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  • Jun 16-22, 2004
  • Vol. 24, No. 36

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  • Saved

    The misadventures of teenagers at American Eagle Christian High School should be funnier, but the gags in Saved often fall flat. The movie is also too preachy. While the message is noble, the after-school special delivery and sugary, happy ending in which all the characters see the error of their ways and hug couldn’t be cheesier.
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  • Justice

    The somber events of 9/11 play a critical role in this touching romantic comedy, and it’s a delicate balance of humor and tragedy. A cute, dorky comic book writer who’s still struggling with crippling grief over losing a close friend to the World Trade Center attack, so he cooks up an "everyday hero" based on an average New Yorker without super powers.
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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    The third episode of the Harry Potter saga suffers from a bit of sequel-itus, attempting to substitute new-and-improved, bigger-and-better effects into a rather familiar plot. But while the zooming, soaring and whipping about pleased the Chuck E. Cheese crowd, it left some of us adults snoozing in our seats for a butt-numbing two hours plus. Then, to make matters worse, a rapid-fire series of plot twists near the end will confuse many.
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  • Around the World in 80 Days

    Loosely based on Jules Verne’s 1873 science-fiction romance, this PG-rated Disney kid flick follows a Chinese thief, a disconsolate inventor and a French chippy on a journey around the globe in 80 days. Jackie Chan stars, so the requisite martial arts sequences are fun. There are also absolutely bizarre cameos, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Kathy Bates.
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  • The Stepford Wives

    Frank Oz’s remake of this ‘70s sci-fi/ horror flick not only misrepresents itself as "feminist" but also wrongly claims to be funny. Its rigid stereotypes of the sexes and dogmatic rhetoric prevents the film from provoking any thoughtful commentary. This could have been forgiven if the film were actually funny.
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