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  • The Chamber

    The Chamber

    I have always been a sucker for the film adaptations of the John Graham legal novels and courtroom thrillers in general, but the winning streak stopped abruptly with "The Chamber," a deeply troubled and troubling movie on a lot of different levels. It comes hot on the heels of another racially charged Grisham film with unpleasant overtones, b ut unlike "A Time to Kill," there's no one to root for here and because of that, we have no vested interest…

  • Can't Buy Me Love

    Can't Buy Me Love

    Having come of age during the 1980s, I will always have a special fondness for the teen movies of the decade, and John Hughes was the undisputed master of the genre. You really appreciate what he did as a filmmaker even more when you stumble upon a movie as bad as "Can't Buy Me Love," an obvious and contrived effort without a single character for you to root for.

    From the first five minutes it becomes apparent that there's no…

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  • Boiling Point

    Boiling Point

    There is a germ of a good idea hidden somewhere within the messy story that is "Boiling Point," but thanks to heavy studio interference in a feeble attempt to make the film more commercial, the finished product is a mess. It's a slow boiling crime melodrama that was initially centered around the two main criminals, played by Viggo Mortensen and Dennis Hopper.

    Writer and director James B. Harris made a bold move when he wrote that script, and it could…

  • Space Chimps

    Space Chimps

    I love film titles that without question tell you what you're in for before you lay down your $10, and no title so far this year is more descriptive than "Space Chimps". That title told me two things: #1, the movies is about chimps in space, and #2, I probably wouldn't like this movie very much. Both statements are very true.

    This dismal, forgettable and poorly animated feature definitely does not fit into what has basically been one of the…