OnVideo MARCH Video Reviews
Rowan Atkinson reprises his role from numerous British comedy shorts as Mr. Bean, an ungainly goofball prone to all sorts of slapstick accidents. Here he's pawned off by London's National Art Gallery as a curator and sent to America to accompany the famous "Whistler's Mother," which has been sold to a Los Angeles gallery. Naturally Bean wrecks havoc with the art world. An acquired taste.
Director: Mel Smith. Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin. CC, (MPAA rating: PG-13, 87 min.), Comedy, 1997, Box office gross: $45.262 million, (PolyGram), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/31
Life and love among a close-knit family in Louisiana, from the point-of-view of 10-year-old Eve Batiste, whose philandering father throws a monkey wrench into an otherwise stable life. Eve and her older sister lose faith and love in their dad, while their mother and aunt (their dad's sister) form an alliance. When the aunt's "gift" of contacting the spiritual world helps Eve develop her own metaphysical powers, the film slowly builds to its resolution. Great performances, great script. Stars Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis Hall, Diahann Carroll.
Director: Kasi Lemmons. Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Vondie Curtis Hall, Diahann Carroll. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 109 min.), Drama, 1997, Box office gross: $13.698 million, (Trimark 6437), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/3
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the mistake of dumping their victim's body into the sea. Naturally, one year later the dead man returns from the grave looking for more than an apology. Great chills and thrills from the pen of contemporary horrormeister Kevin ("Scream") Williamson. Stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle-Gellar, Freddie Prinz Jr.
Director: Jim Gillespie. Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle-Gellar, Freddie Prinz Jr. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 101 min.), Horror, 1997, Box office gross: $70.507 million, (Columbia TriStar 23923), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/24
IN & OUT
Kevin Kline plays Howard Brackett, an on-his-way to be married small town English teacher whose life is torn asunder when a former student announces on television (during the Academy Awards, no less) that Howard is gay. Now the center of a media feeding frenzy and defending himself from a slick TV reporter moving in for the kill, the teacher must take a deeper look at his life. Great comedy turns by Joan Cusack (as the fiancee), Tom Selleck (as the reporter) and, of course, the ever incredible Kline.
Director: Frank Oz. Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Tom Selleck. CC, (MPAA rating: PG-13, 92 min.), Comedy, 1997, Box office gross: $63.774 million, (Paramount 329873), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/10
LIFE LESS ORDINARY, A
A janitor at a giant corporation and the daughter of the corporation's boss are thrown together by a pair of angels who help them engineer a kidnap and send them on a wild, headlong cross-country odyssey of guns, bank-robbing and karaoke.
Director: Danny Boyle. Stars: Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 104 min.), Comedy, 1997, Box office gross: $4.266 million, (Fox 4015), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/10
MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE, THE
Bill Murray stars in this spy spoof as a video store clerk from Iowa who flies to London to surprise his younger brother (Peter Gallagher), and gets involved in a role-playing interactive theatre piece on the streets of London. When he gets mistaken for a spy (he happens to be at the wrong phone booth at the wrong time) he gets sucked into a deadly game of cat and mouse, all the time thinking the spies chasing him down are really the actors in the play. Ah, ignorance is bliss.
Director: Jon Amiel. Stars: Bill Murray, Peter Gallagher, Joanne Whalley. CC, (MPAA rating: PG, 94 min.), Comedy, 1997, Box office gross: $13.429 million, (Warner 15626), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/10
Husband and wife scientists work on a way to combat a disease, spread by roaches, threatening children in New York City. They combine the DNA of various insects to create a new species that wipes out the roaches, effectively eradicating the epidemic. Unfortunately, the new species, supposedly sterile, learns to reproduce and survives, and, three years later, has become a strange new life form, developing into creatures that have learned to camouflage themselves as their prey -- humans. Fast-paced science fiction starts out with interesting premise but deteriorates into silliness and cheap effects. With Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Charles S. Dutton and Josh Brolin.
Director: Guillermo Del Toro. Stars: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, Giancarlo Giannini. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 105 min.), Horror, 1997, Box office gross: $25.454 million, (Dimension 13137), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/17
George Clooney and Nicole Kidman team up as an Army Special Intelligence Officer and a nuclear scientist, respectively, to foil the plot of terrorists who hijack Russian warheads and plan to use them to blow up the U.N. building in New York. Plenty of great action, special effects, explosions and, of course, the great good looks of Clooney and Kidman. A large bag of popcorn needs to be chomped down during this one. In widescreen and pan- and-scan.
Director: Mimi Leder. Stars: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 122 min.), Thriller, 1997, Box office gross: $41.191 million, (Universal 83485), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/10
SHE'S SO LOVELY
Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn star as lovers who end their tempestuous love affair with his incarceration in a mental hospital; 10 years later she has a new life married to wealthy John Travolta. Released from the hospital, Sean goes looking for her, rekindling old fires. Some fiery acting her, with lots of passion, but the characters aren't the most loveable and the film, scripted by the late John Cassavetes and directed by son Nick, founders on a sea of verbal pyrotechnics without the ballast of viewer identification.
Director: Nick Cassavetes. Stars: John Travolta, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 96 min.), Drama, 1997, Box office gross: $7.221 million, (Miramax 13472), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/12
THOUSAND ACRES, A
A rich land-owner (Jason Robards) distributes his 1,000 acre farm equally to his three daughters (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh), dividing the family as long-guarded secrets, unspoken rivalries and frustrated desires surface with catastrophic but ultimately liberating repercussions. Based on Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, an updating of "King Lear" for the 1990s.
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse. Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 105 min.), Drama, 1997, Box office gross: $7.813 million, (Buena Vista 12979), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/24
There's sex, murder and betrayal in Superior, Arizona, as a gambler on his way to pay off a Vegas debt gets stuck in the weirdness of a desert town where the seemingly normal turns bizarre and treacherous. From a shotgun-wielding Mexican granny to a pathological teenager, this is one place in which you don't want to have a radiator hose break. Despite bravura performances by Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, this-Oliver Stone sleazefest offers twists and turns that end up being more cornball than shock filled. Stone has stolen a little too much this time -- from Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, and even Robert Rodriguez. Stone gave his all for "Natural Born Killers" and should let Quentin Tarantinio handle this stuff. Co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix.
Director: Oliver Stone. Stars: Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Claire Danes, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 125 min.), Thriller, 1997, Box office gross: $6.633 million, (Columbia TriStar 32523), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/31
Critically acclaimed drama about a beekeeper in Florida, a Vietnam War hero (Peter Fonda), who raises his two granddaughters while his son resides in prison. When he's reunited with his drug-addicted daughter-in-law, new problems present themselves: his son's former partners in crime come looking for stashed stolen loot. A quiet, understated performance by Fonda.
Director: Victor Nunez. Stars: Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson. CC, (MPAA rating: R, 120 min.), Drama, 1997, Box office gross: $8.637 million, (Orion 2110003), No SRP, Priced for rental, Available: 3/24
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