Updated Feb 22th, 12:24 PM
THE ASTRONAUT FARMER is a curious inspirational starring Billy Bob Thornton as a one-time astronaut candidate who's building a rocket in his barn that he hopes will orbit the earth. And his name is Farmer. The FBI gets wind of it and he gets into very public trouble, but he ain't gonna let no bureaucrats kill his dream. That's pretty much the movie. Dull and conventional, it's the sort of movie that makes you wonder who, exactly, is green-lighting Hollywood movies these days. Nice supporting cast - Virginia Madsen, Tim Blake Nelson, J.K. Simmons, Bruce Willis - but this is barely a renter. If you want to see people making homemade rockets, rent October Sky.
Dir. by Mark Polish, runs 104 min.
Reno 911: Miami The Movie
(D: Ben Garant, 84 min)
Speaking of cult classics, the Comedy Central series Reno 911 has spawned a loyal following with its stupid gags about a group of misfit cops. The trailers for Reno 911: Miami The Movie have been getting lots of laughs from their gross-out gags. Don't be surprised if it squeaks into the top three box office winners this weekend.
Both movies open Friday (February 23). Screened after press time - see review of Astronaut February 22 and Reno February 23 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.