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Movie critic Harry Knowles thought the 2000 big-screen version of "Charlie's Angels," starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, was "a blast."
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updated 6/7/2010 1:40:56 PM ET 2010-06-07T17:40:56

Some say that movies made from television shows lack any creative merit. Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News disagrees, and offers up a list of some of his favorites.

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Of the "Star Trek" movies, Knowles picks ‘Star Trek II,’ ‘Star Trek IV,’ ‘Star Trek VI’ and J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ reboot, saying, “They made films that were truly on a larger and more adult scale than the TV show ever was, giving us wonderful entertainment.”

‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’
“As hilarious as the show is on television, it was elevated by truly inspired and raunchy musical numbers that just killed audiences who were watching ‘South Park’ as they never had before — with a very vocal and live laugh track which overwhelmed you in a way that you can never experience in one's own living room.”

‘Mission: Impossible III’
“It may be that it was just far better than the two previous adaptations, but frankly I think it really just came across as a smart action spy film that was very visceral and cast with amazing supporting actors and actresses — while allowing Tom Cruise to be outsmarted throughout most of the film, thus making him have to catch up to the bad guys, instead of being 25 steps ahead.”

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‘The Untouchables’
“Brian DePalma cast an amazing cast including coaxing a brilliant and possibly career-best performance from Sean Connery. This was also at the height of Kevin Costner's popularity — and Robert DeNiro was amazing as Al Capone. (DePalma) managed to create a cinematic version of a show that was quite good, but never this good.”

‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’
“Tim Burton took the mania and craziness of ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’ and got him out of his house and into an even crazier world at large. It also made Pee Wee slightly more adult and zanier, though nobody thought that was possible. Pretty much a perfect adaptation into a superior form.”

‘The Fugitive’
“The last truly great Harrison Ford film was this great adaptation of a great television show. The opening credits gave us the entire story of what happened to our dear doctor. But the amazing thing about this film is that essentially they boiled the entire multi season series into a single two-hour film that was superbly paced and featured an on-fire Tommy Lee Jones as the dogged U.S. marshal pursuing Richard Kimble.”

‘Charlie's Angels ’
“While I'll probably get the most crap for this title, McG's ‘Charlie’s Angels’ was a blast. He embraced the silliness of the show. He brought in Bill Murray and Crispin Glover and Sam Rockwell to give the film a very real cool vibe, while fetishizing three very exploitable young actresses that were having a ton of fun doing the girl empowerment thing.”

—Interviewed by Michael Ventre

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