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Tuesday, 01 July 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days 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: Paramount Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Michael Michele, Shalom Harlow, Bibi Neuwirth, Kathryn Hahn release year: 2003 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein There is a sequence in “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” that’s pure irony. Our heroine Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), intentionally trying to alienate hunky and mysteriously (to her) patient Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey), drags him to a chick-flick marathon. It would be going too far to say that “How” would be the perfect movie at which to lose a chick-flick-hating date, but although we can see it trying to branch out, it is a solid example of the genre. If you and/or your movie-going friends have issues with the form, consider yourself warned.
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Two Weeks Notice 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein release year: 2002 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Criticizing “Two Weeks Notice” feels a bit like kicking a puppy – the thing means no harm to anyone and doesn’t deserve abuse. In fact, it boasts some snappy dialogue and a pair of very proficient performances from Sandra Bullock (who also produces here) and Hugh Grant, both doing their romantic comedy best. But unless one is deeply into romantic comedy that are innocuous for their very lack of substance, “Two Weeks Notice” is just a bit of a chore.
Tuesday, 04 February 2003 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Sweet Home Alabama 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: PG-13 starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place, Fred Ward, Jean Smart, Ethan Embry, Melanie Lynstey, Courtney Gains release year: 2002 film rating: Two and a half stars sound/picture: Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren If it weren't for the charming, funny lead performance by Reese Witherspoon, there would be little reason to talk about the hackneyed "Sweet Home Alabama." As usual with Hollywood movies set in small towns, details and even the whole ambiance are wrong. The screenplay by C. Jay Cox wants to have everything two ways: the residents of the small Alabama town are hayseed redneck ignoramuses, but also the salt of the Earth. We're supposed to laugh at them and embrace them, but one approach pretty much kills the other. Director Andy Tennant is a standard Hollywood hand with little personal style, and an impersonal approach to the material.
Tuesday, 14 January 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Hope Floats 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: Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr., Gena Rowlands, Mae Whitman release year: 1998 film rating: Two and a half stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein 'Hope Floats' is a whimsical romantic drama that succeeds neither in being entirely naturalistic nor engagingly fanciful. The modicum of charm it possesses is mainly due to the efforts of its hard-working cast. Birdie (Sandra Bullock) is a nice young wife/mother living what she thinks is a perfectly contented life in Chicago--until she's publicly dumped on national television by her husband, who's having an affair with her best friend. The demoralized Birdie packs up her young daughter Bernice (Mae Whitman) and heads back to her Texas hometown with her tail between her legs to live with her mother (Gena Rowlands). One-time prom queen Birdie is ill-equipped to face the gloating of former acquaintances, but her pragmatic if eccentric mom insists that she ...
Tuesday, 17 September 2002 |  Written by Tara O'Shea  | 
title: 40 Days and 40 Nights 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(); udio: Miramax Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Griffin Dunne, Paulo Costanzo, Adam Trese, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Lorin Heath, Aaron Trainor, Glenn Fitzgerald, Monet Mazur, Christine Chatelain, Keegan Connor Tracy, Michael C. Maronna, Vinessa Shaw release year: 2002 film rating: One Star sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Tara O'Shea I'm going to give up Josh Harnett movies for Lent. I'm serious. I'm not even a very good Catholic, and I suppose if I were, I'd actually be giving up something that means something to me. Making a sacrifice. Rather than contemplating -- with some glee, may I add -- sacrificing director Michael Lehmann and writer Rob Perez in a voodoo ritual to try and excise any memory of this wretched film. Hartnett stars as Matt Sullivan, a young web designer hung up on his ex-girlfriend and so petrified of living without her that he hallucinates the sky opening up and swallowing him any time he's having sex ...
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