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July 30, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new "The Smurfs 2" is a passable mediocrity. Again mixing live-action with computer animation, the story this time revolves around the bad wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has been performing as a magician in modern-day Paris, kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry)
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July 30, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel - no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with the 2011 film "The Smurfs," the new "The Smurfs 2" is a passable mediocrity. Again mixing live-action with computer animation, the story this time revolves around the bad wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has been performing as a magician in modern-day Paris, kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry)
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November 23, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In the early '60s a Navy widow named Helen North and a Navy warrant officer, Frank Beardsley, a widower, made headlines when they were married in the mission at Carmel because between them they had 18 children. Their story inspired the delightful and surprisingly sophisticated 1968 comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours," starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
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March 26, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Last summer's "Scooby-Doo," a live-action feature derived from the animated TV series, found the Mystery Inc. gang solving supernatural goings-on that plagued the Spooky Island theme park outside their hometown, Coolsville, U.S.A. At the opening of "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," the Coolsonian Criminology Museum is honoring the Mystery gang -- Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.
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June 2, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let us all now give praise to the individual who designed the poster for "Big Momma's House," currently on prominent display on buses throughout Los Angeles County. He or she has done a tremendous service to filmgoers--neatly summarizing all we need to know about this new comedy. The image is this: a corpulent female figure in a red flower-print dress, holding an FBI identification card picturing Martin Lawrence. So there you go.
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December 12, 1997 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Home Alone 3" follows in the, er, proud tradition of "The Sting 2" and "Jaws 3-D," movies that have nothing to do with the original film that inspired them, except a flaccid adherence to the formula that made the first a success. If you have a name-brand product, need you bother to clutter the equation with name-brand stars? Macaulay Culkin has evolved from the once-adorable moppet of the first two flicks to a teenager who could afford his own wing of the new Getty museum.
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April 9, 1999 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
It's taken some years, but Drew Barrymore's career has finally come full circle. After she became America's moppet sweetheart in 1982's "E.T.," the actress' work and image took a series of hairpin turns, but now, with "Never Been Kissed," she's as warm and appealing as she ever was. Maybe even more. An easygoing and amusing romantic confection, "Never Been Kissed" solidifies the work Barrymore did in last year's "The Wedding Singer" and "Ever After."
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June 14, 2002 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The movie version of "Scooby-Doo" has been hanging like a threat over the happy childhood memories of my funky '70s TV-watching habits. Like so much other pop-culture--"Star Wars," "Josie and the Pussycats," "Rocky & Bullwinkle"--would the cool crime solvers with the groovy van be ruined when Hollywood revisited them? Would a look inside the Mystery Machine reveal nothing but an ugly conversion van? I'm afraid so.
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September 16, 2004 | Susan King
Man on Fire Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning Fox, $30 Two-time Oscar winner Washington continues to grow and push himself as an actor; witness his exceptional performances this year as men on the edge, in "The Manchurian Candidate" and in this dark, often violent story set in Mexico City. Washington plays an alcoholic former special-ops assassin who finds redemption in the form of an endearing young girl (a winning Fanning) whom he is hired to guard.
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March 1, 2009 | Noel Murray
Australia 20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia" is at once a western, a war film, a Harlequin romance, a magical-realist fable and a tongue-clucking piece of social history, wrapped up in a decidedly Luhrmann-esque package.
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March 21, 2004 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"As an actor you are always hustling for a job," says Matthew Lillard, whose hippy-dippy performance as the beatnik Norville "Shaggy" Rogers was the saving grace of the mystery-comedy "Scooby-Doo." The 2002 hit film was based on the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon series about a timid Great Dane and his four human friends who solve mysteries. "Your life is about selling yourself," says Lillard, who is friendly and talkative despite battling the stomach flu.
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