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Just for Laughs The Original Kings of Comedy
Spike Lee's gloriously unpolished concert film focuses on the yuks -- to our great amusement
, August 17, 2000
As any Klump family member can tell you, this has been a hot summer for black comedians. New movies starring Martin Lawrence, the Wayans brothers... More>>
Reefer Madness Saving Grace
The dope-y Saving Grace revives the irreverence of early English comedies
, August 17, 2000
Irish charm and British eccentricity are hot properties on this side of the pond -- especially among U.S. moviegoers. Witness the phenomenal... More>>
Gettin' the Munchies Grass
Grass documentary leaves the viewer hungry for more
, August 17, 2000
Canadian documentarian Ron Mann, who previously examined aspects of pop culture in Comic Book Confidential (1988) and Twist (1992), takes on a... More>>
Picking at Scabs The Replacements
Someone please find some substitute filmmakers for The Replacements
, August 10, 2000
There's no explicable reason for the existence of The Replacements, which is to the football-film genre what Major League was to the baseball... More>>
Makeup Remover The Eyes of Tammy Faye
The Eyes of Tammy Faye peeks underneath the persona of the garish televangelist
, August 10, 2000
In a perfect world, any documentary about televangelists narrated by RuPaul and a couple of sock puppets would be hailed as the unquestionable... More>>
Watering Down the Drinks Coyote Ugly
Hey, wasn't Coyote Ugly supposed to serve up sex and alcohol?
, August 10, 2000
Okay, so there are these beautiful ladies in tight clothes, right? And -- get this -- they serve alcohol while dancing suggestively! Sound cool?... More>>
The (Balding) Eagle Has Landed Space Cowboys
Clint Eastwood's charming Space Cowboys tosses youth demographics out the cargo bay
, August 03, 2000
Think of it as Armageddon for moviegoers with grown-up attention spans. Space Cowboys, perhaps the most pleasant surprise of this long, hot... More>>
Invisible Id Hollow Man
Insipid Hollow Man uses science to explore the outer edges of puerile male aggression
, August 03, 2000
There are many, many productive paths a bright, ambitious young fellow can pursue in America. He can, for instance, start a mediocre rock band... More>>
Saturated Fat Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Nutty Professor II may be hazardous to your health
, August 03, 2000
For one moment -- and that's all you can stomach -- really look at Eddie Murphy's filmography. You will notice how his bad films (and most... More>>
Can't Stop Running Water Shower
Shower fondly recalls old Chinese customs, and understands their inevitable passing
, August 03, 2000
The practice of motion picture production in China is clearly in flux. While films have long emanated from government studios, political changes... More>>
Look Who's Losin' It Loser
Amy Heckerling is clueless with her latest teen flick
, July 27, 2000
Only in the movies could a kid who looks and acts like Jason Biggs be called a loser. Let's see: charming conversationalist, big smile, washboard... More>>
No Laughing Matter But I'm a Cheerleader
Cheerleader proves that gay "recovery" therapy is still too controversial a subject for comedy
, July 27, 2000
It would be the easiest thing in the world to write off But I'm a Cheerleader, the story of a teenager discovering her sexual identity through a... More>>
Giving Up the Ghost What Lies Beneath
The only thing deader than the haunted spirit in What Lies Beneath is the movie itself
, July 20, 2000
Rather than asking if this senseless and expensive new film from wunderkind entertainer Robert Zemeckis is devoid of merit (it is), or "worth... More>>
Mystery Men X-Men
Comic-book characters remain two-dimensional in the special effects-laden X-Men
, July 20, 2000
In Bryan Singer's last movie, 1998's Apt Pupil, Ian McKellen portrayed a Nazi war criminal hiding out in the suburbs, passing himself off as an... More>>
Arresting Development Chuck & Buck
When Mommy goes away, Buck just wants to play. And Chuck rues the day he ever met the fay.
, July 20, 2000
The bewildering penchant of recent American movies for glorifying the lovable naÏf, the perpetual adolescent and the village idiot takes a... More>>
Blueprint in Blood Blood Simple
Restored and recut, the Coen brothers' debut film provides clues on the gruesomeness to come
, July 13, 2000
So who are these celebrated Coen brothers anyway, and what's their point? These days, it's pretty easy to switch over to critical autopilot, to... More>>
Living in a Scream Scary Movie
Scary Movie aims for all the obvious horror targets - and actually nails some
, July 13, 2000
Is there a more bankrupt genre than the parody movie? So many flicks nowadays are so painfully self-aware and referential anyway that there often... More>>
Whistlin' Trixie Trixie
You'll lap it up as the title character in Alan Rudolph's quirky comedy trips over her own tongue
, July 13, 2000
Murphy and Pryor. Skywalker and Kenobi. Amos and Zeppelin. Regardless of the creative universe, the maverick apprentice tends to stride off into... More>>
Heigh Ho, It's Off to Work They Go American Pimp
Hughes brothers make pimpin' seem as benign as the cartoonish caricature of the profession
, July 13, 2000
Call it the second-oldest profession in the world. It's certainly one of the most quintessentially American: Few professions combine sex,... More>>
Cry Hard Disney's The Kid
In a story almost too slick, Bruce Willis really gets in touch with his inner child
, July 06, 2000
Why is the film called Disney's The Kid? Is it really possible that the studio was so concerned that someone might actually mistake the film for... More>>
Ain't No Sunshine Sunshine
Despite revisiting the 20th century's cataclysmic events, Istvín Szabó's latest lacks emotional punch
, July 06, 2000
I never imagined the day would come when I would cringe to see Ralph Fiennes on screen. Not only is he shamelessly good-looking, but, whether... More>>
What a Long, Strange Trip Jesus' Son
Denis Johnson's junkies drift along in Jesus' Son, and so do we
, July 06, 2000
Director Alison Maclean, from Canada by way of New Zealand, turns her camera on the American landscape -- or, more accurately, the underbelly of... More>>
What So Proudly We Hail The Patriot
Sure, The Patriot is mawkish nationalism disguised as summer entertainment, but we'll wave the flag anyway
, June 29, 2000
Despite what many believe, it doesn't come down to explosions, star power or millions of greenbacks thrown at the producers. The true indicator... More>>
Storm Warning The Perfect Storm
Disaster film sinks under its own melodramatic weight
, June 29, 2000
The press kit for The Perfect Storm contains the damnedest thing I've ever read. Right at the top, there is a "special request to the press" that... More>>
Birth of a (Fascist) Nation Butterfly
Butterfly explores the tensions in 1936 Spain via an old teacher and his young pupil
, June 29, 2000
For most Americans, the social and political issues underlying José Luis Cuerda's Butterfly may seem remote at best. The tensions between... More>>
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