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Reviews

The girls whip out another piece of expensive, bimbo-culture cheesecake in this incomprehensible sequel to whatever the last one was about.  Whoever directed this, no, I didn't bother to research it, should have their head examined for early signs of Altzheimers after agreeing to this project.  But we all know why he or she (like it was a she) did it, don't we?  Cameron Diaz in a swimsuit.  What else is there to say?  Certainly not much if you're the writer of this thing.

charliechocolateThere is no mistaking Tim Burton's rendition of Roald Dahl's book for the Gene Wilder vehicle of the early 1970s. The Oompah-Loompahs have rhythm, the narrative is cohesive, and Wonka (Johnny Depp) is just plain chocolate-covered crazy. And all three are great reasons to see it.

The story is familiar to movie buffs and Dahl fans alike: a poor boy, against all odds finds a coveted "Wonka Golden Ticket," which wins him a seat alongside an assortment of bad mannered caricatures for a tour of Wonka's mysterious "chocolate factory." Add to this a bevy of beloved Burton trademarks -- over-the-top characters, oddly gothic machinery, improbable sets -- and you've almost got the setting for a neo-classic. But you're still missing Willy.

ratraceIf you've been looking for a movie that combines the comic talents of John Cleese, Jon Lovitz, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green and Dave Thomas, then you need to look somewhere other than Rat Race, the 2001 race-to-video release from the infamous, malformed Jerry Zucker.

I'll be back.  As soon as I need another $10 million.As far as clone movies go, I suppose The Sixth Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest little vehicle, is as good as any.  It's like Michael Keaton's Multiplicity went cyberpunk and found a plausible background, but then decided it wanted to be an action movie after all and just started exploding electric squibs all over the place.  The overall effect was disappointing, especially since it had  a relatively credible beginning premise.

I'll be honest with you; I'm a fan of devil movies.  I liked Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate," loved all of the "Omens," and I'm a big fan of "The Crow" franchise (happened on "Devil Night" remember?).  So my expectations for "Bedazzled" with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley were high, almost surely a sign of imminent disappointment. I thought to myself: "How can you go wrong with a sexy devil and wimpy guy?"  Well, as it turns out there are lots of ways.