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TMDAILYNHWS C2 Friday July 2, 1999 FEEDBACK: Call Lifestyle Editor Angela Hudson at (409) 683-5231 or (800) 56 1-3611, Ext. 5231 Box office Top weekend movies Weekend of June 25-27 All dollar figures in millions Gross to date, weeks in release, number of screens Weekend gross O Big Daddy S41.5. one we $41.5 541.5, one week, 3,027screens O Tarzan $24.1 $77.6, two weeks, 3,049 screens O Austin Powers $18.3 S150.6, three weeks, 3,314 screens O The General's Daughter $15.2 S46.8, two weeks, 2,858 screens A Star Wars: Episode I $14.1 ^^ S351.7, six weeks, 3,126 screens {•) Netting Hill $5.5 ^^ S89.5, five weeks, 2,559 screens f> The Mummy • $2.2 ^^ S146.0, eight weeks, 1,826 screens {•) Instinct $1.9 ^^ S30.7, four weeks, 1,814 screens {•) An Ideal Husband $1-1 ^^ $1.5, two weeks, 122 screens © The Matrix $1.0 S165.7,13 weeks, 1,139 screens Source: Exhibitor Relations Co. AP takes An Ideal Husband (PG-13) — Sir Robert Chiltem is a successful Government minister, well-off and has a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs. Chieveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously. The Wlnslow Boy (PG-13) — It's England in 1912. The Winslow family arrives home from church in time for a carefully orchestrated meeting between Arthur Winslow, the proud patriarch, and John Watherstone, the young man set to marry Arthur's daughter Catherine, an ardent suffragette. As plans are made for their lives together, Arthur, his wife Grace, Catherine, her eldest brother Dickie, John, and Desmond Curry, the family lawyer and Catherine's admirer, drink Madeira in celebration of the union. Just after the family toasts, Arthur discovers that his youngest son, Ronnie, is back early from the Naval College at Os- boume — dismissed for stealing a five shilling postal note. Arthur asks his son if he is guilty, explaining "If you tell me a lie, I shall know it, because a lie between you and me can't be hidden." Ronnie swears that he is innocent. Arthur dedicates himself to clearing his son of the charges. After obtaining no satisfaction from the school, he decides to retain the well known attorney, Sir Robert Morton. Since he is a conservative opposed to women's suffrage, Catherine is opposed to hiring Morton. In Sir Robert's chambers Desmond explains their predicament: the legal assumption is that the Admiralty and the Crown can do ho wrong and cannot be sued. However, by a matter of grace, such a petition can be granted by the Attorney General, allowing the case to come to court. Tarzan (G) — Walt Disney Pictures' animated adventure "Tarzan" is an innovative and entertaining exploration of the classic tale by Edgar Rice Burroughs. With music by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Collins, "Tarzan" is an adventure that traces the story of a human baby who is orphaned in the African jungle and lovingly raised by a family of apes. Tarzan's peaceful and sheltered world is turned upside down by the arrival of a human expedition and the revelation that he is one of them. As he struggles to decide which "family" he belongs with, his dilemma is further complicated by his feelings for a beautiful young woman named Jane and the discovery that a trusted member of his new human "family" is plotting to harm the apes. WILD, WILD ATTEMPT TV remake makes good effort at old show The Associated Press With customary lack of originality, movie studios in recent years have been resurrecting old TV series, adding big names and monstrous budgets and hoping to make box-office bonanzas. Their efforts have sometimes succeeded ("The Fugitive," "Mission: Impossible"), often failed ("The Saint," "The Avengers"). "Wild Wild West" falls somewhere in between. On CBS from 1965 to 1970, Wild West" was a quirky series that seemed to coast on the James Bond craze. James West (Robert Conrad), acting as an undercover agent for President U.S. Grant, ferreted out and defeated eccentric villains seeking to take over the government — and sometimes the world. He was aided'by another Secret Service agent, Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin), a master of disguise. The basics remain but are ballooned out of proportion (and credibility) by the filmmakers. And what a big bunch they are: two producers, five executive producers, four scriptwriters and two original story writers. James West (Will Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) are deputized by President Grant to investigate a mysterious genius, Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh). He is plotting with former Confederates and foreign ambassadors to assassinate Grant and control the government. As in all buddy movies, West and Gordon hate each other at first. But their mutual peril and need for each A Salma Hayek (Rita Escobar) and Will Smith (James West) are starring in "Wild Wild West," a fast-paced adventure sparkling with comedy, action and fantasy. (AP) other's skills force them to work together. The agents'journeys take them to a roughhouse Southern saloon, a New Orleans costume ball and fi- „ nally the real West, where they encounter Dr. Loveless' instrument of conquest. He calls it The Tarantula. Eight huge steel-structured legs cany a command structure with cannons and other armaments. How the mad doctor and his kidnapped American scientists create the power for this monster in 1869 is unexplained. "Wild Wild West" follows the pattern of the immense hit "Men in Black," also directed by Barry Son- nenfeld: two mismatched government agents battling against seemingly unbeatable odds. This time the nonstop action seems less engrossing. Smith is engaging in his usual wisecracking, "How-did-I-get-in- this-fix?" character. Kline, a great comic actor, has more difficulty maintaining his character while slipping in and out of disguises. Branagh goes over the top and beyond as the insidious Dr. Loveless, but that's what the role demands. Salma Hayek provides much needed female appeal — Kline is unconvincing in drag. "Wild Wild West" encountered tepid reactions in test screenings, and the producers went back to the drawing board with retakes. The repair work doesn't seem to have helped. Too many elements remain unexplained, and it can't really take four screenwriters to come up with this for Smith, while he's battling five assassins: "That's it! No more Mr. Nice Guy." The Warner Bros, release was produced by Sonnenfeld and Jon Peters. Writers: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman. Story by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Rated PG-13, pointblank and mass killings, off-color dialogue. Running time: 105 minutes. 'Summer of Sam' documents 1970s NY serial killer The Associated Press Theater owners, check those IDs. "Summer of Sam," Spike Lee's riff on the 1970s serial killer Son of Sam, is an R-rated invasion of sex, drugs and violence. It's as relentless as "Boogie Nights," but its spirit, strangely, feels closer to "Jaws." It's essentially an old-fashioned scare movie, with a human killer instead of a shark. Lee, of course, isn't Steven Spielberg. For better and for worse, he's not that commercial-minded. At 2 hours and 20 minutes, "Summer of Sam" has the structure and ambition of a major film, but it works best as entertainment. Otherwise, what you get is structure and ambition. Enough time has passed to make the film's setting, New York City of the '70s, seem as distinctive and as far away as Paris of the '20s. On the verge of bankruptcy, it was the city of "Taxi Driver," not "Seinfeld." It was a city going mad, personified on film by Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle and in real life by a pudgy loner named David Berkowitz, aka, Son of Sam. In the extra-hot summer of '77, New Yorkers were terri- fied by this wily killer who gunned down women with long, dark hair and wrote articulate letters to tabloid columnist Jimmy Breslin. With the police seemingly no match for Sam, women began wearing blonde wigs and restaurant- goers stayed home. Even Breslin, who appears as him- •* Adrien Brody, left, stars as Ritchie, and John Leguizamo, is Vinny, in this scene (torn the Touchstone Pictures' drama, "Summer of Sam," which opens in theaters nationwide today. (AP) self in "Summer of Sam," hurried his daughter out of town. Like Lee's "Do the Right Thing," the new film is the story of a neighborhood in heat. The director bases "Summer of Sam" in an Italian community in the Bronx where friends, police and a few mobsters drive themselves crazy trying to Leguizamo revisits scene of the crime NEW YORK —He was just a pipsqueak then, a rail-thin, curly-haired goofball who was blessed — or cursed — with a sly smile and a Gatling-gun mouth. John Leguizamo was 14 in the summer of '77. New York City was sweltering. The discos were hotter. And there was a maniac out there with a .44-caliber handgun. "I remember it. Yeah, I do," Leguizamo says. "It was coming of age for me. That whole summer, I was on a mission. I was trying to de-virginize myself." At night, he remembers, he would put on his Lothario © See SCENE/Page C3- solve the crime. Sooner or later everyone's a suspect, from an unpopular local priest to New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson. John Leguizamo stars as a typical Lee anti-hero: a confused young man trying to "do the right thing." He's a hair- dresser named Vinny who cheats helplessly on his wife, Dionna (Mira Sorvino), and also betrays his best friend, Ritchie (Adrien Brody), a spike- haired punk high on the list of murder suspects. The art of any good scare film is knowing how to use the monster. "Summer of Sam" is never more interesting than when you see these people obsessing about Sam, or when you see Sam himself (Michael Badalucco), smashing his head against his apartment walls, hallucinating about his neighbor's black Labrador, which he believes sends him orders to kill. Lee is smart enough not to give Sam too much screen time, but he ends up giving him too little. "Slimmer of Sam" has a different look for Lee. The cast is mostly white and the cinematography doesn't have the usual splashy colors. The script, by Lee, Victor Colicchio and Michael Imperioli, is tighter than those for other Lee movies, but it's still too long and too broad. A Touchstone Pictures release, "Summer of Sam" was produced by Spike Lee and John KUik. The film is rated R. Original Stars JOE SEARS & JASTON WILLIAMS THE MALE INTELLECT AN OXYMORON? one man asks the impossible question, "Whatdowcmen werf?" 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