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Film, "Mr Popper's Penguins": Jim Carrey Mugs Endlessly in Dull Kids' Romp

"Mr Popper's Penguins": Jim Carrey Mugs Endlessly in Dull Kids' Romp

The path of post-superstardom is a treacherous one for big-screen comedians, paved as it is with second-rate opportunities for dramedy schmaltz (see: Robin Williams in Patch Adams), wretched remakes (Steve Martin's Pink Panther retreads), and talking-animal kiddie crap (Eddie Murphy's…
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Film, <i>The Spiderwick Chronicles</i> a Fearsomely Funny PG Netherworld

The Spiderwick Chronicles a Fearsomely Funny PG Netherworld

Freudians disheartened by the Bearded One's fall from psychotherapeutic grace may be cheered to learn that ol' Sigmund lives and prospers at the movies, at least in child-friendly cinema. The Spiderwick Chronicles, an extravagantly Oedipal fantasy adventure based on the…
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Film, Death Warmed Over

Death Warmed Over

If you're a character in a movie, and the rain is coming down so heavily that you cannot see out of your car's windshield, for the love of God, don't drive! Mack-truck drivers interpret such conditions as carte blanche to…
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Film, Teen Spleen

Teen Spleen

One thing few may mention about Mean Girls is that it could have been unrelentingly terrible. It isn't -- it's actually pretty fabulous on its own terms -- but consider: a rush-job comedy (hastily lensed a few months ago), constructed…
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