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Billy Crystal and Josh Gad - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the Premiere of FX's 'The Comedians' which was held at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, United States - Monday 6th April 2015

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Josh Gad and Billy Crystal - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the Premiere of FX's 'The Comedians' which was held at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, United States - Monday 6th April 2015

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Billy Crystal - Photographs of a variety of stars as they attended the 2015 FOX Winter Television Critics Association All-Star Party which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 17th January 2015

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Billy Crystal - HBO's 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards After Party - Arrivals - West Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 25th August 2014

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Billy Crystal - Celebrities courtside at the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball game against The Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder defeated the Clippers by the final score of 104-98 in game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th May 2014

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Billy Crystal - Celebrities arriving at the Staples Center for the NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff game between the LA Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City Thunder currently lead the series 2-1. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th May 2014

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Billy Crystal - Celebrities watch the Los Angeles Clippers playoff game at the Staples Center. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 118-112 in game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 9th May 2014

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Billy Crystal and Reggie Miller - Celebrities watch the Clippers playoff game at the Staples Center. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors by the final score of 126-121 in game 7 of the NBA playoffs. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 4th May 2014

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Billy Crystal - 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala honoring Rob Reiner - New York, New York, United States - Monday 28th April 2014

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Billy Crystal - Celebrities attend the Los Angeles Clippers playoff game against the Golden State Warriors in game 2 of the 1st round of the NBA playoffs - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st April 2014

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Billy Crystal - Celebrities at the Clippers Playoff game. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 109-105 in game 1 of the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs, at the Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 19th April 2014

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Billy Crystal and Martin Lawrence - FX Networks Upfront Premiere Screening Of 'Fargo' at SVA Theater - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 10th April 2014

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Billy Crystal - the FX Networks Upfront screening of 'Fargo' at SVA Theater on April 9, 2014 in New York City. - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 10th April 2014

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Janice Crystal and Billy Crystal - 'Heathers: The Musical' Off Broadway Opening Night, New York - New York, New York, United States - Monday 31st March 2014

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Janice Crystal and Billy Crystal - Opening night of Heathers The Musical at the New World Stages - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 1st April 2014

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Nancy Haecker, Haskell Wexler and Billy Crystal - 1st Annual Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) Awards held at the American Writers Guild Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 29th March 2014

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Billy Crystal - Billy Crystal out at the Clippers game. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by the final score of 106-98 at Staples Center in downtow Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 24th March 2014

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Billy Crystal - Celebrities at the Clippers game. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans by the final score of 108-74 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Billy Crystal, Tommy Lasorda and Janice Crystal - Celebrities courtside at the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers held at Staples Center. The Clippers went on to defeat the 76ers, 123 - 78. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 9th February 2014

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Billy Crystal - Wednesday February 5, 2014; Celebs out at the Clippers-Heat game. The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 116-112 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 5th February 2014

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Pacific Rim Now Out In Cinemas, But What Other Films Have Been Released Today?


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Friday 12th July has been quite the launchpad for a host of new and exciting films, showcasing the genre spectrum. From action blockbusters to indies, political thrillers to kids animation films, there'll be something to suit all tastes and ages as the summer of film gets hotter.

Well, we'll start off with Trap For Cinderella first because it's the underdog erotic thriller indie with an interesting premise. The Iain Softley film will star young, up-and-coming British actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach as vivacious Micky and shy Do: two girls who are reunited after years apart and reignite a secret passion despite the disapproval they are faced with.

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Tuppence Middleton & Alexandra Roach In Trap For Cinderella.

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John Goodman & Billy Crystal - Video Interview


Billy Crystal and John Goodman are interviewed about their new 'Monsters Inc.' prequel 'Monsters University' in which they star as Mike and Sulley. They talk about getting back into character, their characters initial relationship and why the college setting is so fitting.

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A New Scare Record! Monsters University Defeats World War Z At Box Office


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Pixar's Monsters University sits atop of the North American film charts with takings of over $80 million in its first weekend of opening, beating rival Paramount Pictures' World War Z, which took $66 million (£42.74m). Man of Steel came third in the weekend's rankings at half of the Monsters University takings at $41.2 million (£27m).

Monsters University, the Dan Scanlon sequel to 2001's Monsters Inc., takes a step back in time to the days where lead monsters Mike and Sully weren't the all-star scare-powering duo they are at Monsters Incorporated. Here they're at university and there's a distinct rivalry between the little one-eyed Mike and the big fuzzy Scully as the film charts their progress as young adults.

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Summer Blockbuster Season Is Open, As Monsters And Zombies Dominate The Weekend Box Office


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It’s been a tense weekend at the box office, with contenders for a summer blockbuster out in full force. Unsurprisingly, the top spot over the weekend went to Monsters University with estimated $82 million earnings (all data courtesy of Hollywood.com), proving that even when the critics disagree, the folks over at the Emeryville studio know what they’re doing. For those keeping score at home, Pixar’s perfect streak of 14 out of 14 films debuting at number one on their first weekend remains unbroken.

Zombies came second to monsters, as Brad Pitt’s crack at the contagion genre, World War Z, followed closely with $66 million; having debuted this weekend at 3607 theatres across the US. The film was based on the eponymous Max Brooks novel and helmed by Marc Foster. It’s no secret that the zombie genre is having its Renaissance in recent years and the Pitt production apparently manages to tap into the Zeitgeist. It turns out to be Brad Pitt’s best opening weekend, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith with $50.3 million.

The second runner-up again comes as no surprise, as Warner Bros’s Man of Steel continues to perform, despite the second weekend drop of 65%. With estimated weekend earnings of $41,2 million, Man of Steel is still going strong. Note: it isn’t matching the box office success of this year’s Iron Man 3 though, which, if reports of Warner Bros. modeling a Justice League franchise after The Avengers are true, would be the studio’s goal.

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Monsters University - A Solid Effort But Not Pixar's Best


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The prequel to Monsters Inc. seems to have captured most of the magic of the first picture, but with mixed reviews, it won’t go down as one of Pixar’s finest moments. We take a look at some of the reviews ahead of the film’s release.

The good: “Execution matters. Verve, and energy, and inventiveness matter. And Monsters University is funny, fast, and likable, with occasional moments of real visual surprise and laugh-out-loud offhand gags,” say Vulture. “The result,” of Monsters University, says The Washington Post, “is a charming addition to the Monsters canon."

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Review Roundup: Monsters University Isn't Pixar's Comeback, But It's Still Hilarious.


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Monsters University, the sequel to Pixar’s delightfully wonky Monsters Inc. hits theatres today and it offers a plethora of opportunities – for 00s kids and current college students it’s a chance to revisit the world of Mike, Sully and the rest of Monstropolis at the perfect moment, for Pixar – a chance to redeem themselves after recent slumps and for movie critics – a chance to make every college pun imaginable – sometimes more than one. Wordplays aside though, Monsters seems to be doing pretty well with both critics and audiences. It currently holds the unusually high rating of 77% fresh on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and is probably the first movie in history with the same grade on IMDB – 7.7/10. And it might be that this colorful Pixar romp has reached the children deep inside movie critics, for they’re also heaping praise on the film – if a bit more sparingly.

TIME magazine’s Richard Corliss praises the film’s visual thrills, but doesn’t neglect to mention the standard refrain: it’s not as good as Up or WALL-E, but it’ll do. The review ends on a moderately positive note, with Corliss accurately describing Monsters as “a minor film with major charms.”

Check out the Monsters University trailer here.

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Video - Billy Crystal Signs For Fans At 'Monsters University' Premiere - Part 2


'When Harry Met Sally' star Billy Crystal arrives at the premiere for 'Monsters University' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. He is seen signing autographs for fans before getting into an awaiting car.

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Pixar Goes Back To Its Roots With "Monsters University"


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After months in the pipeline and predictions ranging from a return to form for Pixar to a complete disaster, the studio’s Monsters University is finally in theatres today (June 21). The Pixar team certainly have a lot to prove with this one. After the studio shaped the animated feature landscape with films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and, of course Monsters Inc., its recent productions haven’t exactly been receiving glowing praise.

Everyone is aware that Cars 2 is no Up and even Brave, which was admittedly better received that Cars 2, didn’t exactly win glowing praise. Perhaps it would make sense then, that, nearly twelve years on, when a franchise would normally be gone and forgotten, Pixar are returning to their roots.

Not only is Monsters University hitting a very specific demographic – the kids who ooh-ed and aah-ed at Boo’s adventures in the first one are now right around college age or a bit older - but the inspiration has finally hit. And the folks at Pixar have a very important philosophy – only make the film when there’s a story to tell (once again, we’ll turn a blind eye on the Cars franchise.)

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Monsters University Falls Victim To "Second Movie" Syndrome?


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Monsters University is Pixar’s very first foray into the world of the prequel. And, as prequels go, it’s not terrible – it offers a few laughs, fits well into the general story, which began with Monsters Inc. and, as we’ve come to expect from Pixar movies, it is visually stunning – if you don’t suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, in which case stunning might be a bit too literal. What’s unfortunate for Monsters University is that… well, we’ve already seen the first one. And that was much better. The trailer, which you can see below, pretty much says it all.

Monsters Inc. was made back in 2001. It was Pixar’s fourth feature film, back when the studio was just building its reputation as a flawless dream factory and it was one of the films which helped cement said reputation. We collectively laughed with Mike and Sully, ooh-ed and aah-ed at the adorable Boo and, let’s just admit it, Randall was one creepy dude.

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A Week In Movies: World War Z Arrives, Britain Braces For Liberace, Superman Speaks


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World War Z

This week's big world premiere was in London for the zombie apocalypse thriller where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made their first public appearance since news of Jolie's pre-cancer surgery. They were joined on the red carpet by director Marc Forster and other cast members. The film opens in two weeks.

This weekend British moviegoers get a chance to see Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the big screen in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. The film was broadcast last week on HBO in America, which means it isn't eligible for Oscars, but look for it to mop up Emmys and Golden Globes. And with glowing reviews from UK critics, Bafta nominations are also expected.

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Monsters University Trailer


All Mike Wazowski dreams of is graduating from the prestigious Monsters University and becoming one of the world's best scarers. However, college doesn't go as swimmingly as he'd hoped, especially when he crosses paths with the large, hairy and extremely arrogant James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan who is also majoring in scaring and becomes his roommate. They are constantly attempting to get one up on each other and their competitiveness puts them seriously under threat of getting removed from the University's Scare Program. In order to stay on the course and graduate, they must work as a team in the dangerous Scare Games alongside their not so competent friends, the Oozma Kappa. With Mike and Sulley being total opposites of each other, they each possess what the other is missing which makes them, in theory, the perfect dream team.

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New Monsters University Trailer From Pixar Hits The Web (Trailer)


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Pixar has a unique way of creating worlds. Some are the imagined versions of what we encounter in 'real life' (such as the life of fish from the ocean to the tank, in Finding Nemo, toys in Toy Story, and bugs in A Bug's Life), while others are entirely new conceptions done in entirely new ways like Wall-E and Monsters Inc. The latter is the favourite of many and has another on the way! A new trailer for which has just been released and while sometimes additions to an original can be superfluous and disappointing, judging by this latest trailer, there'll be nothing to be disappointed about.

The new story is, in fact, a prequel to the original. Following Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) as they attend college, meet one another and forge a lasting friendship. Although... the 'friendship' part of that is a long time coming as they in fact begin as rivals, each wanting to out-scare the other in their quest for scaring stardom and success. In the land of the monsters their energy had been fuelled by the scares of children during earth's night-time elicited by the monsters, but at the end of the first movie they discovered that children's laughter is much more powerful! Ah, we love a happy ending. 

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Parental Guidance - Trailer Trailer


Artie and Diane Decker are the aging parents of a working mother, Alice, whose busy lifestyle means she has to enlist the help of her parents to look after her three young children while she and her husband Phil go away on a business trip. While Diane seems enthusiastic about seeing her grandchildren, Artie is less motivated when he realises that his old fashioned, tough love parenting methods would be lost on the 21st century kids. Alice certainly realises she's got her work cut out trying to teach her stubborn father how to deal with them, remembering the many occasions he let her down when she was a child. Will Artie and Diane's 'second chance' at parenting teach them that their daughter has got the right approach? Or will the venture end in disaster?

This heart-warming comedy is a wonderful story about the unity of family. It is directed by Andy Fickman ('She's the Man', 'The Game Plan') and written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse (previously having worked together on 'Lover Girl' and 'Surf's Up') with re-writes from Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (both of 'Tooth Fairy' and 'Robots'). It is set for release in UK cinemas everywhere on December 28th 2012.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison, Tom Everett Scott, Madison Lintz, Rhoda Griffis, Gedde Watanabe, Dwayne Boyd & Joshua Rush

Is A 'Princess Bride' Sequel On The Cards?


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Twenty five years later, the cast and crew of 'The Princess Bride' reunited at the New York Film Festival this week to promote the Blu-ray release of the classic romantic-comedy. They were all there - Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, William Goldman, Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes - but the gathered press pack were only concerned with one thing: would there be a sequel?

Goldman, 81, who wrote the 1973 novel and the screenplay for the movie confessed that developing a sequel had been on his mind for years, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I'm desperate to make it and write it and I don't know how.I would love to make it, more than anything else I've not written." In a humorous Q&A session at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the cast and crew quoted key scenes from the movie, and director Reiner spoke of how he got involved in the project in the first place, revealing that Goldman had approached him after Robert Redford, Francois Truffaut and Norman Jewison had tried and failed to make the movie. "He looked at me with the eyes of, 'What are you gonna do to it?" said the filmmaker, revealing that it was his knack for comedy (This Is Spinal Tap) that helped win over Goldman. A classic fairy tale, 'The Princess Bride' has everything, swordplay, an evil prince, giants, and of course a beautiful princess. So would a sequel be realistic?

Reiner has been relatively active as a filmmaker in recent years, though Goldman hasn't written anything of note since 2003's 'Dreamcatcher,' starring Morgan Freeman. We're sure Crystal, Wright and the gang would be up for another movie, so watch this space!


The Muppets Trailer


Underneath the famous Muppet Theatre, oil has been discovered. Tex Richman, an oilman, finds out and plans to demolish the theatre so he can start drilling. Walter, Gary and Mary are three friends who also happen to be huge fans of The Muppets. They plan to stage what they call 'The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever', so they can raise $10 million to stop the destruction of the Muppet Theatre.

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Tooth Fairy Review


OK
This comedy is essentially a goofy premise with some nutty dialog and set pieces pasted onto it. But it's watchably entertaining, even though the filmmakers miss almost every opportunity for sublime absurdity.

Hockey star Derek (Johnson) is tired of being treated like a has-been, and is trying to prove he still deserves the nickname "Tooth Fairy", because he knocks his opponents' teeth out. But while Derek tries to settle down with girlfriend Carly (Judd) and her kids (Ellison and Whitlock), hot upstart Mick (Sheckler) is stealing the spotlight. Then Derek finds out he has to fill in for the real Tooth Fairy for two weeks, overseen by fairy godmother Lily (Andrews) and a caseworker (Merchant) with wing envy.

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Tooth Fairy Trailer


Derek Thompson is a minor league ice hockey player with the nickname 'The Tooth Fairy', racking up penalty minutes is one of his favourite past times. The more damage he does to the opposing team, the more his fans love him. When Derek is sentenced to one week of being the real tooth fairy for admonishing a child's dreams.

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City Slickers Review


Good
If Hollywood had any "it" writers in the 1980s and early '90s, it was the duo of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, who cranked out comedy after comedy, drawing on reasonably current events or topical themes while banking on the fact that giant stars would sign up to appear in the big-budget movies. No one seemed to care if the writing was good as long as Tom Hanks was talking to a mermaid (Splash) or Michael Keaton was trying to make his way through the Japanese auto industry (Gung Ho). A funny setup goes a long way.

Ganz and Mandel's most successful outing was arguably this one, and it's the highest-concept story of them all: City slickers go on "vacation" to work a real cattle drive, and of course they'' also find themselves along the way. In this case, Billy Crystal takes the reins (ho ho!) after coming off the huge success of When Harry Met Sally... He's a down-in the-dumps advertising executive named Mitch Robbins who is tasked by his equally dour wife to "find his smile." Naturally, herding cattle's the place to do it.

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The Princess Bride Review


Extraordinary
Who among us has never uttered the line, "My name is Inigo Montoya..."? Standing as one of the most eminently quotable films ever made -- this side of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, anyway.

Ostensibly a children's fairy tale about a farmer's daughter (Robin Wright), her poor lover Westley (Cary Elwes), the prince (Chris Sarandon) who catches her eye, and the battle that develops among them all. Filled with memorable supporting characters -- Wallace Shawn's Vizzini ("Inconceivable!!!"), Mandy Patinkin's Inigo, Andre the Giant's Fezzik, and Christopher Guest's six-fingered man, The Princess Bride is as much fun as you can have in a film. Even the fringe characters (Peter Cook's priest, Carol Kane's nagging wife, Mel Smith's albino torturer) are hilarious and unforgettable. And director Rob Reiner has imbued this film with so much pure joy that you can't help but want to watch it over and over.

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Analyze That Review


Weak
Analyze This was a very successful 1999 comedy starring Robert De Niro as a mob boss on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Billy Crystal as his unwilling shrink. The movie pulled off a few laughs, most notably by demonstrating De Niro's ability to turn his tough-guy movie persona on its head. Analyze That is a superfluous sequel representing little more than an opportunity to cash in on that prior success.

The new movie picks up with legendary Mob boss Paul Vitti (De Niro) nearing the end of his term in Sing Sing and Dr. Ben Sobol (Billy Crystal) dealing with the recent death of his legendary father. After a series of attempts on his life, Vitti puts on a semi-catatonic act to avoid the general prison population and save his own life. The FBI, baffled by this turn of events, brings in Sobol, his former psychiatrist, to consult on the case, ultimately releasing Vitti into Sobol's custody. Thus, the reluctant doctor is forced to once again try to mend Vitti's fractured psyche, in addition to housing him and finding him an honest job. Needless to say, this wreaks havoc with the poor doctor's already troubled personal life.

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America's Sweethearts Review


Weak
Would you believe -- in real life, I mean -- that if you were Julia Roberts, that you'd be the ugly underdog to your sister, the creepy Catherine Zeta-Jones?

Let me tell you what reality is. Reality is that you are megastar Julia Fricking Roberts and your brother is Eric Roberts, and he picks up whatever crumbs of stardom fall off your coattails as you blaze across the sky in a golden chariot.

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Deconstructing Harry Review


Very Good
The Wood-man cometh, and he goes for broke this time.

Pretty much taking pot-shots at everyone he's ever known, every establishment he can think of, every vice there is, and--mostly--himself... that's your basic summary of Deconstructing Harry. Allen is vulgar and crass, wholly unlikeable... but hysterical. Maybe the funniest part of the film is the cast of stars he's lined up, all of whom do nothing but get spit upon the whole time! Suckers! (The movie is told half in reality, half as visualizations of writer Harry Block's (Allen) stories, thus, the large cast.)

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My Giant Review


Weak
Just barely entertaining yawn about a talentless talent scout who recruits a Romanian giant to be a movie star. Tries to be funny, exciting, romantic, and heartwarming all at once, and fails at all four. That darn giant!!!

Howl's Moving Castle Review


Very Good
Similar to Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle is a sumptuously illustrated fairy tale with a pro-environment and anti-war slant, though unlike those modern classics, the animé titan's latest suffers from a narrative confusion that bogs down its initially effervescent spirit. A gloriously animated fantasia blessed by familiar Miyazaki hallmarks - vibrant, ethereal artwork, whimsical creatures, a rural world in which mysticism and technology happily coexist - the film (being released in both subtitled and dubbed versions, the latter of which I saw) has a light aura of juvenile romanticism and a manic, tangible physicality that stands head and shoulders above anything previously crafted by the maestros at Japan's legendary Studio Ghibli (including Katsuhiro Otomo's recent Steamboy).

The story of a young girl who, after being changed into an elderly woman by an evil witch, joins forces with a petulant playboy wizard against a nefarious sorcerer, Howl's is akin to a cluttered, cacophonous childhood dream come to life. However, as with dreams, Miyazaki's film is also far-too-often a bewildering jumble of intriguing ideas and ingenious images that never fully coalesce into a moving or compelling whole.

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Fathers' Day Review


Good
What are the odds that the two would-be fathers of one woman's son would be two of the biggest comedians of the screen today!? Well, they're fair enough if you see Father's Day, yet another Ivan Reitman (Beethoven, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, et. al.) film that is so disgustingly sweet you'll want to spit out your jujubes. Billy Crystal and Robin Williams play the titular fathers, out to rescue the missing son they never knew they had. (Plot Simplified: Nastassja Kinski was a stonkingly huge slut and doesn't know who daddy is.)

For all its saccharine heavy-handedness, Father's Day does manage to come across as one of Reitman's better efforts in recent years, but the by-the-Hollywood-book formula, structure, and pacing really bog down the production. There's plenty of missed comic opportunities, but plenty that hit dead-on -- especially a notable, heavily-pierced cameo (watch for it!). And yes, the estranged son looks exactly like me. A 1/4 star bonus for that.

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The Journey Review


Weak
OK, here's the setup. Eric Saperston graduates from college, and rather than getting a job, he decides to do the most cliched thing you can do: To buy a VW bus and follow the Grateful Dead around the country.

Erk, scratch that. That's a movie that's been made before -- a lot, and never very well.

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Analyze This Review


Extraordinary
Abbott and Costello. Matthau and Lemmon. Crystal and De Niro? It sound odd but Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro play perfectly with each other in Analyze This. The story revolves around psychiatrist Ben Sobol (Crystal) who runs a small place with a small client list. One day, one of New York's biggest mobsters (De Niro) has a panic attack and strolls into Sobol's office. You can imagine where it goes from here.

Analyze This is comedy at it's best. I like how Crystal (the comedian) plays the straight man, and De Niro (the dramatic actor) plays the funny man. We explore De Niro's various problems such as crying when seeing heartwarming AT&T commercials. Lisa Kudrow and the fantastic Joe Viterelli are thrown in for supporting laughs. Kudos to De Niro for doing comedy, he's a talent that rivals some of today's comics. Classic scenes and hillarious lines make this one of the year's best movies. Go see this one with the family.

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Forget Paris Review


Very Good
It's a shame that so many romantic comedies are in current release, because inevitably, something good is going to be overlooked due to the cinematic glut of warm fuzzies. As the third of its type in about as many weeks, Forget Paris is one of the strongest entries of the genre.

Billy Crystal directs and stars in this Baby Boomer romantic fable about a pair of star-crossed lovers (Crystal, as Mickey, and Debra Winger, as Ellen) who can't seem to get their relationship right. Going through a dozen iterations of "boy meets girl, boy loses girl," the couple's story is told through a narrative from their friends over dinner.

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When Harry Met Sally... Review


Excellent
It was the 80s, the time when acid washed jeans went, the Ephrons could turn out a decent script, Rob Reiner could direct something worth watching, and Billy Crystal hadn't succumbed to the sequel curse. And Meg Ryan? Well, Meg Ryan's still pretty much Meg Ryan: sickeningly Top 40, an actress who seemingly lives in fear of picking a role that could be too controversial (never mind her recent marital scuffle).

When Harry Met Sally... closed out a decade fondly remembered by Grosse Pointe Blank and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and darkly satirized by Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. It's a romantic comedy that has spawned a plethora of knockoffs so terrifying that, like its counterparts in all other genres, it may have been better if the script were never penned, if only to save us from the aftermath. But still, we have to give When Harry Met Sally... credit for what it did: Make one of the few romance films that bears any kind of truth without also being a dark comedy.

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The Princess Bride Review


Extraordinary
Who among us has never uttered the line, "My name is Inigo Montoya..."? Standing as one of the most eminently quotable films ever made -- this side of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, anyway.

Ostensibly a children's fairy tale about a farmer's daughter (Robin Wright), her poor lover Westley (Cary Elwes), the prince (Chris Sarandon) who catches her eye, and the battle that develops among them all. Filled with memorable supporting characters -- Wallace Shawn's Vizzini ("Inconceivable!!!"), Mandy Patinkin's Inigo, Andre the Giant's Fezzik, and Christopher Guest's six-fingered man, The Princess Bride is as much fun as you can have in a film. Even the fringe characters (Peter Cook's priest, Carol Kane's nagging wife, Mel Smith's albino torturer) are hilarious and unforgettable. And director Rob Reiner has imbued this film with so much pure joy that you can't help but want to watch it over and over.

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Howl's Moving Castle Review


Excellent
Hayao Miyazaki's new film "Howl's Moving Castle"is so good that it shames virtually every animated film made since Miyazaki'slast, "SpiritedAway," graced movie screens in 2002.

If nothing else, it proves to Hollywood that its recentfailure in the animated realm comes not from old-fashioned hand-drawn animationbut from its severe lack of imagination and over-reliance on fart jokesand pop culture references.

The first of Miyazaki's films to be based on a book, "Howl'sMoving Castle" quickly establishes itself with the director's personalsignature, bursting with enough ideas and imagination to make up half adozen summer movies.

It begins, as most of his stories do, with a shy younggirl, Sophie (voiced for this English-language version by Emily Mortimer).She works in a hat shop and humbly watches as life passes her by. But oneday a handsome fellow -- whom she will come to know as Master Howl (voicedby Christian Bale) -- rescues her from an alleyway altercation and accidentallysteers her into all-new problems, involving several ghostly, globular thingswearing porkpie hats.

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Analyze That Review


Terrible

The shamefully low standards adhered to in "Analyze That" begin with the comedy's very first scene, in which a conversation is composed of two takes so conspicuously incongruous that the actors aren't even looking the same direction from second to second -- and it's almost all downhill from there.

The performances of Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal (reprising their roles as a mobster and his shrink) are apathetic schtick. The plot is the worst kind of emaciated contrivance (faking insanity, De Niro is released from prison into neurotic Crystal's custody, and havoc ensues). The jokes that aren't reheated leftovers from 1999's "Analyze This" are painfully trite (everyone checks their pockets when a cell phone rings at a funeral), painfully telegraphed (De Niro disrupts a Crystal family gathering in an open bathrobe) or just plain painful ("Maybe if you're quiet enough you can do it without waking your wife," De Niro jibes Crystal about his sex life).

Worst of all, director Harold Ramis actually tries to jerk some tears with a grieving-son story arc for Crystal's shrink and maudlin soft-focus flashbacks of a happy childhood for De Niro's mafioso. Oh, puh-leaze!

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Monsters, Inc. Review


Good

Computer animation leader-of-the-pack Pixar Studios doesn't just create visually astonishing, wildly amusing kiddie cartoons. The company's clever creative team also comes up with the most inventive, least clichéd plots that children's movies have seen in at least a decade.

Any five minutes of "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2" or "A Bug's Life" is more original and more entertaining than the entirety of most flicks aimed at the adolescent demographic -- and Pixar has done it again with "Monsters, Inc.," a witty, warm and wonderful CGI 'toon about the scary, hairy beasts that lurk in our closets and under our beds at night.

The story takes place in a parallel monster world where electrical power is generated through the bottled screams of Earthly children. Big, burly, blue-furred, horn-headed James P. Sullivan (voice of John Goodman) is the top scare-maker at Monsters, Inc. -- the electric utility of the monster world. He's a friendly, blue-collar joe who jumps through dozens of closet doors a day, which rotate through his factory floor work station on a high-tech conveyor, operated by Sulley's best pal, Mike (Billy Crystal) -- a squat, green, walking pool ball with one huge eye that takes up half his body.

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America's Sweethearts Review


OK

As a showbiz satire, "America's Sweethearts" is pretty pallid. It's a comedy about a bitterly broken-up, superstar acting couple being forced back together as a promotional tool for their last film as man and wife. But the plot gets co-opted by an apple-cheeked romance between the star who got dumped (John Cusack) and the put-upon, personal-assistant sister (Julia Roberts) of his spoiled, paranoid and egocentric ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones).

In short, it's more "Pretty Woman" than "The Player."

The love story is winsome enough, all right. Roberts smiles busily, flushed with rosy Byronic cheer. Her adoration helps Cusack bounce back from that thing he does in darn near every movie, moping outside his ex's window in the rain. They're terribly cute together, but they could do these roles in their sleep.

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The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle Review


Weak

Every kid's favorite cartoon Moose and Squirrel magically transported into the real world? Why if that's not a sure-fire gimmick for a movie studio to make a quick buck, I don't know what is.

Welcome to "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," another TV-to-big screen transition that must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

In fact, it seems like a good idea for the first half hour of the movie, too. The "Roger Rabbit"-style cross-over story begins in good ol' Frostbite Falls, the sleepy 'toon town where Rocky the squeaky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle the dumb-yuk-yuk moose have been trapped in re-runs since their show was cancelled in the 1960s, living on "diminishing residual checks" -- so says the show's booming and lampooning narrator, who similarly has been reduced "to narrating his own life."

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Billy Crystal

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14th March, 1948

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Male

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