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Taylor Lautner Joins Cast Of 'Scream Queens' Season Two


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Twilight star Taylor Lautner has been cast in season two of Fox horror-comedy 'Scream Queens' as Dr. Cassidy Cascade. The 24-year-old joins John Stamos as season two’s newest cast member, alongside returning stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele.

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Jamie Lee Curtis - Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Warcraft" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016

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Jamie Lee Curtis - Premiere of 'Warcraft' - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016

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Jamie Lee Curtis - Warcraft L.A. Premiere held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016

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Jamie Lee Curtis - 33rd Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles presents 'Scream Queens' at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th March 2016

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Jamie Lee Curtis , Pierre Gill - 2016 American Society of Cinematographers Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel at Century Plaza Hotel - Century City, California, United States - Monday 15th February 2016

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Jamie Lee Curtis - The 73rd Golden Globe Awards - Outside Arrivals at beverly hills, Golden Globe Awards - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 11th January 2016

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Jamie Lee Curtis - 6th Annual amfAR's Inspiration Gala held at Milk Studios at Milk Studios - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 29th October 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - 6th Annual amfAR's Inspiration Gala held at Milk Studios at Milk Studios - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 30th October 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - Celebrities attend 2015 amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios. at Milk Studios - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 29th October 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - 67th Annual Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theatre at Microsoft Theatre, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th September 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Arrivals at The Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 13th August 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - Celebrities arrive for an appearance on the TV Guide Magazine's Yacht during the San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th July 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - San Diego Comic Con 2015 - Fox party at Andaz Hotel at Andaz hotel - San Diego, California, United States - Friday 10th July 2015

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Jamie Lee Curtis - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the FOX 2015 Upfront event which was held at the Wollman Rink in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

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Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin Join The Cast Of Fox's "Scream Queens"


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Glee star Lea Michele has just secured a new Fox show – the upcoming comedy horror Scream Queens. The actress is just finishing up the sixth and final run of the musical comedy series about a high school glee club.

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Lea Michele is officially a scream queen now.

Michele has been tipped to star alongside Joe Manganiello (TrueBlood, MagicMikeXXL), Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Keke Palmer (Akeela and the Bee, Masters of Sex).  The show will also star Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis, just because.

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From Up On Poppy Hill Review


Very Good

From the studio that brought us classics like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, this animated drama feels unusually low-key and realistic. But while the lack of fantastical elements leaves it somewhat dry, as if it should really be a live-action movie, the animation is still a lavishly detailed feast for the eyes.

It's set in 1963 Japan, where orphaned teen Umi (Bolger) lives with her grandmother (Hendricks) atop a hill overlooking a fishing village. She raises flags every morning as a signal her fisherman father, who died in the Korean War, then heads to school where the topic on everyone's lips is the impending demolition of the ramshackle clubhouse. As the nation prepares for the Tokyo 1964 Olympics, old buildings like this must go, but the students band together to protect it, and Umi teams up with student journalist Shun (Yelchin) to clean up the building and make a plea to the corporate boss (Bridges). Meanwhile, Shun is having a personal crisis: as he begins to fall for Umi, he starts to suspect that they have the same father.

The film never really weaves these two plot strands together, so as Umi and Shun try to save the clubhouse and work out their parentage, each storyline feels like a distraction from the other. But they both raise intriguing questions about the past, present and future in a nation still recovering from WWII. And the beautifully rendered backgrounds bring the period to life with artful detail. On the other hand, the characters are more basic anime shapes, inexpressive and a bit stiff, which makes it difficult to identify with them even when their stories turn extremely emotional.

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First Footage From The Veronica Mars Movie Shown At Comic-Con [Watch]


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On the second day of the San Diego Comic-Con International (Friday 19 June), the team behind the fan-funded Veronica Mars film adaption were on hand to answer questions from fans and press as well as discuss some insider information from behind the scenes of the long-awaited leap to the big screen. If that wasn't enough, fans were treated to their first glimpse of the movie, which you can see for yourself below.

The show's creator Rob Thomas, it's star Kristen Bell and the rest of the cast chaired a panel for the movie to debut the first teaser trailer for the film (which features a surprise casting in the shape of Jamie Lee Curtis) and gave praise to the financial backers of the film, which was fan-funded through Kickstarter. Before the panel could be introduced though, fan were treated to the above video, which essentially doubled up as the first teaser trailer.

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Top 5 Terrible Films, AKA Is Sharknado Really The Worst Movie Ever Made?


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To those of you, who know what Sharknado is – we’re sorry. As for the rest, the premise is a simple one – the film follows Fin Shepard and co. on their quest to save Santa Monica from the devastation of a series of shark-infested tornado. Yes, this is actually a film that exists, in 2013. There’s no point in going into specifics, such as the flat characters, corny dialogue or questionable acting, since the plot summary should be enough to put you off this one – except maybe in a drinking game/truth or dare scenario. As bad as Sharknado is, though there’s plenty of competition – the past few decades have provided is with plenty of comparisons. Below is a list of the top 5 Worst Movies Of All Time – the bad, the ugly and the just plain ridiculous of cinema. Read on to find out how Sharknado performs.

5. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. Oh, boy, where do we even begin with this one? The story of Laurie Strode, living in fear of her homicidal brother twenty years after the events of the original Halloween already hint of severe sequel fatigue, but bad acting, hilarious special effects and some truly cringe-worthy writing elevate this far beyond boring into so-bad-it’s-good territory. The line: “Jimmy's been suspended five times this year already for gettin' a little crazy with the STICK.” actually made it into the final cut. Enough said. The only reason this isn’t higher up on the list is that everybody loves a bit of Jamie Lee Curtis, including this writer.

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Dear Jamie Lee... why?

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Jamie Lee Curtis 'Offended' By Seth MacFarlane's 'Derogatory' Oscars Boob Song


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Jamie Lee Curtis has spoken out on her feelings about Seth Macfarlane's controversial performance at the 2013 Oscars ceremony.

The 'Family Guy' creator hasn't exactly been the subject of much praise over the last few weeks after hosting the ceremony, the least appreciated act being performing a crude song about several of the female attendants called 'We Saw Your Boobs'. 'Freaky Friday' star Curtis states that the show 'offended' her and has slammed the number, likening it to a 'public execution', mentioning that it turned the prestigious show into a 'cheesy vaudeville show'. 'The 'boob' song, as it will be known in perpetuity, may go down as the highest-rated Oscar number in history, but at what cost?' She wrote in an article for the Huffington Post. 'When did they turn into a 'roast'? At least at a roast you know what's in store. What if actors and actresses stopped attending the Oscars because it was deemed open session to ridicule and parody them? Would the Academy be so cavalier then?'

She went on to say that she has also gone topless for movies but added that it wasn't something she enjoyed. 'I am sorry that this is what we are talking about and not Argo's lovely win or Jennifer's amazing performance', she said. 'What we will be talking about is Seth's lack of class and a 14-year-old boy's derogatory word for one of the most beautiful, motherly and literally nurturing parts of the female form.'

Pictures: No Hopkins Or Johansson, But 'Hitchcock' Premiere Still Shows Star Power


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The Hitchcock cast at the LA Premiere

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Some of Hollywood's most established stars - not least the cast themselves - turned out for the premiere of Hitchcockyesterday (November 20) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. It's not surprising that such a dazzling array of talent should take to the red carpet, given that the film effectively honours one of the greatest directors of all time in Alfred Hitchcock. Taking center stage were leading ladies Toni Collete, Jessica Biel and, of course,Dame Helen Mirren- the latter extremely enamoured by Biel's gorgeous dress, struggling to keep her hands off it.

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No Trick, Just Treats: Your Top 5 Horror Films For Halloween 2012


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Is the thought of sharpening your elbows to grab the last palette of over-priced face paint at the local supermarket is simply too much to handle? Do you need a DVD to put on REALLY LOUDLY so that you simply don’t hear the hordes of trick or treaters knocking on your door? Here’s our top five scary movies to put on this evening.

1. The Exorcist (1973). Yeah, we know, it’s an obvious one… but that’s because it’s a classic! Even now, in 2012, with all of the advances in film technologies, CGI, etc, The Exorcist remains of of the most terrifying horror movies of all time. Even the less obvious moments, when young Regan says to the astronaut (who is a guest in her parents’ house) “you’re gonna die up there,” are spine-chilling. And talking of spines, we’re not entirely sure how Linda Blair (who plays Regan) actually managed to survive those terrifying convulsion scenes. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth visiting again – you’ll always spot something you missed the first ten times…

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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday; Trading Places; Halloween; True Lies) arriving on the set of a movie in Los Angeles. The actress starts to make her way to the entrance of the set of the as yet unknown film, before she stops to have a conversation with some crew members.

Jamie Lee was last seen in You Again in 2010, a film about a young woman who discovers that her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school. You Again also starred Sigourney Weaver; Kristin Bell and Odette Anable; despite the star studded cast, the film received mixed reviews

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Review


Weak
Of all the misguided movie genres, the modern family film is the most disingenuous. While it argues that it's merely providing "quality" entertainment to those underserved by Hollywood's obsession with sex and violence, the truth is that most G- to PG-rated fare is far more insidious. Applying a sugar-coated Saturday morning superficiality to what's supposed to pass for pleasantries, the Tinsel Town machine still finds a way to manufacture out all the fun. Disney's disappointing live action comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua can be accused of a great many faults -- indirect racism, single digit IQ writing, past-tense pop culture awareness -- but one thing it cannot claim is an ability to reach beyond its typical tween demographic.

Chloe (the voice of Drew Barrymore) is the most pampered pooch in all of sunny LaLa Land. Her owner (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a rich cosmetics titan who indulges her pet's every non-human whim. When the mogul needs to fly off to Europe to launch her new line, she must rely on her prissy, high strung niece Rachel (Piper Perabo) to mind her valuable canine. Showing just how responsible she is, our substitute sitter instantly accepts an invitation to weekend in Mexico, and takes Chloe along for the unnecessary ride. Dognappers eventually hijack the hound, and it's up to an ex-cop German Shepherd (voiced by Andy Garcia), a good natured landscaper (Manolo Cardona), and his frisky Chihuahua Papi (voiced by George Lopez) to rescue the four footed female before it's too late.

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Halloween (1978) Review


Excellent
Considered by many to be a modern horror classic, Halloween succeeds through simplicity. This thriller -- a veritable kickoff for 25-plus years of slasher films -- works because director John Carpenter keeps the story neat and the presentation basic. It's an approach that gives Halloween an easy, no-frills realism, and a likable indie style that shines through even today. Carpenter and co-writer/producer Debra Hill turn a few suburban streets into a house of horrors for some unsuspecting teenagers -- with no special effects and very few cheap thrills.

A 19-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis makes her film debut as Laurie Strode, a bookish, anti-social highschooler unaware that while she babysits on Halloween night, a psychotic maniac lurks in the neighborhood. The strong, silent type, this hulking being quietly walks the town in which he killed his sister 15 years earlier, back for more after a hospital escape. Meanwhile, his horrified doctor (the ominous Donald Pleasance) waits, as single-mindedly obsessed as the killer he's chasing.

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Fierce Creatures Review


OK
One of the moviegoing experiences I'll never forget is seeing A Fish Called Wanda at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles in 1988. It instantly became one of my all-time favorites, and I greeted the arrival of Fierce Creatures, a follow-up from the same four principals almost 10 years later, with heavy anticipation.

While the experience of seeing Fierce Creatures at the Highland 10 in Austin, Texas will be a considerably less memorable experience, the film is certainly full of entertainment and is worthy of an audience.

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A Fish Called Wanda Review


Excellent
I believe that if A Fish Called Wanda opened today, it would make at least $100 million, and possibly more if it weren't sharing screens with Borat and the next comedian of the month after Dane Cook and his five o'clock shadow fade away. What's odd is that Wanda, like Midnight Run, hasn't become part of the pop culture lexicon like Animal House, Blazing Saddles, or Airplane! That shouldn't be a deterrent. It's relentlessly funny, smart, and has a tremendous cast.

The Wanda of the title is named after a very lovely American (Jamie Lee Curtis) who is involved in a London jewel heist organized by her temporary lover, Georges (Tom Georgeson). Working a long con, Wanda recruits her boyfriend Otto (Kline) for the gig and has him squeal on Georges. The plan works except Georges hides the diamonds.

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The Tailor Of Panama Review


Good
Somebody told Pierce Brosnan to change his image.

In The Tailor of Panama -- based on John Le Carré's novel and directed by John Boorman (Beyond Rangoon, Zardoz) -- Brosnan trades in the sophistication of James Bond for the identity of crude, disgraced spy Andy Osnard, an MI-6 operative that has to be shipped off to Panama on account of his loathsome behavior. Once he arrives in Panama City, the bad behavior doesn't stop: Osnard immediately sets upon the task of uncovering "what's going on" with the Panama Canal. Rumors swirl that it will be sold to another country now that Panama has it back from the U.S. Or perhaps there will be a coup from a populist underground?

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Fierce Creatures Review


OK
One of the moviegoing experiences I'll never forget is seeing A Fish Called Wanda at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles in 1988. It instantly became one of my all-time favorites, and I greeted the arrival of Fierce Creatures, a follow-up from the same four principals almost 10 years later, with heavy anticipation.

While the experience of seeing Fierce Creatures at the Highland 10 in Austin, Texas will be a considerably less memorable experience, the film is certainly full of entertainment and is worthy of an audience.

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Freaky Friday (2003) Review


Excellent
On the surface, Freaky Friday has all the signs of being awful -- horrible trailer, atrocious poster (Jamie Lee Curtis dressed like a middle-aged Avril Lavigne), and the presence of Mark Harmon. I don't mean to disparage Harmon, whom I actually think is a solid, reliable actor. It's just that since the late 1980s, the moviegoing public has inexplicably and repeatedly rejected him like snobby prom queens.

Plus, it's a Disney live-action movie. Need I say more?

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Trading Places Review


Excellent
Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd have made some bad movies in their day, but Trading Places is one of their respective bests.

Now legendary, the film has been referenced and homaged to an extent matched by few other recent films. It's a classic story: Greedy Phildadelphia commodity brokers Randolph and Mortimer Duke (the inimatable Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) bet the sum of $1 on a "scientific experiment," namely that they can depose their successful managing director Louis (Aykroyd) and replace him with a common street bum named Valentine (Murphy).

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Halloween: Resurrection Review


Terrible
About halfway through Halloween: Resurrection my cell phone fell out of my pocket and onto the theater floor. The five seconds I spent blindly groping the sticky surface before deciding to resume my search later offered more excitement and thrills than the entire movie.

The eighth installment of the horror series (and the ending practically announces that yet another is coming), has masked serial killer Michael Myers wreaking more havoc. After disposing of his sister (Jamie Lee Curtis in a pointless, sad cameo) he returns to his childhood home, where six college students are hunting for clues as part of a live Halloween webcast. However, no one knows that Michael still lives there. I guess no one bothered to do a background check.

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Halloween II Review


Weak
It took three years to get it to screen, but Halloween #2 picks up immediately where Halloween #1 left off. Michael Myers chases Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) through the hospital where she has been recently interred, while Donald Pleasence grumbles about druids. Absolutely awful, with no trace of the original's terror. (Side note: Curtis, playing a teenager, is 23 years old at the time.)

The Fog (1980) Review


Very Good
Pretty brilliant notion from John Carpenter: Combine scream queens Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis with old-school actors like John Houseman and Hal Holbrook. Here they come together in a story about a fog that invades a seaside town, carrying with it hooded killers. Excellent mixture of genuine frights, misdirection, and old-fashioned bloodshed. One of Carpenter's best.

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later Review


Bad
Stillborn and not even remotely scary, this update of the Halloween series (which rewrites the series as if the third through sixth films never happened) is just another excuse to make some bucks with Curtis screaming her head off. Zzzzzzz.

Amazing Grace And Chuck Review


Very Good
Feel-good movies starring kids wiser than their parents were a staple of the 1980s, but Amazing Grace and Chuck is one of the most ambitious, with a single child leading the world all the way to total nuclear disarmament. Chuck is the kid, Amazing Grace is a Boston Celtic that helps him out in his quest. Gregory Peck is the president, and the saccharine threatens to choke you at times during the movie, but ultimately Mike Newell (director of Four Weddings and a Funeral) manages to make the film into something worthwhile.

Christmas With The Kranks Review


Bad
Like the honey-glazed ham around which so much of its story sadly revolves, Christmas with the Kranks is tasty at first but soon congeals into little more than a fatty, gelatinous mess. Based on one of John Grisham's bestsellers that isn't about lawyers, Skipping Christmas, the film features the fine directing talents of Joe Roth (America's Sweethearts) and a script by Chris Columbus, who apparently, now that he's done with the Harry Potter series, can go back to cranking out family-friendly pabulum.

The promising premise has Luther and Nora Krank, a couple of parents who have just sent their daughter Blair off to the Peace Corps in Peru, faced with a holiday season alone in their suburban Chicago home. Not exactly relishing the prospect of once again throwing the big Christmas Eve party, and basically just fed up with the whole guilt-induced consumer frenzy, Luther (Tim Allen) convinces Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) to chuck the whole thing and spend 10 days on a Caribbean cruise instead. He also boycotts everything to do with the holiday, not buying or receiving any presents and taking no part in the neighborhood gatherings and decorations. Nora goes along reluctantly until the neighbors notice what's happening and turn on the Kranks in a campaign of condemnation and isolation that seems like something out of The Lottery. That is, before a convenient plot wrinkle ensures everyone will have to pull together and enjoy some holiday spirit.

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Virus Review


Terrible
Or, how many cliches can one film incorporate or steal from other movies? Energy from outer space is evil and wants to destroy humanity (hint: WE are the virus). Computer builds half-man/half-machines out of spare parts, a la Star Trek's Borg. Or how stupid can a movie actually be? Witness Donald Sutherland's ridiculous accent. And what is Donnie's job? He's piloting a tugboat which is towing a giant barge across the ocean! If Virus wasn't so ridiculously awful it would be funny. As it is, it's derivative, boring, and stupid -- and it vies for one of the worst films of the year. Need I include the disclaimer, "Based on a comic book..."

Drowning Mona Review


Terrible
If you've ever found yourself in a theater watching a movie like Throw Momma from the Train or Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, then you'll understand my experience with Drowning Mona. Drowning Mona is one of those films that you might hear about and shrug it off as a bad idea. Then you'll see a trailer and realize that your first instinct was right. There is no logical reason for you to ever see this movie. It looks unfunny, moronic, and you have already crossed it off the list of all the movies you are potentially interested in ever investing your time in. But despite all of that, you somehow end up forking over eight bucks for the privilege to see it. And your worst fears are realized.

Suffice it to say that Drowning Mona is a bad film. It is a very bad film. Let us count the ways.

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Halloween Review


Excellent
Considered by many to be a modern horror classic, Halloween succeeds through simplicity. This thriller -- a veritable kickoff for 25-plus years of slasher films -- works because director John Carpenter keeps the story neat and the presentation basic. It's an approach that gives Halloween an easy, no-frills realism, and a likable indie style that shines through even today. Carpenter and co-writer/producer Debra Hill turn a few suburban streets into a house of horrors for some unsuspecting teenagers -- with no special effects and very few cheap thrills.

A 19-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis makes her film debut as Laurie Strode, a bookish, anti-social highschooler unaware that while she babysits on Halloween night, a psychotic maniac lurks in the neighborhood. The strong, silent type, this hulking being quietly walks the town in which he killed his sister 15 years earlier, back for more after a hospital escape. Meanwhile, his horrified doctor (the ominous Donald Pleasance) waits, as single-mindedly obsessed as the killer he's chasing.

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Homegrown Review


OK
Movies about marijuana are historically slapsticky, funny romps (see the Cheech and Chong oeuvre). Homegrown probably started out that way, then turned into a typical drug thriller, only set in the northern California hippie community. Message to producers: Hank Azaria is a comedian, not a gun-toting action hero.

Drowning Mona Review


OK

A screwball whodunit set in an upstate New York hamlet full of highly motivated potential murderers, "Drowning Mona" is kind of a Robert Altman ensemble movie gone wrong.

Funny in fits and starts, the story opens with the tyrannical title character, played by Bette Midler, driving her Yugo off a cliff into a river. It's a tragedy that doesn't seem to have anyone in town all that broken up.

Upon hearing the news, her dimwitted, stoner, bully of a lay-about son (Marcus Thomas) only wants to know "What was she doing driving my car!" After making a half-assed attempt to feign grief, her cheatin' and brow-beaten husband (William Fichtner) drives off for a happier than usual rendezvous with his mullet-haired, diner waitress concubine (Jamie Lee Curtis). Everybody else in town tries -- although not very hard -- to stifle the fact that they're pleased as punch Mona has met her end.

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Christmas With The Kranks Review


Zero

As I write this, the time is 8:32 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2004, and I have just walked out on "Christmas With the Kranks" after roughly 45 minutes of mind-numbingly humorless, sit-com barrel-bottom idiocy.

An adaptation of John Grisham's "Skipping Christmas" that has been violently stripped of any semblance of humanity, this supposed comedy is about a couple called the Kranks (ha, ha, ha), played by Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, whose daughter won't be home for Christmas, so they choose to bow out of the festivities altogether and take a cruise. But apparently their choice amounts to a social offense of the first order in the bogus, plot-device suburbia where the movie takes place (during a transparently bogus winter). It even makes the newspaper.

Soon an army of neighbors are beating down their door like some Yuletide Gestapo, angrily demanding they put up their seasonal decorations while Curtis inexplicably cowers inside like a child.

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Freaky Friday Review


Very Good

Hitting the nail on the head of mother-daughter relationships -- and doing so with amusing savvy and imaginative good humor -- Disney's "Freaky Friday" remake is such a sublimely fun-for-all matinee delight that it cleansed my palate of the sour taste of every bad movie I've seen this summer.

Yes, it's a live-action Disney family movie -- which has traditionally been enough to send shudders down the spine of anyone over the age of 11. But director Mark S. Waters ("Head Over Heels") eschews the studio's history of pandering triteness in favor of sharp writing, credibly clever characters and terrific performances.

Magnetic Linsday Lohan (whose charm also carried the studio's 1998 "Parent Trap" remake) and a revitalized Jamie Lee Curtis couldn't be more ideally cast as exasperated teenager Annabell Colman and her harried, head-shrinker mom Tess, both of whom are given new insights into their contentious relationship when their bodies are swapped through a fortune-cookie hex.

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La Vida Robot Trailer

La Vida Robot Trailer

NASA are sponsoring a highly esteemed robotics competition, where students from various schools compete to...

Veronica Mars Movie Review

Veronica Mars Movie Review

Funded by fans, this follow-up to the cult TV show feels a lot like an...

Veronica Mars Trailer

Veronica Mars Trailer

Veronica Mars spent her teenage years as a private eye alongside her detective father. Despite...

From Up on Poppy Hill Movie Review

From Up on Poppy Hill Movie Review

From the studio that brought us classics like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, this...

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Review

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Review

Of all the misguided movie genres, the modern family film is the most disingenuous. While...

Fierce Creatures Movie Review

Fierce Creatures Movie Review

One of the moviegoing experiences I'll never forget is seeing A Fish Called Wanda at...

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The Tailor of Panama Movie Review

The Tailor of Panama Movie Review

Somebody told Pierce Brosnan to change his image.In The Tailor of Panama -- based on...

Fierce Creatures Movie Review

Fierce Creatures Movie Review

One of the moviegoing experiences I'll never forget is seeing A Fish Called Wanda at...

Freaky Friday (2003) Movie Review

Freaky Friday (2003) Movie Review

On the surface, Freaky Friday has all the signs of being awful -- horrible trailer,...

Halloween: Resurrection Movie Review

Halloween: Resurrection Movie Review

About halfway through Halloween: Resurrection my cell phone fell out of my pocket and onto...

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