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Tuesday, 16 July 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Top Secret! function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Paramount Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Michael Gough, Christopher Villiers release year: 1984 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “How silly can you get?” croons our hero Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) in a Chapter 15 song. It is a question that “Top Secret!” aims to answer. This sublimely ridiculous spoof of WWII spy dramas and Elvis musicals (how’s that for a mix of genres?) is brought to us by the troika of directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who wrote the script here with Marty Burke, and are also the guiding hands behind the “Airplane!” and “Naked Gun” series.
Tuesday, 09 July 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson release year: 2001 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “The Royal Tenenbaums” is a curiosity. The film feels rather like a New Yorker cartoon brought to life, an impression enhanced but not solely created by the use of Eric Chase Anderson’s plaintive-looking artwork for punctuation throughout. Director Wes Anderson and his co-writer Owen Wilson have crafted their comedy/drama in a style that is distinct, erudite, quizzical and just a bit precious. “Tenenbaums” has the mood of a ‘60s/early ‘70s “counterculture” piece, like “Alice’s Restaurant” or maybe even “Harold and Maude” – all of the characters are so entrenched in their own peculiarities that it’s hard for them to deal with everyone else’s eccentricities.
Tuesday, 21 May 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Porky's function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Kim Cattrall, Scott Colomby, Kaki Hunter, Susan Clark, Alex Karras release year: 1981 film rating: Two Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein It’s one of the minor mysteries of the universe that ‘Porky’s’ has survived as a sort of standard bearer for R-rated teen sex comedies. It’s not the first nor the last film to concern itself with the efforts of male high-school students to hit that mythical home run with the opposite sex. It is also not the best nor the worst nor the tamest or even the raunchiest of its genre. Indeed, perhaps the film’s middle-of-the-road silliness is what makes it so comfortable. It can be enjoyed as a prime example of its genre without inspiring feelings of any special admiration or envy for its makers.
Tuesday, 21 May 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: How High function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Studios Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Method Man, Redman, Obba Babatunde, Mike Epps, Jeffrey Jones, Fred Willard release year: 2001 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom "How High" is purely a guilty pleasure. There’s no excusing the movie, and no amount of justification for watching the DVD for socially redeeming features is ever going to take. The story is thin, but the laughs are full belly busters. Sure, maybe this would never happen in a million years, but if two blunt-smoking guys from the ‘hood ever got into Harvard, this has got to be how it would be.
Tuesday, 14 May 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Snow Dogs function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqo, Nichelle Nichols, Graham Greene release year: 2002 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom Billed as a family film and released by Disney, “Snow Dogs” is a decent offering in the milieu. Ted Brooks (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is a successful Miami dentist, following in his father’s footsteps and watched over with frantic fondness by his doting mother. However, Ted gets served a summons that originated in Tolketna, Alaska, a place he’s never heard of. Opening the summons, he finds that he’s the sole heir of his real mother, Lucy Watkins, a woman he never even knew about.
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