Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 5, 1998 · Page 5
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JHE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Arts Entertainment m^^^^.^^..^.. ...-..-„. .........................-.......^j................................. ...,,..„. ...„..,.......,......._...,.-. -........——..„....„,.,.- .^.. FRI., JUNE 5-SAT., JUNE 6, 1998 — A-5 fThe Postman' tops new video releases Billboard THE POSTMAN (R, 170 m., 1997). Are audiences growing overfamiliar with the spectacle of Kevin Costner as an eccentric loner in the wilderness, coming across an isolated community, and then joining their war against evil marauders? After "Dances With Wolves" and "Waterworld," here is a third version of essentially the same character. In a postnuclear America, in 2013, he poses as a postman of a fictional new government and becomes a mythic figure, in a three-hour parable that outstays its welcome. Rating: One and a half stars. THE END OF VIOLENCE (R, 122 m., 1997). Wim Wenders' first American film since "Paris, Texas" stars Bill Pullman as a kidnapped Hollywood producer, and Gabriel Byrne as a mysterious government figure working with an experimental system to keep all of Los Angeles under surveillance. Lots of ideas - about Hollywood, crime, violence, privacy and paranoia - but the film doesn't really hang together, and there are too many subplots that don't pay their dues to the central story. Rating: Two stars. ' SCREAM 2 (R, 122 m., 1997). A sequel to the horror film in which all of the characters had seen other horror films and knew the cliches and all the deadly mistakes to avoid. Bloodier than the first film, but witty, with a self-mocking screenplay that has the characters debating the success of VIDEO ALERT By ROGER EBERT movie sequels, while once again a slasher in a ghost mask stalks victims. Rating: Three stars. THE TANGO LESSON (PG, 101 m., 1997). A tantalizing emotional duel between a tango dancer and the British woman filmmaker who suggests a trade: He'll give her dance lessons, and she'll put him in a movie. Director Sally Potter ( "(Orlando") and dancer Pablo Veron play characters named Sally and Pablo, suggesting real-life parallels. There are dance sequences of dazzling virtuosity, some tentative romantic sparring, and a disagreement about the most dangerous question in dance, and art: Who leads? Rating: Three and a half stars. HOME ALONE 3 (PG, 102 m., 1997). To my amazement, the most entertaining of the "Home Alone" movies -maybe because newcomer Alex D. Linz is a real charmer, or maybe because at the end, when he sets the usual booby traps for the Irving book tops best sellers PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST SELLING BOOKS HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving (Random House) 2. "Black and Blue" by Anna Quindlen (Random House) 3. "You Belong to Me" by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster) "' . ••'' •"" ' 4. "Message in a Bottle" by Nicholas Sparks (Warner) 5. "N Is for Noose" by Sue Grafton (Henry Holt) 6. "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume (Delacorte) 7. "The Street Lawyer" by John Grisham (Doubleday) 8. "Secret Prey" by John Sandford (Putnam) 9. "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden (Knopf) ' 10. "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier (Atlantic Monthly) usual burglars, they come across as more pure slapstick, and less painful special effects. Fun for kids in the lower grades, and maybe for adults who are having a very silly day. Rating: Three stars. OSCAR AND LUCINDA (R, 133m., 1998). A 19th-centu- ry love story as quirky and delightful as it is unexpected. A British clergyman and an Australian woman who manufactures glass discover that they share a mutual passion for gambling. Shocking their community, they draw closer and make a grand wager: If she can build a glass cathedral, he will transport it by river to the outback. Starring Ralph Fiennes and Gate Blanchett, directed by Gillian Armstrong ("My Brilliant Career"), wicked and witty, and charming. Rating: Four stars. MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL (R, 154 m., 1997). John Berendt's book is so vividly drawn that a movie can hardly improve on our imagination. One miscalculation by director Clint Eastwood is to filter all the material through the eyes of a deadpan outsider (John Cusack), a character who never comes alive and gets in the way of those who do. The book's richness is further subdued by a screenplay that takes the eccentricity of a flood of anecdotes and harnesses them to a crime-and-courtroom framework. Kevin Spacey is wickedly charming, but underused, as the problematic antiques dealer: The Lady Chablis, a local drag queen, does a better job of playing herself than the filmmakers do of figuring out how to use her. Rating: Two and a half stars. THE LOCUSTS (R, 124m., 1997). Sultry nights on the plains, in a dated and overwrought - but well-made -melodrama about a twisted widow (Kate Capshaw) who runs a feed lot and takes a favored cowhand to bed with her most nights. Vince Vaughn plays the drifter with a secret in his past, Ashley Judd is the local woman who loves him, and Jeremy Davies is the woman's son, whose madness may have resulted from the dread secrets of the past. The movie plays uncannily like one of those overwrought 1950s Freudian stockpots of lust and revenge. It's ridiculous, but it has a certain power. Rating: Two and a half stars. The 1998 edition of "Roger Ebert's Video Companion," his best-selling book containing full-length reviews of more than 1,300 movies on vicleocassette, with an index of titles, stars and directors, is now available to his newspaper readers. In paperback, it can be ordered by sending $17.95 plus $2 for postage and handling to Ebert's Companion, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 4 J 9150, Kansas City, Mo. 64141. Continued from Page A-3 Linder featured at gallery This June 5 through 30, the photography of Gisela Linder is featured at Northcoast Artists Gallery. An avid world traveler, Linder has been to India, Egypt, Europe and Mexico, where she photographed ancient sacred sites, as well as' other natural forms that have a "spiritual" dimension. Her show will also include a number of Polaroid transfer prints, a process by which a photographic image is moved onto watercolor paper and enhanced by tinting. There will be a reception for Gisela Linder tonight 6 to 8 p.m., at Northcoast Artists Gallery, 362 North Main St., Fort Bragg. For more information call 9648266. Film fest in Boonville Stuart ("Space Truckers") Gordon will present his latest film in person, "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" starring Joe Mantagna, Edward James Olmos. and a large Latin ensemble. Stuart promises that someone from the cast will also make a personal appearance. Treat Williams and Laura Dern (both subject to availability) have agreed to come to this year's event and screen the fabulous lost classic "Smooth Talk" (a very unnerving look at the power one person can have over another). It was filmed in Sono- .00 off on your next order at ma and Mnrin counties. Gary Meyer is submitting several of his Olher Festival Favorites for the Solstice Selection Committee, and the all day independent series is lining up nicely with "El Dorado" by Frank Green. "Where Did Forever Go?" by Michael Dwass, "The Bobs" a promo video by Kate Kline May, and many more. Solstice is also seeking more submissions for short (one hour or less) independently made films in 16mm or video format especially if you live in Mendocino County. For information an all events, call 895-2373 or 9"37-1261 Contra dancing in Ukiah There will be a Contra Dance in Ukiah Saturday, June 13, from 8 to 11 p.m. in the recreation hall at the Ukiah Methodist Church located at the corner of North Pine and Smith Streets. Please park in the Bush Street parking lot. Live old time music will be provided by the Skelton Crew for dances including contra dances, square dances, circle dances, waltzes and polkas. Flip Alpern will call and teach all dances. Everyone in the community is encouraged to come out and try these traditional forms of dance. Bring your friends or come by yourself. Wear comfortable clothes. Newcomers are welcome as all dances will be taught. It's easy; it's fun. Suggested donation for the See BILLBOARD, Page A-7 Golden Penny Restaurant Conveniently located at 737 South State Street; Ukiah, CA For "to go' ? ;and delivery orders call (707)468-8737. or FAX (707)468-8736 Limit one coupon per customer, not valid with'any other offer. Coupon expires July 31,1998 JOHN DEERE AG EQUIPMENT • FARM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT • PUMP SALES & SERVICE • FEED • SEED -PET FOOD • EQUIPMENT REPAIRS Saturday June 6th Rainbow Jig's Famous HUGE Price Reductions Annual Pet Fair Science Diet K-9 Maintenance 40# Bag PFO HAN lkf(Y Itk-i- I ormiil;i PRO PLAN ADULT ALL FLAVORS 37.5# Bag lams Mini Chunk & Reg. 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