Scary Movie 2

B (out of 5) More comedy madness from the team that brought you the first horror movie spoof, and this one shows once again how unfortunate it is that the Wayans brothers can’t adapt the genius of their skits on TV’s In Living Colour to the big screen to any satisfaction. The surviving cast members … More Scary Movie 2

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Hairspray (1988)

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Waters’ most popular film is also one of his most thoughtful and entertaining.  Ricki Lake is awkwardly adorable as a music-obsessed teenager whose stout physicality and highly teased hair make her something of an oddball among her teen friends in 1960s Baltimore. Her mother (300 pound cross-dressing Divine) and father (Jerry … More Hairspray (1988)

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Liar, Liar

BBBB (out of 5) One of Jim Carrey‘s better comedies is this very funny concept comedy about a young boy who makes a birthday wish that his unreliable lawyer father never tell another fib. Through Hollywood’s frequent use of unexplained magical whimsy, the boy’s wish comes true, and for an effective block of time, Carrey … More Liar, Liar

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Get Over It

BBB (out of 5) Musical numbers are the best thing about this witty little teenage romance. Ben Foster is a high-schooler who has just been dumped by his longtime girlfriend and, in his misery, avoids Kirsten Dunst and her obvious attraction to him…oh that I were in high school again. Martin Short gives a funny performance as the … More Get Over It

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Dracula 2000

BB (out of 5) Silly but fun update of the Bram Stoker classic that has Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer) chasing the famous bloodsucker through the modern streets of New York. Some scenes are pretty scary, but the film is dampened by the ineffective performance of Gerard Butler in the lead as the least scary Dracula since … More Dracula 2000

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Rock Star

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightfully committed performances make this comedy work, even when the uneven screenplay is at its weakest. Mark Wahlberg plays a die-hard heavy metal fan whose obsession with a particular band called Steel Dragon has gone as far as his fronting a tribute band. When the lead singer of the real group … More Rock Star

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