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dir Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag • scr John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs • Disney 00/US 1h22 ***
READER REVIEW: "Amazing special effects wasted on a not-so-amazing story. I think that I have a hard time when realistic looking dinosaurs are thinking and acting with a humanistic set of values. I am sure that kids love it, though." --Kathy M, Los Angeles.
GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE
dir Sam Weisman • scr Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells • Disney 97/US 1h32 ***
dir Victor Sarin • scr John Bishop, Joe Goodman, Paul Lalonde, Alan B McElroy • Cloud Ten 00/Canada 1h35 **
READER REVIEW: "Yuck! I'm embarrassed! Watered down, rearranged plots; bad writing, and poor special effects. Even with the well-known actors (who I would have expected better of) this movie left me highly disappointed, if not disgusted. If someone watched this movie first, they'd have no desire whatsoever to read the very well-written series of books at all. I found myself having to explain missed information, fill in the blanks, rearrange how people met and who met whom first, where things actually happened and what the history was behind certain relationships that were supposed to work in the movie but didn't because you didn't know why they were there. The movie was more of a disaster than the disaster it was attempting to portray. It was awkward and embarrassingly badly done. The seriousness with which the actors took their roles was almost laughable - instead of the depth you could sense in the books, the movie was merely a bit more religious Bible-thumping hocus-pocus and froth. Kurt Cameron's embarrassing 'Let's get the message out to Hollywood...' commentary, attached to the end, is trying to tell us to enthusiastically endorse and push a pathetic venture in 'Christian' movies as if it were remotely comparable to what's out there (which it's not). Where this series of books could very well have been made into an effective and indeed riveting movie (or series of movies or even TV series) Cloud Ten's sad attempt fails the Left Behind series of books as well as the 'Christian' film industry miserably. Left Behind: The Movie is going to be left WAY behind in the theaters ... pretty sad, considering the superb movie potential in the books (which I highly recommend). Two thumbs down ... and fingers and toes too!" --Donna C, Michigan.
dir Henry Selick • scr Sam Hamm • Fox 01/US 1h33 **
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