Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Flicks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Flicks

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Anaconda is an old-time monster movie, a PG-13 comic shocker with a 40-foot special-effects snake. Even adults, aware that the lurking boa is manufactured, quake when it suddenly zooms into view. Older kids will relish this eye-popping frightfest. But the snake's mode of killing - it crushes hapless victims, including the good guys and a young woman, in its coils - is strong stuff for small fry. There's a monkey shooting, some strong language and a bit of sensuality, but the big thing is the fake snake that looms up looking for its dinner, attacks human heads, swallows whole bodies and even regurgitates one.

CONTINUING Cats Don't Dance (G) - 'Toon tips its hat both to finely detailed animation and to Hollywood's Golden Age song-and-dance musicals. Its plot is a tired cliche, but the characters are delightfully drawn and well-voiced. The songs are lively and the message (follow your dream) is affirmative. The Empire Strikes Back (PG) - "Return of the Jedi" has a more calculated kiddie appeal, but this is the most exciting and imaginative entry of the "Star Wars" trilogy. Unless parents object to a few dark overtones or the faux Zen of Jedi master/Muppet Yoda, this is one to show the kids for posterity. Jungle 2 Jungle (PG) - Kids can overlook a lot of flaws in movies, especially if there are dumb jokes about body fluids and emissions, but it may be hard for them to buy into this one. The premise is silly and the cast is worse. Kolya (PG-13) - It's hardly a kid flick, but the Czech Oscar winner features the warmest father-son story on screen these days. Parents may have to explain a bit of the political and sexual subtext, as well as help out with the subtitles. Some lightly salted language and a few sexless sexual encounters. Liar Liar (PG-13) - A very funny comedy despite its predictable plot, it's the safest Jim Carrey movie yet. …

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