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Video On Demand: Powerpuff Girls is guaranteed fun for little folk

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This week’s Time Warner Cable Video On Demand review: three out of four ain’t bad.
Resident Evil couldn’t improve on the excellent scare-half-to-death Alien series, so producers came up with the next best thing, This week’s Time Warner Cable Video On Demand review: three out of four ain’t bad.

Resident Evil couldn’t improve on the excellent scare-half-to-death Alien series, so producers came up with the next best thing, a suspenseful knock-off that narrowly avoids copyright infringement. Instead of rampaging extra-terrestrial beasts run amok, virus-mutated, flesh-hungry zombies close in on a unit of soldiers sent to figure out what went wrong with a top-secret research facility.

In an interesting move, there’s the subtext of an espionage agent whose mission was to undermine the original operation. The resulting flick works quite well, thanks to a fairly inventive script, savvy action-film directing and a fine performance by Michelle Rodriguez who stars with Milla Jovovich.

You’d think a study of serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, especially one with Bruce Davison in a featured role, would keep you glued to your seat, or at least interested. No such luck. Dahmer is inert, managing to turn a fascinating premise into a static waste of time. Much footage is spent dragging the killer’s deeds out to the point of pure tedium. Had half as much work been invested in unveiling his psyche or otherwise developing the story beyond gratuitous, border-line pornographic oddity, this film might have been worth watching.

You may want to put Powerpuff Girls on for the kids and then go tackle that sinkful of dishes or finally get around to mopping the kitchen floor. There’s nothing here for grown-ups, but children love these animated characters to pieces. This feature film, based on the hit television series of the same name, holds extra intrigue for youngsters: it reveals the origin of Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles who, it turns out, were created in a science lab by a not-really-mad scientist who just wants to bring out the best in everyone’s nature. Aside from that, the perky, super-powered, prepubescent trio ventures forth to vanquish the forces of evil just as they long have done to youngsters’ endless delight. Powerpuff Girls is guaranteed fun for little folk.

Dragonfly is an extraordinary experience: what’s the last supernatural tale that raised your neck hairs throughout, then warmed your heart in a climactic twist no one but the writer saw coming? We’re talking a tight script, sensibly drawn characters and skilled directing. Not even Kevin Costner’s wooden performance detracts from this hypnotic story of a man driven to near madness by his dead wife’s message from the grave. Featured in a supporting role, Joe Morton (Miss Evers’ Boys, Brother From Another Planet) truly excels.
 

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