Scream 3

Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21, 2015

35mm print

“Funny and brisk… Sidney (Neve Campbell), having survived the knife-wielding maniacs of the first two pictures, is now a crisis counselor living in a secluded compound in California; she is treated like a guest star. She really doesn’t get involved in the action, which focuses on a killer pursuing the cast of Stab 3, a film based on the events of her life — more movie-within-a-movie stuff — until about a half-hour into the picture. (The murders are a gambit to lure her into danger.) Instead, Scream 3 gives the actors playing actors in Stab 3 a chance to shine.

“Parker Posey in particular glows as Jennifer, the actress playing the bullying reporter Gale Weathers. Ms. Posey, a specialist at jittery self-absorption, is like an up-to-the-minute version of Carole Lombard; she alone makes the picture worth seeing. Dizzy and nakedly — hilariously — ambitious, she’s so flighty she seems to be levitating. When she has a moment, staring raptly at an important event happening before her eyes, she’s so self-conscious she can’t even honestly pay attention to what’s going on. She draws attention to herself as she watches someone else.

“Ms. Posey’s nervous prodigiousness is just one of the assets of SCREAM 3. Patrick Warburton brings his disinterested, smug squint to the party, playing a celebrity security man who has guarded ‘Julia Roberts, Salman Rushdie and Posh Spice.’ With his milk-fed good looks — he’s like a slightly melted version of Captain Marvel — and that voice like chocolate pudding, Mr. Warburton seems to be lost in a very pleasant dream. And he gets a laugh every time he shows up. So does Deon Richmond, playing a brother named Tyson who’s very aware of the fate of black actors in Hollywood. This game is so well-played that Jenny McCarthy as Sarah Darling, the hungry actress, scores.” – The New York Times

  • Country USA
  • Rating R
  • Year 2000
  • Running Time 112 minutes
  • Director Wes Craven

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