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JANUARY 10, 2000: 

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY. Basically, a three-hour, football-themed rock video, with occasional, inscrutable, Native American spiritualist voices thrown in for no known reason. Director Oliver Stone is almost pure self-parody here, and that's probably his best pose -- if you can appreciate the humor of Al Pacino screaming "You're tearing this team apart," then you might find Any Given Sundy will give you the laughs that the Adam Sandlers and Rob Schneiders of the world are too self-conscious to give. Especially choice is Lauren Holly as "Cindy," the ridiculously bitchy wife of star quarterback "Cap" Rooney. If you like yelling and are willing to sit through what must be a total of 20 minutes worth of shots of footballs spiraling through the air, this is the film for you. -- James DiGiovanna

GALAXY QUEST. A good-natured send-up of Star Trek, Galaxy Quest is based on a premise that could easily have been god-awful: the bickering cast of the ersatz cult classic TV series Galaxy Quest is signing autographs at a sci-fi convention when they're recruited by aliens who think the television exploits are the real thing. But the film succeeds by poking sly fun not only at Trek but at Trek culture, with the show's nerdy fans on comic display throughout. Tim Allen stars as a wonderfully arrogant Jason Nesmith, a thinly veiled Shatner type who drinks too much, steals scenes and pointlessly drops and rolls whenever he springs into action; Allen Rickman plays a grumbling Nimoy who would prefer to shed the alien makeup and do legitimate theatre; and Sigourney Weaver is a large-breasted sex symbol whose big role on the show is repeating whatever the computer says. Sparks fly, aliens attack, starships crash and everything turns out all right in the end, just as you know it will. -- Nightengale

MAN ON THE MOON. Milos Forman, the director of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People Vs. Larry Flynt and now Man on the Moon, is so talented that he can make a mediocre movie seem monumental. You will never be bored watching this biopic about Andy Kaufman, the comedic genius who became the inter-gender wrestling champion of the world. All Forman had to do to make an intensely entertaining movie was to recreate some of Kaufman's best gags and stunts--and that is all he did. There's no background into Kaufman's relation to his family, no sense of who Kaufman is, how he met up with writing partner Bob Zmuda, or why he did any of the things he did. Kaufman's life is mostly reduced to his stage personas, with one throwaway line about how he had no real self apparently justifying this. But so what; it's still more fun than you'd have at 10 other movies. -- James DiGiovanna


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