CINEMA: Maverick Is Painless, the Flintstones Is Fun

Neither of the two brand-new, big-budget, TV-derived summer movies will do you any harm, and one actually succeeds pretty well. The best (and worst) you can say about Maverick is that it does the job -- it allows you to spend a perfectly agreeable evening without making you feel completely stupid or totally conned. The film offers us Mel Gibson as a new Bret Maverick, the Western gambler, as well as the old TV Maverick, James Garner, now playing a wry frontier sheriff. These two guys can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort...

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