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Piñero, Spider Man make excellent cable television home viewing

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This week' on Time Warner Cable Videos On Demand:
Piñero does pioneering spoken-word artist and sterling playwright Miguel Pinero appreciable justice. This week' on Time Warner Cable Videos On Demand:
Piñero does pioneering spoken-word artist and sterling playwright Miguel Pinero appreciable justice. We could stand a closer look at the process by which this genius gave us the classic stage drama of prison life, Short Eyes and Zoot Suit, the existential gem that starred Edward James Olmos in the film version. Still, no punches are pulled in depicting this tortured soul's drug-addicted hell-bent path down to the road to determined self-destruction. Benjamin Bratt pulls out the stops in the title role, a criminally ignored Academy Award caliber performance.

Marvel Comics are getting better in their translation to film. Spider-Man, despite slick butchering of the premise and characters, improves on X-Men. Instead of good special effects trying to compensate a static plot, great special effects add to a reasonably interesting storyline. If all goes well, the next scheduled feature in this series, Daredevil, will be yet another step up. Meanwhile, this tale of a radioactive spider's bite turning a hopeless nerd into a super-hero adequately fills the bill. Not only does the viewet believe a man can swing across rooftops and cling to sheer walls, but ace actor Willem Dafoe appears as Spidey's arch nemesis, the Green Goblin. It's not hard at all to have fun watching this flick.

Enough showcases Jennifer Lopez in a serviceable approximation of Julia Roberts strong turn as the battered wife of Sleeping With the Enemy. Most glaring, aside from being a blatant rip-off of a film, is that except for Lopez, there is not a single Hispanic face in the film, including all the protagonist's friends and family. This thoroughly assimilated star once again plays a White woman. Take a pass.

Sandra Bullock is hardly what you'd call a world-class thespian. However, Murder By Numbers handsomely accommodates her limited range. Imagine the strike-a-match-on-his-asterisk persona for which Clint Eastwood is famous, then switch genders and you have Bullock's performance in this intriguing whodunit about a dysfunctional detective who breaks every rule in the book to track down the bad guy and see that justice prevails. You won't be bored for one minute as she plays a hard nosed cop who solves the mystery of how a pair of privileged snots try to get away with cold-blooded homicide.
 

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