Originally created 10/26/01

Movies in a minute



Here's a sampling of what other critics are saying about current movies:

BONES

"Bones clearly crosses the line from gruesome slasher flick to absurd comedy somewhere around the point where Snoop Dogg's character comes back from the dead and beheads his murderers, then carries the heads around by their hair - and they can still talk!

Don't you worry, though. If you're looking for Halloween creeps, the movie still continues to be gross." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"The film's real value may be as a barometer of how our popular forms of entertainment are dealing with questions of racial identity.

Virtually all of the young characters in the film - they're played by Khalil Kain, Merwin Mondesir, Sean Amsing and Katharine Isabelle - are of mixed-race backgrounds. Three of them are siblings born of a white mother and a black father. They've moved to the 'hood, but grew up in middle-class suburbia.

And they joke about it, commenting ironically on the fact that they can claim to belong to two races or decline to be identified with either.

Most of Bones is instantly forgettable. But the notion that to these young people the labels "black" and "white" are meaningless lingers well after the rest of the movie has evaporated." - Robert W. Butler, The Kansas City Star

K-PAX

"Director Iain Softley (The Wings of the Dove) never manages to evoke the sense of wonder for which K-PAX aims. It's well-worn turf, this idea of aliens dropping by to teach us a thing or two about ourselves, and K-PAX adds nothing to the lesson plan. - David Germain, Associated Press

THE LAST CASTLE

"Predictability is part of the appeal of The Last Castle, which plays out like a heist movie: The first half is the elaborate planning; the second half is the expertly timed execution." - Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"The Last Castle could have been an absorbing prison drama about redemption after a gigantic fall from grace. Instead, its promising opening gives way to huge credibility gaps as every inmate proves he has a heart of gold and the film devolves into poorly staged action." - David Germain, Associated Press

FROM HELL

"It's not a great movie by any means, but it grips tighter than a choke hold, and it cuts as deep as a knife." - Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post

"From Hell, a speculative drama about the hunt for Jack the Ripper, has a sleek, malevolent mood. The movie is all blood-splattered cobblestones and lush, grisly tableaux, but its horrors are all superficial, triumphs of diabolical production design and sumptuous cinematography. There's no bite or sting, nor is there a single moment when the film is anything close to scary. It isn't ever engaging, either; it's a dull, sluggish bum-out." - Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald

RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS

"What ultimately dooms the film are one-dimensional and searingly bad performances, and Drew Barrymore deserves most of the blame. She's utterly unconvincing as a teen-ager. (Riding in Cars With Boys features some of the most unlikely high schoolers since John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease), and she's not much better as the adult Beverly Donofrio. But at least then she looks her age." - Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald

"Riding in Cars With Boys flows with strong individual moments that help the patchy screenplay achieve a sense of unity." - Philip Wuntch, The Dallas Morning News