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Friday, December 5, 1997
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'The Palm fteacti Post DECEMBER 5, 1 997 TGIF svI"' Page 8 I If lilill lil Ijliiii 33 UNITED ARTISTS BOYNTON BEACH UNITED ARTISTS PR0TTNADEPLAZA8 ALT. A1 A & LIGHTHOUSE DR. 624-2664 UNITED ARTISTS OKEE SQUARE 2025 OKEECHOBEE BLVD. 697-7714 244 N. CONGRESS 736-S770 weather. Adapting Rick Moody's observant novel, the director of Sense and Sensibility uses his own quiet acuity to make a Connecticut bedroom community, circa 1973, seem as strange and distant. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver. "A well-observed, if downbeat look at '70s suburban angst; another adult winner from director Ang Lee." Hap Erstein. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (R) A scare thriller from writer Kevin Williamson (Scream). IN & OUT Kevin Kline plays a popular teacher who may or may not be gay. "In and Out looks like it is made for mainstream audiences, but there are enough jokes in it both inside and for general consumption to keep everyone amused." Hap Erstein. THE JACKAL (R) From the director Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy) comes an international thriller with a ticking clock and large firearms. Bruce Willis, usually the hero, is the bad guy, a high-priced, identity-shifting assassin with an amazing wardrobe of wigs. Richard Gere is an IRA fighter, released from prison to help the FBI (represented by Sidney Poi-tier) stop the Jackal. Diane Venora is a Russian intelligence officer. KISS THE GIRLS (R) Morgan Freeman (Seven) is Dr. Alex Cross, a psychologist, former cop and expert on weird killers taken from James Patterson's suspense novels. Ashley Judd plays a doctor helping Cross find his apparently kidnapped and perhaps murdered niece. A LIFE LESS ORDINARY (R), Disgruntled angels come to Earth to foster a romance between a kidnapper, who has just lost his job and girlfriend, and his victim. From Danny Boyle, John Hodge, and Andrew McDonald, the makers of Trainspotting. With Ewan MacGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter and Delroy Undo. "An anti-romantic romantic comedy, with a scattershot approach to styles, that fails to make us care about the leading characters." Hap Erstein. THE LITTLE MERMAID (G) A rereleased, redigitized version of the 1989 feature-length cartoon that remains one of the mouse kingdom's best. It's a little girl's dream of a story, in which Ariel the mermaid falls in love with a human prince and fulfills her dream of living with the land folks. It also has excellent lyrical and musical work from songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. UNITED ARTISTS WEJJWTON MKT PLACE COBB THEATRES LAKE WORTH 8 LAKE WORTH RD. & 57TH AVE. 964-5555 REGAL CINEMAS JUPITER 14 US1 & INDIANTOWN ROAD 747-7333 13881 WELLINGTON TRACE 795-3867 Tuesday (V' December 9th Theodora's mad CITY (PG-13) From esteemed director Constantin Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing) comes this dark tale of a fired security guard and concerned family man (John Travolta) who takes hostages. TV reporter Dus-tin Hoffman tries to exploit the situation for a comeback. Strangers in crisis, they form a bond of mutual need. With Mia Kirshner and Alan Alda. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE (PG-13) A caper comedy with Bill Murray (whose most recent co-stars have been elephants and animated basketball players) as an American in London who thinks that he's part of an interactive theater adventure but is actually involved in real-life espionage. No wonder he's so brave. Joanne Whalley is his co-star. The director is Jon Amiel (The Singing Detective). MORTAL KOMBAT ANNIHILATION (PG-13) A group of heroes, an unscrupulous warlord, a plan to control the planet. Directed by John Leonetti, who was director of photography on the first Mortal Kombat film. MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL (R) The book has been on the best-seller list for three years. Now Clint Eastwood, who has an impressive track record behind the camera (Unforgiven, The Bridges of Madison County), directs the movie version of this crime drama. Kevin Spacey plays a gay antiques dealer who kills a young male friend and claims self-defense. A visiting writer (John Cusack) observes not only the trials but the culture of Savannah, Ga., from society ladies to the local drag queen. "An unbearably literal page-by-page transcription of the story of the trial of Savannah antiques dealer Jim Williams for the murder of his rent boy Billy Hanson, and the eccentric characters that John Ber-endt (the author) found in Savannah." Scott Eyman. ONE NIGHT STAND (R) Mike Figgis, whose most recent film, Leaving Las Vegas, paired a battered hooker and a terminal alcoholic, offers a more traditional romance. Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski, both of whom are married to other people, are practically pushed by fate into bed together. They part and vow never to sin again, then are thrown together at the bedside of Snipes's character's best friend, a gay man dying of AIDS (Robert Downey Jr.). THE RAINMAKER (R) Francis Ford Coppola directs the latest idealistic-young-lawyer film based on a John Grisham novel. Matt Damon is the hero, representing a leukemia victim against a heartless insurance company. Jon Voight is the evil insurance-company lawyer. Claire Danes is Damon's girlfriend. RED CORNER (R) Celebrating a big television deal in China, lawyer Richard Gere seduces a beautiful woman, then finds himself arrested for her rape and murder. With execution just around the corner, he must convince his court-appointed attorney also, of course, a beautiful woman (Bai Ling) of his innocence. SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (PG-13) Brad Pitt stars as an Austrian mountaineer who encounters a young Dalai Lama. "Give Brad Pitt credit for tackling a role that requires more than his dimples and killer smile. True, his Austrian accent comes and goes, but otherwise he gives a fine, gritty performance." Hap Erstein. STARSHIP TROOPERS (R) When Robert Heinlein wrote his Hugo Award-winning science-fiction novel Please see CAPSULE REVIEWS . 9 CAPSULE REVIEWS The following are capsule summaries of recent movie reviews by Post staff writers Gary Schwan, Hap Er-stein, Scott Eyman, Charles Passy and other critics. Indicates critics recommend the movie' RECENT RELEASES: ALIEN RESURRECTION (R) For this, the fourth film in the horror series, they've cloned Ripley (Sigour-ney Weaver), who died at the end of Alien 3. Winona Ryder, new to the Alien films, plays a mechanic who is also a smuggler. "If you ignore the murky symbolism and scientific mum-bo-jumbo, you might find this an entertaining action film." Gary Schwan. ANASTASIA (G) It's animated, it's full-length, it's a classic story (sort of) about a princess, it includes a cute puppy and a talking bat, and it's not from Disney. Don Bluth and Gary Goldman made it for 20th Century Fox, with an all-star cast of voices: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Bernadette Peters and Kelsey Grammer. With songs by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who wrote the forthcoming Broadway musical Ragtime. "A paint-by-numbers imitation of a Disney film, lacking soul and spice." Charles Passy. BEAN (PG-13) Rowan Atkinson is a British Jerry Lewis. He's the oddball character from the Mr. Bean series on British television and 10 million (literally) videos. Wanting to get rid of Mr. Bean, his company sends him to America, where Bean-ish havoc happens. BOOGIE NIGHTS (R) A story about the ups and downs of the sex film industry. It tracks Dirk Diggler as he is taken in by director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), performs his first sex scene with Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) and makes several hard-core films with a girl (Heather Graham) who takes off everything except her roller skates. Gary Schwan calls this "one of the year's most exuberant movies. ... the movie is raw, but not leering. A film about porno that isn't sleazy? No cookie-cutter movie, Boogie Nights is full of delightful surprises." DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (R) Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino work for a law firm that's hell on its attorneys. Gary Schwan, who gave the film three stars when it opened, said "Al Pacino has a devil of a good time as the biggest baddie of them all in this funny, sometimes silly, often entertaining comedymelodrama." FAIRY TALE ... A TRUE STORY (PG) Peter O'Toole is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harvey Keitel plays Harry Houdini, friends who come into conflict over two children's "proof" that fairies exist. FLUBBER (PG-13) Initially titled The Absent Minded-Professor, like the 1961 original with Fred Mac-Murray, the latest John Hughes remake casts Robin Williams as the accidental inventor of a bouncy, protean substance that takes its name from "flying rubber." Marcia Gay Harden plays the love interest, the Medfield College president, and Christopher McDonald is the adversary of Williams' spaced-out Professor Phillip Brainard. " Although it's cute and amusing, Flubber mostly flubs." Kevin Thompson. THE ICE STORM (R) The elegant and deeply disquieting story of two suburban families whose lives change irrevocably during the title event, which takes on mystical force not often seen in films about wayward Handbag Outlet flnpnz Tte TWrc Tn ! A The Public. A I Buv Direct At I Discount Pricey TOP TEN MOVE OVER JUDITH LE1BER... Introducing Theodora Manufacturer of Elegant Jeweled Evening Bags All at the Thousands of handbags to choose low price of Top box-office films last weekend, with weekend and total gross. 1. Flubber $35.9 million. 2. Alien Resurrection $25.8 million. 3. Anastasia $15.4 million, $31.3 million (overall). 4. The Rainmaker $14.5 million, $26.9 million (overall). 5. The Jackal $10.5 million, $40.6 million (overall). 6. Mortal Kombat Annihilation $9.4 million, $27.8 million (overall). 7. Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil $7.4 million, $13.5 million. 8. The Little Mermaid $5.1 million, $23.9 million (overall). 9. Bean $4.1 million, $42 million (overall). 10. Starship Troopers $3.9 million, $51 million (overall). '395 irom. savings up to off retail, starting at $49.99 Large selections of beautiful accessories including: belts small leather goods jewelry and much, much more. LAKESIDE CENTER 8212 GLADES RI). BOCA RATON Just West of the Turnpike On The S. W. Comer TeL 883-BAGS Mon-Wed 10am-5:30pm Thur I0am-8pm Fri-Sat 10am-5:30pm

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