The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 10, 1986 · Page 18
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 18

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, January 10, 1986
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Entertainment The Salina Journal Friday, January 10,1986 Page 18 'Rocky W leads big year-end charge of movie brigade HOLLYWOOD (AP) - "Rocky IV" broke the $100 million mark in just six weeks with a $7.2 million weekend box-office gross. Last weekend's box office slipped about 25 percent as the holiday season ended, students returned to schools and matinee showings ceased. Sylvester Stallone's fourth film about the Philadelphia fighter led a year-end charge for respectable earnings, with the Christmas holiday week regarded as one of the best in box-off ice history. But an end-of-year survey showed box-office admissions dipped 5 percent in the United States and Canada in 1985. Total North American box-office take for 1985 was $2.915 billion, down from 1984's $3.07 billion, although roughly the same number of movies were produced, 225 films for 1985 and 220 for 1984. Bombs were plentiful, including much-promoted films such as "Perfect" and "St. Elmo's Fire." A series of teen-science fiction movies like "My Science Project" and "Weird Science" quickly dis- Marquee appeared, but when the formula included a popular star, it worked. "Back to the Future," and "Teen Wolf," both starring Michael J. Fox, were big-box office winners, with "Future" at the top of the 1985 box- office list. Hits were scattered through the year, with critics and audiences generally agreeing on "Witness," "Prizzi's Honor," "The Color Purple" and "Out of Afica," but parting ways on "Rambo — First Blood, Part II," "Rocky IV," "Police Academy II" and "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure." Moneymakers did not have to be new movies. The week after Christmas, "101 Dalmatians," a 25-year- old film, achieved the highest seven- day gross of any motion picture released under the Walt Disney banner, with a take of $11 million. The Top 101985 box-office winners: "Back to the Future," $190 million; "Rambo: First Blood, Part II," $150.4 million; "Beverly Hills Cop," $145.8 million; "Rocky IV," $86.5 million; "Cocoon," $76 million; "Witness," $65 million; "The Goonies," $56.8 million; "Police Salina movies A Nightmare on Elm Street-2 — Subtitled "Freddy's Revenge," this sequel is all Freddy's — the monster with the shriveled face and 6-inch steel fingernails. This time he wreaks havoc on the life of Jesse, an ordinary teenager. Freddy even, in one particularly bloody scene, emerges from within the boy's body. It's "as stomach-turning as might be expected, but it has a lot going for it: clever special effects, a good leading performance (by Robert Englund) and a villain so chatty he practically makes this a human-interest story," writes New York Times critic Janet Maslin. There are even touches of humor — "as when the pet bird goes wild, attacks its mate and then explodes, leaving behind only a puff of feathers. 'It's that cheap seed you've been buying,' someone in Jesse's family explains.' " — Vogue, Rated R Black Moon Rising — Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Vaughan star in a shoot-em-up futuristic car action movie. — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated R Jewel of the Nile — Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner star in the sequel to "Romancing the Stone." This time, the comic- romantic pair romp across Africa, pursued by their inept nemesis, Danny DeVito. But there isn't much new, says New York Times critic Janet Maslin. "Sadly for the sequel," Maslin says, "the novelty in that contrast (between the workaday life of a romance novelist and her far- flung adventures) was more than used up the first time around." She says Turner "retains her original feistiness" and comes close to carry- SALINA WORKS! MOVIE RENTAL 99' TAPES 7 Days A Week 80% Of Our Stock GOLD STAR TAPES $ 1" 7 Days A Week 20% of Our Stock DOWNTOWN NEWS & BOOKS CARROLL'S BOOKSTORE ing the movie, but Douglas "lacks the dash that this swashbuckling role demands." — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG Out of Africa — Meryl Streep and Robert Redf ord star in what could be the movie team of the year. Streep plays the Danish baroness-novelist Isak Dinesen (whose real name was Karen Blixen). She operates a coffee farm in Kenya in the early part of this century. Redford is a maverick pioneer who steals her heart, despite her love for her husband. The film is based on Dinesen's autobiographical novel by the same name. It's a "big, physically elaborate but wispy movie," writes Vincent Canby in The New York Times. Streep is intelligent, intense and obsessive in her role, but "with the exception of Miss Streep's performance, the pleasures ... are all peripheral ..." — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated PG Rocky IV — Boxer Rocky Balboa has catapulted himself into the realm of international diplomacy in this movie, battling a Soviet villian in a contest he describes as "Us against Them." He battle^ Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren, a vicious fighting machine, with a wife (Brigitte Nielsen) to match. "There's nothing new about the screenplay ..." says Janet Maslin in The New York Times. "Nor is there anything novel about the visual style that places heavy emphasis ... on slow-motion shots of flying bodily fluids — blood, saliva, and particularly, sweat." — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG Spies Like Us — Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd are paired as a State Department spokesman and a language genius sent to act as decoys for two legitimate spies being sent to a secret rocket installation in the eastern Soviet Union. It's a "heavily calculated" movie, says Associated Press critic Bob Thomas, that makes light of nuclear holocaust. "What ultimately defeats 'Spies Like Us' is the leaden direction by John Landis, the reliance on special effects and the curiously flat interrelationship between Chase and Aykroyd." — Fox, Rated PG — Compiled by Lori Brack TV movies, specials 7 p.m. — Endangered Species, WGN, Salina Cable Channel 11 Robert Urich, JoBeth Williams (1982). A New York City detective helps a Wyoming sheriff investigate a spate of local cattle mutilations. Winter Beauty Needs To Be Explored— Take A Drive To The Brookville Hotel For A Family Outing. FAMOUS FOR FAMILY STYLE CHICKEN DINNERS (STEAK AVAILABLE WITH RESERVATIONS) Use this certificate. Good For V* Off An Adult Meal With the Purchase Of One Adult Family Style Chicken Dinner. Winter Hours: Jan. & Feb. Open Fri., Sat. & Sun. Good Friday Thru Sun. Expires March 20, 1986 Not Applicable Keh. M-Valentine's bay Tlrookville AJ SINCE: / B 7 O Just A Short 15 Minute Drive To Brookville On All Weather Roads. Academy II," $55.3 million; "A View office with a gross of $101,598,955. It to a Kill," $49.7 million; and "Na- was showing at 2,254 theaters, be- tional Lampoon's European Vaca- lieved to be the widest release in tion," $49.3 million. history. By the first week of 1986, "Rocky Universal's "Out of Africa," was IV" was at the top of the weekly box No. 2, grossing $6.4 million and an average of $6,853 per screen. "Rocky third on a gross of $5.9 million. IV," distributed by MGM-UA, aver- "Spies Like Us," also down one aged $3,171 per screen, position, brought in $5 million. "Jewel of the Nile," from 20th Disney's re-release of "101 Dai- Century-Fox, dropped one notch matians" earned $4 million last from the previous week and was week. Pacific & N. Ohio Playing Friday and Saturday Nights 10 pm-2 am "The Blades" From Salina Private Club - Memberships Available ' 823-6260 Uncovers the Hero Inside Us All. VCR RENTAL $ 1 O°?EEK ALL MOVIES 5fO Monday & Thursday or any other day w/VCR rental. Min. 2 tapes please! "Where Sendee 01 Inri Sale" Hgiry HI 'til i p nun 'III 1 1* TV ITAPt CENTER THE FILM IS SCARY! Fast and nerve-racking... Startling!" —Janet Maslin, THE NEW YORK TIMES "DELIRIOUSLY FRIGHTENING." —Jan Herman, THE DAILY NEWS 24 HOUR MOVIE HOTLINE 825-9105 *2 25 PRIME-TIMER SHOW (*) SEN. CITIZENS $2 25 ANYTIME Meet Sam Quint... Stealing from him is the biggest mistake you can make. TOMMY LEE JONES BLACK MOOIVT ON ELM STREET 2 FREDDY'S REVENGE Vogue i. 222 S. SanU Fe 827-241 \J (*5:00)-7:00-9:15 |F MATINEE SATURDAY ('2:00) They're back again... Romancing a brand new stone. MICHAEL DOUGLAS KATHLEEN TURNER DANNY DeVlTO (•5:15)-7:30-9:30 MATINEE SAT. (*2:15) ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! America Cheers for the Champ! ROCKY N SYLVESTER STALLONE Mid-State |(*5:00)-7:00-9:15 I MAT. SAT. (*2:00) I AHARLEYCOKLISSnimTOMMYLEEJONES BLACK MOON RISING LINDA HAMILTON ROBERT VAUGHN RICHARD JAECKEL BUBBA SMITH FROM THE MIND OF JOHN CARPENTER... Sunset \ W. Crawlord B2S-5893/ C5:00)-7:15-9:30 MATINEE SATURDAY AT C2:00) PRIME-TIMER^) MA TICKETS $O25 , VW: ONLY L J 6 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS BEST PICTURE - DRAMA • BEST DIRECTOR BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR BEST SCREEN PLAY • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE BASED ON A TRUE STQR Y. ROBERT REDTORD .SYDNEY POLLACK Film Our OF AFRICA Sunset NIGHTLY AT (*4:45)-8:15 DSD ™1 MATINEE SAT. 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