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THE COURIER-NEWSSunday, October 29, 1989 H-3 MOVIES 'Shocker' not just another nightmare Landau " r pt:. took the long way "VI By BOB THOMAS . Associated Press ' ' LOS ANGELES - After 30 yeara , of lending support to everyone" from Elizabeth Taylor to Cary Grant, Martin Landau has traveled a dizzying route to screen prominence from Francis Coppola to Woody Allen. Last year, he astounded reviewers with his performance as Jeff Bridges' reliable financial adviser, Abe Kar-atz, in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." Academy voters, too. They gave Landau a nomination as supporting actor. Now he plays the central figure in Allen's comedy-drama "Crimes and Misdemeanors." He portrays a highly respected ophthalmologist and benefactor who becomes involved in the murder of his mistress, Anjelica Huston. At 55, Martin Landau remains dazzled at the career happenings of the past two years. "It's miraculous. I'm very pleased that I have been given a sort of resurrection, a renaissance. I'm very happy about it." Landau first heard of the "Crimes and Misdemeanors" role when an Allen aide called from New York. Landau asked to see a script, not realizing that Woody Allen scripts are accorded the secrecy of the stealth bomber. "I was flown to New York and met with Woody," Landau recalled. "He then had the script sent to the hotel. The whole script, which was unusual; . most actors get to read only their parts. It was so powerful that it jumped off the page. A tremendous impact, so many resonating feelings. "I had another meeting with him the next day. We talked, and he hired me that day. I was fitted for wardrobe before I went back to California. I returned for makeup and wardrobe tests, then we began a rather intense collaboration. "The role is very complicated and yet very delicate, almost like lace-work. I felt very strongly that the audience had to empathize and iden CAPSULE FILM Here are capsule reviews of current movies. All reviews are by Courier-News Film Critic Kevin Lally unless otherwise noted. Most movies are rated on a , four-star system. "The Adventures of Mile t Otis": An unabashed children's film, made with a wit and intelligence that adults can enjoy too. It reminds us that sometimes it takes the purest sophistication to see with an innocent eye. Refashioned from Masanori Hata's Japanese movie "The Adventures of Chatran." Rated G. (Not rated for stars.) Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times. "An Innocent Men": Tom Selteck start is a man unjustly sent to prison, in this frequently engrossing, action-melodrama from director Peter Yates. Though this latter portion of the Larry Brothers screenplay is fairly predictable and pedestrian, we're drawn into it because of the affections for the central characters, well-established in the early going. F. Murray Abraham is memorable in support. Rated R. J.6. "The Bear": Exceptionally handsome family adventure film about two bears pursued by hunters deserves the same long-running success here that it's achieved throughout Europe. You'll marvel it the sights captured on film and you'll fall in love with the bear cub ai the story's center. Rated f 6.' K.L f "Black Rain": Visually stunning direction by Ridley Scott ("Alien") fails to overcome the triteness of this thriller about a New York cop hunting an escaped criminal in Osaka, Japan. Michael Douglas and Ken Takakura do their best with one-dimensional roles as policemen from clashing cultures. Rated R. K.L MOVIE TIMETABLE SUNDAY, OCT. HUNTERDON CHIRM ATA IIUCDI EV ICtwl, in.ni I ImmMMN Fanrty, 2, 1, 9, II - Sta Lova, 730, 9:30; lit - Croti Anatomy, 2, iS: IV - Tht tow, 1, 1, 9; V - Look Who'l Tllklno 1 7-lS 915 VI MMe A Otlt 1 HUNTERDON (Flng'ton - 782-41151 Wor WWoJi' 7 nun i Exuvn ii-iomingion m h worm wmrant, , MIDDLESEX AMBOY MULTIPLEX (sV7.vh"- 721-3400) I - Th Boar, 1:20, 3:20, 5:15, 7:10, 9:20; II-tmnwaato Family, 1-05, 3, 5, 7:15, 9:25; III - Shockor, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:40, 10:05; IV - Erik tho Viking, 1, 3:05, 5:10, :15, 9:35; V - Worm winning, i:ju, sm. :u. 10:15; VI Ma or LOVO, 1:55, 4:50, 7:40, 10:10; VII - Crtmoi and Mlsdomoanors. 1, 3:10, 6:15, 7:20, 9:40; VIII - Black Rain, 1:15, 4:25, 7:15, 9:50; IX - An hmcont Man, I, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20; X NoKt of KM, I, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 10; XI - Grou Anatomy, Mi, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 10; XII - Haoowoon V, 1:30, 3:20, 5:10, 7:10, 9:15; XIII -Look Who'l Talking, 1:10, 3:10, 5:10. 7:20, 9:30, XIV Fat Man and Lima Boy, 1:40, 4:30, 745, 9:40; XV - Lothol Woapon 1, 1:40, 9:40 BRUNSWICK SQUARE (Eatt Brunswick - J38-79TB) I -Tho Fabutoui Bakor Boyi, 2, 4:15, 1, 9:30; II - Noxt ot Km, 2, 4:15, 7, 9:30. DUNELLEN THEATRE (Dunollon - 960-3331) PloaM eaU theater. FORUM THEATRE (Motuchor) - 540-0502) Llvo tlioator. LOEWS TWIN lEail Bruniwlck 254-9001) I Tho tear, 2, 3:55, 5:45, 7:40, 9:40; II Fat MM Oni LMe toy, 2, 4:3S, 7:15, 9:50. MENLO PARK (Edlion - 549-6757) I - Tho Boar, 2, 4, 6, I, 10; II - Tho Fobutoin Baker Boyi, 1, 4:30, IX, 9:45. MOVIE CITY S (Eoil Brumwk - 257-5555) I - Worth Winning, 1:40, 3:50, 7:10, 9:25; II knrnooloto FoiMv, 2, 4:10, 7:30, 9:50; III - Grou Anatomy, 2:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10; IV Shockor, 3:15, 7:50, 10:10; V Look Who'l TaikMg, 1:50, 4, 7:20, 9:40; VI - MM Ottt, 1:30. MOVIE CITY 5 (Woodbfldoo - 312-5555) I - Worth Winning, 1:40, 3:50, 7:10, 9:25; II komedlalo Famiy, I, 4:10, 7:30, 9:50; III - Grou Anotomy, 2:10, 4;20. 7:40, 10; IV - Shockor, 3:15. 7:50, 10:10; V - Look feUCl Taking, 1:50, 4, 7:20, 9:40; VI - Mie A Ottl, 1 JO. UA MIDDLESEX (Soulll Ptalntield 753-t244) I State or, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:30; II Noxt of Km, 2:15, IMi III -Mawo 01 the Red Death, 4:45, 9:45. WOODBRIDGE CINEMA (WoodbrldM 6394474) I Next 01 KM, 1J0, 3 J5, 5:40, 7:45, 9:55; II Mack Rakl, 2, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45. 1 ' ..;. - m MfH WINNING 1 SHnrKfB milo otTs" immediate family Look whos talking" GROSS ANATOMY VM f j 1 "v t r- ; Martin Landau and Angelica Huston in a scene from 'Crimes and tify with this character. What he does is awful, and unless you can take the trip with him, it's very easy to get turned off by this guy." "Crimes and Misdemeanors" is an ensemble film, like "Hannah and Her Sisters" but with dark overtones. Allen, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda and Joanna Gleason carry the lighter elements, and Landau, Huston, Sam Waterston, Claire Bloom and Jerry Orbach enact the dramatic portions. The perpetrators of the crime are not punished for their deed. So what is the lesson here? "I think what Woody is basically saying is that people must be responsible for their acts," Landau said. "In this day and age there are people who are not responsible for what they do. The world is in bad shape because of that. "In the '40s, this man would have had a moment of truth and come around and say, 'I made a terrible mistake, and I atone.' Woody knows very well that there are people who do things that are less than honorable and go on living with those things." REVIEWS "Crimes and Misdemeanors": Woody Allen's latest is an odd blend of comic and heavily dramatic storylines, bolstered by an exceptional cast. Martin Landau and Anjelica Huston are compelling as a haunted eye doctor and his troubled mistress, while Allen and Alan Alda score laughs as rival brothers-in-law on opposite sides of the TV and movie business. Rated PG-13 K.L "Erik the Viking": This is a Monty Pythonesque bit of silliness about a young warrior who can't quite get into all that killing, pillaging, burning and raping. He'd rather be a kinder, gentler viking. Written and directed by Pythonite Terry Jones, the film features such off-the-wall supporting players as Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, and John Cleese, with Tim Robbins as Erik. Rated PG-13. Jack Gamer, Gannett News Service. "The Fabulous Baker Boys": Jeff and Beau Bridges are perfectly cast as two brothers who seem in perfect synch on stage, but usually aren't in the same key backstage. And the stunning Michelle Pfeiffer as the singer adds yet another memorable character to her growing list of diverse credits. Rated R. (out of four) J.G. "Fat Man and Little Boy": Impressively mounted but unsatisfying drama centering on the conflicts between J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who masterminded the creation of the atomic bomb, and Gen. Leslie Groves, his unrelenting Pentagon overseer. Dwight Schultz of TV's "A Team" Is too mannered as Oppenheimer, while Paul Newman makes a forceful but one-dimensional Groves. John Cusack and Natasha Richardson stand out in supporting roles. Rated MORRIS CINEMA Ms (ChtlUr -179-4444) I - Look Who') Talking, 1:30, 1:30, 9:30; II - Srcni Anatomy, 1:30, 7:15, 9:15. ... . tmf RET , m, , , . ESM"Pivl,yf LB,?Tnilrt"vi"t- 7SL-03'7' J WMnlno, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30; II Boban Tho Movlo, 1:30, 3. LU STR (Watcnung - 322-7007) I - Worth Winning, ym )M j;25 n Nxl f III - Back Raw, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40; IV - Tho Boar, 1:30, J'ra - M' 7"5' ' !!iF55K"W ' TOf"'-" 7i5'" 1 rT?J1?S,.TJF'lnft l,3'S.7.' 11 iTX' ' J:J5' :3?.'.7J51.':4S;.1 1 iff MOM ,.v, i pa. iii rmi man ana kiinv Dvy, i:3w, 4:30, 7, 9:20, IV - Sao of Love, 1:15, 3:25, 5J5, 7:45. 9:55; V - The Fabutoui Bakor Boyi, 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30; VI -Worth Winning, 1:35, 3:35, 5:45, 7:50, 10; VII - Tho Boar, 1:30, 3:20, 5:10. 7:10, 9:15. HILLSBOROUGH (HMMxirough - 359-4400) Shockor, 5:20, 7-20, 9:20. MONTGOMERY (Montgomery - 509-924-7444) I - Sea of Love, 5, 7:15, 9 JO; II - Little Thief, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20. RUTGERS (5omeriet -121-0396) I Sea of Love. 2, 4:45, 7:30, 9:50, II - Look Who'l Talking, 1:40, 3:40, 5:40, 7:40, 9:40; III - Black RaM, 1:40, 4:10, 7, 9:20; IV Next of KM, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 930; V - Shockor, 130, 3:35, 5:40. 7:50, 10; VI Tho FabufOttl Bakor Boyi, 2, 4:20, 7:20, 9:40. surra n) r 100 3:10 530 7:40 IQflS . iMMOjimrAMtLTPOia 1:05 Q""1f':MS 11:25 "WKTHiVIKIfWPOl 7 1wsa5-in7-i!i:3S ; 1.30 3:36 Mi 7 55 10:18 vrvT or KM R .W.10MOT:3S1QOO . GROSS ANATOMY P013 1-0?ll5 1ft0 1 - -rATMANlIIWVMrj i:m)u ' w - uai I rnArrrN S R iniM StlO 7:10 :1S . LOOK WHO'S TALKING P013 t:1O10 -Mt3Q AN INNOW MAN R 1iW 10 a-3" T J" - BLACK RAIN P. 1:15 QUO r;ia SEA OF LOVE P. 15 4:50 7:40 1010 1 FTHAL WEAPON 1 P013 1:40 Q . r. ' si : . Having worked for such great directors as Alfred Hitchcock ("North by Northwest"), Joseph L. Man-kiewicz ("Cleopatra") and George Stevens ("The Greatest Story Ever Told"), Landau was intrigued by the Allen style. "He does long, flowing takes, not the usual kind of filmmaking, which is the master shot, over-the-shoulders and singles," he said. "As a result, it's a wonderful platform for an actor to do four- or five- or six-page scenes at a clip where everything you do is going to be in the film. Ninety-eight percent is not good enough. The other 2 percent makes it less than perfect, and Woody is a perfectionist." Martin Landau was a Brooklyn boy who started in the newspaper business at 17 as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News. He left the paper to begin the precarious search for an acting career. The turning point came when he competed with 500 others to study with the Actors Studio. Only he and Steve McQueen were chosen. Landau's career grew with Broadway plays and live television drama. PG-13. K.L. "Gross Anatomy": Matthew Modine stars as a first-year medical student in this comedy-drama that explores the process of young men and women finding if they have the stuff to be doctors. Though well-directed by Thorn Eberhardt from an uneven script, "Gross Anatomy" falls short in its attempt to do for med school what "Paper Chase" did for law school. On the hand,' it offers more honest drama and humor, and character development than its rather lame title might suggest. Rated PG-13. J.G. "Halloween 5": After four "Halloweens" of numbingly similar carnage, we know what to expect from "Halloween 5": nubile teen-agers clutching one another lasciviously and getting slashed to death by a white-masked fiend who prowls around town peeping at them. Rated R. Not rated for stars. "Immediate Family": Emotionally affecting drama, with enough lighter moments, about a well-to-do childless couple's encounter with the teenage mother of the baby they hope to adopt. Superb performances by Glenn Close, James Woods, Kevin Dillon and especially Mary Stuart Masterson as the young mother. Rated PG-13. K.L "Klckboxer": Jean-Claude Van Damme, the karate champ from Belgium, stars in this martial arts movie filled with comic-book action and little plot. Rated R. - Lou Cedrone, The Baltimore Evening Sun. "Lethal Weapon 2": Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are as winning as ever, and the action is even more feverish, in this solid sequel to the 1987 hit about two mismatched Los Angeles cops. This time, the villains are corrupt South Africans hiding SOMERVILLE CIRCLE (Rarllan - 52-0101) I Erik tho Vlklno, 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:20; II - Noxt of Kin, 1:45, 4:15, 7 JO, 9:45; III - Immodlato FamJv, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30. UNION BERKELEY HEIGHTS (Borkolov Holghtt - 4M-88M) Groit Anatomy. 3:30, 5:45, 8 RIALTO (Wottfleld 232-1280) I Tho Fabulout Bakor Boyi, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 9:55; II - Look Who'l Talking, 2, 4, , 1:15, 10:15; III - immodlato Famlv, 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:30. General Cinema BARGAIN MATINEES $3.50 RTt 23 It COMMONS WAY 723-1161 LOOK WHO'S TALKING IN-13) 1:00 3:00 -5:00-7 centt iNiTnuv ec.iti i-M.i.K.c iA.T-o-iK 00-900 FATMAN AND UTTK IOV (PC-13) I 50 4 30 7:00 9:20 SEA Of LOVE () 1:15 3:25 5:35 7 (5 955 EMULOUS lAKEI KWS (I) 12 503 00 5 10-7 20 )30 WOITH WINNINt (K-13) 1:35-3:25 5:45-:5O-10:0O THE IEM (N) 1 30-3:20-5 10-7:10-9:15 19 I ROUTES 28 202 326-0101 ERIK THE HIIIW (FC-ll) 1 15 3 15 5 15 7:15 9:20 NEXT OF KIN () 2 00-4 30-7 40 S0 IMMEDIATE FAMILY (K M) 1:30-3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30 ROUTE 22 322-7007 W0ITN WINNINS (N-131 1:40 3 30 5:25-7:30 9:25 REIT OF KIN () 2004 307:40 9 50 LACK RAIN (K) !: 10-4:45-7:20-9 0 THE IFJM (Ft) 1:30-3:20 5:05- 05 9:00 EASTON AVENUE 828-8787 SEA. Of 10 (I) 2:00-4:45-7:30-9:50 IOOK WHO'S TALKIN6 (FC-ll) 1:40 3:40-5:40-7:40 9:40 LACK RAIN () 1:40-4:10-7:00-9:20 NEIT OF KIN () 1:50-4:30 7:10-9:30 SHOCKER (R) 1:30-3:35-5:40 7:50-10:00 FABULOUS BAKER ROYS (R) 2:00-4:20-7:20-9:40 V Associated Press photo Misdemeanors.' While he was touring with Edward G. Robinson in "Middle of the Night," he won the villainous role in "North by Northwest." Besides supporting roles in films, he starred with his ex-wife, Barbara Bain, in the TV series "Mission: Impossible" and "Space: 1999." The state of his career before "Tucker"? "I was working, which is always a blessing because I wasn't waiting on tables or driving a cab," he said. "But I wasn't getting any roles that called on very much of me. I always think of roles as a pie, and what I was getting was a very small slice, just a sliver. Just playing an out-and-out heavy in a mindless action-adventure film, there's not a lot you can do with that. You're a sort of functionary in the context of that. "For a lot of years I was stuck in that sort of mode. There was a lot of frustration, even though I was working as an actor. I felt I wasn't using a lot that I had. Francis (Coppola) opened the door for me in giving me a character that had a lot of dimension, a lot of places to go. I'm very grateful." behind diplomatic immunity, but that doesn't stop sex symbol Gibson from exploding into brutal violence in the film's high-powered climax. Rated R. -K.L. "The Utile Thief": Based on unfulfilled film plans by the late director Francois Truffaut, this Claude Miller movie details the adventures of a frustrated, aimless teen-age girl who is a compulsive thief. The film, however, lacks the critical subtext and character maturity that marked the best of Truffaut's films on adolescents. Unrated. J.G. "Look Who't Talking": John Travolta and Kirstie Alley co-star in this Amy Heckerling comedy about an anxious single mother (Alley) who eagerly seeks the proper father for her newborn child, all the while ignoring the obvious choice, James (Travolta), a cab driver who has befriended her. This basic sit-com formula is sparked by a fun idea Bruce Willis contributes the voice-over thoughts of the child, so we get the kid's point of view. Olympia Dukakis, George Segal, and Abe Vigoda co-star. Rated PG-13. J.G. "Next ot Kin": Patrick Swayze stars as a Chicago cop who gets a bunch of Kentucky friends to help him hunt down mobsters who killed his brothers. It never quite connects with the several powerful ideas out of which it is built, and in the end comes to leel empty and unconvincing. Rated R. Stephen Hunter, The Baltimore Sun "Parenthood": Jam-packed comedy about tot"S LINCOLN TRIPIU ABBTQUA0 ARLINGTON 7 U71 "SIKIIFOHO 72IMI ftOTINC,mt MB0I MULIIPLU LINDCN Hi 97(7 uvmmii III MM fl0N liKfLSMV S, BERGl NFIIID JBi 1600 LOtWS ' lERtiLEY TWIN SArviLlC 269 SIOO LOEWS BRICK PU rWIH RICKTOWN 477 1400 CASTIE TWIN IRVING TON 373 J419 LOCWS ClKtM. CENTRE 4 HOWELL 164 444 CINEMA SERVICES MLAD0W PUUM SECAUCUS 902 9200 UNITEO ARTISTS MIODUSII MALL CINEMAS SOUTH PUIMFIILO Jii 224 MOVIE CITY FIVEtHEX CAST BRUNSWICK 217 SSS5 MOVIE CITY FIVEPLEX WOOOBRiDGE 12 4SJS MOVIE CITY TRIPLEX TiANECK IJ6 )J14 CINEMA 10SIXPIEI succasunna M4 U60 je MOVIES AT MIDDLETOWN UNITE O ARTISTS &CLIFT0N QUAD CLIFTON )6S 2020 CINEPIE OOEON CRAMFORO TWIN CRANFORO 26 9120 . 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Pinker like Craven's earlier villain, Freddy Krueger of the "Night- mare on Elm Street" series is a monster you can't get away from. In his human incarnation, he uses his job to gain entry to houses his repair van is emblazoned "We Do It in Your Home" and slaughters whole families. After he is caught and electrocuted, two events that barely faze him, he becomes something worse: the devil that steals souls and rides in electrical currents, the monster that hides in your TV, the demon of the media. Obviously this is a symbolic, satiric idea, and a good one. Craven is working over our paranoia of the media and especially TV: the way it manipulates us, takes over our lives, and the endless cornucopia of horrors wars, crimes, disasters that pour through its receivers. When we first see Pinker, he's a pair of disembodied hands working over some TV innards. The sets in his horror-gallery of a shop are always turned to riots, war or nuclear blasts. And when the movie's hero, quarterback Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg), fights him, he sometimes uses TV aerials, like a vampire hunter waving a cross. The movie suggests that the devil controls television and it also hints, bemusedly, that the only way to fight this scourge is with dreams, purity, love and a handy channel-changer. Craven, like David Cronenberg or George Romero, is a real virtuoso of lower-case horror, and "Shocker" is crammed with dazzling bursts of macabre technique. There's that couch-potato's nightmare: the moment when a reclining chair suddenly comes alive, possessed with Pinker, and tries to strangle Jon as he watch- parent-child relationships, blessed with a large and talented cast. Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen have a terrific rapport as husband and wile, and Dianne Wiest is sure to nab another Oscar nomination as a harried divorced mother of two teens. Could be director Ron Howard's biggest hit to date. Rated PG-13. - K.L "Sea of Love": AI Pacino should coast into a comeback with this steamy, brooding suspense movie about a New York cop who enters into a passionate affair with a murder suspect. Ellen Barkin, as the sultry woman in question, keeps you guessing till the end. Rated R. K.L "Shirley Valentine": Pauline Collins repeats her Tony Award-winning role in this successfully opened-up version of the one-woman play about a frustrated Liverpool housewife who takes a liberating vacation in Greece. The story Is slight, but Collins is irresistible, and the film also provides delightful opportunities for a superb supporting cast of British players. Rated R. K.L "Shocker": Wes Craven's horror thriller about 4AC HuaeutiniBS m AKimsromv 202 0404 CINIUA 10 SUCCVUIMM U4IUO H'OCKAWAY rwnvi BOCKAWAV 1WP. 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This is about media technology infiltrated by a hellish maniac, an insane TV repairman named Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), who converts himself into the phantom of the airwaves, leaping from TV to TV, program to program, body to body. Rated R. Not rated for stars. es TV, or the shots of hero and villain diving in and out of sets, or the "Ver-tigo"-style chase on the station tower. Eeriest of all is one dream sequence where Jonathan passes a TV with a still shot of gray, endless rain and enters a bathroom where one wall has become a shower curtain concealing grisly secrets. However, it's in those dreams, strung through the entire movie, where "Shocker" goes wrong. Ever since he directed the first "Nightmare on Elm Street" in 1984, abandoning the sequels to others, Craven may be haunted by the fact that he made what many regard as the single scariest genre horror movie of the decade. Since then, he keeps brewing up new bad dreams in different films, but he's never put them into as taut and compelling a structure as "Nightmare." "Shocker" is so diffusely organized it's almost three separate movies. The first: a fairly standard if stylish and over-gruesome slasher movie. The second: a dubious if hair-raisingly funny reprise of Jack Sholder's "The Hidden" - with Pinker taking over one body after another. The third, the best and most imaginative, mixes up multi-plane nightmares with a modern variation on Buster Keaton's man-into-movie farce "Sherlock Jr." It is in the midsection that the symbolism breaks up completely. Pinker becomes a different kind of monster: controller of bodies and not electronics. As in most horror movies, the gore suggested more than emphasized and dark, raw jokes may drive away sensitive audiences. And the visuals tend to swallow up the actors, though Pileggi has moments of horrific hamminess. media technology infiltrated by a hellish maniac, an insane TV repairman named Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), who converts himself into the phantom of the airwaves, leaping from TV to TV, program to program, body to body. Rated R. Not rated for stars. -IYI.W. 'When Harry Mel Sally...": Breezy comedy written by Nora Ephron, with appealing performances by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as two people trying to remain friends without becoming romantically involved. Another hit for director Rob Reiner. Rated R. - K.L "Worth Winning": Mark Harmon stars as a seasoned playboy accepting a bet that he can get three women to accept his proposal of marriage within three months. It tells us more about contemporary values than it may have intended; when all is said and done, it endorses rather than criticizes the male attitudes and behavior it depicts. Rated PG-13. Not rated for stars. 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