For A Few Lousy Dollars

Based on the 20 minutes I sampled on video, this low-budget, sub-Tarantino crime caper from Canada is worth your time only if your expectations are down, dirty, mean, and lowin a word, modest. Michael Bafaro directed the script by Ivan Tylor; with Ben Ratner, John Cassini, Frank Cassini, Freddy Andreiuci, and Lori Triolo. (JR)

Published on 29 Mar 1999 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Doug’s 1st Movie

I haven’t seen Disney’s Doug, the Saturday-morning animated TV series about young teens, but judging from this feature-length spin-off, it combines ugly color combinations and crude animation with engaging characters and plot situations that speak to adolescents. The plot in this case is a goofy reworking of E.T. in which the Lucky Duck Lake monster becomes the kids’ secret pal and nasty adults try to rub it out. Uncharacteristically pithy at less than 80 minutes, the movie makes room for a romantic subplot that has its own charms, culminating in the memorable line, Skeeter Valentine, dance me! Directed by Maurice Joyce from a script by Ken Scarborough. (JR)

Published on 22 Mar 1999 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Forces Of Nature

En route to Savannah for his big-scale wedding, a phony New Yorker (Ben Affleck) encounters a ditsy life force (Sandra Bullock); they have several picaresque adventures together, and he reaches Savannah less phony. At least that’s the way this tiresome romantic comedy, directed by Bronwen Hughes from a Marc Lawrence script, is supposed to play; I found it pretty phony all the way through, and not even the presence of Blythe Danner as the fiancee’s mother helps much. With Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, and Ronny Cox. 105 min. (JR)

Published on 15 Mar 1999 in Featured Texts, by admin

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