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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2009
Sometimes you are in the mood to watch something intellectually engaging, such as the Masterpiece mystery series, "Inspector Lewis." You must pay attention when watching these British mysteries, because for the first half hour, you experience a 1.7-second delay between the British actors talking and your American ears understanding what in the devil they just said. This is because British people speak largely inside the face, whereas Americans project outward, flapping our lips expansively like sheets on a clothesline.
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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2009
Sometimes you are in the mood to watch something intellectually engaging, such as the Masterpiece mystery series, "Inspector Lewis." You must pay attention when watching these British mysteries, because for the first half hour, you experience a 1.7-second delay between the British actors talking and your American ears understanding what in the devil they just said. This is because British people speak largely inside the face, whereas Americans project outward, flapping our lips expansively like sheets on a clothesline.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 11, 2004
In one of the many striking design coups in David Twohy's sci-fi apocalypse The Chronicles of Riddick, the Lord Marshal of the Necromongers (Colm Feore) wears a helmet with three faces. If only it had three brains to go with it! The Lord Marshal wants to convert all human creatures in the universe to the Necromonger religion, thus eliminating factional strife and preparing for their entrance into an alternate universe, known as the Underverse. If the word "Underverse" alone doesn't send bad jokes running through your brain (is that where old Underdog scripts go to die?
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April 10, 2009
Fast & Furious ** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS) $71 million $71 million 1 week Rated: PG-13 Running time: 107 minutes What it's about: Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise. Our take: The combination of relentless fuel-injected stunts and the equally relentless Vin Diesel (above) turns pummeling. Monsters vs. Aliens * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS) $32.6 million $104.8 million 2 weeks Rated: PG Running time: 94 minutes What it's about: A group of Earth monsters - slapstick versions of the 50-Foot Woman, the Fly (here, Dr. Cockroach)
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 7, 2005
After last year's disastrous Chronicles of Riddick, movie tough guy Vin Diesel scored a box-office hit with the Disney family comedy The Pacifier ($30). In this fish-out-of-water comedy, Navy SEAL Diesel must guard a late scientist's family. Of course, Diesel knows nothing about children, and the four charges are unruly and obnoxious. But before you can say Mary Poppins, Diesel and the kids become best friends, and he manages to save the world as well as solve most of their problems. The blooper reel is a bust except for the bits with the trained duck.
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By Victor Godinez and Victor Godinez,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | July 1, 2004
Vin Diesel might be a better video game star than Hollywood celebrity. His latest movie, The Chronicles of Riddick, has gotten mediocre reviews, but the new Xbox game starring his Riddick character is superb. Vivendi Universal's The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay ($49, rated for ages 17 and up) takes place before the first movie in the Riddick series, Pitch Black. The game opens with a captured Riddick being flown to Butcher Bay prison, a sort of intergalactic Alcatraz.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
With several high-speed chase scenes that outrank any outside The Transporter movies for visceral force and spectacle, Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise. All the characters return in this fourth entry. (Hence the clever tag line: "New Model. Original Parts.") Paul Walker again plays the pivotal role of Brian O'Conner. Then he was an undercover cop who was the key to a joint police-FBI investigation into a string of truck hijackings.
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January 17, 2006
Critic's Pick-- A secret agent (Vin Diesel, above) finds himself guardian/nanny to five kids of a threatened scientist in The Pacifier (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Starz).
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 17, 2006
"I'm no gangster, I'm a gagster" is the line most apt to be quoted from Find Me Guilty, the story of a convict who was both. It's not that funny even when you hear it in the movie. Vin Diesel plays the fact-based role of Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio. Already in prison, he refused to cut a deal, then served as his own counsel during the longest criminal trial in U.S. history: the federal prosecution of 20 members of New Jersey's Lucchese crime family on 76 racketeering-related charges.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | August 27, 2004
Just another day in downtown Baltimore - decorated with two city blocks of ersatz skinheads, prisoners, gangsters, SWAT team members, commandos, farm hands, dog walkers, reporters, secret agent men and hoochy women. Not your American Idol crowd, bud. "It seems in D.C., we got all the pretty people," said Carlyn Davis. "But in Baltimore, people are so real." Davis' casting company, having already trolled for talent in Washington, came to Baltimore's ESPN Zone yesterday to find 1,600 extras for the action movie, XXX State of the Union.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
With several high-speed chase scenes that outrank any outside The Transporter movies for visceral force and spectacle, Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise. All the characters return in this fourth entry. (Hence the clever tag line: "New Model. Original Parts.") Paul Walker again plays the pivotal role of Brian O'Conner. Then he was an undercover cop who was the key to a joint police-FBI investigation into a string of truck hijackings.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 17, 2006
"I'm no gangster, I'm a gagster" is the line most apt to be quoted from Find Me Guilty, the story of a convict who was both. It's not that funny even when you hear it in the movie. Vin Diesel plays the fact-based role of Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio. Already in prison, he refused to cut a deal, then served as his own counsel during the longest criminal trial in U.S. history: the federal prosecution of 20 members of New Jersey's Lucchese crime family on 76 racketeering-related charges.
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January 17, 2006
Critic's Pick-- A secret agent (Vin Diesel, above) finds himself guardian/nanny to five kids of a threatened scientist in The Pacifier (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Starz).
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November 11, 2005
THE QUESTION With yet another version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set to reach Baltimore today, we wonder: Is it merely the ultimate chick-film material or is there something universal about the story that keeps directors and actors lining up? WHAT YOU SAY I wonder if the remake of Pride and Prejudice is less a "chick flick" and more of a classic and a period film. With such films as Master and Commander, Alexander, Troy, Tom Sawyer, etc. I think classic stories are the new "fad" movies.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | July 31, 2005
WASHINGTON -- "In my head I was a wild man, but in my life I had blocks. I was living within all sorts of constraints," says Rob Cohen, 56, director of the action blockbusters The Fast and the Furious, XXX and the just-opened Stealth -- Top Gun updated by two decades. "Now I'm a 16-year-old boy in a middle-aged body." At one point, Cohen was best known as the bookish, Harvard-educated 22-year-old who fished the script to The Sting out of a slush pile. At another, it looked as if he made his mark in film history as a "baby mogul" executive at Motown, where he produced one of the top African-American films of the 1970s, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 7, 2005
After last year's disastrous Chronicles of Riddick, movie tough guy Vin Diesel scored a box-office hit with the Disney family comedy The Pacifier ($30). In this fish-out-of-water comedy, Navy SEAL Diesel must guard a late scientist's family. Of course, Diesel knows nothing about children, and the four charges are unruly and obnoxious. But before you can say Mary Poppins, Diesel and the kids become best friends, and he manages to save the world as well as solve most of their problems. The blooper reel is a bust except for the bits with the trained duck.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 4, 2005
Vin Diesel stretches to do his Kindergarten Cop turn in The Pacifier, a feeble Disney comedy that presents the bullet-headed action star as a babysitter. Hear Vin bark out orders. See Vin kicking some South Korean and Serbian behinds. Smell Vin changing diapers. Well, watch him smell them. Diesel is a SEAL charged with looking after the kids of a murdered security expert whose wife (Faith Ford) has gone to Zurich to attempt to retrieve the family's super-secret missile launch-code encrypting program from a bank vault.
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November 11, 2005
THE QUESTION With yet another version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set to reach Baltimore today, we wonder: Is it merely the ultimate chick-film material or is there something universal about the story that keeps directors and actors lining up? WHAT YOU SAY I wonder if the remake of Pride and Prejudice is less a "chick flick" and more of a classic and a period film. With such films as Master and Commander, Alexander, Troy, Tom Sawyer, etc. I think classic stories are the new "fad" movies.
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