And guess what: They haven't improved with age.
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In a clip published online, Wahlberg calls the heist flick his best work yet. Granted, he may have just watched last year's bomb, The Truth About Charlie, but in no way does Job surpass the likes of Boogie Nights or Three Kings. Very few films do.
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Three childhood buddies, now in their early thirties, have reunited to mourn the death of a close childhood friend. Since their last encounter ten years prior, each man has taken his life in a different direction. Dan (Seth Green) is a doctor with a laundry-list of phobias, Jerry (Matthew Lillard) is an executive with a fear of commitment, and Tom (Dax Shepard) is a lying barfly who refuses to grow up and act his age.
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Let me tell you what reality is. Reality is that you are megastar Julia Fricking Roberts and your brother is Eric Roberts, and he picks up whatever crumbs of stardom fall off your coattails as you blaze across the sky in a golden chariot.
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The film is a series of vignettes, clearly drawn from Allen's days as a youngster, and only tangentially interrelated. It's almost overly upbeat -- to the point where you wish Woody would get a little more miserable from time to time.
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I know how bad it sounds. But thanks to the comedic talents of Jon Lovitz, Atkinson, John Cleese, and Whoopi Goldberg, plus a sharp script written by Andy Breckman (a writer for TV Funhouse and one of the best Richard Pryor movies, Moving) Rat Race is much better than it should be. In the end, it's summer junk food for the soul.
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What you'll get with Knockaround Guys is another knock-off of a gangster film, 90 minutes of phony tough guy bravado, stagy dialogue, laughably inaccurate accents and, most inexcusably, a slow-moving story. This may all explain why Diesel isn't the lead in this chest-thumper: The film was made before his breakout success and has reportedly been sitting on the shelf at New Line. It must now be time to take advantage of his star -- and box office -- power.
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The closest thing to a best friend that Alig had was James St. James (Seth Green), a trust fund kid with pretenses of writing the Great American Novel but who dulled the agony of his writer's block with endless clubbing and drugging. Sauntering about the streets of New York in a collection of designer trash togs, James was the role model for Alig when he first came to town. When Alig started making a name for himself, throwing parties at Limelight for easily-charmed Peter Gatien (Dylan McDermott in a fierce eyepatch), he put together a band of self-created "superstars" decked out in baroque costumes, modeled on Warhol's Factory of people who were famous for being famous, and James was the biggest; after Alig, of course. "I didn't want to be like the drearies and normals," he says, "I wanted to create a world full of color, where everyone could play. One big party that never ends."
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A roughly animated fairy tale, The Trumpet of the Swan follows a happy trumpeter swan family's new kids, one of whom is mute and unable to trumpet. Alas, did is a huge jazz fan, having named his daughters Billy and Ella already, and with young Louie (get it?) unable to sing, well, that's heresy. (See also Mr. Holland's Opus for such sentiment.)
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If the director, the writers, the actors and the lobotomized studio execthat greenlighted "Idle Hands" were to spend every day of therest of their lives being dunked head first into mountains of fresh manure,it wouldn't be punishment enough for making this movie.
Yet another clumsy, shapeless teen horror-"comedy,"about a teenage boy whose possessed hand drags him along on a gory killingspree, "Idle Hands" is wholly devoid of taste, wit or even asingle creative or interesting moment. The only way this flick could seemany worse would be if, say, the studio had locked themselves into a releasedate that happened to fall a week after an actual teenage killing spreethat horrified the whole country.
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As a showbiz satire, "America's Sweethearts" is pretty pallid. It's a comedy about a bitterly broken-up, superstar acting couple being forced back together as a promotional tool for their last film as man and wife. But the plot gets co-opted by an apple-cheeked romance between the star who got dumped (John Cusack) and the put-upon, personal-assistant sister (Julia Roberts) of his spoiled, paranoid and egocentric ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
In short, it's more "Pretty Woman" than "The Player."
The love story is winsome enough, all right. Roberts smiles busily, flushed with rosy Byronic cheer. Her adoration helps Cusack bounce back from that thing he does in darn near every movie, moping outside his ex's window in the rain. They're terribly cute together, but they could do these roles in their sleep.
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