Friday, November 30, 2001



Opening Friday

Behind Enemy Lines Owen Wilson, growing more visible and popular by the day, stars in this film about a pilot who is shot down over some eastern European nation. Wilson has been in some great movies of late (Meet the Parents, Shanghai Noon) and could use this film to vault him to more leading roles. Gene Hackman stars as the captain who breaks protocol to go rescue Wilson. A nice, patriotic film for the family. Rated PG-13.

Texas Rangers James Van der Beek and other assorted post-teenage actors star in this film about the Texas Rangers, the crime fighters not the baseball team. Rated PG-13.

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Black Knight Martin Lawrence travels back to medieval times, leads a revolt, falls in love with a damsel in distress and defeats the evil in this comedy. It seems like people are always going back in time to Medieval times. Why doesn't anybody go back in time to Revolutionary War America or B.C. China? Rated PG-13.

Domestic Disturbance John Travolta must save his son from the boy's stepfather. Vince Vaughn stars as the evil step dad. I guess this will be better than "Look Who's Talking, Too." At least, Travolta better hope so. Rated R.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone This was excellent. As a fan of the books, I was very happy that the film stayed true to the tone and story. The characters looked great and I had Alan Rickman cast as Snape in my head a long time ago. This is fun for the whole family, though it is a little too long for really young kids. Rated PG.

Monsters, Inc. The latest computer generated film from Pixar, the people who brought you the Toy Story films. This film focuses on monsters that live in closets and are afraid of children. This is an awfully cute, and entertaining family film. Rated G.

Out Cold This looks like the stupidest movie ever and they are constantly showing the commercial for it which means it probably is. A group of "gnarly" snowboarders do a bunch of "rad" things while they compete against snobby snowboarders in a big "competition." No thank you. PG-13.

Shallow Hal A man sees women only for their inner beauty after being hypnotized. This comedy stars Jack Black (kind of my hero) and Gwyneth Paltrow and is directed by The Farrelly Brothers. It is not laugh a minute like the other Farrelly Brothers films, but it is entertaining. It has a good message. Rated PG-13.

Spy Game Robert Redford stars a s a former spy that must go back under to save his protege, played by Brad Pitt. This is a nice cast and should be a solid drama. Rated R.

The One Jet Li plays a thousand different Jet Lis in this film. As each alternate dimension form of Jet Li is eliminated, the remaining Jet Lis become stronger. The final battle between good Jet Li and evil Jet Li will be for all the marbles. Rated PG-13.

The Wash Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg work in a car wash. They get involved in a kidnapping and must battle the bad guys and save the day. This was written by one of the writers of "Friday," which was an entertaining movie. This movie is not for kids. Rated R.

Training Day Denzel Washington in his first role as a villain. He plays a Los Angeles policeman who is training Ethan Hawke, a rookie, on how to be a cop in L.A. This looks pretty good. Rated R.

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire Perhaps it should have been called Disney: the Lost Empire. This movie bombed at the box office and did not look like classic Disney fare. Rated PG.

Bandits Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton rob banks after spending the night at the bank owner's house. This comedy also features Cate Blanchett. It looks funny. Rated PG-13.

Cats and Dogs A comedy for the kids. This has some very funny scenes and some cute moments, but it did not live up to my expectations. I was expecting a film that was fun for both kids and adults and was disappointed. Your kids won't be. Rated PG.

Don't Say A Word Michael Douglas stars as a psychiatrist pushed to the edge by kidnappers. One of his patients has a clue, but, if you remember the preview, "She'll never tell." Rated R.

Glitter The film that made Mariah Carey a star. No, wait, she already was a star. The film that made her less of a star and more of a punchline. The story is semi-autobiographical. A girl becomes a pop sensation and learns that some people in the biz are out to get you, while others are only out to love you. Rated PG-13.

Hearts In Atlantis Anthony Hopkins plays a mysterious man who has mysterious powers. A boy befriends him and also gains mysterious powers. This is based on a Stephen King story though it is not a tale of horror. Rated PG-13.

Iron Monkey A legendary crimefighter in China fights evil under the cover of darkness. His name: Iron Monkey. If you like martial arts films, then you will like this. If you like films like Glitter, you will not like this. Rated PG-13.

Joy Ride Two guys get into a little mischief with a CB on a road trip and end up being chased by a killer. Steve Zahn (Happy,Texas) and Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious) are the guys and Leelee Sobieski is the girl that goes along for the ride. This looks like it could be a fun little movie. Rated R.

Jurassic Park III Dr. Grant gets called back to the island of dinosaurs and tries to stay out of trouble. Lots of good effects and dinosaurs. This was much better than Jurassic Park II. Rated PG-13.

Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon goes to Harvard law school to win back her man. I rented this last weekend ad thought it was O.K. It will not win any awards or cure world hunger, but it will entertain you for a little over 90 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Planet of the Apes Tim Burton's "re-imagining" of the classic film about astronauts stranded on a planet of, well, apes. Mark Wahlberg stars. They are also showing this in Spanish. Ay Curamba! Rated PG-13.

Rat Race A bunch of people race around looking for millions of dollars, while people in Las Vegas bet on which group will win. The cast is impressive (Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr. Mr. Bean) but the reviews were not. Still, it's only a dollar. Rated PG-13.

Rush Hour 2 Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan team up once again to save the day with their deft police work and their Kung Fu. This time the film is set in Hong Kong. Rated PG-13.

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