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OCTOBER 4, 1999: 

THE ADVENTURES OF SEBASTIAN COLE. Talented newcomer Adrian Grenier plays the titular teen whose family disintegrates after his stepfather announces his plans to become a transsexual. Patriarch Hank (or rather Henrietta) isn't a very convincing woman, but he's one hell of a father. When Sebastian undertakes a series of reckless, pointless "adventures," Henrietta is there for him with caring, discipline and silky frocks hanging awkwardly from his linebacker shoulders. Clark Gregg does a great job at a difficult role by juggling the masculine and feminine sides of Henrietta's character with a tough sensitivity. Grenier is no slouch either, playing Sebastian with a wry mixture of insecurity and cockiness. It may be a little low-key for some, but it's a nice film if you're willing to wind down to its slow rhythm. -- Greg Petix

BLUE STREAK. Breaking new ground, Martin Lawrence stars as a funky, street smart black man who gets teamed up with a nerdy, straight laced white guy in this cop-buddy-movie-with-a-twist. The twist being that Lawrence's character, jewel thief Miles Logan, is only pretending to be a cop. Unfortunately, it seems that Blue Streak was written by someone who was only pretending to be a scriptwriter, as it lacks both laughs and originality. Still, Lawrence is ceaselessly charming, and one hopes that someone will someday buy him a real movie, so we can see his comic talent put to good effect. -- James DiGiovanna

MUMFORD. In the small town of Mumford, a newly-arrived psychiatrist harbors a mysterious past and an unethical crush on one of his patients. Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist) populates the film with a citizenry of well-realized oddballs played by Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Martin Short and Ted Danson, all of whom turn in some fine work. Best of all is Loren Dean as the main character, who is extremely likable even though he can be kind of a jerk. You'd imagine that a movie about a therapist who heals people through good listening skills could end up as a treacly mess, but the story is sweet without being saccharine, and genuinely funny to boot. -- Greg Petix

ONE MAN'S HERO. Besame blarney stone! This is the true account of a group of Irish immigrants who deserted the American army to fight for Mexico during the Mexican-American War. This is also a very lame movie that plays like a mediocre television mini-series (and not one of those cool TNT ones -- this would probably air on UPN). Low-budget leading man Tom Berenger's acting is beyond wooden -- it's petrified. When he tells his Latina lover "you are Mexico," I was thinking, "You are wretched." A film critic should get time-and-a-half for watching this malarkey (Editor's note: No). -- Greg Petix

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