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Reviews for the week of July 19, 1999.

Monday:
Lake Placid

Lake Placid
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An intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller it ain't. Lake Placid does fare better as a comedy, but it should have been marketed as such - not as a scary monster movie.

When a big, mysterious underwater creature starts dismembering people in peaceful Lake Placid, the sheriff (Brendan Gleeson) sends for help. This comes in the form of a paleontologist , Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda) who wouldn't be caught dead doing field work if her boyfriend/boss hadn't dumped her for another coworker. Still, she insists on tracking down the creature, which turns out to be an exceedingly large crocodile. A game warden, Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), and Ms. Scott, who now have a bit of a romance going on, want to capture the creature without killing it. (And without getting too many people killed in the process, either.)

Lake Placid offers its share of laughs, mostly in the form of sarcastic, biting repartee between the characters. Yet it's hardly what I'd call uproariously hilarious. The acting is adequate, but the characters and plot are pretty transparent. I'd wait to rent this one instead of spending money to see it in theaters.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Friday:
Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut
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My mother and I went to Eyes Wide Shut mainly to see Tom Cruise's very handsome body. It's just a hunch, but since most of the other people in the theatre were female, I'm guessing this was a pretty big draw.

Cruise plays Dr.Bill Hartford, and his real-life wife Kidman stars opposite as Bill's wife, Alice. At the start of the film, they're both a little jealous of each other. (They separate at a party, and immediately members of the opposite sex start hitting on both of them.) But Bill becomes very jealous when a decidedly stoned Alice confesses that she's seriously considered cheating on him at least once.

Angry, Bill follows a hooker home, only to change his mind about sleeping with her. He then heads to an orgy instead.

Nicole Kidman bares it all - in fact, she struts around naked in at least half her scenes. Several other women in the movie flash their bare bodies around, too - but, with the exception of a few scenes, Tom Cruise spends relatively little time with his clothes off. Eyes Wide Shut started promisingly enough, but it ended up being a little disappointing.

My Rating = Two Stars

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