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UNBREAKABLE 2000

Century Capitol

Bruce Willis. Samuel L. Jackson. Robin Wright Penn.

Guy is sole survivor of train crash. Jackson investigates survivor. Mystery ensues.

Willis is great as an everyman. Jackson is frail and Penn is suffering. The pace of this movie is so different than most others that it's almost hypnotic. There are surprises along the way, though none as big or important as THE SIXTH SENSE. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

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BOUNCE 2000

Century Capitol

Ben Affleck. Gwenyth Paltrow. Joe Morton. Johnny Galeki. Tony Goldwyn.

A hot-shot advertising guy gives up his ticket to a father of two. The plane crashes. He feels bad. He checks in on the guy's widow and falls in love with her.

The two stars are charismatic together. You can tell that something used to be there. There are funny parts, but Affleck can't handle the emotional scenes. Just because there are tears in his eyes, doesn't make the audience believe. Paltrow is effortlessly good. It was light, but tried to be heavy. One five minute sequence appeared to have been cut from a 45 minute sequence. She hints she likes him and the next thing you know, he opens his heart and she does also and they have a blowup on the street.

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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER 2000

Starz

Ashley Judd. Ewan McGregor. k.d. lang.

A high-level detective happens upon Judd murdering someone, becomes obsessed and follows her for the next five years.

I thought I could watch Ashley read the phone book and not be bored. This proves the opposite. I can't begin to figure this out. McGregor talks to a daughter he hasn't seen in many years as if she's a ghost. The thing is, she answers back. Judd flirts with men wearing a variety of disguises and then kills them for minimal money and sometimes just for fun. She was an orphan or something and trained at some school for girls. McGregor can't come to say two words to her until they both end up in Alaska hiding from the law. It made no sense. Ashley is often in skimpy lingerie, but believe me, it's not enough to sit through this movie.


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MEN OF HONOR 2000

AMC Saratoga 14

Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Charlize Theron, Michael Rappaport, Hal Holbrook.

Story of the first black Navy diver, Carl Brashear, and the obstacles in his path.

Sweeping. Old-fashioned. Corny. Makes you pound your chest and salute the screen.

DeNiro is a bit loud. Gooding is fabulous as usual. Theron is window-dressing, but still looks great. Rappaport is a recruit from Wisconsin with no racial problems. Holbrook is wacky old man in charge of diving school.


FREQUENCY 2000

Videotape

Dennis Quaid. Andre Braugher. That guy from THIN RED LINE. The sister from ONCE AND AGAIN.

Good time travel story with detective caper thrown in. Made we weepy from time to time. Can't look too closely at the logistics. Dead father can talk to his grown son across 30 years of time on a ham radio.

Everyone is great. Quaid especially.



RETURN TO ME 2000

Videotape

David Duchovney. Minny Driver. David Allen Grier. Bonnie Hunt. Jim Belushi. Carol O'Connor.

Duchovney is in love. Wife dies in car crash. Driver is given heart. They meet and fall in love.

Everyone is fabulously understated. There are serious parts and then plenty of comic relief. Duchovney is not flashy. Driver is a waitress. In my post-surgery mood I teared up more than once. Very well done.




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