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"Monsters Inc."; "Domestic Disturbance"; "The One" 

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!B! "Monsters Inc."!B! "Domestic Disturbance"!B! "The One"

Movies are rated out of a possible 5 popcorns.




"Monsters Inc." — Monstrously enjoyable, this look at the world of things that go bump in the night from the Bogeyman's point of view is a fantasy to cherish. Technologically sophisticated, "Monsters Inc." shows how the guys at Pixar Animation continue to raise the bar on computer-generated images. Billy Crystal gives voice to Mike, a hypersmart, one-eyed monster who is the best bud of James "Sulley" Sullivan (wonderfully voiced by John Goodman). Sulley, it seems, is Monstropolis' leader when it comes to eliciting screams from little ones. So when a little girl follows Sulley through the bedroom-closet portal, trouble and comic hijinks ensue. Mike and Sulley try to keep her hidden as they figure out a way to return her to the real world. But their clandestine attempts are hampered by rival monster Randall Boggs (the lizardly Steve Buscemi), who's always sniffing at Sully's heels. Though rated G, "Monsters Inc." does have some moments the wee ones — 3-and-under — might find unsettling. But its message of "stop the growling and start the loving" is something kids of all ages can appreciate.






"Domestic Disturbance" — Poor Johnny Travolta. He certainly could use a ticket back to boffo box-office numbers after delivering us a series of bombs and the so-so thriller "Swordfish." This overwrought tale of a dad battling to save his son and ex-wife from the clutches of a prevaricating, pathological stepdad ain't it. Everything about this pseudo-scary thriller seems ho-hum, including Vince Vaughn's turn as the murderous new man of the house. Despite its standard-issue formula, "Domestic Disturbance" starts off well enough, riffing on the old "Boy Who Cried Wolf" parable. But as it progresses, "DD" falls further and further into the land of cliches. Vaughn looms over the young boy who witnessed his cold-blooded killing ways so often, it evokes laughter instead of suspense.






"The One" — For serious Jet Li fans only. "The One" features the reigning martial-arts master battling himself. Yes, he has an evil, time-traveling doppleganger intent on world domination as well as the annihilation of our hero. Actually, "The One" is kind of a "Matrix" for dummies, in which Li plays 125 versions of himself with the final confrontation against his No. 1 evil counterpart — obviously setting us up for a sequel. Yes, a sequel! After viewing this lackluster effort, I may have to up my stars rating for "Iron Monkey."



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