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Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.


Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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Surfer girl cuts back on gnarly curl in Blue Crush
[Photo: Universal Studios]
The cinematography shines in the otherwise average Blue Crush, which stars Kate Bosworth as surfer Anne Marie Chadwick.

Ho-hum 'Blue Crush' never catches the right wave

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By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times
published August 26, 2002


Movie: Blue Crush

  • Rating: PG-13

Summary: Anne Marie Chadwick (Kate Bosworth) is a teenager who lives for surfing. When she's not working as a maid at a local hotel, she's devoting her time to preparing for an upcoming women's surf competition, where she will have the chance to make it big. But she loses her focus when she falls for an All-Pro NFL quarterback who's in town for the Pro Bowl.

My View: There's not really that much to say about this movie good or bad. It's not great, it's not awful, it's just there. It is a surfing movie with a fluffy love story thrown in. I can't say that I was expecting too much more than that, so I wasn't too surprised with how it turned out.

Favorite Part: The cinematography in this movie was pretty extraordinary. The interesting camera angles really captured the sheer power of the monstrous waves that Hawaiian beaches are notorious for.

Recommendations: This film mainly will be enjoyed by the teenage male population, for obvious reasons, but should appeal to girls as well. Also, fans of aquatic sports will appreciate all the surfing footage.

Grade: C

-- Billy Norris, 14, is in the ninth grade at Seminole High School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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