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- June 22, 2001
A.I. Opens in One
Week to Glowing Reviews
Without final acceptance by humans or machines, and armed only with Teddy, his supertoy teddy bear and protector, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both terrifyingly vast and profoundly thin.
Here are what early reviews are saying about AI:
Time Magazine - "AI boasts a beautiful central performance Haley Joel Osment, 13, plays David with a kind of buoyant gravity and a canny turn by Jude Law as a robo-stud, while other actors are wan. The film is bold, rigorous and sentimental by turns, and often all at once, as should be expected from a two-man movie where both have strong wills to match their great gifts, and one is dead..."
Daily Variety - "The fruit of the unique spectral artistic convergence of two cinematic titans, Steven Spielberg and the late Stanley Kubrick, this deeply thoughtful and thoroughly fascinating film about a mechanical boy who yearns to be real contains strong traces of both directors' sensibilities: the intimate childhood connection and the gentleness of spirit often associated with the former, the conceptual boldness and scientifically/philosophically oriented probing of the latter..."
Reporter - "The film is never less than fascinating. Certain to open
big, AI has plenty for audiences and critics to glom onto -- a
riveting, awesome performance by child actor Haley Joel Osment; brilliant
production design and special effects; and a provocative theme that in
these days of synthetic life forms and genetic tampering is worth re-examining."
Newsweek - "Its a movie that makes us ponder the very nature of lovehow its hard-wired into us, how it blurs the line between the selfish and the selfless. Is love the ultimate affirmation of free will, or its negation? AI exhilarates, frustrates and provokes: its the most ambitious Hollywood movie in sight."
AI is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some sexual content and violent images."
Archive Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
The Disney Animation Archive consists of over 2,600 pages and is run by animation enthusiast Tim Montgomery.
& Dogs World Premiere Tomorrow
Cats & Dogs is an adventure movie that marries live action with computer animation and puppetry to tell the story of the covert, high-tech struggle between cats and dogs, which comes to a head when a maniacal Persian cat named Mr. Tinkles attempts to take over the world.
The film has been
given a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for "animal
action and humor." Cats & Dogs hits theaters on July 4,
News Link of the Day - Comics Store Celebrates its Longevity
According to the San Jose Mercury News:
"In the shape-shifting world of comic books, artists have exploded the rectangular panel, writers have brought the real world into the world of Archie, publishers have figured out how to grab a piece of the oldies market, and dealers have learned to morph with the times.
Joe Ferrara has morphed
more craftily than most. His Santa Cruz store, Atlantis Fantasyworld,
is in the midst of a yearlong 25th-anniversary party
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