January 29, 2001 |
"Sugar & Spice," which New Line Cinema released Friday without benefit of advance screenings for critics, despite appearing to be just another cheerleader flick is also amusingly subversive, thanks to sharp writing and direction, by Mandy Nelson and Francine McDougall, respectively.
May 15, 2000 |
"Screwed": That's exactly what you're likely to feel if you try to watch this relentlessly unfunny loser, a candidate for the short list of the year's worst major studio release. Pros like Elaine Stritch and Danny DeVito are always fun, but even their presence can't make a dent in this disaster. Amazingly enough, it was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who have "The People vs.
October 4, 1991 |
Was it only a few years ago that John Travolta was a '70s movie sensation, an urban youth movie sex-idol who seemed to blend Brando's brooding with Presley's swagger? In "Shout" (citywide), looking a bit fleshy and tired, Travolta is already trying to pass the torch. But there's nobody to pick it up--at least in this witless, over-pretty dud of a youth musical.
September 14, 2001 |
In the new film "The Musketeer," Mena Suvari lives the life of a fairy-tale princess. In this retelling of Alexandre Dumas' classic "The Three Musketeers," Suvari plays an orphaned girl who is swept off her feet by the heroic D'Artagnan, played by Justin Chambers. Tim Roth, the villain, then snatches her, and she must be rescued from the tower of a 17th century castle, where she is the bait to lure the hero for the final showdown. "I'm almost like Rapunzel, who lets her hair down for the prince to save her," Suvari says with a laugh and shaking her golden locks.
May 22, 1992 |
So many "serious" movies these days are no-brainers that a movie like "Encino Man" (citywide) is almost refreshing. At least it's upfront about being a no-brainer. Is it as enjoyably dopey as "Wayne's World"? Not really. There's nothing here to match the ineffable nerdiness of Mike Myers' Wayne and Dana Carvey's Garth. Those guys are the Cheech and Chong for the cable-TV '90s generation--gee-whiz dudesters who jangle to each other's dorky rhythms.
April 26, 1996 |
Two things are quickly apparent in Michael Lehmann's "The Truth About Cats & Dogs." Nothing about the story, in which a popular radio personality falls in love with a man who thinks she is someone else, is going to be believable. And Janeane Garofalo, who plays that personality, is so much fun, you aren't going to care. Garofalo, the pesky talent booker on HBO's hip "The Larry Sanders Show," is whom Richard Benjamin might wish he'd had when he was shooting "Mrs.