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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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August 1, 2000 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Raja Gosnell is a man of surprises. For starters, he's a tall, strapping, sandy-haired, blue-eyed Valley dude. An even bigger surprise: The director of two huge comedy moneymakers for 20th Century Fox--"Big Momma's House" and last year's "Never Been Kissed"--Gosnell virtually has no profile in Hollywood. But all that is about to change. He now has two major studios vying to make his next movie.
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August 1, 2000 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Raja Gosnell is a man of surprises. For starters, he's a tall, strapping, sandy-haired, blue-eyed Valley dude. An even bigger surprise: The director of two huge comedy moneymakers for 20th Century Fox--"Big Momma's House" and last year's "Never Been Kissed"--Gosnell virtually has no profile in Hollywood. But all that is about to change. He now has two major studios vying to make his next movie.
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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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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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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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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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July 29, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To borrow the lingo of the little blue people who populate "The Smurfs" — What the Smurf? If that sort of bad "blue" pun, as opposed to fun, is to your little one's liking, then parents, you are in for a fingernails-on-the-chalkboard, ahem, treat. Whether the off-color word play makes you cringe for fear that the kids will actually get the joke, or the "la, la, la" song haunts your nightmares, this animated-live action hybrid is really more 3-D disaster than family comedy. Even Neil Patrick Harris, who has proved he can save just about any sinking ship (see prime-time awards shows such as the Emmys or Tonys)
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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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