NEW YORK – "Kill Bill" (search) is violently good, Clooney and Zeta-Jones make "Cruelty" bearable and "Good Boy" is great for kids in today's Foxlight.
It's a bloody mess -- and that's a compliment. "Kill Bill" is a mind-, body-, gut- and adrenalin-blower. It's "Titanic" for 15-year-old boys who by the time you read this will have already seen it 11 times. Yes, it's rated "R," but when has that ever stopped 15-year-old boys?
What everyone will see is an over-the-top uber violent tale of revenge. What happens to Uma Thurman in the first 30 seconds of the film almost makes everything she does to everyone else OK. Oh, and was she thinking of cheating ex-husband Ethan Hawke while decapitating several hundred assassins during the climax? Hmm. It gets three-and-a-half stars from USA Today, which says revenge is sweet and Tarantino is terrific.
Next, the screwball comedy is back and wildly uneven but still a lot of fun with George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Intolerable Cruelty." (search) Zeta-Jones looks like she was computer generated and Clooney has never been funnier. But the Coen brothers share a writing credit this time, and that's not a good sign. They want to make a mainstream hit bigger than "Fargo" and they deserve it, but the plot goes off in odd directions that are very un-Coen like. Even critics who don't like this film admit everyone except Bill O'Reilly will like Clooney and Zeta-Jones.
Finally, "Good Boy" (search) should "fetch" the fancy of the very young, according to USA Today. They give it two-and-a-half stars. Matthew Broderick is the voice of Hubble, the dog from outer space that can bring you your paper and slippers from Mars. She's not Roper or Ebert, but my 3-year-old Lilly was ready to leave this planet about 20 minutes in.