THE MUSIC MAN (DVD)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 127 minutes

While the songs sometimes suck the breath out of the film either by their length or their lackluster performances, it still is a decent rendition of Meredith Wilson’s classic musical…


Posted on December 26, 2003 by

MONA LISA SMILE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes

Ultimately, “Mona Lisa Smile” isn’t written for today’s audiences. In this liberated world we have today, preaching against the conservative 1950’s “Leave it to Beaver” attitudes seems pointless. Too many strawmen are used to illustrate the “Stepford Wives” behavior of the characters, which left me feeling uninspired…


Posted on December 21, 2003 by

LILO & STITCH’S ISLAND OF ADVENTURE (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 90 minutes

It probably won’t live down in TV lore as the greatest kids show known to man, but at least it isn’t an abomination like the Pokemon series – and it’s not going to induce an epileptic fit in your kids the way “Spongebob Squarepants” or “The Powerpuff Girls” are likely to do…


Posted on December 18, 2003 by

TAKEN

TAKEN
3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

Nick convinces Mark to join him for a birthday get-together with his buddies, which includes playing “the game,” which involves cruising the streets of L.A. to find johns picking up hookers on the boulevard…


Posted on December 18, 2003 by

AN AMERICAN MONK

AN AMERICAN MONK
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

Hiff shrugs off his material possessions after he witnessed an accident in which a young girl was struck by a car and killed during a school snow day…


Posted on December 16, 2003 by

DEAR XXX

2 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

“Dear XXX” hints that a woman might have been the catalyst for his imprisonment, but it easily could have been just a general frustration with the human condition…


Posted on December 15, 2003 by

LOVE DON’T COST A THING

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” is not high art. It is not going to win any Oscars or make anyone’s careers. Heck, it may not even be remembered six months from now. But it’s still a fun movie. It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It’s a great first date movie…


Posted on December 14, 2003 by

STUCK ON YOU

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

IN THEATERS! I can’t help but wonder if the Farrelly Brothers could make a decent film without finding some freakish deformity or ailment to wrap it around. Just make a comedy, for crying out loud! Lately, the Farrelly Brothers have been relying on gimmicks instead of the good, old fashioned slapstick that made them famous…


Posted on December 13, 2003 by

SEVEN O’CLOCK

SEVEN O’CLOCK
2 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes

It’s seven o’clock, and someone has decided to kill himself…


Posted on December 9, 2003 by

FALLEN STAR: DANCE NARRATIVE

FALLEN STAR: DANCE NARRATIVE
2 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 29 minutes

“Through an emotional dance drama, experience one man’s self-destructive choice of addiction…”


Posted on December 9, 2003 by

COPY RIGHT

COPY RIGHT
2 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 26 minutes

Is it drugs? Weapons? Kiddie porn? Not at all. It’s an illegal copy of a videotape…


Posted on December 9, 2003 by

THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 104 minutes

Without a new Mrs. Claus, the de-Santification process begins…


Posted on December 5, 2003 by

THE HAUNTED MANSION

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99 minutes

IN THEATERS! With “The Haunted Mansion,” Eddie Murphy continues in a long line of family film stinkers. This era in his career is going to be remembered for movies that come and go without much note. Eddie better start reading his scripts better and picking his projects with some more integrity or he’ll end up like Kevin Costner…


Posted on November 28, 2003 by

TIMELINE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 116 minutes

There’s a lot of things that are left unexplained in this story. I haven’t read the original book, but I’d venture to guess, considering Crichton’s fondness of explanation and lecturing, that much was explained better and left out of the screenplay…


Posted on November 26, 2003 by

DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 82 minutes

The charm of Dr. Seuss was his ridiculous rhyming scheme, which was haphazard at best, but beautiful in its silliness. In “The Cat in the Hat,” when they added new narration and verse, there was none of this creativity…


Posted on November 25, 2003 by

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