Movie Reviews

Boxed in

Undisputed is so unabashedly macho that if it were any more so, it wouldn’t be a movie at all. It would be two large, round objects commonly found on a bull just above its tail but below its belly.

With the manly Walter Hill directing and the super-virile Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes costarring, the testosterone is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Yet beneath it all, so to speak, is a no-nonsense slice of moviemaking that in its best moments, recalls the work of late action director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard).

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A topsy-turvy affair

The Good Girl
Rated R
Starts tomorrow at area theaters
Two-and-a-half reels out of four

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Spy sequel is Double-OK

Aside from its live-action format, what made the first Spy Kids resonate with its audience — in this reviewer’s humble opinion — was the story. Basically a twist on ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances, it focused on the Cortez kids, who had to save their parents when they were revealed to be international spies.

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, like most sequels, is not as good as the first. And like most sequels, it makes the mistake of tipping the scales toward style over substance.

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Not even bronze

With Austin Powers in Goldmember, Mike Myers may have creatively shot his wad with this particular franchise. Although there are certainly decent moments, including a hilarious opening sequence, much of the movie is unfunny in the way that a drunken relative at a wedding or a disgruntled employee on his last day at work might be.

Myers once again plays Austin Powers, that international man of mystery whose appetite for the ladies is surpassed only for his penchant for double entendres. This time, Austin goes back in time to rescue his father, super-spy Nigel Powers (Michael Caine), who has been kidnapped by a slimy Dutch villain named Goldmember. While in the ‘70s, Austin is aided by the lovely and lethal Foxy Cleopatra, a double agent. They return to the present only to discover that Goldmember is in cahoots with Austin’s nemesis, Dr. Evil.

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