely seen in today's adolescent films, and one that's genuinely moving. * MPAA rating: R for language and abusive situations concerning a child. 'Joe the King' Noah Fleiss: Joe Henry Val Kilmer: Bob Karen Young: Theresa Ethan Hawke: Guidance Counselor A 49th Parallel Productions/Forensic-391 Films/Lower East Side Films production; distributed by Trimark Pictures. Director Frank Whaley. Producers Robin O'Hara & Scott Macaulay and Jennifer Dewis & Lindsay Marx. Executive producer Janet Grillo and John Leguizamo. Screenplay Frank Whaley. Cinematographer Michael Mayers. Editors Melody London and Miran Miosic. Costumes Richard Owings. Music Robert Whaley & Anthony Grimaldi. Production designer Dan Ouellette. Art director Mylene Santos. Set dresser Bernadette Jurkowski. Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.
November 12, 2007 10:42am EST
This is a twisted and dark Big Chill in which six friends reunite for a funeral, and a spooky little girl spoils the fun and portends further mayhem.
April 20, 2007 11:52am EST
If you like your thrillers without the thrill, Vacancy is for you. Ditto to those who immediately think “suspense” when they see Luke Wilson.
August 11, 2006 1:36pm EST
As a movie, World Trade Center is a decent Hollywood drama. Unfortunately, in many ways and for many people, that’s what this particular story among stories, this legacy, will now be relegated to. But at least now when we hear the joke “America needs a film to help put 9/11 behind us,” we have a punch line.
April 16, 2003 7:04am EST
Bulletproof Monk won't offer any enlightenment, but thanks to Chow Yun-Fat, it isn't a total waste of time.
April 19, 2002 2:23pm EST
"Chelsea Walls," named for the fabled New York Hotel favored by artists and iconoclasts that is the film's setting, bounces all over the place as it follows a bunch of uninteresting artsy types whose output is even more uninteresting.
March 01, 2002 6:52am EST
Interminable and boring, this is why hyperrealism never does well on the silver screen. (Heck, everyone's life is boring, except yours.) In the Bedroom just makes you wish you were at home sleeping in your own.