One Tough Cop
Starring Stephen Baldwin, Chris Penn, Gina Gershon, Mike McGlone, Frank Pellegrino and Amy Irving. The problem is that he's one among many on the big and small screen and not even Brazilian director Bruno Barreto's proven talent can lift this drama of a street cop and his conflicting loyalties above police routine. R.
Starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Albert Hall, Irma P. Hall and Carol Jean Lewis. Winfrey stars -- and makes you forget she's Oprah Winfrey -- in this long, ambitious adaptation of the Toni Morrison novel, a tale of slavery's legacy in the years after the Civil War. Director Jonathan Demme doesn't always find the right approach to the material, and some of it simply drags. But the performances from Winfrey, Glover, Elise and Newton hold everything together, and there are moments of keening power and terrifying poetry. R.