Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Flicks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Flicks

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It's big, it's bad, it's blowing its top - and if you want to steer the kids away from the current flock of vulgar, lame-brained comedies, Dante's Peak (PG-13) might be the way to go. That doesn't mean it's a good movie. Disasters don't get more formulaic than this, and even the action sequences lack the requisite fire. But with nothing offensive (save for a couple of gross-out shots and crisis-sparked epithets), some fun visual effects and plucky kid characters, young viewers will surely get into the lava flow easier than their parents.

CONTINUING The Beautician and the Beast (PG) - Comic, updated retelling of "The King and I" with "The Nanny's" Fran Drescher as a brash, warm-hearted New Yorker hired to Westernize the kids of a Balkan dictator. There's some salty language, but fans of the star's sitcom will feel right at home. Beverly Hills Ninja (PG-13) - With plenty of belly flops and geeky adolescent humor, Chris Farley's latest should go over well with "Dumb and Dumber" lovers. Parents shouldn't fret too much over the mild violence, language and feeble double entendres. But Farley's talent and charm deserve better than this. Evita (PG) - This is no kiddie flick. The spectacular, fast-moving film version of the Broadway musical traces the controversial life of Eva Peron (Madonna), the powerful wife of Argentina dictator Juan Peron. There are scenes of violence, sexual references and some strong language. Ghosts of Mississippi (PG-13) - Decidedly placid for a film about a racist killer and his victim's wife, "Ghosts" does contain one violent scene and strong language. It doesn't have the action or the look to hold a tot's attention. Hamlet (PG-13) - Kenneth Branagh's epic-length, full-text version of the Danish prince's story makes no concessions to newcomers, so kids may find it rough going. But it does provide an education. In Love and War (PG-13) - Romantic drama traces the affair between a young Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) and his nurse (Sandra Bullock) but produces few sparks. Graphic scenes of war injuries and some sensuality. Michael (PG) - John Travolta's angel drinks, smokes and picks up cute rural waitresses, but Nora Ephron's comedy is as light as a celestial wing feather. …

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