You're Such A Critic

YOU'RE SUCH A CRITIC

December 09, 2005

THE QUESTION

You know you've felt it: A sneaking suspicion after watching a movie trailer that you've just seen the whole film. Or heard all the best jokes. So what's the point in paying to see the movie later? For example, the seemingly endless preview for Casanova, which opens Jan. 6. (It includes more than a fleeting glimpse of one of the film's climactic scenes.) We wonder: Why can't the producers of trailers add a little more mystery and subtract a few punchlines? What do you think are the worst recent offenders?

WHAT YOU SAY

"Envelope please ... and the winner is Liar Liar starring Jim Carrey." After seeing the trailer, which featured every joke in the movie (and there weren't that many), the actual movie seemed like a trailer on steroids or one played in slow motion. Many times, however, the trailer provides enough rope to hang the movie, and that is not a bad thing.

JERRY SPIVAK, BALTIMORE

THE NEXT QUESTION

OK, by law, they're criminals. But they're funny (Smokey & the Bandit) or they're sexy (Ocean's Eleven) or they might just have a point (John Q). Now, Fun With Dick and Jane (Dec. 23) and The Producers (Dec. 23) offer more chances to root for the "bad guys." But when was the last time you rooted for a real creep in a movie? Perhaps because the lead actors, the "heroes," were so terrible. Get it off your chest.

Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "Such a Critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com.

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