January 15, 2010 |
On the ground or twirling in a stunt harness above it, Jackie Chan brings an air of determined good cheer to even the most metallic of clunkers. "The Spy Next Door" proves this. Chan's new all-ages vehicle is smooth like oatmeal. It's hard to imagine anyone being offended, except fans of good comedy. This is "True Lies" without the striptease or the Arab-maiming. On loan to the Central Intelligence Agency from the Chinese government, Bob Ho (Chan) is a superspy who, by day, masquerades as a mild-mannered pen importer.
March 10, 2005 |
Years from now, we'll know that the hottest song to come out of Iceland wasn't by the super-hip Sigur Ros, or Quarashi, Gus Gus, or even from the red-carpet queen Bjork. With fond nostalgia, today's preteen rockers will someday sing the "Bing Bang" song. To a disco beat: "Bing, bang digger rigger dun! First thing I say after I wake up. Bing, bang digger rigger dun!"
August 14, 2005 |
THERE'S a new kind of TV villain on "LazyTown," Nickelodeon's popular kids' show. Robbie Rotten, in all his creeping, hand-wringing, nyah-ha-ha evil, plots to keep the village children indoors, occupied with video games and candy. His nemeses Sportacus and Stephanie back-flip to the rescue, demonstrating the joys of fresh air and fitness.
January 10, 2010
Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Betsy Sharkey (B.S.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Anthony Miller. Openings FRIDAY 44 Inch Chest A jealous husband and his friends kidnap his wife's young lover, seeking retribution for his wounded ego. With Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley and Melvil Poupaud. Directed by Malcolm Venville. (1:35) R. The Book of Eli In the not-too-distant future, across the wasteland of what was once America, a lone warrior must fight to bring civilization the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption.