Wednesday, May 30, 2001
By MICHAEL BOYLAN
Moulin Rouge Baz Luhrmann, the director of Romeo and Juliet, has more visual tricks up his sleeve with this film set in the Moulin Rouge at the turn of the century. Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Jim Broadbent, who was fantastic in Bridget Jones' Diary, star. Rated PG-13.
The Animal A police officer is involved in a near fatal car accident. He only survives because a mad scientist replaces his injured organs with animal parts. Now he must keep the animal within as he fights crime and falls in love. Sounds hokey, but looks hysterical. Rated PG-13.
What's The Worst That Could Happen? Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito star in this film about a thief who is caught robbing a billionaire, who then steals the thief's ring. The hijinks escalate as the two men battle for the ring. Rated PG-13.
A Knight's Tale This is a very enjoyable movie. It has action, comedy, drama and Geoffery Chaucer naked. The film is effective in its combination of modern sports themes and the Medieval code of honor. The all-classic-rock sound track is also great and does not diminish the film in the least. Enjoy. Rated PG-13.
Along Came A Spider No, this has nothing to do with muffets or tuffets. Morgan Freeman reprises his role from the thriller Kiss The Girls and is out to catch a killer. Do you like this type of movie? Guess we know where you will be this weekend. Rated R.
Angel Eyes Jennifer Lopez plays a cop in Chicago who meets a mystery man and falls in love. This looks very Sixth Sense-ish and got decent reviews. Rated R.
Bridget Jones Diary Rene Zellweger stars as Bridget Jones, a British lady who has her share of problems in love as well as in the work place. This film was really funny and aimed at the adults. Zellweger impresses me more and more each film and Hugh Grant was terrific as her sleazy boss. Rated R.
Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles Why couldn't they have made a movie with Steve, The Crocodile Hunter. He's far more entertaining and he's the Australian America loves right now. Paul Hogan lost me with that Almost An Angel movie and those Subaru ads. Rated PG.
Driven This looks like Rocky on wheels. The question is: Is this Rocky I on wheels or Rocky V? The racing sequences look incredible and Stallone's last few movies haven't been as bad as Schwarzenegger's last few movies. I hope this is good. Rated PG-13.
Kingdom Come A comedy starring LL Cool J and Whoopi Goldberg. This is based on the play "Dearly Departed" that recently came to Fayette County, which was really funny. Rated PG.
Pearl Harbor A love triangle between two men in the armed forces and a nurse, set against the backdrop of World War II and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The film cost $135 million and stars Jon Voight, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and more. Rated PG-13.
Shrek The voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow are featured in this computer-generated, surefire hit. I found it lacking a little, though I can't place my finger on exactly what. There were very funny parts and Eddie Murphy was terrific, but they didn't carry some jokes far enough and others were carried too far. The kids will love it and don't let this review stop them. Rated PG.
Spy Kids Yes! This movie is awesome. Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino are great as international spies/parents, while Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub and Teri Hatcher are amazing as the bad guys. The kids steal the show though, as their portrayals of sparring siblings is both touching and hilarious. Rated PG.
The Mummy Returns Set ten years after the original, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and his girl, Evelyn, are living in London and raising a son. Imhotep, the mummy, comes to a British Museum and starts raising cain. Meanwhile, the Scorpion King, (The Rock) rises from his grave and battles with Imhotep. Rated PG-13.
The Brothers Friends must reexamine their ways when one of their own decides to ditch the bachelor life-style and get married. D. L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy and Morris Chestnutt star. Rated R.
Cast Away Tom Hanks stars as a man obsessed with time. That is, until his plane crashes and leaves him on a deserted island for four years. This is an amazing film and Hanks is awesome. Rated PG-13.
Double Take A comedy about mistaken identities starring Eddie Griffin and Orlando Jones. Think 48 Hours meets Midnight Run meets a 7-Up commercial. Rated PG-13.
Down To Earth Chris Rock stars as a stand up comic who dies before his time and returns to Earth in the body of a crotchety old white man. I hear this is funny, but not as funny as it could have been. After all Chris Rock is in it and it is rated PG-13. He's better when he's not holding back. Rated PG-13.
Exit Wounds Steven Seagal and DMX star in this action picture about corrupt cops in the inner city. If you like to see and hear bones breaking in a variety of ways, this would be the movie for you. Rated R.
Miss Congeniality Sandra Bullock stars as an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a crook at a beauty pageant. I do not enjoy these types of movies, but several females have told me they thoroughly enjoyed this. Rated PG-13.
See Spot Run David Arquette stars in this gross comedy for the kids. He plays a goofy mailman that adopts a former FBI dog that is in the witness protection program. Think Home Alone with a dog. Rated PG.
The Emperor's New Groove A very funny Disney film starring David Spade and John Goodman. The animation is excellent and the story about friendship and loyalty is timeless. Rated G.
The Mexican Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts star in this action comedy about a gun. Pitt and Roberts only share the screen for about 10 minutes, but I hear this is a pretty good film. Rated R.
Traffic An excellent film about the drug war and all the fronts that it is fought on. The performances by the all-star cast are terrific and the film is deftly directed by Stephen Soderbergh. This will prompt many conversations in your home. Rated R.
What Women Want Mel Gibson gains a power where he can read women's minds. One thing he knows is that they all want to see this movie. Rated PG-13.