No Nightmare Before This Christmas

Sometimes things in Hollywood really are as good as the publicists say they are. In the months since Jurassic Park swept America, theater turnstiles have been clicking so furiously that the hype seems less, well, less hyped than usual. The reception of The Beverly Hillbillies, a brain-dead remake of the 1960s television series, is evidence of how willing moviegoers seem to be to line up for just about anything: The film sold an impressive $25 million worth of tickets in its first three weeks.

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