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Review of the day for the week of July 20, 1998.

Monday:
Out of Sight

Out of Sight
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Out of Sight is your typical, less than extraordinary comedy/action/romance movie. I would have had a difficult time sitting through it if it weren't for one thing: George Clooney.

Yes, People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive plays a bank robber on the run. Jennifer Lopez plays the federal marshal who chases after him when he escapes - and, she predictably falls for him. What totally confused me about this movie is the way it kept jumping around in time - I couldn't figure out what sequence everything happened in, although it doesn't make that much difference to this generic plot line. Another thing I don't understand is why an intelligent woman like Lopez's character would forget her decent, if dimwitted, boyfriend to have a fling with a criminal she's supposed to put behind bars. And let's not forget that she makes a huge career mistake in assisting him in robbing a rich guy's mansion. Okay, so she didn't get caught, but she could have, and that would almost certainly have ended her career, (even though she did eventually arrest him).

The only reason you should see Out of Sight is if you're a woman who just wants to drool over George Clooney. But hey, for that you could just stay home and watch ER - which at least has a plot- for free. Okay, just forget this movie entirely.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Tuesday:
Dr. Dolittle

Dr. Dolittle
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Eddie Murphy must be big on the pursuit of science. In 1996's The Nutty Professor he played the title role, and now, once again, he portrays the haphazardly Dr. Dolittle.

John Dolittle hasn't used his gift for talking to animals since he was a small child. Now, a successful doctor whose hospital is being faced with an important buyout decision, he certainly doesn't plan to start. But it seems he has no choice - after accidentally injuring a dog, he suddenly finds all the animals talking to him again - they won't leave him alone for a split second! One animal or another interrupts him during important business meetings, romantic moments with his wife, and quality time with his kids. After being caught giving a rat mouth-to-mouth by his shocked wife and colleagues, John is sent to a mental hospital. Now he's really angry at the animals, as you can imagine. But he still wants to help a tiger that needs brain surgery, and alcoholic monkey, and all the other troubled animals (although at first he begs them to leave him alone).

Murphy's portrayal of John Dolittle is believable and funny, and subplots add to the relevancy of the plot. Although I enjoyed The Nutty Professor a little better, it's a pretty close call.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Wednesday:
Jurassic Park: The Lost World

Jurassic Park: The Lost World
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If you're looking for an action-packed, thrilling, fun-filled family movie, Jurassic Park: The Lost World is it. A bunch of brilliant scientists become trapped on an island with dinosaurs - and then the terrific special effects take over...

There were only two small things I didn't like about the movie: At one point one of the scientists ( the female palentologist ) was hanging on to the edge of a cliff , - and it didn't look realistic. Although there weren't any visible strings holding her up , she didn't look like someone who was hanging off a cliff - she was too well poised on the edge.

The other thing was the trailer scene - where several scientists are hanging on to a trailer that's being pushed over the edge. After they nearly fell three or four times , the suspense dried up--it was just too long of a scene. But that was the only lull in action and suspense , and most of the movie kept me on the edge of my seat.

The dinosaurs are realistic looking in this movie - down to the last crooked tooth - they are believeable, huge and life-like.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Thursday:
Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way
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If you see Jingle all the Way that's just what you'll do - listen to jingly background Christmas music all the way through the movie . And that's the fun part. Usually you don't notice background music , but in a flick as boring and unoriginal as this , you can't help noticing that there's more Christmas music than laughable, comical scenes. With Sinbad in it , I expected it to be a riot. Come on, what happened to Sinbad between Houseguest and Jingle all the Way? Was he held up and robbed of his natural comedic talent? Was the First Kid movie the first sign of Sinbad losing his touch, or was it just the script?

Yes, Arnold Swarzenegger, too, is in Jingle All the Way, and remains as incredibly good looking as ever , and, no, he doesn't appear to have lost his acting talent, but, what can he do with such a corny script?

The plot? Seven year old, Jamie, wants an action figure doll for Christmas and overworked dad (Arnold Swarzenegger) not only misses Jamie's important karate class but forgets to buy the doll . Off in a desperate search for the doll , he meets a disgruntled, postal worker Sinbad ), who is also searching for the same doll. So, neither Dad can find the doll; that's really a bummer.

Little kids may like this movie, but......older kids and adults may end up thinking the same thing I did : "When is this movie going to end?!"

My Rating = Two Stars

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Friday:
Let it Ride

Let it Ride
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Richard Dreyfuss stars in the comical, if unbelievable, movie Let it Ride.

Dreyfuss plays Jay Trotter, a guy whose marriage is on the rocks. For New Years, he and his estranged wife decide to move in together, and write up two long lists of resolutions. One of his is that he won't gamble anymore.

At least not until he gets a hot tip on a "sure thing" at the racetrack. Surprisingly, he wins a great deal of money - and continues to bet it all, again and again, on current races. Pretty soon he's up to almost seventy grand - but he stands to lose it all if he doesn't win the next race. This is insane - what kind of an idiot takes a chance at gambling away that much money?

Dreyfuss's performance is serviceable, and Let it Ride,/EM> was, for the most part, quite engaging. Stupid maybe, but engaging.

My Rating = Two Stars

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