The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on March 27, 1990 · 63
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F7 The Sacramento Bee Final a Tueaday March 27 1990 ‘Shock to the System’ needs a jump start By Joe Baltake Bee Movie Critic M! ICHAEL CAINE has made so many movies during his 25-year career and so many bad movies and he’s given so many naggingly familiar performances that he’s turned mediocrity into an art form earning Oscars and Oscar nominations and fawning critical praise (“Michael Caine is always so much better than his material!” “Michael Caine elevates everything he’s in!” ad infinitum) I’m not sure how much longer he can get away with the charade But it beats working for a living I guess and so Caine pulls off his likable “soft-shoe routine” (ie non-acting) once again in the new highly disposable comedy of corporate greed and inhumanity “A Shock to the System" which might have been better titled “Occupational Hazards" The best that can be said about this grim fable of office politics is that it’s a much-needed antidote to what television is doing in this area TV sitcoms are currently doing for the workplace what they did for home life in the '50s - turning it into warm winning laugh-a-minute setup that just doesn’t exist Shows such as “Murphy Brown” and "Anything But Love” with their cozy crazy extended families make you want to hightail it to the personnel office of your nearest high-rise while the big-screen equivalents “Working Girl” and “A Shock to the System" with their creepy patriarchal chain of commands and requisite back-stabbing create an irrational longing for early retirement Neither view is very healthy nor accurate and neither conveys just how mundane work can be I take that back Caine’s bored distracted look throughout “A Shock to the System” conveys it just fine He’s Graham Marshall here a successful middle-age advertising executive who works in a swank New York high-rise and lives in a handsome county home in Connecticut with his wife Leslie (Swoosie Kurtz) Michael Caine takes cutthroat office politics to an extreme in “A Shock to the System” They’re not as well off as they look because Leslie overspends Each promotion that Graham gets is necessary to finance their lifestyle and his next promotion is the biggest one yet and at his age probably his last With one of his colleagues (John MacMartin) burning out Graham is sure to get the promotion He has no competition At least there’s no one his age competing for it But there are a lot of young guys around the office lately part of the new breed brought in by the conglomerate that just bought Graham’s company and yes one of them a real smarmy type (Peter Riegert) gets Graham’s promotion How on earth will Graham tell Leslie? She won’t take this well He’s thinking about this while waiting for his train home when a homeless guy asks him for some change Graham who is somewhat distracted pushes the guy away He falls and is hit by an oncoming train Graham still distracted just walks away surprised by how easy it was to kill - and by how little remorse he feels All those years of working for a huge corporation have paid off! Feeling put-upon and cheated feeling that his generosity with his staff and co-workers have been un- MOVIES: THE TOP 10 No 1 debut for ‘Pretty Woman’ Associated Press Moviegoers were attracted to “Pretty Woman” as the latest grown-up Disney film sunk “The Hunt for Red October” to debut as the nation’s top film in a weekend that liked Oscar nominees “Pretty Woman” a modern-day Pygmalion starring Richard Gere as a millionaire trying to make a fair lady out of hooker Julia Roberts collected $113 million at the box office according to figures released Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co The thriller “The Hunt for Red October” submerged to second place with $91 million after three weeks on top The film so far has grossed $673 million ‘ Here are the nation’s top 10 films for last weekend: Weekend Weeks In Total Title receipts release receipts Bach works showcased in opera benefit Three works by Bach - a sonata for flute a sonata for viola da gamba and a sonata from “A Musical Offering” - will be played by William Bar-bini Brenda Tom Lubomir Georgiev and Mathew Krejci all principals from the Sacramento Symphony tonight at 8 in the 120-seat concert space at Keith Yates Audio Video 2440 Fulton Ave The concert will benefit the Sacramento Opera Association Tickets are $15 at 485-6700 Early Dinner Special Top Sirloin Tahitian Chicken Lamb Shanks PRIME RIB DINNER :o)95 Per Person Expires 3-31-90 630 WATT AVE Tierrn 481-4910 Includes: T ureen of Soup or Green Salad and French Bread Baked Potato Rice vegetable & Dessert PRIVATE BANQUET ROOMS AVAILABLE OJ3A KexVttd PZZy$3r!urCy during SunC-? kAiHi amen noun (y All entrees Indudi treed 5 soup end se!ed ter bektd potstoorricepZef t oTop r!rlc!n - 1 — Bsswsei opc’vnrrrn Brother O hVSZZ® ore 6 spirits tZzZzz: iU J Ksc2ferpai wwt ££ ferkd) MME REVIEW A Shock to the System Cast: Michael Caine Elizabeth McGovern Swoosie Kurtz Peter Riegert Will Patton Jenny Wright John McMartin and Barbara Baxley Director Jan Egelson Producer Patrick McCormick Writer Andrew Wavan (Screenplay based on a novel by Simon Brett) Cinematographer Paul Goldsmith Editors: Peter C Frank and William Anderson Composer Gary Chang Distributor Corsair Running time: 90 minutes Ardan Greenback Rated R appreciated by both his wife and his bosses Graham plots two more murders killing off his wife and the kid who got his promotion Meanwhile a cop from Connecticut (Will Patton) catches on and so does an art department associate (Elizabeth McGovern) with whom Graham has been flirting Once Graham starts killing people - which is the point of the film of course— “A Shock to the System” becomes less interesting Which is really odd Early on the film has some novel observant moments but they stop coming once the bodies start mounting The film works best when it focuses on the ingenuity with which a seeming nobody (the Riegert character) takes over He seems like 18th 1 BROADWAY 40 1982 KMatincDVnCadSufl &TH BtoBaifdntMatlnewlinllnlsS: CINEMA PARADISO 6:40 9:15 part of the woodwork at first totally harmless but once his power is introduced it’s amazing how impressive it is And this little nobody lives well very well: He had “made it” even before he makes it in Graham’s office if you get my drift Reigert should have been the hero - or anti-hero - of “A Shock to the System” Maybe then it would have had the wildness and sense of exhilaration that it now lacks This game film about the inhumanity of business should have had Riegert’s alert sneaky personality Instead it has Michael Caine’s It’s aged overweight and slow I probably would have passed over Caine for Reigert too and I’ve a hunch the film’s makers didn’t exactly have that kind of reaction in mind CAMILLE CLAUDEL 0 6:35 9:30 MY LEFT FOOT 6:50 9:00 iV iM i: Ncuu Showing! 12:00-2:40- fGREENBACK LANE I LSO) 1Z:0U-2:4C KWiililAlil I 5:20-8:00 10:30 v 12:00-1:25- IEN 6 ETHAN WAY 1 t IjtLjfay-H 2:40-4:1 0-5:20-7:00-8:00-9:45- iATRE 922-7044 J ww 7' — in Ao 10:40 ( HWY 50 AT BRADSHAW IND JONES & I mUliMiri LAST CRUSADE fivENsiswfcj (PG13) OPENS 6:30 NO PASSES COUPONS OR GROUP DISCOUNTS ii:niiyfirfTCT BARGAIN MATINEE DAILY U A MOVIES A ARDEN 1 st Two Films SUNRISE MALL 1 St Three Films FOURTH WAR (R) 3:15-5:30-8:00-10:15 THE HOUSE PARTY (R) 12:45-3:00-5:15-7:30-9:50 BAO INFLUENCE (R) 1 10:30-12:30-2r30-4:30-6:30- 8 30-10:25 A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (R) 12:00-2:00-4:00-8:00-6:15-10:15 JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (PG1 12:15-2:40-5:05-7:30-10:00 6H9L9 BLIND FURY ( 1 2:30-2:30-4:30-6:30-8:36-1 0:30 1 HARD TO KILL (R) 12:15-2:15-4:15-6:15-8:15-10:15 MY LEFT FOOT (R) ll:00-l:l5-3:30-5:45-8:00-10:15 WAD OF THE HOSES (R) 12:30-4:30-8:30 MAO HOUSE IPG-13) jO:45-2:45-A m A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (R) 112:00-2:05-4:10-6:10-8:15-10:20 LAMBADA (PG-13) 12:45-3:10-5:35-8:00-10:25 LOOK WHO'S TALKING IPG-1 3) 10:30-2:25-4:25-10:25 STEEL MAGNOLIAS (PG-1 3) 12:15-4:15-8:13 THE FOURTH WAR (R) 1:00-3:15-5:307:45-10:00 BORN ON THE4TH OF JULY (R) 1:15-4:15-7:00-9:50 NUNS ON THE RUN (PG-1 3) 12:00-2:10-4:20-6:30-8:30-10:30 DRIVING MISS DAISY (PGITHX SOUND 12:15-2:30-4:45-7:15-9:45 X 4 ! iT! TJk7-7 1"1! ii WACKYIAND OUTRAGEOUS LIKE tAt FISH CALLED wandaait:sa rowdy rollicking rompi “THE FIRST MUST-SEE COMEDY OF THE YEARA BLOODY RIOTI IF YOU LIKE BRIGHT BAWDY BIG LAUGHS RUN TO SEE ‘NUNS ON THE RUN’ THIS IS ONE VERY FUNNY MOVIE!” — Joanna Langfield LBS RADIO NETWORK NUNS UN THE RUN fcEEACKLSANJUAjj 200 210 420 rTHRmYoTlJ 6:30-8:30-10:30 WATCH THE1 ACADEMY AWARDS-TONIGHTtON AB “A 0® III HfcSt 'IS'lDJlI- 4 t?' arc) i hiv id I NO PASSES OR DISCOUNT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT r £ I WofclnThMlrwShow ffrnai For today Ortyi M mm WkGov Mol tiowi Starting Bator 5 46 4 SotSuiwoL Shows SlarfoQ Bfor 20) tmi'uiiiii'ii: tI PRETTY WOMAN (RJ 12:05-2:30-5:00-7:30-10:05 BLUE STEEL (R) 1:05-3:15-5:30-7:40-9:55 LORD OF THE FLIES (R) 12:50-2:50-4:50-7:10-9:05 BLIND FURY (R) 338 1982 1-80 Greenback To Garfield JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (PG-1 3) 1 2:20-2:35-4:55-7:20-9:30 THE HOUSE PARTY (R) 1:154:30-5:40-7:50-10:00 HARD TO KILL (R) 1:50-3:45-5:45-7:35-9:35 lioit tu ftu tcTtecii (H) H PAKE&liic: 12:00-2:40-5:20-6:00-10:30 Mmmi 363-6873 Fwv 50 st Brsdshsw PRETTY WOMAN (R) TURNER & HOOCH (PG) THE FOURTH WAR (R) LETHAL WEAPON 2 (R) BLIND FURY (R) BLUE STEEL (R) JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO(PG) CHRISTMAS VACATION (PG-13) HARD TO KILL (R) LAMBADA (PG) BLUE STEEL (R) 1:204:30-5:40-7:50-10:00 LAMBADA (PG-1 3) 1:554:50-5:45-7:40-9:35 1:35-4:20-7:05-9:50 DRIVING MISS DAISY (PG) 12:504:00-5:10-7:20-9:30 TTflTn" (6lIijo"rtnhCerrtr 6raeei:rcr" 12:30-2:45-5:00-7: 5-9:30 PRETTY WOMAN 12:20-2:45-5:10-7:45-1 5U BLIND FURY (R) 12:50-2:55-4:50-7:00-9:10 LAMBADA (PG-13) 12:32:50-4:55-7:10-9:20 THE HOUSE PARTY (R 12:454:00-5:15-7:40-1 vtkSuS The vOlCanO (PG) 1:004:10-5:20-7:30-9:50 HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (PG)MO JONES! LAST CRUSADE PG-1 3) NO PASSES OR DISC is Bslev Blvd Fwv Sn THE FOURTH WAR (R) LETHAL WEAPON 2 (R) BLUE STEEL (R) BAD INFLUENCE (R) BLIND PU AY (R)-BLACK RAIN (R) JOE VERSUS THE V0LCAN0(PG) CHRISTMAS VACATION (PG) LAMBADA (PG) THE FORBIDDEN DANCE (PG-13) HARD TO KILL (R) CRACKHOUSE(R) T5vE3ks opfcti WKDAYS 830 WKENOS I flWAtKPlN: THE WITCHES (G) 12:00 LITTLE MERMAID (G) 2:10 ENEMIESLOVE STORY (R) 3:504:00 STELLA (PG-1 3) 5:55-1 0:05 “TWO THUMBS UP!’ - SISKEL & EBERT E3 I UNITED ARTISTS Arden fair cinema Mm Fair Csetsr - 922-715S TOOAY: 12:002:00 4:006:008:1510:15PM I UNITED ARTISTS Movies greenback 7229 Grwnliaclt Iim-723 9011 TOOAY: 12:002:05 4:1 06: 1 08 :1 50 :20PM General Cinema DOLBY STEREO A sacraMentojNN ARDEN WAY crtFWY 80 925-4449 BARGAIN MATINIIS EVIRY DAY Ail SHOWS B1FORI 4:30 PM PRETTY WOMAN (R) SHOWN ON 2 SCREENS 12:00-1:00-2:25-3:25-4:50-5:50-7:154:15-9:40-10:40 UTTLE MERMAID (G) S A 1 2:30 MY LEFT FOOT (R) 3:30-5:30-70-9:30 MIDNIGHT MOVIES FRISAT SEPARATE ADMISSION HIBIRDCAGESH savings'cinemTs 6075 5UNRISE BLVD 726-1200 THE FOLLOWING FEATURES SI OB AT ALL TIMES THE FORBIDDEN DANCE (PG-1 3) 12:50-3:10-5:40-7:50-10:00 ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN (G) 12:45-2:50-5:00 REVENGE (R) 7:15-9:45 SA TANGO & CASH (R) 1:10-3:20-5:30-7:40-9:50 GLORY (R) 1:30-4:10-7:10-9:40 TREMORS (PG-1 3) 12:40-3:00-5:20-7:30-10:00 ALWAYS (PG) 1:40-4:20-7:00-9:30 10 BEST LIST Including Caro Bucklnni CSS-TV Roger Ebert SISKEL & EBERT GugFlatleg COSMOPOLITES Richard Friedman SETWISE SEWSPAPERS RexReedATTHEW’lES GeneShalitSBC-T' JoelSiegelABC-TV g42 WATT AVE 1 GREENBACK SAN JUAtQi 1 g N aa i jf rciSH flllwll'MI rSis41 ATREB971-3423 J L THEATRE 723-9011 J fjy udiiPlfe lUE i CtEIE TO3)ii8MilU3xt $wz JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO 'AMBLIN tNMHIAiNMINi WARNER BROS A IIM1 i GREENBACK LANE 1 1-80 f( THEATRE 338-1962 J OFF 65th Nr FLO ARDEN FAIR MALL 1 f HWY 50 AT BRADSHAW 1 I SACRAMENTO! THEATRE 9227156 J DRIVE-INS 363-6573 J 12:20-2:35-4:55H90-3:10-5:20- 12:15-2:40-5:05- PLUSCHRISTMASVACATION 7:20-9:30 7:30-9:50 7:30-10:00 PG1 31 OPENS 6:30 TUESDAY ATTHE MOVIES hi All SNOWnMES KR TODAY ONLY - SUBJEG TO CHANGE CALL THEATER FOR C0NF1IMAT10N K5ACRAMENTO-DOWNTOWN1 TOWER 443-1982 1 6th & Broadway ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONIY 1 CINEMA PARADISO 6:40-9:15 2 CAMILLE CLAUDEL (R) 6:35-9:30 3 MY LEFT FOOT (R) 6:50-9:00 THE CREST THEATRE 44-CREST 101 3 K Street THE BEST OF THE FEST-32 8 thru 41 & 44 thru 49 ACRAMENTO-NORT UA ARDEN FAIR 922-7158 Arden Fair Arden A Bus 80 ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 THE FOURTH WAR (R) 1:00-3:15-5:30-8:00-10:15 2 A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (R) 1 2 :00-2 00-4:00-6:00-8: 15-10:15 3 BLIND FURY (R) 12:30-2:30-4:30-6:30-830-10:30 4 THE HOUSE PARTY (R) 12:45-3:00-5:15-7:30-9:50 5 JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO (PG) 12:15-2:40-5:05-7:30-10:00 6 HARD TO KILL (R) 12:15-2:15-4:15-6:15-8:15-10:15 CAPITOL THEATRE 971-3423 2841 Wart Avenue ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 BLUE STEEL (R) 1:20-3:30-5:40-7:50-10:00 2 LAMBADA (PG-13) 1 :55-3:50-5:45-7:40-9:35 3 BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY (R) 1:35-4:20-7:05-9:50 4 DRIVING MISS DAISY (PG) 12:50-3:00-5:10-7:20-9:30 CENTURY THEATRE 922-7044 Arden A Ethan ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 LORD OF THE FLIES (R) 12:50-3:00-5: 10-7: 15-9:20 2 NUNS ON THE RUN (PG-1 3) 1:10-3:15-5:30-7:30-9:35 3 THE FORBIDDEN DANCE (PG-13) 5:35-7:40-9:45 4 BAD INFLUENCE (R) 5: 1 0-7:20-9:30 5 HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (PG) No PassesDic 1 2:00-1 :25-2:40-4: 1 0-5:20-7:00-8:00-9:45 THE SACRAMENTO INN 925-4449 Bus 80 North of Red Lion ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 PRETTY WOMAN (R) Shown on 2 Screen! 2 LITTLE MERMAID (G) SA 12:30 MY LEFT FOOT (R) 3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30 MIDNIGHT MOVIES FRISAT ONLY CRESTVIEW THEATRE 978-7957 4720 Manxanlta THE WITCHES (G) 12:00 LITTLE MERMAID (G) 2:10 ENEMIESLOVE STORY (R) 3:50-8 00 STELLA(PG-13) 5:55-10:05 UA SUNRISE 961-9795 5962 Sunriea Mall Citrus Heights ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 BAD INFLUENCE (R) 10:30-12:30-2:30-4:30-6:30-8:30-10:25 2 MY LEFT FOOT (R) 1 1:00-1:15-3:30-5:45-8 00-10:15 3 WAR OF THE ROSES (R) 1 2:30-4 30-8:30 MADHOUSE (PG-13) 10:45-2:45-6:45-10:35 4 LOOK WHO'S TALKING (PG-1 3) 10:30-2:25-6:5-10:25 8 STEEL MAGNOLIAS (PG-1 3) 12:15-4:15-815 c mm i HARDING PLAZA 781-3456 212 Harding Blvd Roseville MADHOUSE (PG-1 3) 7:15 STEEL MAGNOLIAS (PG-1 3) 9:00 CINEDOME THEATRE 338-1982 1-80 & Greenback ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 PRETTY WOMAN (R) 12:05-2:30-5:00-7:30-10:05 2 BLUE STEEL (R) 1 :05-3:15-5:30-7:40-9:55 3 LORD OF THE FLIES (R) 12:50-2:50-4:50-7:10-9:05 4 BLIND FURY (R) 12:45-2:45 5 JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO (PG-13) 12:20-2:35-4:55-7:20-9:30 6 THE HOUSE PARTY (R) 1:15-3:30-5:40-7:50-10:00 7 HARD TO KILL (R) 1 :50-3:45-5:45-7:35-9:35 B HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (PG) No PouesDisc 12:00-2:40-5:20-8:00-10:30 BIRDCAGE SAVINGS CINEMA 726-1200 Birdcage Walk Sunrise & Greenback ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 THE FORBIDDEN DANCE (PG-1 3) 12:50-3:10-5 40-7:50-10:00 2 ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN (G) 12:45-2:50-5:00 REVENGE (R) 7:1 5-9:45 SA 3 TANGO & CASH (R) 1 : 10-3:20-5:30-7:40-9:50 4 GLORY (R) 1 :30-4: 1 0-7:10-9:40 5 TREMORS (PG-13) 12:40-3:00-5:20-7:30-10:00 6 ALWAYS (PG) 1 :40-4:20-7:00-9:30 UA THE MOVIES 723-9011 Greenback ft San Juan ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (R) 12:00-2:05-4:10-6:10-8:15-10:20 2 THE FOURTH WAR (R) 1:00-3:15-5:30-7:45-10:00 3 NUNS ON THE RUN (PG-13) 12:00-2:10-4:20-6:30-8:30-10:30 4 LAMBADA (PG-1 3) 12:45-3:10-5:35-8:00-10:25 5 BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY (R) 1:15-4:15-7:00-9:50 6 DRIVING MISS DAISY (PG) THX Sound 12:15-230-4:45-7:15-9:45 ACRAMENTOISOUT STATE THEATRE 391-5500 Behind Florin Center ALL SHOWTIMES FOR TODAY ONLY 1 PRETTY WOMAN (R) 12:20-2:45-5:10-7:45-10:10 2 BLIND FURY (R) 12:50-2:55-4:50-7:00-9:10 3 LAMBADA (PG-13) 12:35-2:50-4:55-7:10-9:20 4 BLUE STEEL (R) 12:30-2:45-5 00-7:15-9:30 5 THE HOUSE PARTY (R) 12:45-3:00-5:15-7:40-10:00 6 JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO (PG) 1:00-3:10-5:20-7:30-9:50 3S SACRAMENTO DRIVE IN 363-6S73 Hwy 50 at Bradshaw OPEN WKDAYS 6:30 WKENDS 6:00 1 PRETTY WOMAN (R) TURNERS HOOCH (PG) : 2 THE FOURTH WAR (R LETHAL WEAPON 2 (R) ’ 3 BLIND FURY (R) BLUE STEEL (R) 4 JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (PG) CHRISTMAS VACATION (PG1 3) 5 HARD TO KILL (R) LAMBADA (PG) 6 HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (PG) IND JONES 8 LAST CRUSADE (PG1 3) No Pastes or Disc 49ER DRIVE IN 925-4944 Raley Blvd ft Fwy 880 OPEN WKDAYS 6:30 WKENDS 6:00 1 THE FOURTH WAR (R) LETHAL WEAPON 2 (R) ' 2 BLUE STEEL (R) BAD INFLUENCE (R) 3 BLIND FURY (R) BLACK RAIN (R) 4 JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (PG) CHRISTMAS VACATION (PC 5 LAMBADA (PG) THE FORBIDDEN DANCE (PG1 3) 6 HARD TO KILL (R) CRACKHOUSE (R) SUNRISE DRIVE IN 725-5555 Greenback lane East of Sunrise Mall OPEN PRISATSUN ONLY S4 J80 PER FAMILY CALL THEATRE FOR LISTINGS AND TIMES

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