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TIMES STAFF WRITERWednesday November 22, 2000 "102 Dalmatians" is 101 too many, but that's not likely to deter anyone who enjoyed the 1996 "101 Dalmatians," which in turn was a lavish live-action remake of Disney's much-loved 1961 animated classic. Still, you can't...
Times Film CriticThis is turning into Eddie Murphy's creature feature summer, but if you had to pick between the actor playing an animal or simply talking to them, "Dr. Dolittle 2" is not the film to choose. Yet even if it wasn't burdened with an addiction to...
Tags: Wildlife, Nature, Plastic Surgeons, Sicilian Mafia, Hugh Lofting
Times Staff Writer"Are We There Yet?" gets nowhere. Its star Ice Cube remains characteristically amiable, but this thuddingly miscalculated comedy is way beneath him. The filmmakers clearly intend a family comedy about the lengths to which a guy who doesn't like kids will...
Times Staff WriterYou could call "Ice Age" "'Shrek' With Frostbite" or "'Monsters, Inc.' on Ice," and you wouldn't be far off. That's how closely this new computer-animated film duplicates and combines the plots of its predecessors. No, this tale of interspecies...
Tags: Academy Awards, Gaming, Chris Wedge, Denis Leary, Chuck Jones
Times Staff Writer"Scooby-Doo," the 2002 live-action feature derived from the animated TV series, found the Mystery Inc. gang solving supernatural goings-on that plagued the Spooky Island theme park outside their hometown, Coolsville, U.S.A. At the opening of "Scooby-...
Times Staff WriterEvery so often a comedy comes along that's so flat, pointless and grimly unfunny that you have to ask yourself: What in the world happened to Eddie Murphy's career? First there was Walter Hill's "48 HRS.," still one of the best, most diverting and only...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday February 3, 1995 By all rights "Boys on the Side" should be a howler. It has the kind of high-low concept that sounds like a parody of a post-"Thelma & Louise" bond-a-thon--and, at times, the film * plays like a parody. Whoopi...
TIMES STAFF WRITERMonday January 29, 1996 "Big Bully" is the right story in the wrong mold, raising more questions than it is prepared to deal with. Its makers try to shoehorn into the family comedy genre a decidedly dark--and actually quite pertinent--story about...
Tags: Wanted (movie), Carol Kane, Tom Arnold, Blake Bashoff, Family
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday June 28, 1996 Tasteful, subtle and sophisticated are a few of the words that aren't going to be applied to Eddie Murphy's version of "The Nutty Professor." But funny, funny is something else again. Messy, raucous, crude and...
FOR THE TIMESFriday August 2, 1996 The deliciously dark stories of Roald Dahl have made for some refreshingly morbid children's movies ("James and the Giant Peach" being the most recent example). But there's such a thing as over-milking the nightmare. ...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday June 7, 1996 The Ghost Who Walks. The Oath of the Skull. The Skull Cave. Devil the loyal wolf and Hero the spirited white stallion. Everything about "The Phantom" is pleasantly old-fashioned, the opposite of avant-garde and cutting edge....
For The TimesArnold Schwarzenegger is in so much trouble in Brian Levant's "Jingle All the Way" that Phil Hartman, playing a smarmy neighbor, exclaims, "You can't bench-press your way out of this." Given the leaden nature of the material, Schwarzenegger probably...
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