Magazine article Newsweek

Snap Judgement

Magazine article Newsweek

Snap Judgement

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Byline: Cathleen McGuigan, Devin Gordon

The Stepford Wives

Directed by Frank Oz

Maybe I've been robotized, but I laughed my way through this uneven comic remake of the 1975 thriller about a leafy suburb where the women are suspiciously compliant Barbie dolls. Sure, the film is pretty clunky, but the sendup of the world of McMansions and SUVs and the one-line zingers from screenwriter Paul Rudnick help make up for that. Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Roger Bart (who plays one half of a gay couple slated for Stepfordizing) are hilarious, and even Nicole Kidman flashes comedic gifts not seen since "To Die For."

--Cathleen McGuigan

Napoleon Dynamite

Directed by Jared Hess

The awful perm, the total absence of physical grace, the alarming fascination with centaurs--we've met this kid before. But in this Sundance favorite, teen reject Napoleon Dynamite is transformed into the Herb with a heart of gold. …

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