quick flicks 

"The Powerpuff Girls Movie" — It was only a matter of time before the superpowered, cartoon crime-fighters known as the Powerpuff Girls took that leap from television to the movies. Perky and distinctively drawn, this first feature is a prequel of sorts, retelling how Professor Ultonium created Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. As in the TV series, the pint-sized purveyors of justice have to teach an evildoer the error of his ways. Here, the girls take on twisted monkey genius Mojo Jojo and his minions. Although the violence in the movie is standard cartoon variety, it's too graphic for tots. Rating: ***

"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" — Crikey!! The Animal Planet's hunky, live-action hero, Steve Irwin, is making the transition to the big screen, but with a twist: He does it without having to act. Irwin and real-life wife, Terri, play themselves in this lightweight comedy of errors that delivers exactly what it promises: the Aussie daredevil conservationist doing his thing. While engaged in chasing down a rogue crocodile, Irwin and wife are mistaken for spies by two bumbling CIA types, who the Irwins in turn believe to be poachers. As predictable as it is bankable, "The Crocodile Hunter" is suitable kid-friendly fare. ***

"Halloween: The Resurrection" — With few tricks up its sleeve, this seventh outing for mass-murdering maniac Michael Myers is no treat. "The Resurrection" unreels like a halfhearted takeoff on "The Blair Witch Project." And though Jamie Lee Curtis figures prominently in the ads, she appears in the prologue only, explaining why Michael is still on the loose even though she decapitated him at the end of "Halloween H2O."

Incredibly inept, the movie features Busta Rhymes as an Internet entrepreneur who assembles a group of bland college students who agree to spend the night in the childhood home of serial killer Myers. Their freaky fun quickly turns into a struggle to get out alive. *

"Men In Black 2" — The unlikely comic partnering of Will Smith with Tommy Lee Jones is as deadpan-delightful and droll here as in the original "MIB." Picking up where the first left off — Agent Jay (Smith) has "neuralized" Agent Kay (Jones), and the latter now languishes in his happy, non-remembering state as a semiaware postal worker. But then his ol' nemesis shows up, having morphed into the comely shape of Lara Flynn Boyle. So Kay gets his memory back and joins Jay for a little alien-Armageddon. Thanks to the wonderful chemistry between Jones & Smith, this bit of summer alienation is a no-brainer: So sit back, relax and let the incongruous, oddball fun of "Men In Black 2" invade your world. ***


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