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MULAN, which we saw being developed in Disney's Florida studios.

MULAN, which we saw being developed in Disney's Florida studios, is the first Disney animated movie produced on the East Coast. The animators we talked with said that they relished the creative freedom that being so far removed from corporate headquarters afforded them. And, as in any skunkworks, the workers used their independence to build the ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

 

A project with a good idea but nothing more, the movie needs a complete rewrite.

It's war out there. The seventh graders control the prized high ground and are raining snowballs down on their younger classmates. Brave 11-year-old Charlie Frost (Joseph Cross) is leading an insurrection from the field of battle below. With an audacious strategy, he goes mano a mano with the biggest bully in the class and wins. After this ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

It is a delight for all ages, and miracle of miracles, it does this without any crude jokes or anything offensive.

Fantasies that the whole family can enjoy are few and far between. Studios executives generally look for kids' shows with minimum intelligence and maximum slapstick humor. The result is that these films are either major silly in an attempt to play down to the little tykes or they are full of gross bathroom humor thinking that is the only type that ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

 

BOGUS (1996) is a fantasy about an invisible friend.

BOGUS (1996) is a fantasy about an invisible friend. People who exist only in one's imagination are common in childhood and in films. Perhaps the best known of the latter is the movie HARVEY (1950), which plays on the television in BOGUS lest we miss the connection of this show to a greater one from the past. As the show opens, effusively happy ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

CHICKEN LITTLE's visual style is as close to Pixar pictures as microwave pizza is to a freshly prepared restaurant version.

Boy oh boy, does Disney need Pixar! CHICKEN LITTLE is Disney's failed attempt to demonstrate that they can make a computer generated movie as good as their Pixar partners. CHICKEN LITTLE's visual style is as close to Pixar pictures as microwave pizza is to a freshly prepared restaurant version. But the look isn't the big problem. As directed by ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

 

Since we live in an age of superheroes and action figures, what better place to look for material than the gods of Greek mythology?

It is no wonder that the Disney executives are scratching their collectives heads over the disappointing performance of their big animated movie of the summer. Whereas their last two and much more financially successful summer movies, POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, featured unlikely cartoon heroes, their latest has a star straight from...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

The story concerns an alien dog, Hubble who has come to earth to investigate rumors that humans rather than dogs are in control.

Going into GOOD BOY!, I figured that it would be either silly fun or insufferably stupid. The trailers had me worried that it would be the latter. Instead, I was delightfully surprised to find it to be neither. Something like a mix of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL and CATS & DOGS, it is a wonderfully sweet family film for all ages. The story ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

 

Evaluated as adult level humor, FLUBBER would have trouble measuring up. But as a kid's show, it delivers the goods with some riotously funny sequences.

It's pop quiz time. Who stars in FLUBBER, Disney's remake of its 1961 film THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR? Well, if you answered Robin Williams, you only get partial credit. Although your answer may be technically correct, there is a small lovable, flying female robot named WEEBO, voiced by Jodi Benson from THE LITTLE MERMAID, who steals most of ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

The First Kid hates his life and moons the herd of reporters that follow them in the mall.

From the writer (Tim Kelleher) who is bringing the controversial CD-ROM game LEISURE SUIT LARRY to the big screen, we have a movie about the FIRST KID, a. k. a., the son of the president. I found the trailers for the movie pretty lame so I was not looking forward to seeing the film. My son, Jeffrey (age 7), on the other hand, thought the trailers ...

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Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 9 years ago

 

MATILDA is a live action film with Danny DeVito as the producer, director, and one of the stars.

One of the great novelists of children's books is Roald Dahl. This Spring we got to see an animated movie of his JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and loved it. We had a friend who leant us the book, and Jeffrey (age 7) and I spent many a wonderful night this summer reading it. With that in mind, we looked forward to a new movie, MATILDA, based on another ...

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Added: 9 years ago

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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt; MULAN, which we saw being developed in Disney's Florida studios, is the first Disney animated movie produced on the East Coast. The animators we talked with said that they relished the creative freedom that being so far removed from corporate headquarters afforded them. And, as in any skunkworks, the workers used their independence to build the product they most wanted - forget those suits back at headquarters. The impressive result, although not as spectacular as some of Disney's recent offerings, bodes well for this isolated, creative team.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Filmed in medium blues with warm rose accents, the animation is handsome albeit not up to standards of THE LION KING. Best in the crowd sequences, the movie has a most awe-inspiring visual of an attacking horde of Huns, with hundreds of bluish-gray men charging over a snow-covered landscape. Although the film's images are sumptuous, its songs are all eminently forgettable.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Opening with a reluctant and unconfident Mulan fixed up with pancake make-up to look like a porcelain doll, the story has her off to audition to be a bride. (Mulan is voiced by Ming-Na Wen, last seen as the take-charge, sexy wife in ONE NIGHT STAND.) Mulan fails miserably even with a cheat sheet of the right answers written on her arm. She finds her calling in life when she goes undercover in a male warrior suit to take the place of her injured father in the Emperor's campaign against the Hun invasion. Huns, we find, look strikingly similar to Klingon warriors.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;For help, Mulan's ghostly and bickering ancestors unwittingly send along a smart-mouthed, tiny dragon, which Mulan calls a little lizard. Eddie Murphy, who mumbles too many of his lines, plays the dragon, Mushu. A non-speaking, good-luck cricket, Cri-Kee, is Mushu's sidekick. The energetic Murphy tries to be Robin Williams, but Murphy's lines aren't anywhere near ALADDIN quality.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;When Mulan arrives at the Emperor's boot camp, run by a Lyle Lovett lookalike, she finds it full of snaggletoothed, male buffoons. The recruits try to out macho each other with lines like, &amp;quot;I'm going to hit you so hard it will make your ancestors dizzy.&amp;quot; She tries without much success to be a masculine toughie by spitting and doing other guy stuff.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Mushu is not impressed with her initial progress. &amp;quot;Oh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover,&amp;quot; he mocks her after her first attempts at fighting like a soldier. With shades of G. I. JANE, Mulan soon goes from being a walking disaster to being the star pupil.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Mulan doesn't reject her feminine side. &amp;quot;Just because I look like a man doesn't mean I have to smell like one,&amp;quot; she says before skinny-dipping in the closest stream. To her consternation, her fellow troops decide to join her in a scene both funny and sexual, even if not exactly the shower scene from STARSHIP TROOPERS.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The film's message is easily seen in the big Hun battle. When faced with overwhelming odds, the Emperor's men plan on dying with honor. Mulan, on the other hand, devises a winning strategy that allows the other side to perish in glory instead.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt; MULAN runs 1:38. It is rated G and would be fine for all ages.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;My son Jeffrey, age 9, gave the film ***. His favorite line was the father's &amp;quot;the greatest gift and honor is having you as a daughter.&amp;quot; He thought the dragon was really funny and the film's ending especially good. His buddy, Nickolas, age 9, gave the picture ** Ѕ. He liked the way Mulan always thought of new ideas, but he thought parts of the story dragged.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt; Fantasies that the whole family can enjoy are few and far between. Studios executives generally look for kids' shows with minimum intelligence and maximum slapstick humor. The result is that these films are either major silly in an attempt to play down to the little tykes or they are full of gross bathroom humor thinking that is the only type that will keep the attention of the teens and subteens. FLY AWAY HOME proves them wrong. It is a delight for all ages, and miracle of miracles, it does this without any crude jokes or anything offensive.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The story opens in New Zealand where a car crash leaves 14 year old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) without a mother. She goes to live in Ontario, Canada with her Dad, Thomas (Jeff Daniels). He is an inventor and sculptor whose chief passion is building and flying ultralight planes and gliders. Amy has not seen him in ages. He rationalizes that New Zealand is far away, to which she grumbles, &amp;quot;That's a lame excuse.&amp;quot; So far the show is nothing more than your formulaic despondent adolescent flick.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The fantasy kicks in when loggers come and cut down the trees nearby where Canadian geese are nesting. Amy finds about 15 eggs left by the scared mother geese. She takes them to her room and creates an incubator out of nothing more than a blanket, a chest, and a portable light. One of the attractions of the show for parents is it provides good role models for their children. Amy is inventive, dedicated, and compassionate. In a perfect metaphor, Amy comes out of her shell when the cute little geese come out of theirs, and she discovers that her dad is a great resource and her biggest supporter.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Jeff Daniels is one of my favorite lessor known actors. From his recent 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY to his best performance ever in GETTYSBURG, he adds something special to the roles he plays. Here his relentless approach is both exhausting and inspiring to watch.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Anna Paquin (THE PIANO and JANE EYRE), who is a dead ringer for a Welsh girl named Lizzie that Jeffrey met on vacation this summer in Denmark, is charm personified. Her every motion is graceful, and when she is one with the geese, it becomes hard not to cry for reasons having to do with nothing more than the love of life that she radiates.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Also visiting and sometime living in Tom's house is his girlfriend Susan Barnes (Dana Delany) and his sort of daffy brother David (Terry Kinney). On meeting Amy, David greets her with, &amp;quot;You must be Amy. I gave you Silly Putty once for Christmas. You ate it.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Besides the fantasy aspect there are two compelling reasons to see the show. One is the inventiveness previously mentioned, but the most enchanting is the rapport between Amy and her geese. She becomes their mother, and a better mother or more loyal children could not be imagined.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The tension in the story is that the geese must migrate in two months or they will die, and without adult geese to show them the way, they will not know how to get there or ever get back. Soon a plan is hatched whereby they built an ultralight plane that can fly at the slow speed of the geese and can direct them to a preserve in North Carolina. Amy ends up flying the plane. The show then is about the geese growing up while Amy prepares for and then flies the big flight.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;You will soon lose count of the many precious scenes in the picture, but let me cover a few lovely ones that brought me joy and mirth. When they are young, Amy has the geese on a cloth on the kitchen table where they demonstrate their lack of litter box training. Tom shakes his head about what he has gotten himself into.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The scenes of the geese waddling behind Amy had the entire audience smiling and was mentioned as a favorite by the kids that accompanied us to the picture. The most breathtaking scene and the one most likely to engender tears was the sheer majesty of the scene where Amy's minions follow her on her first big flight.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The cinematography by Caleb Deschanel (THE NATURAL, THE RIGHT STUFF, and THE BLACK STALLION) is the key underpinning to the film's success. He has a genius for knowing just how to form a visual. When filming the egg breaking he alternates between sharp close-up work on the eggs to a wide-angle look at Amy's face as it glows in awe of the new, little life forms. In FLY AWAY HOME he uses a lot of shadow work to accentuate the warm browns and earth tones of his color palette. His aerial shots are certainly the most spectacular. That crazy little plane with the geese flying behind filmed against the clouds and the sunset is a marvelous sight to behold.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The villain is provided effectively by the local wildlife agent. Since the geese are the &amp;quot;property of the crown,&amp;quot; he tries to clip their wings. In this show, his fingernail clippers were as effective as the weapon in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Amy steps in and saves her geese, but the villain will return.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Taken as a fantasy, the film makes perfect sense. Don't ruin it for yourself by over analyzing it. When they finish the plane that will make the journey, Uncle Dave says, &amp;quot;With this baby you could fly over the Empire State Building.&amp;quot; Less confident Tom concludes, &amp;quot;or end up as a big pound of ground round. One of the two.&amp;quot; This was my son's favorite line. Only Susan is concerned with reality so she warns Tom, &amp;quot;Broken promises are the worst. Better not to promise anything.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Director Carroll Ballard (THE BLACK STALLION and NEVER CRY WOLF) has an imaginative and deft touch. Why Ballard has only made five films in seventeen years is a mystery to me. The fine script was written by Robert Rodat and Vince McKewin, and is based on the autobiography by Bill Lishman.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;I do have two quibbles with the movie. First, why do we have the scene where the Uncle gives Amy a nose ring which she then wears for the rest of the picture. This would get her kicked out of school in most school districts, and she is the only person in the film with such body jewelry. If this was a film about generation Xers, I would understand, but this little fourteen year old is the epitome of sweetness and innocence. The nose ring is just out of character.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Second, why did we need the cliched subplot where the environmentalists are shown confronting evil capitalists, or is that an oxymoron in movies, who are raping nature. Rather than just have her racing to get the geese to the preserve before winter, we have her getting there before a developer bulldozes down the land to build houses. We have a guy putting his body in front of the bulldozer while waiting for Amy's plane to arrive. Kids' movies uniformly show environment issues as totally one sided. That these kids live in houses made of lumber, drive cars powered by gasoline, and generally do lots of things where environmental tradeoffs are made every day is never discussed. Just mention the word environment and you have trumped any possible argument.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;FLY AWAY HOME runs 1:47. It is rated PG for three mild cuss words and a very subtlety handled car crash. There is no sex, nudity, or violence. The film would be fine for kids of absolutely any age, but should delight adults as well. We took Jeffrey (age 7) and his neighborhood friends Jessica (age 7) and George (age 5) to see the picture. They all loved it with Jeffrey giving it six thumbs up. Never were they scared, and they were entranced with it from beginning to end. I loved the show and think you will too so I recommend it and give it ***.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt; BOGUS (1996) is a fantasy about an invisible friend. People who exist only in one's imagination are common in childhood and in films. Perhaps the best known of the latter is the movie HARVEY (1950), which plays on the television in BOGUS lest we miss the connection of this show to a greater one from the past.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;As the show opens, effusively happy Albert Franklin has a mother, Lorraine (Nancy Travis), and plenty of visible friends. Lorraine works as a magician's assistant in a traveling act, which is now playing on the Vegas strip.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Albert is played by Haley Joel Osment in the strongest performance in the movie. Haley, whom you may recognize as Forrest Junior in FORREST GUMP, is as assertive as he is cute. His voice projects with an authority that surpasses many adults.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Shortly after the beginning of the story, Albert's mother is killed in a car accident. Director Norman Jewison cuts away quickly so as to remove any chance of emotional impact. Throughout this uneven movie he will retain this proclivity to shy away from more than surface depth. The script by Francis X. McCarthy, Jeff Rothberg and Alvin Sargent suffers from a similar problem. The characters, Albert being the exception, are outlined adequately, but they are only partially filled in, leaving the viewer with a frustratingly incomplete feeling.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;By the provisions of the his mother's will, Albert is packed off to Newark, New Jersey to live with his mother's foster sister Harriet (Whoopi Goldberg), who did not know Albert existed. (Albert's father is explained away as a &amp;quot;fly-by-night,&amp;quot; with his mother not even knowing his last name.) Since Albert is white and Harriet is black, this might cause some challenges to be dealt with, but this script pays the issue scant attention.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Graffiti-encased Newark is cast against type. Rather than its usual collection of drug dealers and gangs, we see it as a friendly working class town. Nary a bad guy shows his head. For those of us who have lived in New Jersey, albeit not in Newark, it is refreshing to see someone look upon its brighter side.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;As Albert travels on the plane to go to live with Harriet, a large French stranger named Bogus (Gerard Depardieu) materializes out of a drawing Albert has made. Since Bogus can be seen and heard only by Albert, we have the canonical set of scenes where Albert talks to Bogus and a confused Harriet asks to whom Albert is speaking.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Although the child actor gives an excellent performance, the adults are merely adequate. Depardieu plays his part whimsically, but little more. A more complex interpretation of his character would have helped. Similarly, Goldberg has the tough part right as the owner of a small business, but her role as a reluctant mother is not believable. She develops little genuine chemistry with anyone else in the picture.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;It is plausible that Harriet starts off tough. (&amp;quot;This isn't going to work. I haven't had a conversation with a child since I was a child.&amp;quot;) But when the inevitable emotional crack finally comes, it happens too late and too unconvincingly.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Notwithstanding these problems, the film does have its magical moments and none more so than when Harriet and Bogus are transformed in a daydream to a pair of dancers a la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This scene was presaged earlier in another movie on the television.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;While always pleasant and sometime downright charming, Jewison's film remains strangely uninvolving. The ingredients are there but he has trouble staging them into a compelling whole.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;BOGUS runs too long at 1:50. It is rated PG for a little bad language and its more serious themes. It would be fine for kids around 6 and up. My son Jeffrey, age 8, said he thought the film was &amp;quot;okay, but it can get a little boring at times.&amp;quot; His favorite part is when the boy does magic tricks. Since I never disliked the film and since there are several touchingly funny portions, I am giving the film a mild thumbs up and ** 1/2.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt;Boy oh boy, does Disney need Pixar! CHICKEN LITTLE is Disney's failed attempt to demonstrate that they can make a computer generated movie as good as their Pixar partners. CHICKEN LITTLE's visual style is as close to Pixar pictures as microwave pizza is to a freshly prepared restaurant version. But the look isn't the big problem.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;As directed by THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE's Mark Dindal and written by BROTHER BEAR's screenwriting team of Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman, the movie is little more than a collection of forgettable sight gags that weren't particularly funny in the first place. And the voice talent is singularly uninspired. As the voice of Chicken Little, Zach Braff gives his character little life or emotion.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The thin plot, which is built around the &amp;quot;sky is falling&amp;quot; story, features an alien who looks like a three-eyed Smurf. The movie lifts liberally and literally from a host of good movies, including BACK TO THE FUTURE, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, and THE WIZARD OF OZ, in the hope that we'll think of them and forget the lameness of CHICKEN LITTLE. In between singing old songs, the movie attempts to come up with some new ones. Get ready to plug your ears. These new ditties are loud, annoying and clumsy.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The movie's humor seems designed to tickle the funny bones of those audience members not yet old enough for school. But I'm not sure if even they will find much to laugh about in CHICKEN LITTLE. Our packed audience of kids and their parents was clearly not impressed. The comedy uses gags such as having Chicken Little being forced to run around in his tidy whities, much to his brief embarrassment, and showing small animals talking in mass on their cells phones. About the best that the movie can come up with is a barbell made out of two donuts and a pencil. If I ever smiled during the movie, I don't remember it. I know I didn't laugh.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;CHICKEN LITTLE runs &amp;quot;only&amp;quot; 1:17, but just the first half hour feels like an eternity. It is rated G and would be acceptable for all ages.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt; It is no wonder that the Disney executives are scratching their collectives heads over the disappointing performance of their big animated movie of the summer. Whereas their last two and much more financially successful summer movies, POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, featured unlikely cartoon heroes, their latest has a star straight from central casting.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Since we live in an age of superheroes and action figures, what better place to look for material than the gods of Greek mythology? And what better choice for the protagonist than that guy with bulging pecs, Hercules? Surely, the executives must have reasoned, the kids will flock to HERCULES in droves and come back to see it again and again.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Why this has not transpired as anticipated is unclear. Perhaps there is something lacking in the implementation of the idea, but more likely it has to do with the picture's competition and with the obsession of this summer's audiences for the action blockbuster of the week. For whatever reason, the film is much better than its box office receipts indicate, and worth a visit if you have not seen it yet.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Like most Disney movies, the script by John Musker, Ron Clements, Bob Shaw, Don McEnery and Irene Mecchi, plays fast and loose with the traditional story so as to extract the maximum number of laughs and to pack a lot of mythology into an hour and a half. Except for classical scholars, the rest of us will happily accept the results.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;In Disney's version of the story, Hades, voiced with great glee and energy by James Woods, plans a &amp;quot;hostile takeover &amp;quot; of Mount Olympus. Hades is told that only Hercules will be able to defeat him so he tries to makes baby Hercules mortal, but through a slip-up, a small portion of his deity remains, leaving him with the strength of the gods.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Hercules, as voiced by Tate Donovan and as drawn by British illustrator Gerald Scarfe, is arguably not the most interesting character in the film. Much better is Hades, and even better still is Meg (Megara), voice by Susan Egan. (&amp;quot;My friends call me Meg, that is if I had any friends.&amp;quot;) Meg, Hercules's girlfriend and Hades's human trap to try to bring Hercules down, is played with sassy and mocking humor. Meg's confidence and smart mouth makes many good lines come off like jewels. She keeps taunting Hercules by referring to him only as &amp;quot;wonderboy.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Hercules and some of the other characters are drawn with strange and awkward proportions, especially the feet. Hercules's, in particular, are half again too large. Gerald Scarfe's drawing style becomes one of the movie's low points. On the other hand, some, Meg and Hades being two, are drawn strikingly well. Hades has red or blue fire shooting out of his head depending on his mood, and Meg has provocative bangs and a slightly revealing gown.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;As Hercules grows up, his nickname is Jerkules because of his clumsiness. Through the help of a little satyr named Phil (Philoctetes), played with his usual style of humor by Danny DeVito, Hercules trains to become a superhero. Hercules has been promised by his father Zeus (voice by Rip Torn) that if he proves himself a true hero, he can become a god again.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;As in most Disney creations, comical sidekicks abound. Hercules rides on Pegasus, &amp;quot;a magnificent horse with the brain of a bird.&amp;quot; Hades has two bumbling assistants, Pain (voice by Bobcat Goldthwait) and Panic (voice by Matt Frewer). Someone goes to the underworld, when one of The Fates (voices by Amanda Plummer, Carole Shelley, and Paddi Edwards) cut their soul's string.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The show has many good musical numbers with the best songs by a group of black soul singers called The Muses (voices by Lillias White, LaChanze, Cheryl Freeman, Roz Ryan, and Vaneese Thomas), who come off of a Greek vase.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The best jokes, and the film needs even more, come from its self-deprecating humor. Once Hercules become famous, his action figures are sold everywhere and his image adorns everything including a fast-food cup in the shape of a pillar. There are even fancy Hercules Stores and AirHerc sandals.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Hercules reasons with his father that he is ready for divinity. &amp;quot;I'm the most famous person in all Greece,&amp;quot; he brags. &amp;quot;I'm an action figure!&amp;quot; But Zeus demands more from his son and gets it.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;After many battles, the best being the well choreographed destruction of the almost unstoppable Hydra, Hercules does return to his place in the clouds.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;In the press kit, conveniently on CD-ROM these days, the filmmakers say one of their main goals was to make the story &amp;quot;accessible.&amp;quot; They succeeded admirably and delightfully. More families should skip one of those homogenous action flicks one week and see HERCULES instead. That way they could laugh with the film rather than at it.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;HERCULES runs just 1:30. It is correctly rated G and is fine for all ages. My son Jeffrey, age 8, and his friend Alan, also 8, both thought the movie was &amp;quot;really good.&amp;quot; They both said they liked it much better than THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and even better than THE LION KING. As they left the theater, they were busy ticking off their favorite monsters from the movie. I recommend the picture to you and your whole family and give it ***.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt;Going into GOOD BOY!, I figured that it would be either silly fun or insufferably stupid. The trailers had me worried that it would be the latter. Instead, I was delightfully surprised to find it to be neither. Something like a mix of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL and CATS &amp;amp; DOGS, it is a wonderfully sweet family film for all ages.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The story concerns an alien dog, Hubble (beautifully voiced by Matthew Broderick), who has come to earth to investigate rumors that humans rather than dogs are in control. Determining which group is in charge becomes the movie's on-going joke. For me, the issue was definitively decided in the film's funniest line, when one of the dogs declares to Owen Baker (Liam Aiken), Hubble's nominal master, &amp;quot;It may look like people are in charge, but you don't see us picking up their poop.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;Everyone thinks they have the smartest dog in the universe,&amp;quot; Owen's Dad (Kevin Nealon) tells his son, who, soon after he adopts Hubble from the pound, begins to suspect that Hubble is no ordinary pooch. The story has Owen, and only Owen, being able to communicate with Hubble and the rest of the dogs. It seems that Hubble -- whose real name is Canid 3942 -- has been sent to earth to grade the earth dogs and to investigate a report that they've been letting humans rule the planet. The story lets us in on all kinds of doggie gossip, including the fact that coyotes are just &amp;quot;homesick crybabies&amp;quot; who howl, not at the moon, but at &amp;quot;the home star,&amp;quot; a.k.a. Sirius, the Dog Star.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;All of the voice talent is put to excellent use by first-time director John Robert Hoffman. In addition to Broderick's charming work, Brittany Murphy, Carl Reiner, Donald Faison, Cheech Martin and Delta Burke voice their talking dog roles perfectly. Even Vanessa Redgrave drops by to do a voice cameo as the Greater Dane, the canine supreme leader. She is certainly no mangy mutt, and neither is the movie. Don't miss this enchantingly sweet picture, especially if you've got a family to take with you.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;GOOD BOY! runs 1:28. The film is rated PG for &amp;quot;some mild crude humor&amp;quot; and would be acceptable for all ages.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt; It's pop quiz time. Who stars in FLUBBER, Disney's remake of its 1961 film THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR? Well, if you answered Robin Williams, you only get partial credit.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Although your answer may be technically correct, there is a small lovable, flying female robot named WEEBO, voiced by Jodi Benson from THE LITTLE MERMAID, who steals most of the scenes. That is, except for those with Flubber in them. Flubber, a cross between the Pillsbury Doughboy and a lump of green Jell-O, manages to steal the scenes from both of them with his antics. One minute he is shooting bowling balls into the sky, and the next he splits into a hundred pieces and starts doing a Copacabana-style synchronized dance routine. With the special visual effects by Douglas Smith, the Academy Award winner from INDEPENDENCE DAY, one could argue that Smith deserves equal billing with Williams.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The main storyline has our hero, a very absent minded but brilliant professor named Phillip Brainard (Williams), trying to cook up some magic substance in order to save his almost insolvent college. His home looks like inventor Wayne Szalinski's from HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS but with gadgets that work. Phillip is so forgetful that he forgets his wedding with Sara Jean Reynolds, played Marcia Gay Harden from THE SPITFIRE GRILL, for the third time. This provides an opportunity for a rival professor, Wilson Croft (Christopher McDonald), from another school to try to sweep her off her feet.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;At this point our show has gone nowhere. But with the arrival of Phillip's invention of flying rubber, hence &amp;quot;Flubber,&amp;quot; the movie takes off right along with the bouncing substance.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The script by John Hughes, who has done a host of good comedies with the best being FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, is loosely based on Bill Walsh's original script. With a young audience in mind, the humor places heavy reliance on physical comedy -- flying bowling balls and golf balls, for example, to knock out the goons. The way they use the Flubber substance is quite imaginative. They spray in on their bodies to create bouncing surfaces, put it on shoes to create super basketball jumpers and wipe it on their hands to create mile-a-minute dribblers. The substance should come with a warning label: Do not use internally. Wilson does so with disastrous results.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The spoken dialog is fairly lame. &amp;quot;I love you with every cell, with every atom,&amp;quot; Phillip says about Sara in one of show's few mildly funny lines. &amp;quot;I love you on a subatomic level.&amp;quot; Most of the show sticks, correctly, to the action for his laughs, and director Les Mayfield keeps a high energy level to the proceedings without going overboard.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;One subplot deals with WEEBO's crush on Phillip. In addition to talking, she has a video screen that pops up so that she can show brief clips of old movies to illustrate her feelings. When WEEBO is angry, for example, she brings up a clip of Shirley Temple pouting with her hands on her hips. And when WEEBO comes to the rescue, she plays a Western with the cavalry arriving and bugles blaring. Rather than tiring of this gimmick, it actually grows on you as does WEEBO's adorable personality.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The bad guys are purely cartoonish, the type that get knocked down and then knocked down again. Their putative purpose is to attempt to steal the Flubber, but they are really there to be human punching bags.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;In a minor but recurring subplot, a little boy keeps getting frightened of staying in his room at night. After his Dad assures him that his window is locked, all manner of mayhem breaks out on the other side of his window. Robin Williams, flying his Flubber-powered 1963 red Thunderbird convertible, even runs into the tree outside the kid's bedroom.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Evaluated as adult level humor, FLUBBER would have trouble measuring up. But as a kid's show, it delivers the goods with some riotously funny sequences. Finally, consider this modern miracle. FLUBBER is an outlandish kid's comedy without almost no bathroom humor. They don't make many movies like that anymore.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;FLUBBER runs a quick 1:32. It is rated PG for cartoon mayhem and would be fine for all ages. My son Jeffrey and his friend Kerry, both 8, thought the show was &amp;quot;very funny.&amp;quot; Kerry commented on how much she laughed, and Jeffrey talked about his favorite characters, WEEBO, Flubber, and the little kid. Jeffrey said he thought it was one of the best movies of the year.&lt;/p&gt;'
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__domel__body => '&lt;p&gt; From the writer (Tim Kelleher) who is bringing the controversial CD-ROM game LEISURE SUIT LARRY to the big screen, we have a movie about the FIRST KID, a. k. a., the son of the president. I found the trailers for the movie pretty lame so I was not looking forward to seeing the film. My son, Jeffrey (age 7), on the other hand, thought the trailers were a hoot and kept asking when it was going to start so we saw it on opening day.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Although most of the jokes fall flat, FIRST KID is not without its charms. In fact, as the movie developed I begin to like parts of it, most especially the acting by Sinbad as the First Kid's Secret Service Agent known formally as Agent Sam Simms and informally as Agent Double O Simms. The quality of the script is quite low, but Sinbad played the character with great panache as if he had just been given the best role of the year. It is so refreshing to see actors try so hard. Too often, see Val Kilmer in THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU for example, actors just brood and seem angry that the director expects them to do more than just show up on the set.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;As the story starts, First Lady Linda Davenport (Lisa Eichhorn) and 13-year-old First Kid Luke Davenport (Brock Pierce from THE MIGHTY DUCKS series) are making their annual shopping trip to the mall to demonstrate to America that they are average working stiffs like everyone else. The First Lady even remarks to the reporters how she is essentially a working woman. Like all of us working stiffs, the family arrives in a long limousine with a phalanx of bodyguards. The First Kid hates his life and moons the herd of reporters that follow them in the mall.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The First Lady does not like the way Agent Woods (Timothy Busfield from &amp;quot;thirtysomething&amp;quot;) touches her son so she demands a new agent for her son's protection. Always in trouble Agent Simms is assigned to the kid. He becomes Luke's friend by helping him escape frequently from The White House.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;In an absolutely predictable show, Simms warns Luke when he is surfing the net that, &amp;quot;Just be careful out there in Cyberspace. Don't tell them anything.&amp;quot; This of course, serves to scare overly cautious parents that The Net is the enemy. Personally, I'd worry more in the parking lot when I leave the theater.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;I have some problems with the appropriateness of parts of script. One of the early jokes, albeit one aimed at the adults, has Simms telling the bartender, &amp;quot;I'll have a Harvey Wall-Banger.&amp;quot; Agent Woods one ups him with, &amp;quot;I'll have a Harvey Oswald.&amp;quot; Confused, Simms asks, &amp;quot;What's the difference?&amp;quot; Agent Woods gives him a devious smile retorting, &amp;quot;Oswald has three shots.&amp;quot; Remember, these are agents sworn to guard the lives of the President and his family. Actually, the joke is nothing more than a plot device so the writer can telegraph the ending.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Brock Pierce starts off giving nothing to the role of First Kid, and even by the end, he warms up maybe to mediocrity. Even worse is James Naughton as the president. He is terribly miscast. He looks and acts like, well, a mayor of a small town - one who spends his days selling insurance. Never, is he believable as a president of anything more than the local Elks Club.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Soon the First Son goes to school and the local bully, Rob (Zachery Ty Bryan), taunts him with &amp;quot;I knew it. A wus just like his dad, the draft dodger.&amp;quot; They get into a fist fight where Luke gets a busted and bloody lip while Agent Simms just watches. Sure.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The script tries to get us feeling sorry for Luke since he has no friends. Simms approach is to teach the kid boxing at a gym so he can beat up the bully. Again, back to my concern about some of the messages of the show. Nevertheless, there are some funny scenes at the gym and elsewhere.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The three best scenes in the show are the one where Luke asks a girl to a dance, where Simms shoots an extra large spitball in class at the bully, and where President Clinton calls on the videophone to ask President Davenport to look for his lost saxophone. My favorite minor character is Luke's girlfriend Katie (Erin Williby). She is sweet and innocent, and she charms every scene she is in. An impressive screen presence for such a minor part.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Finally, I feel a warning is necessary about the ending. Given how innocuous most of the film is, I was kind of shocked by the ending. We have a child kidnapping scene complete with real guns, a very scared child, slightly bloody violence, a realistic shoot-out, and a man apparently and realistically shot dead. If your kids worry about being abducted, this could push them over the edge. Now, Jeffrey was not scared, but I bet many kids, especially younger ones, are and some could be very frightened.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;FIRST KID runs too long at 1:41. Editing out of the slow parts by editor Harry Keramidas would have helped a lot. The film is rated PG. The language is pretty mild, and there is no sex or nudity, but note the previous warnings about the violence. Jeffrey gives it three thumbs up. Although I laughed some, there is not enough there for me to be able to recommend it. No matter how much energy Sinbad threw into his role, director David M. Evans could not get much out of the other actors so I can only give it * 1/2.&lt;/p&gt;'
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Why do you want a book?&amp;quot; She meekly answers, &amp;quot;to read,&amp;quot; He sets her straight with, &amp;quot;there's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Although the book interchange is extremely funny, I reflected on the fact that libraries are reducing their hours at the same time that the average family spends something like three to four hours a day watching television so people's actions are closer to Harry's than Matilda's.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Her father is the boss. When he gives her orders, he ridicules her with, &amp;quot;I'm smart; you're dumb. I'm big; you're little. And there's nothing you can do about it.&amp;quot; Soon she strikes back. She puts super super glue on his hat so it will stick to his head and generally makes his life miserable. Dahl is not your sweetness and light author. His characters have to learn to survive in a hostile world, and they do it with style, imagination, and cunning.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Matilda gets sent to a school run by principal Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris). Trunchbull is a classic villain. She looks, dresses, and walks like a Nazi commandant. The principal and the parents are all done as near perfect parody. The costumes by Jane Ruhm add immensely to their tacky and overbearing images. The wide-angle camerawork by Cinematographer Stefan Czapsky is effective at accentuating the evil in Matilda's young life.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;Too often kid's shows go awry by not casting effective villains. Here Ferris is great as every kid's worst nightmare. She gets some tough lines like, &amp;quot;Use the rod and beat the child, that is my motto.&amp;quot; She tells the kids that, &amp;quot;My idea of a perfect school is one in which there are no children.&amp;quot; Her school's motto is, &amp;quot;If you are having fun, you are not learning.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;If Trunchbull gets angry at kids, she throws them out of the window. In typical Dahl fashion, children so discharged manage to pick flowers for their wonderful and sensitive teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey (Embeth Davidtz).&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;The star of show is the charming and marvelous child actress Mara Wilson. You may have seen her strength and her screen presence before in 1993's MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET or 1992's MRS. DOUBTFIRE. I hope she makes many more films.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;I liked all of the cast. Beside the ones already mentioned, Paul Reubens, a. k. a., Pee Wee Herman, plays an FBI agent trying to bust Harry. I do wish DeVito had not narrated the picture. I found it too jarring having Harry out of character when he was the narrator.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;I loved the show from beginning to end. I found myself clapping sometimes and then laughing out loud. It has an infectiously happy ending.&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt;MATILDA runs a fast 1:33. It is rated PG. There are a few situations that might scare kids under 4 or 5, but the language is pretty mild, and there is no sex, nudity, or violence unless you count the cartoonish violence of kids being thrown out the window. Jeffrey loves the show and gives it three thumbs up. I recommend the movie to you and give it ***. I almost gave it a little more.&lt;/p&gt;'
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Memory Usage

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Custom Timers

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Min: 8986.57 ms
Max: 8986.57 ms

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Registered Instances

Zend_View_Helper_Placeholder_Registry => Zend_View_Helper_Placeholder_Registry Object()
acl => Zend_Acl Object()
baseDir => 'http://www.filmnet.com/'
cache => Zend_Cache_Core Object()
config => Zend_Config Object()
db => Zend_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Mysql Object()
translator => Zend_Translate Object()
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