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Freedomland Review


Very Good
Unless you've burned through Richard Price's 1998 novel Freedomland, it's tough to pinpoint which direction this taut adaptation is headed. What starts as a routine police investigation erupts into a race riot before collapsing into a chilling portrait of a deranged killer.

Price accepted the challenge of converting his own novel into a shootable screenplay, which is good news. He retains the suspense and social commentary that strengthened his book. Sony then turned the script over to Joe Roth, which should terrify anyone who sat through the director's dippy America's Sweethearts or foul Christmas with the Kranks. Fear not, for Roth lets slip a gritty side as he allows Price to guide us through some darkened passages, literally and figuratively.

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Galaxy Quest Review


Very Good
Just when you thought "high concept" couldn't get any lower....

And just when you thought lowbrow humor couldn't be funny any more....

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Home Fries Review


Good
I couldn't tell you if this was supposed to be another Hope Floats or an episode of The X-Files, but it's not particularly good at emulating either. What looks like a romantic comedy is actually a murder mystery/military thriller, set in rural USA -- two great tastes that don't go together.

Patch Adams Review


Good
Ironically, what I was most excited about seeing in Patch Adams is what eventually left me feeling cheated by it in the end. After seeing the trailers, I knew I was going to get Robin Williams playing that lovably sensitive, extremely funny man, that shows people there's more to life. You know, the guy from Dead Poets Soceity and Good Will Hunting. I love that guy; probably because he had truly inspired me before. And things were going so well for the first two-thirds of this movie too. Until it was over and I thought to myself, "Wait, I think I've seen this movie before."

In the end, my impression of Patch Adamsis that is has some really funny scenes, and you can't help but fall in love with the guy when he's doing all of these great things, a lot of which you have probbly seen in the trailers. And he has a lot to teach everyone he comes into contact with in the film. So throughout I'm thinking, "What a great guy; I wish I was more like him." Which is always a good set-up. But it never follows through. The dramatic conclusion falls flat, and based on a true story or not, the plot points are a bit cliched. Patch Adamsis a comedy, but more appropriately it would be classified as an inspirational film. And the hallmark of the inspirational film is that climactic scene at the end where the inspirational character takes a stand and is met by stiff consequences, but ultimately we realize that he made a difference. You see it in Dead Poets Soceity in the "Oh Captain, my captain" scene. In Patch Adamsthough, it never comes. Though Patch does take an emotional stand at the end in a scene that tries to steal the emotion of a film like Dead Poets Soceity, I don't know that we're convinced that he truly made a difference. He is a great guy, yes, but maybe not great enough.

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Freedomland Movie Review

Freedomland Movie Review

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Galaxy Quest Movie Review

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Patch Adams Movie Review

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