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MOVIES

October 7, 1999

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These movies are showing at local theaters this weekend. Check daily listings for show times. Capsule reviews are from wire services and staff reports.

Random Hearts

Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas play the spurned spouses of two lovers killed in a plane crash. He's a tough cop; she's an even tougher politician. They fall in love while trying to cope.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Superstar

Anybody remember "It's Pat," wherein Julia Sweeney tried to transfer her gender-bending "Saturday Night Live" character to the big screen? It tanked. Maybe Molly Shannon will have better luck bringing "SNL's" hyperactive schoolgirl to movie audiences.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Buena Vista Social Club

A documentary directed by Wim Wenders and featuring Ry Cooder and a number of Cuba musicians, set in the club where they come to play their music.

  • Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

The Dinner Game

Delightful and elegantly constructed comedy of comeuppance from veteran farceur Francois Veber with Thierry Lhermitte as a snotty publisher whose life is wrecked by a well-meaning idiot.

  • Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

Three Kings

George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube in an adventure about American soldiers in Iraq on the trail of a storied cache of gold.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Mystery, Alaska

Root-for-the-underdog saga about a small Alaska hockey team that goes up against the New York Rangers.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Drive Me Crazy

Melissa Joan Hart plays a perky high school preppie who unexpectedly bonds with Adrian Grenier.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

This kid-friendly flick follows Elmo to Grouchland, where he must retrieve his blanket from the villainous Huxley.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

American Beauty

Oscar buzz surrounds this scathing comedy-drama that involves Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening in a corrosive marriage. Their discontent affects everyone around them.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Jakob the Liar

Finished before "Life Is Beautiful," this World War II movie shows Robin Williams bringing humor and joy to a Nazi-occupied German ghetto.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Mumford

Innocent-looking young man comes to a small town, posing as a psychiatrist. Cast includes Ted Danson, Martin Short and Alfre Woodard.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Double Jeopardy

When her husband does her wrong and she winds up behind bars, Ashley Judd is out for blood. Tommy Lee Jones helps.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Twin Falls Idaho

A strange and beautiful little movie about conjoined twins (real-life identical twins, filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish) holed up in a fleabag hotel with a hooker and a quest. Sad and aching, it's a love triangle and a study of longing, need and separation, but with enough playfulness and style to be anything but oppressive.

  • Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

For Love of the Game

Kevin Costner's laconic self-possession works best as a no-longer-young athlete ("Bull Durham," "Field of Dreams," "Tin Cup"). Here he plays a Detroit Tiger who examines his personal life in flashback while pitching one final, perfect game. Kelly Preston co-stars. Advance word is strong.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Blue Streak

Martin Lawrence stars as a fast-talking jewel thief who poses as the baddest cop on the Los Angeles police force. Luke Wilson plays the straight-arrow foil to the Lawrence antics.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Stir of Echoes

Kevin Bacon plays an earnest blue-collar worker who starts having paranormal powers after he's hypnotized by his sister-in-law. Talented Ileana Douglas is the sis-in-law.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Stigmata

Patricia Arquette is a fast-lane party girl whose body starts to display the wounds of Christ on the cross. The Vatican sends Gabriel Byrne to investigate. The usually agreeable Jonathan Pryce fits in somewhere.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

The Thomas Crown Affair

Loosely based on the 1968 Steve McQueen caper, this tells of an unlikely romance between a millionaire art thief (Pierce Brosnan) and an insurance investigator (Rene Russo).

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Sixth Sense

Child psychologist Bruce Willis has his hands full with a boy who channels troubled ghosts.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Runaway Bride

While its fun to see Richard Gere and Julia Roberts smooching on screen for the first time in nine years, the flawed and unpleasant conception of a woman who abandons men at the altar crossing swords with a misogynist newspaperman will leave viewers with an unavoidably sour taste.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

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