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Jailhouse Rock Review


OK
One year for manslaughter? Well, I guess Elvis just wouldn't fly, image-wise, as that bad of a dude. But this story may still be his least heroic, as the former jailbird becomes a music star, only to get punched in the throat when he becomes an egomaniac. Will he get his voice back? That's the ultimate question that Jailhouse Rock asks us to care about. Which we don't.

That Darn Cat Review


Weak
Barely amusing, this remake of the Disney kiddie flick features an (inadvertent) crime-fighting cat, Christina Ricci, and the near-instant cinematic meltdown of Doug E. Doug. The story and the performances are universally appropriate for The Disney Channel fare -- which is to say, they are far from good. I suppose this would be fine to plop a kid in front of for an hour and a half, but is that saying much? Try something with animated animals instead.

Clear And Present Danger Review


OK
Jack Ryan returns for a third outing in Clear and Present Danger, reuniting Harrison Ford's Ryan with director Phillip Noyce, who also directed Ford-as-Ryan in Patriot Games.

Too bad that with plenty of raw material (notably Willem Dafoe as an American mercenary working in Columbia), Danger comes up awfully short. For starters, what is our CIA hero doing poking around in the Colubian drug trade? Sure, he's rooting out a huge conspiracy that goes all the way up the U.S. political ranks, but must we be subjected to endless Latino stereotypes en route to that? Clancy is always at his best when he's dealing with terrorists or Russians. Here we have a plot (nearly 2 1/2 hours in length) that trots out the usual exploding drug factories and endless cartel assassinations. Ryan's escape from a troublesome mission is infamous for the bad guys' repeated inability to hit a near-motionless target.

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The Love Bug Review


Very Good
"Absurd" is a word that comes up in dialogue during the running time of The Love Bug.

And there's bo better way to describe this story, which features a VW Beetle named Herbie that takes it on itself to hook up a race car driver (Dean Jones) and an auto salesroom employee (Michele Lee). How? He can drive himself, ensure doors remain locked when our would-be lovebirds are inside. He's also got incredible power beyond his modest means: Jones even decides to race Herbie, winning every race he enters.

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