Archive for Thursday, April 8, 1999


April 8, 1999



Narrated by Liam Neeson. This spectacular documentary shows real-life drama during the storm on the summit that claimed eight lives in 1996. The climb is dizzying and humanity dwarfed by the barren majesty of the mountain itself, which is superbly captured by the Imax process. No MPAA rating (suitable for all ages but shows some harsh aftereffects of climbing in sub-zero, high-altitude conditions).

Home Fries

Starring Drew Barrymore, Catherine O'Hara, Luke Wilson, Jake Busey and Shelley Duvall. Set in a white-trash world and starring Barrymore as a fast-food server with Shirley Temple ringlets and a third-trimester tummy, this gonzo romance aspires to Coen brothers craziness. But the jokes aren't funny and the gonzo elements (sniper attacks, a hostage situation) feel less surprising than contrived. PG-13.

Just Write

Starring Sherilyn Fenn, Jeremy Piven, JoBeth Williams, Wallace Shawn and Alex Rocco. This insipid success fantasy for aspiring screenwriters stars Piven as a Hollywood tour guide mistaken for a hot screenwriter by a comely starlet. Yeah, and our Mr. Softee vendor just won the Jean Hersholt Award and the hand of Michelle Pfeiffer. PG-13.


Starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Jeff Daniels, Don Knotts and J.T. Walsh. "Purple Rose of Cairo" meets "Father Knows Best" in this film from "Big" screenwriter Gary Ross. Two archetypal '90s high-schoolers -- the affable nerd and the never-read-a-book sexpot -- are plunked down in the sock-hop/soda-fountain universe of a '50s family sitcom. Sparks, and socially significant metaphors, fly. PG-13.

Bride of Chucky

Starring Jennifer Tilly, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, John Ritter, Alexis Arquette and Gordon Michael Woolvett. Voice by Brad Dourif. In this latest installment of the horror series about a doll possessed by a slain serial killer, Chucky has help from a female doll who is all too happy to kill in order to prove her love to the Chuckster. Director Ronny Yu understands the genre well enough to satisfy horror fans' thirst for mayhem and grotesque humor. R.

Dee Snider's Strangeland

Starring Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Pena, Robert Englund and Dee Snider. Snider, of heavy metal group Twisted Sister fame, should have stuck to music. This is a disturbing film full of violent, and ultimately shocking, images. R.

Mighty Joe Young

Starring Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Rade Serbedzija, Peter Firth, David Paymer, Regina King and Robert Wisdom. A lumbering remake of the 1949 B-movie that's so cheesy only an 8-year-old could love it. Big gorilla and breasty beauty grow up together in Africa and come to California to avoid poachers. Their problems don't end there, and neither do the film's. PG.

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