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Shrek the Third Review


Good
I've never understood what children see in Shrek. Hardly a role model, the selfish and ornery ogre voiced perfectly by Mike Myers wears a defeated, sour puss only a mother could love. He constantly belittles his best friend, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and guards his affections for true love Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with well-honed sarcasm.

And yet, the Shrek machine -- marketing factions included -- makes money hand over fist as the franchise exploits ancient fairy tales children no longer read and spins timely jokes from pop-culture references kids couldn't hope to understand.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Review


Good
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (a film which should otherwise need no introduction whatsoever) reminds me of that strange Christmas feeling that hits about five minutes after all of the presents have been opened. It's that indescribable longing for more, even if nothing's really missing. There's so much expectation, so much buildup, that somehow even though you're satisfied, it's not quite enough.

Jim Carrey is fabulous as the titular Grinch, that much is sure. His trademark physical antics fit "the mean one" perfectly, without stealing the heart from one of Dr. Seuss' most notorious characters. He proves that he's up to the tall order of balancing two larger-than-life personalities: himself and the Grinch. The delicate mix that Carrey strikes -- giving just enough of himself to the role without obliterating the creature in the process -- is really the beauty of his performance.

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Last Holiday Review


OK
Queen Latifah and LL Cool J often do great work in bad movies - she elevates unnecessary Barbershop spin-offs; he convincingly flexes his acting muscles in action-centered junk like S.W.A.T. and Mindhunters.

Wayne Wang's Last Holiday might be the first film to allow both bright spots to shine in support of a good feature. Essentially a remake of a 1950s Alec Guinness comedy, Holiday casts Latifah as Georgia Bird, a kind-hearted department store sales clerk who is too shy to ask out her dream man, Sean (Cool J), and too timid to pursue her dream career as a chef. After receiving a brutal bump on the head at work, Georgia is diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and told she has three weeks to live. This shocking truth jolts the homebody out of her mundane existence. She drains her bank account, books a flight to Prague, and proceeds to splurge on life's finer points before her time runs out.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Review


Good
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (a film which should otherwise need no introduction whatsoever) reminds me of that strange Christmas feeling that hits about five minutes after all of the presents have been opened. It's that indescribable longing for more, even if nothing's really missing. There's so much expectation, so much buildup, that somehow even though you're satisfied, it's not quite enough.

Jim Carrey is fabulous as the titular Grinch, that much is sure. His trademark physical antics fit "the mean one" perfectly, without stealing the heart from one of Dr. Seuss' most notorious characters. He proves that he's up to the tall order of balancing two larger-than-life personalities: himself and the Grinch. The delicate mix that Carrey strikes -- giving just enough of himself to the role without obliterating the creature in the process -- is really the beauty of his performance.

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Wild Wild West Review


Grim
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

After the masterful Men In Black, Will Smith and Barry Sonnenfeld have reteamed for another oddball adaptation, but somewhere along the wagon trail to the Old West, they lost the magic that made MIB such a smash.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Review


Excellent
Anyone who thinks Andy Serkis broke new ground as the first real "animated actor" in 2003's The Two Towers needs to check their history books. Charles Fleischer appeared on camera as Roger Rabbit in the 1988 classic -- while wearing rubber rabbit ears and providing the voice of the character, too. He was later animated over in the studio, along with the rest of the animated characters in the film, which appear alongside the human actors and who accept them as perfectly real (only worthy of segregation in "Toon Town").

Its story is archetypal whodunit interlaced with comedy -- the hotshot toon in 1947 Hollywood is Maroon Cartoon superstar Roger Rabbit, who becomes suspect #1 when a local bigwig is found murdered, namely because bigwig is getting on with possibly the hottest cartoon of all time -- Jessica Rabbit (voiced by an uncredited Kathleen Turner), Roger's impossibly buxom wife.

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