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Lost in Space

Space Cowboys had the makings of a good film, but even four talented actors can’t save a bad script.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Space Cowboys, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring the winning crew of Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner, looked like it could be a good time. While the first hour is an entertaining and human story, the second hour succumbs to the...

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Spirit Schtick

Kirsten Dunst shows some soul, and a little flesh, in the summer’s most tolerable teen film, Bring It On.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Bring It On, Peyton Reed’s tongue-in-cheek comedy about high school cheerleading, is one of the funnier teen movies to emerge from the summer sludge. From the opening parody of a half-time cheer (“I’m sexy, I’m hot … you’re...

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Kings of Zing

The Original Kings of Comedy throws together four of comedy’s best — hilarity ensues.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Spike Lee’s concert feature film, The Original Kings of Comedy, was funny, but it didn’t knock my socks off. The Kings of Comedy are four black comedians—Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac—who 29-year-old...

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Presidential Vice

The Contender rides the scandal wave by taking on politics’ stickiest subject: the personal.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s a sad statement that some of the very best political speeches in the last few years have come from characters playing courageous and progressive thinking politicians in films. In The Contender, Rod Lurie’s skillfully scripted exploration...

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Dumb Luck

John Travolta shines while Lisa Kudrow annoys in the dark Lotto comedy, Lucky Numbers.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Cross Waking Ned Divine with A Simple Plan and you get Nora Ephron’s dark new comedy, Lucky Numbers. Ephron takes a departure from her usual lighthearted romantic fare with this lightweight look at greed and treachery. It includes murder (done for...

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World View

Two upcoming film festivals showcase the human psyche via stellar international cinema.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Two film series this month are giving audiences a chance to see contemporary and classic foreign films that provide rich insight into the human condition.Cinema ClipsMeet the Parents ***It feels like a funny sitcom pilot stretched to feature length, but...

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Pick-Up Artist

The Toa of Steve will make you laugh, and possibly make you a better date.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s not hard to see why this fresh, feel-good love story was a hit at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s one of those amusingly benign comedies about the finer points of the mating ritual. Santa Fe native Jenniphr Goodman, who...

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Never Never Land

Chuck and Buck fails to inspire sympathy or laughs.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In my school days we called them leeches. You couldn’t get rid of them; they wouldn’t take a hint. They were irritating people who failed to move on. They were trapped in another era while you had moved beyond their imagination. In Michael...

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The Fame Game

Almost Famous looks inside the life and times of rock stars and the people who love them.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Cameron Crowe’s first film since his Oscar-nominated Jerry Maguire is another sort of Cinderella story. Set in 1973, it chronicles the coming-of-age of 15-year-old William (Salt Laker Patrick Fugit in his feature film debut), a music fan who realizes...

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Reality TV

Nurse Betty does a reverse Truman Show, starring one woman who can’t wake up from the soaps.

By Mary Dickson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - After the first six episodes of Gilligan’s Island, aired, the TV series’ producer was contacted by the U.S. Coast Guard, who had received at least a dozen calls from concerned viewers. The viewers asked, in all seriousness, why the Coast Guard...
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