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An ordinary Midwestern student works at getting good grades and dreams of going to medical school - until she meets an enticing guy who's really the Prince of Denmark, visiting her college incognito under the notion that Wisconsin girls are the liveliest the US has to offer. The story has a few telling twists, especially when our heroine moves to Denmark and confronts the skepticism of the current King and Queen, but its best asset is from-the-heart acting by a lively cast under Coolidge's cool, calm directing.Skip to next paragraph
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Staff **1/2 Charming, handsome, should be PG-13.
Sex/Nudity: 4 instances of innuendo. Violence: 2 scenes. Profanity: 7 mild instances. Drugs: 6 scenes with alcohol.
Director: Raja Gosnell. With Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard. (88 min.)
Staff *1/2 A demented mastermind resuscitates monsters from the first film and the gang from Mystery Inc. must put them all down again. Lively performances and special effects add to the nostalgia, but it's much ado about very little. By M. K. Terrell
Staff ** Loud, fast, inappropriate for small children.
Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 14 instances, mostly mild. Profanity: 1 instance. Drugs: 2 scenes with smoking and drinking, 1 scene with inhaling gas.
Director: Kevin Bray. With The Rock, Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough, Barbara Tarbuck. (87 min.)
Sterritt ** Remake of the popular 1973 vigilante movie, focusing on a he-man who returns to his home town after leaving the army, discovers the place is controlled by a corrupt sheriff and a drug-dealing casino owner, and decides to straighten things out by picking up a big stick and walloping the bad folks into submission. Good of its B-movie kind if you can overlook its Neanderthal ideology, which is about as easy as overlooking The Rock, which is impossible.
Staff ** Entertaining, over the top, great fight scenes.
Sex/Nudity: 4 instances of innuendo and implied sex. Violence: 9 instances, including brutal fighting and use of firearms. Profanity: 17 harsh instances. Drugs: 5 scenes with smoking, 4 with drinking, 2 with drugs.
Director: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski. With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving. (129 min.)
Staff ** For millions, "The Matrix Reloaded" was so disappointing that they opted to skip "Revolutions," the concluding chapter of the trilogy. Is it worth a rental? There's plenty to enjoy here - including a sequence in which squid-like machines attack a subterranean city - but only Mel Gibson could derive any satisfaction from the conclusion of Neo's messianic journey. The extras are mostly, yawn, comprised of behind-the-scenes shots of actors suspended from wires like marionettes. If only the puppet masters themselves, the reclusive Wachowski brothers, had bothered to explain their convoluted plot in a commentary track.
Director: Nancy Meyers. With Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet. (121 min.)
Staff *** Instead of mid-life crisis, this charming film delivers the ultimate boomer fantasy - mid-life love at long last. As with many film delights, the ability to return to favorite moments at will is the real reason to own this DVD. However, the extras are mildly interesting: a coy commentary track with Jack Nicholson and director Meyers, as well as a deleted scene of Nicholson doing karaoke; and a tour of the Hamptons house set with Peet (3 min.); and a set of filmographies.