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Up Close And Personal Review


Good
If nothing else, Up Close And Personal will remind you just how hideous the hairstyles of the 1980s were, especially among media personalities. Fortunately, the film accomplishes a lot more than that, giving us a nice romance that isn't harmed too much by its attempts at melodrama.

Up Close And Personal tells the loosely-based-on-reality story of Sally (who becomes Tally) Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer), a vain upstart girl from Reno who wants to make it big in television. Robert Redford costars as Warren Justice, a Miami news director who gives her her big break and takes her under his wing. Under his influence, Tally is transformed from brash loudmouth to The Next Big Thing, and of course, the two fall madly in love along the way.

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Review


Good
Far from rocket science, the bubbly sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde takes the formula from the original 2001 hit and simply lathers, rinses and repeats. What's left is a faint carbon copy of the first, where the ink of originality fades but remains visible thanks to the irresistible charms of Reese Witherspoon.

We begin in Boston, where councilwoman Elle Woods (Witherspoon) plans to wed her Harvard law professor beau, Emmett (Luke Wilson). Now, here's where things get tricky. Elle hires a private investigator to find her dog Bruiser's biological parents so she can invite them to the wedding (of course). But the dog's whereabouts open Elle's eyes to the horrors of animal testing, prompting the impulsive attorney to jet to D.C. with Bruiser in tow to pass a bill that makes such testing illegal.

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Be Cool Review


Bad
Ten years after he forcefully established himself as a Hollywood player, smooth-talking mobster Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is prepared to flee the biz. His breakout smash Get Shorty opened the door to multiple money-grabbing sequels (wink, wink), and the once-enamored movie buff has been turned off by the homogenized studio system. "Movies are too corporate," Chili gripes when telling a friend (James Woods) that he's thinking about trying something new.

He's right, especially when describing his own meaningless sequel. Be Cool, the long-gestating follow up to Barry Sonnenfeld's hit gangster-in-paradise comedy Get Shorty, has been manufactured to the hilt to appeal to all demographics yet entertains none.

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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Review


Good
As I walked into the theater showing Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, it seemed as if a thousand kids were talking all at once, led by one particular youngster who had the authoritative rasp of a Teamster leader. The noise continued during the screen scramblers ("I guessed Steve!"), the promotional stills ("That looks like the movie...") and into the coming attractions. I began to wish I had slept in.

Then a miraculous thing happened: Cody Banks 2 started and there was a heavenly quiet--occasionally broken by laughter--that was maintained for the next hour and forty-odd minutes. That's a tremendous compliment for a kids' movie. I would like to say that Cody Banks 2 has a lot to offer adults, as well. For anyone over the age of 16, the movie moves briskly and doesn't make you curse the gods of time. In this pre-summer movie season, those qualities will be a blessing.

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Antitrust Review


Excellent
The "paranoia thriller" can be beautiful or an ugly beast of burden. Most often, the audience is dragged through the most obvious of situations with a knucklehead of a leading man trying to find out who or what has destroyed his life, all without being able to trust anyone or anything. American audiences eat this stuff up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

With heavy cynicism on the brain, I sat down to watch AntiTrust with a smirk on my face. Here's the story: A young computer geek Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) lands a dream job with a large computer conglomerate, N.U.R.V. -- which stands for Never Underestimate Radical Vision. The company is run by eccentric, power-hungry Gary Winston (Tim Robbins) who needs Milo on his team to complete a new worldwide satellite communication program called Synapse, which will link all communication devices -- pagers, PDAs, and cell phones -- into one universal system. Leaving behind his dot-com family, Milo joins N.U.R.V. but gets suspicious when Gary keeps giving him discs full of code with no apparent author on staff. When Milo's friend is killed in a supposed hate crime, Milo begins investigating the inner workings of N.U.R.V. with the help of his girlfriend, Alice Poulson (Claire Forlani). During his investigation, Milo discovers exactly how Gary disposes of the competition, when of course, the dream job begins the nightmare he can't wake up from.

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Agent Cody Banks Review


Bad
I recently read an article that argued TV shows like CSI and James Bond movies are primarily responsible for young people's increased interest in criminal forensics and special military forces. Since Hollywood is both smart and shameless, it uses these notions to its advantage, devouring the success of Bond and vomiting up films like Spy Kids and Agent Cody Banks. Although the original Spy Kids worked, Agent Cody Banks proves that things seldom taste as good a second or third time.

Agent Cody Banks was made just to make money, and to stock Toys 'R' Us shelves and McDonald's Happy Meal boxes with cheap action figures. The script, which feels like the cheapest writers available threw it together in a week, is actually quite impressive in how every mind-numbing scene attempts to manipulate the minds of susceptible adolescents. It uses every trick in the book, from pre-teen humor and Bond rip-offs, to busty secret agents, phony special effects, and, of course, Frankie Muniz. If -- God forbid -- the movie is a hit, the producers have even secured an easy sequel with its carefully formulated ending.

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A Guy Thing Review


Weak
It's a week before you get married, and your bachelor party isn't treating you right. Someone called strippers, and that makes you a bit uncomfortable. But one of the strippers is so awkward and cute that you can't help but take her home and sleep with her. You're comfortable with that.

So goes the curious event that A Guy Thing -- a well-meaning but almost completely worthless trip through a minefield of infidelity, masculinity and self discovery -- is based upon.

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Mrs. Soffel Review


Good
True stories don't get much steamier. At the turn of the century, a prison warden's uber-religious wife (Keaton) falls in love with a man on death row (Gibson). She helps him and his brother escape, and together the three go on the run, trying to make it to Canada.

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Movie Review

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Movie Review

Far from rocket science, the bubbly sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde takes...

Be Cool Movie Review

Be Cool Movie Review

Ten years after he forcefully established himself as a Hollywood player, smooth-talking mobster Chili Palmer...

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Movie Review

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Movie Review

As I walked into the theater showing Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, it seemed...

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Antitrust Movie Review

Antitrust Movie Review

The "paranoia thriller" can be beautiful or an ugly beast of burden. Most often,...

Agent Cody Banks Movie Review

Agent Cody Banks Movie Review

I recently read an article that argued TV shows like CSI and James Bond movies...

A Guy Thing Movie Review

A Guy Thing Movie Review

It's a week before you get married, and your bachelor party isn't treating you right....

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