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July 24, 2001 | MALCOLM JOHNSON, HARTFORD COURANT
Jurassic Park III" ends with an oddly lyrical shot of pteranodons, perhaps the most fearsome dinosaurs in the film, winging off like so many giant seabirds into the sunset. The human characters, who have recently escaped from the depredations of the flying marauders, wonder whether the creatures are looking for a new home. "Jurassic Park IV" may already be in the works.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2001 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The movies have finally caught up with fame. The long-held perception that audiences are not interested in the behind-the-scenes machinations of show business has changed in an era that finds the contestants in staged, unscripted TV shows like "Survivor" lavished with the kind of attention once reserved for seriously accomplished artists. And now, movies are getting back into the act.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2001 | DON OLDENBURG, WASHINGTON POST
"Not that bad," said James Lim, 16, a student at W.T. Woodson High in Fairfax, Va., suggesting that the swords scene inside the majestic Cambodian tomb in the movie "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" reminded him of scenes in the Tomb Raider video games. Lingering after Tysons Fairfax Square Cinema cleared out its matinee crowd recently, Lim and several friends considered how Hollywood had fared in translating the adventures of the video game goddess into a film starring Angelina Jolie.
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July 6, 2001 | MALCOLM JOHNSON, HARTFORD COURANT
Nothing that Haley Joel Osment endures as the android boy David in search of humanity in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" compares in intensity with the horrors suffered by his Cole Sear in "The Sixth Sense." Still, David's encounters with discarded, disintegrating robots and his wanderings through dark woods, mean streets and a drowned amusement park must have had some impact on the mind of the movie-television veteran who turned 13 in April.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Francis Veber is one of French cinema's most popular comedy writers and directors. During the last 32 years, he has written or co-written such hit farces as "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe," "Le Magnifique," "La Cage aux Folles," which was nominated for a foreign-language film Oscar, and "Les Comperes." He directed his first film, "The Toy," 25 years ago and his first American film, "Three Fugitives," 13 years later.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2001 | MICHAEL SRAGOW, BALTIMORE SUN
The youth-trash conquest of summer moviegoing became complete in 1981. That's when it was decided that comic-book movies, coming-of-age comedies and shoot-'em-ups would constitute the daily bread of film fans from May to mid-September. Think back to the dark spring of 1981. One highly touted film after another, pushed out of its studio nest, swiftly flops. Paul Newman can't save "Fort Apache, the Bronx." Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt go down with "Eyewitness."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2001 | CARLA KUCINSKI, THE HARTFORD COURANT
Hollywood is getting fat. With increasing frequency, actors on screens big and small are slipping into fat suits for laughs. Comedian Martin Short is the latest actor to weigh in. Short's half-hour show "Primetime Glick" had its premiere on Comedy Central last week. With the help of makeup and a fat suit, Short transforms into celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick, the overweight, jolly and clueless host of a fictitious talk show.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2001 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In our house, we take movies very seriously. We like to know what's opening this weekend and what's slated for summer. We watch the billboards and coming attractions and take notes. We mark our calendars. It's not that we're in any way connected with the industry, nor are we the kind of stadium-seat analysts who stand around at parties throwing out names and project titles as if they were sports scores or quotations from Lao-tse.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2001 | STEPHEN FARBER, Stephen Farber is a film critic for Movieline magazine and a regular contributor to Calendar
Melodrama is a genre that is often deliriously embraced by audiences and contemptuously derided by critics. For an example of this dichotomy, you need look no further than the reactions to "Pearl Harbor," which opened to huge business in defiance of staggeringly mediocre reviews. But this is hardly the first time that critics have turned up their noses at a form of storytelling adored by the masses. In his study of the English novel called "The Great Tradition," critic F.R.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2001 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Will Smith is dancing around the boxing ring, throwing a few practice jabs before shooting a scene, when he notices a pesky newspaper columnist leaning against the ropes, taking notes. "Is there a journalist out there?" he shouts, his voice dripping with sarcasm. "Because I need me a journalist to whup!"
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