Monthly Archives: February 2000

What Planet Are You From? - * * 1/2*

Mike Nichols directs this adult comedy about an alien (Gary Shandling) sent to Earth to procreate. Unfortunately, he lacks the right “equipment”. John Goodman, Annette Bening, Camryn Manheim, Greg Kinnear, Ben Kingsley, Linda Fiorentino, Nora Dunn and Judy Greer will … Continue reading

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Reindeer Games - * *

John Frankenheimer directs this thriller in which an ex-con (Ben Affleck) is set up by his former cellmate (Gary Sinise) to rob a casino. Charlize Theron, Dennis Farina, James Frain, Donal Logue, Ashton Kutcher, Isaac Hayes, Danny Trejo and Clarence … Continue reading

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Wonder Boys - * * * 1/2*

Curtis Hanson directs Michael Douglas as a college professor with writer’s block desperately trying to match the success of his first novel. Tobey Maguire stars as a brilliant, but suicidal, student whom he takes under his wing. Frances McDormand will … Continue reading

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Pitch Black - * * 1/2*

Pitch Black looks like any number of early-year sci-fi disasters. (Does anyone remember Screamers, or Virus?) But, on closer inspection, this Alien clone has some unique features. And, while it never expands the genre, Pitch Black provides its fair share … Continue reading

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Hanging Up - * 1/2*

Diane Keaton directs this story about three sisters (Keaton, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow) and the impending death of their difficult father (Walter Matthau). Adam Arkin will also star as Ryan’s husband. Capsule Review: A good cast wasted on a … Continue reading

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Boiler Room - * *

Ben Younger writes and directs. Giovani Ribisi stars as a college dropout who takes a job as an agressive stockbroker in a “boiler room”, only to discover his employer is a crook. Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Jamie Kennedy, Scott Caan, … Continue reading

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Academy Awards Nominations and Commentary

The 72nd Academy Award Nominations were announced this morning. The nominations and my comments follow… Best Picture American Beauty The Cider House Rules The Green Mile The Insider The Sixth Sense The biggest surprise here, as with the entire list … Continue reading

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Snow Day - * 1/2*

Everyone who ever grew up in a cold climate remembers the magic of snow days, those impromptu vacations from school that would spring up overnight. The kid flick Snow Day attempts to capture that magic, but instead turns completely to … Continue reading

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The Beach - * 1/2*

After Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio had his pick of any role in Hollywood. He displayed courage by choosing a dark, offbeat project for his next starring role, The Beach. Unfortunately, The Beach is a washout, continuing the downward slide for director … Continue reading

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Gun Shy - * 1/2*

Gun Shy is a scattershot comedy that draws from several trendy genres. Borrowing a page from The Sopranos, or Analyze This, it deals with the psychological anxieties behind the traditional mob movie. In addition, it stirs in some romantic comedy, … Continue reading

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