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Dreary week for new movies

January 17th, 2003

A slew of critically panned movies open wide today, while two critically praised films widen their releases.

Martin Lawrence is back yet again in the comedy, National Security, where he teams up with Steve Zahn (Out of Sight). If you thought Lawrence received bad reviews for Black Knight, just check out Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com) for some scathing critiques.

The teen romp A Guy Thing also makes its way into theaters, starring Julia Stiles and Jason Lee. And for the kiddies, there's Kangaroo Jack, probably the most reviled new flick of the week. Brian Webster, of the Apollo Guide, says, "Kangaroo Jack is the most ill-thought-out cinematic exercise in a long, long, long time." Touche.

Expanding is The Hours, with Meryl Streep, and opening in select cities, City of God, which Roger Ebert placed on his Best-Of list. Also opening in limited run are Divine Intervention and Steve Guttenberg's P.S. Your Cat is Dead.

Enjoy the movies, everyone!

Matthew Dalton

Filed under: Kangaroo Jack, National Security, A Guy Thing, Divine Intervention