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 3.5
Friday, 11 July 2008 ,  Written by Bill Warren
The title on the print shown at the advance screening was as given above, ending with “3D.” But though the intention was for this movie to be shown only in 3D, many theaters have yet to make the conversion to digital projection (and, I assume, a more highly reflective screen). If you see it flat, don’t expect to see “3D” as part of the title. But the preview screening was in 3D, and terrific 3D at that. This is as lightweight as the giant dandelion fluff Brendan Fraser sends drifting down under the ground somewhere. It’s largely for kids, who are likely to love it (though one kid after the screening was heard muttering that ninety-two minutes was too long). It’s loaded with thrills, and though it really has only three main characters, they’re likable enough, and the actors are entertaining. ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Friday, 11 July 2008 ,  Written by Bill Warren
Bless Guillermo del Toro. This director knows a terrific actor when he sees one, and he saw one in the otherwise underused Ron Perlman. The actor appeared in del Toro’s first feature, “Cronos” (1993) and again in “Blade II.” Having been the unlovely half of the TV series “Beauty and the Beast,” Perlman is accustomed to working in a lot of makeup. He knows how to deliver a sharp, even subtle, performance through layers of latex; he’s a very good actor even without makeup (and he didn’t have any in “Cronos”), but he tends to be underused by Hollywood. When del Toro became the director of “Hellboy,” based on Mike Mignola’s comic book, he had only one actor in mind for the lead role, a demon from Hell who has managed to wind up working for the forces of good. Hellboy ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 ,  Written by Bill Warren
Hancock (Will Smith) is a superhero. He’s invulnerable, super-strong and can fly. He’s also something of a bum, given to sleeping on park benches; he stinks, and he drinks way too much. This much about “Hancock” you can tell from the trailers. What you can’t tell is that this movie is as much a drama as it is a comedy; though it’s amusing throughout (albeit intermittently), most of the funny stuff is dealt with early in the film. The movie is somewhat difficult to describe, because about halfway through, there’s a major plot surprise—well, at least I didn’t see it coming—and this surprise is, annoyingly, one of the best and one of the worst things about “Hancock.” It’s an interesting surprise, no doubt about that, but it raises as many questions as it (eventually) answers, and some of those questions ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
Friday, 27 June 2008 ,  Written by Bill Warren
Pixar may be the only company that’s kind of boring because its movies are always—ALWAYS—terrific. Long or short, they’ve all been winners, and “WALL•E” is hardly an exception. The best movie released so far this year, it’s wise, touching, funny and exciting. Writer-Director Andrew Stanton, a Pixar veteran, has taken on formidable task: creating an animated movie mostly about robots—hard, inflexible metal—and told almost without dialogue. Nonetheless, the robots are expressive, the story is clear and involving. At times, it’s even exciting, especially when our little hero WALL•E reaches the spaceship carrying some human beings. There’s a brief recap of the future history of Earth, briskly related to us by megacorporation BNL’s CEO Shelby Forthright (Fred Willard, in live-action footage). Pollution and population increase have made the Earth inhabitable, so humankind boards a fleet of luxury-craft spaceships, which head out on ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.5
Friday, 20 June 2008 ,  Written by Bill Warren
Near the end of “Get Smart,” Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart, CONTROL agent, dons a sports jacket—narrow lapels, narrow tie—and heads off in a red 1960s Sunbeam convertible, just like Don Adams drove in the old TV sitcom on which this movie is based. After about a block, the car shudders to a halt; it just can’t make it. To a large degree, neither can this movie. It’s occasionally genuinely funny, but one thing it is not is a “Get Smart” movie. Max Smart has been changed far too much. On the series, he was a cockamamie blend of James Bond and Inspector Clouseau—determined to succeed, utterly confident with no reason to be, and quick to justify his blunders. (“Missed it by THAT much.”) He was brisk, no-nonsense, full of himself and vaguely attracted to Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), who loved ...
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