The Lost World: Jurassic Park _ Spielberg strikes again. Huge dinosaurs, huge budget, huge profits. Unlike the first installment, which contained scary surprises and an interesting theme, this one is more like a preview for an amusement park ride. Even the excellent cast of Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore and Pete Postlethwaite is stampeded into oblivion.
The Jungle Book _ The 1967 Disney animated film has been retitled to The 30th Anniversary Limited Edition of Walt Disney's Masterpiece: The Jungle Book. That's quite a mouthful and this loose Kipling adaptation isn't up to the classic animated Disney standards. But there are some great songs, including Louis Prima's I Wanna Be Like You.
Walking Thunder _ This direct-to-video Western might have slipped by without notice except that its star is the late John Denver, who completed the movie last year. The moral lessons of family bonding are clear as the Denver family endures a bear attack and a trip to the Rocky Mountains.
Addicted to Love _ Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan star as spurned lovers who join forces to spy on their ex-lovers. Voyeurism and villainy make a potent combination, even though Broderick's performance is weak.
Nov. 11: Face/Off, The Last Days of Frankie the Fly, Weapons of Mass Distraction, Blush, The Ticket, Meantime, Shades of Fear, The Stepsister, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.
Nov. 18: Free Willy 3, Rhyme & Reason, A Chef in Love, Trial and Error, Joyride, Prefontaine, Sprung.
Nov. 19: Love! Valour! Compassion!
Nov. 24: Men in Black.
Nov. 25: Snow White: A Tale of Terror, Chasing Amy, Operation Condor, Pippi Longstocking.
Dec. 2: George of the Jungle, Speed 2, Tap Dogs.
Dec. 9: My Best Friend's Wedding, The Land Before Time V, Con Air.
Dec. 16: Cosi, Contact, How to Be a Player, A Simple Wish, Wedding Bell Blues.
Dec. 23: Chasing Amy, Spawn, 187, Air Bud, Operation Condor.
Dec. 30: Steel.
Jan. 6: Fire Down Below, Hercules & Xena _ The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus, Hoodlum.