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Archive for Thursday, September 23, 1999

MOVIES

September 23, 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.

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.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Mumford

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

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 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.

Better Than Chocolate

Freewheeling lifestyle comedy about two young women, an artist and an aspiring writer, who meet cute and are even cuter. Too episodic to sustain buoyancy and interest.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

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.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 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.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's 1895 play is like a silk-lined box of bon-bons and bons mots. Jeremy Northam stars as the married politico who fears his wife will leave him if she learns about his past, and Rupert Everett his bachelor friend who aids him. With Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver and Julianne Moore.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

The 13th Warrior

Antonio Banderas battles mysterious creatures that want to eat everyone. Save us, Antonio!

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Bowfinger

Written by Steve Martin, this comedy stars him as a Hollywood producer wannabe determined to make a blockbuster. Eddie Murphy plays both an A-list star and his nerdy look-alike. Intriguing cast includes Christine Baranski, Terence Stamp and Robert Downey Jr.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Run Lola Run

Exhilarating moviemaking, with a flame-haired Berliner charging across the city in a race against time, with 20 minutes to find 100,000 marks -- or her boyfriend will be dead. Cinematic, kinetic, playful and profound, the film literally teems with possibilities.

  • Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

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

This reteams the major players of the 9-year-old box-office smash "Pretty Woman": Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and director Garry Marshall. It's not a "Pretty Woman" sequel; in fact, Harrison Ford and Geena Davis once were mentioned for the leads. Instead of playing lonely billionaire and happy hooker, the lushly photographed stars play a cynical newspaper columnist and a down-home young woman who keeps leaving grooms at the altar. When he makes her the subject of a column, she wants revenge.

  • Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

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