The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 5, 1998 · Page 25
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i ALMOST HEROES ** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 Chris Farley and Matthew Perry lead a bickering, brawling and bumbling crew of misfits and miscreants on a trail of comic misadventure straight into historic oblivion. IBULWORTH *** 1 / 2 ^ID-STATE RATED R • «•' i ^warren Beatty plays a California senator who f -sickens of the political process, flips out and buys a contract on his own life. Expecting to die, he begins to say what he thinks. The movie is outrageous and politically incorrect. 1 CITY OF ANGELS *** CENTRAL RATED PG-13 « 'jsijcolas Cage stars as an angel and Meg " "Ryan is a heart surgeon who, in a moment of ^despair, can see him. They fall in love. IMPACT CENTRAL RATED PG-13 A comet is headed for Earth and will destroy all life unless a space crew can blow it up first. ^Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood and •Morgan Freeman star. • GODZILLA ; *v 2 CENTRAL RATED PG-13 • The much-hyped monster finally lumbers into i view, but creates too few thrills along the way. \- IrTcludes Matthew Broderick. II THE HORSE WHISPERER : *** ^CENTRAL RATED PG-13 ; Kristin Scott Thomas drives her daughter and ; her horse, who were spooked after a riding accident, West in search of a legendary horse ' trainer (Robert Redford). Too long, but redeemed by the majestic settings. ^ HOPE FLOATS !:** £ CENTRAL RATED PG-13 p Sandra Bullock learns on a talk show that !'-' her husband is cheating on her with her ; best friend. Devastated, she flees with her • daughter to her Texas hometown, where her mother (Gena Rowlands) tries to fix her up with an old boyfriend (Harry Connick Jr.). M MAJOR LEAGUE 3 * SUNSET RATED PG-13 Needless remake of an average film. ! A PERFECT MURDER *** CENTRAL RATED R Michael Douglas is a greedy investor, Gwyneth Paltrow is his cheating wife, Viggo Mortensen is a lusty young artist, and when •the markets melt down there's a $100 million trust fund at stake. Another example of the Fatal Basic Genre, about sex between bad people who live in good houses. Effective as a nasty little machine to keep us involved and disturbed. I PRIMARY COLORS **** SUNSET RATED R This savvy film looks at a presidential hopeful -and his wife who resemble certain White House inhabitants. The movie moves effort- from satire to something far deeper. SLIDING DOORS ** 1 /2 MID-STATE RATED PG-13 jGwyneth Paltrow appears in nearly every -frame of this romantic comedy and proves she has enough warmth to compensate for the movie's many contrivances. THE TRUMAN SHOW **** CENTRAL RATED PG Jim Carrey gives an effective performance as a man who doesn't realize the fundamental truth about his life (a secret the movie's ads are doing their best to spoil). Ed Harris co-stars as the mastermind pulling the strings. The movie is comic and unexpectedly poignant. I WELCOME TO SARAJEVO *** ART CENTER CINEMA RATED R Based on the experiences of reporter Michael Nicholson, this film puts a human face on ..news from Sarajevo about snipers, orphans 'land ethnic cleansing. The movie tells the story :p'f a British war correspondent's attempts to -smuggle a 9-year-old girl out of Bosnia. : From Wire Service Reports encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 EXHIBITS / D2 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 D HOUSE RICHAE MORROW/Salina Journal Christian group's edge appeals to secular listeners By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal | here is no limit to the ways the Bible inspires Christian songwriter Bryan Stephenson. But not every lyric he writes is about the crucifixion, prophets or some other biblical event. Many songs Stephenson writes witness faith and spirituality in everyday life, such as walking through a rainstorm or talking over coffee. The lyrics are delivered in a hard-driving style that resonates with secular and nonsecular audiences alike — the same audiences that listen to REM, Stone Temple Pilots and Toad the Wet Sprocket. This is the musical boundary lead vocalist Stephenson and lead guitarist Nick Johnson, cofounders of the band No One's Judge, hope their music crosses. "I have the greatest respect for all Christian artists, but often there's a lack of ability to not be cheesy," Stephenson said. "If they wrote from the heart what they loved, I think you would find more Christian bands that would be OK for secular radio. A lot of the (record) labels are opening up to more creative Christian artists, instead of the ones that want to say the same cheesy cliches over and over again." The success of the band Jars of Clay, with its groundbreaking Top 40 hit "Flood," has Festival Jam organizer Steve Hanson excited about introducing Salina to No One's Judge, another Christian band poised for national chart recognition. A year after the release of its debut CD "Are You Listening?" No One's Judge, from Kansas City, will take to the Oakdale Park stage Thursday night as one of three new groups in this year's Festival Jam. Along with No One's Judge, jam viewers will get a taste of ska music from first-time performers Flanagan's Dawgs, and funk and blues music from Walrus, both young Salina bands. The five members of No One's Judge plan to work on a second CD this summer. Songs from "Are You Listening?" have played on Kansas City radio stations. The group also was a headliner for the National Catholic Youth Conference at Kansas City's Bartle Hall, and it will be fea- Festival Jam • WHAT: Sixteen local and area bands performing at the annual Smoky Hill River Festival Jam • WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday • WHERE: Oakdale Stage in Oakdale Park • COST: A Smoky Hill River Festival button is required. Buttons cost $5 in advance or $7 at the gate. tured at this summer's Spirit Fest in Kansas City. "These guys are just so musically tight," said Hanson, owner of SM Hanson Music, 335 S. Clark, who founded the jam 14 years ago. "They've got punch. That's just so important." More and more of Hanson's guitar students are taking up the instrument to play in their churches, he said. The quality of such church praise bands, both in musicianship and lyric writing, has much to do with the crossover success of the music, he believes. No One's Judge began similarly nearly four years ago when Stephenson and Johnson, while both were in high school, were asked by their church youth leader to write songs and perform. They named their group one night as they were fumbling through the Bible and ran across Matthew 7:1-2, which talks about how no one but God has the right to judge anyone else — a cool message, they thought. No One's Judge includes Stephenson on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Johnson on lead guitar and backup vocals, Steve McKinney on bass, Jason Green on drums and keyboardist Luke Brodine. BreAnn King, who provided lead vocals, violin and rhythm guitar on "Are You Listening," will perform on the second CD and may make occasional appearances with the band, Stephenson said. The band members' ages range from 18 to 20. All have had formal musical training, and each has been playing music for more than 10 years. Brodine has played piano since age 6 and is studying music composition at the University of Kansas. Stephenson's belting rock vocal style was developed young. "I was one of those headphone singers, you know, when you're a kid listening to Skid Row or Motley Crue, and you sing," he said, with a laugh. "My mom — I think I was in sixth grade or so — when she figured out I liked to sing." His mom soon put him into vocal lessons. Later on, Stephenson was dancing at a school dance and began singing along with the music. "And this girl said, 'I like your voice,' " he recalled. "And I thought, hmmmm. Maybe I can use this." See JAM, Page D3 T CINEMA Carrey moves carefully in role choices File photo Jim Carrey Is attempting to break out of his comic mode in "The Truman Show." Actor's previous break with comedy failed to live up to studio's expectations By The New York Times Paramount Pictures began early press and sneak screenings of "The Truman Show" months ago, hoping to get out the word that this was not another slapstick Carrey movie along the lines of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" or "Dumb and Dumber." The studio was successful at building considerable audience awareness and positive word-of-mouth. Esquire ran an advance story calling "The Truman Show" "the movie of the decade." Paramount was also testing the waters to find out how to market the film, mindful of the relative disaster that occurred when Carrey first tried a satire, the dark "The Cable Guy." That 1996 movie finally managed to make $100 million worldwide, far less than anticipated. Carrey's fans — those who loved him in slapstick films — were not pleased with his portrayal of a character in whom the comedy was scary and strange. "It's just a shooting gallery sometimes," Carrey said. "It's just your time to go in front of the guys with the guns. It was politics, a lot of things. And then there was the money that had never been heard of before." Carrey got an unprecedented $20 million to star in "The Cable Guy." Since "The Cable Guy," Carrey has apparently expanded his fan base with "Liar Liar," which appealed to a more mature audience than "Ace Ventura." But that's no guarantee "The Truman Show" will succeed. "The concern of the studio is not so much his fans," director Peter Weir said. "We're more concerned with peo- ple who don't like Jim Carrey." It's rare for a director to admit before a movie opens that there may be some people who won't like it. Carrey does have a cautious side when it comes to choosing his movies. "I want to read carefully," he said. "I don't want to do everything. I'm not the type of person who has to work all the time. I don't really define myself by being the most busy person. If I could have a beeper-free world, I would." But he's not easily deterred from a project in which he's interested. " A 'The Truman Show' was one of the best scripts I'd ever read," he said. Asked if he is eager for the day when he'll be doing straight dramatic roles, rather than just comedy, Carrey gives a verbal shrug: "Sure." "If I get the opportunities to show other sides of myself, that's fantastic, and I appreciate it. But I think my comedy is just as important." SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjjhaag@saljournal.com

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