Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

FREEZE FRAMES A Weekly Update of Film Releases

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

FREEZE FRAMES A Weekly Update of Film Releases

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* A BRONX TALE - Robert De Niro makes his directing debut with this bittersweet story of an Italian-American boy who does an unavoidable favor for a local mobster, then finds himself caught between the affection of his crooked new friend and the guidance of his honest and loving father. Chazz Palminteri plays the gangster and wrote the screenplay, which takes its starting point from a dramatic incident in Palminteri's own childhood. The movie labors honorably to criticize the false glamour of mob-connected life and to celebrate the virtues of decent, hard-working men like the protagonist's dad. Still, it never becomes as touching or thrilling as it would like to be. De Niro has done much of his finest acting in urban dramas by Martin Scorsese, and the chief trademark of his directing style is its heavy borrowing from Scorsese's bag of tricks, right down to the rock-and-roll songs that flood the soundtrack. His performance as the boy's father also disappoints, although Palminteri's acting is solid and original. …
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