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Wednesday, July 25, 2001

America’s Sweethearts

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A behind-the-scenes tale of stars juggling romance and PR, this frothy comedy could have made a statement about the pursuit of power in Hollywood. It doesn’t make a statement on much of anything. Stars include John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and Hank Azaria.

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Queen Bee

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

She may wear the crown, but Karen Neal fully accepts a worker bee role when it comes to creating a full sensory assault with her band, Queen Bee. Constantly stinging around town with shocking fashion design and make-up artistry, not to mention the stealthy buzz from her bass and...

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Tour de terror

The dinos get sore on their third go-around.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This isn’t the brightest movie of the trilogy, and it comes up short as heartwarming family melodrama. But its artificial heart still pumps enough adrenaline to thrill and chill — with Sam Neill and Téa Leoni.

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Made

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Bickering friends since high school, Bobby (Jon Favreau) and Ricky (Vince Vaughn) become couriers for the mob and quickly get in over their heads. Favreau and Vaughn broaden the personas they adopted in the slight but lively Swingers (1996). But a flawed script keeps this effort down.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2001

That’s all right, Mama

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Daniel Woodrell doesn’t mess about with the sort of provincial pleasantries that allow readers to confuse “rural” with “rustic” or “small town” with “quaint.” Woodrell, in other words, doesn’t honor the passports of cultural tourists into his backwoods Missouri. Like Shipping News author E. Annie Proulx retelling Deliverance, Woodrell...

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Pyrotextual

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Wanting to capitalize on America’s puritanical and parochial attitudes when it comes to the world of sex, J. H. Blair, editor of Hot Spots, has strung together 46 erotic excerpts from contemporary fiction, designed to light our collective fires. Whether the whole necklace delivers its libidinal charge or not...

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A star is made

How Daddy gets his little girl her 15 minutes.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A father’s desperate desire to make a star of his outwardly untalented daughter leads him to kidnap a top Flemish singer. The biggest surprise in this Belgian import is how fame for fame’s sake can portrayed as an expression of love.

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Legally Blonde

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

A sort of reverse Cinderella tale, where the princess discovers her true nature after being exiled to a gloomy Harvard where her sunny disposition is mistaken for stupidity. Reese Witherspoon excels at playing a prototypical ditz who taps blonde ambition, girl power and female intuition — to help win a high-profile murder case.

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The Score

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando are big disappointments in this heist tale that is so lacking in both violence and visual flash. Only Ed Norton pops and sparkles.

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Blush

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Blush reinvents the best parts of the '80s dance-electro-pop craze with forlorn female vocals, guitar, bass, drums/drum tracks and inventive keyboard doodling. The group then bolsters the sound with both '00s technology and classical songwriting technique. The result is a full-impact, spacey sonic workout. All that and it's fun...

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