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April Fool's Day Review


OK
You might recognize Deborah Foreman's Muffy as the "six inch spike" girl from Real Genius, and you might remember Thomas F. Wilson's Arch as Biff from the Back to the Future series. And you might recognize April Fool's Day's hair and clothing styles as something you wore yourself 15 years ago. Talk about horror!

The archetypal family manor on an inaccessible island plays the setting for a group of college kids, invited by the mysterious Muffy to spend the weekend. But the April Fool's pranks begin before the kids ever make it to the island as one guy fakes being stabbed. Pretty soon chairs are collapsing, faucets are squirting, glasses are dribbling... and the body count is rising.

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Leprechaun Review


Unbearable
Where's me pot o' gold? Bet you didn't know Jennifer Aniston made crap like this! Or maybe you did. Where's me pot o' gold!?

Summer School Review


Good
Summer School may not teach us much about life and love, but if there was any justice in the world we'd be seeing reruns of this on TNT every Sunday instead of endless repeats of Sixteen Candles and its ilk.

Summer School is a lame and obvious stunt piece, but damn if it doesn't know it. Mark Harmon's a lazy teacher stuck with the worst students in school for summer classes. Eventually he's tasked with getting them to pass The Big Test, only to find that they're completely unmotivated and that one of them is totally illiterate. In fact, his job is on the line if they fail. What happens next is probably familiar to anyone who went to high school in America: The students bargain with the teacher; they'll try hard if he lets them use his car, throw a party in his house, and so on.

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Deep Core Review


Unbearable
Sometimes, a film can be so awful that words fail a movie critic. Deep Core is one of these, a terrible, terrible, terrible Voyage to the Center of the Earth homage that has Craig Sheffer and a crew of sci-fi TV show castoffs digging into the earth's crust in a giant, laser-shooting digging machine in order to shift a couple of tectonic plates through the strategic use of nuclear weapons.

Of course there's a duplicitous corporate plot to interfere with them, and boy oh boy if the atrocious digital effects don't get piled on in bulk. The supporting cast includes Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wil Wheaton, whose character exits in the most hilarious finale I've seen on film, along with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Terry Farrell, as a brainy inventor and requisite love interest. Perhaps most amusing is Harry Van Gorkum (no known Star Trek ties) as the corporate lackey, with a ridiculous beard that makes him look like Taylor Negron dressing up as Ron Silver. Apparently there's a commentary track on the DVD release, but after watching the movie itself I was too depressed to look for it. This one's all Core, no fruit.

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April Fool's Day Review


OK
You might recognize Deborah Foreman's Muffy as the "six inch spike" girl from Real Genius, and you might remember Thomas F. Wilson's Arch as Biff from the Back to the Future series. And you might recognize April Fool's Day's hair and clothing styles as something you wore yourself 15 years ago. Talk about horror!

The archetypal family manor on an inaccessible island plays the setting for a group of college kids, invited by the mysterious Muffy to spend the weekend. But the April Fool's pranks begin before the kids ever make it to the island as one guy fakes being stabbed. Pretty soon chairs are collapsing, faucets are squirting, glasses are dribbling... and the body count is rising.

Continue reading: April Fool's Day Review

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