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Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2000

Movies

August 31, 2000

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

Chuck and Buck

Guys who were best buds as 11-year-olds reconnect 15 years later to find that the defining incident for one is for the other disposable as used chewing gum. Anxiety-provoking performances by Chris Weitz and Mike White, who wrote the screenplay. Directed by Miguel Arteta. R.

  • * Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

Butterfly

A village in Galicia becomes a micrcosm for the personal and political dynamics of the looming Spanish Civil War. A bleak, but rewarding and compassionate film with a superb performance from the great Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez. R.

  • ** Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst is a smiling San Diego high school cheerleader whose affluent team must compete with an inner city hip-hop squad for a national championship. PG-13.

No rating yet. Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

The Crew

Burt Reynolds and Richard Dreyfuss are among a group of goodfellas seeking a peaceful Florida retirement. But they resent the infiltration of yuppies into their neighborhood. PG-!3.

No rating yet. Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

The Art of War

Wesley Snipes plays an agent who uncovers a plot to overthrow the United Nations. Anne Archer and Donald Sutherland co-star. R.

  • **. Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

The Cell

The never-bashful Jennifer Lopez plays a child therapist who discovers the means to explore the mind of a comatose serial killer. Co-stars Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio. R.

  • * Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Godzilla 2000

Produced in the giant reptile's native Japan, this flick pits Godzilla against a 6,000-year-old alien. PG.

  • * Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

The Replacements

Keanu Reeves plays quarterback to a group of replacements called in when pampered football stars go on strike. Gene Hackman coaches them in this raucous comedy. The climactic game is with Dallas. PG-13.

  • ** Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Autumn in New York

Playboy Richard Gere falls for Winona Ryder, who's not only decades younger but also has a terminal ailment. Manhattan, Richard and Winona are all bound to be prettily photographed. PG-13.

  • Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Space Cowboys

Clint Eastwood directs and stars with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner as codgers recruited by NASA to save a damaged '60s satellite that's heading for Earth. PG-13.

  • ** Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Hollow Man

In Paul Verhoeven's gritty, sexy remake of "The Invisible Man," Kevin Bacon plays an arrogant scientist who injects himself with an invisibility serum. Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin are puzzled colleagues. R.

  • * Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Coyote Ugly

Aspiring songwriter Piper Perabo winds up with an intriguing day job in an outrageous bar run by sexy young women. PG-13.

  • * Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Eddie Murphy returns as shy, slovenly Professor Klump and his abrasive alter ego Buddy Love. The alter-ego theme didn't serve Jim Carrey well in "Me, Myself & Irene." But the lure of Eddie Murphy playing a variety of Klumps while co-starring with Janet Jackson may prove irresistible to the public. PG-13.

  • * Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

What Lies Beneath

Longtime happily marrieds Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer think their house could be haunted -- and that the poltergeist is the ghost of a dead student with whom Professor Ford had a fling. PG-13.

  • * Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Chicken Run

From the creators of "Wallace and Gromit" comes this animated tale of hens who stage a great escape from the frying pan. Voices include Mel Gibson, Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks and Joan Plowright. G.

  • ** Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Whipped

Amanda Peet made a strong impression in "The Whole Nine Yards" and was one of the few semi-good things about "Isn't She Great." Here she plays a "perfect woman" who causes three chauvinistic buddies to question their savvy at the dating game. When all three fall for the perfect Peet, they also question their friendship. R.

No rating yet. Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

Sunset Boulevard

A re-release of the 1950s classic. The film is about a retired Silent star (Gloria Swanson) given, or so she thinks, the chance of a comeback by a failed screenwriter (William Holden) who has become a gigolo. At the time, critics admired the film, Hollywood loathed it and the public ignored it.

No rating available. Plaza Six, 24th and Iowa.

But I'm a Cheerleader

An undeniably funny if utterly obvious premise is squandered in the first feature film of Jamie Babbit, who sends wholesome teen-ager Natasha Lyonne to a rehab camp on the suspicion she's a lesbian; after all, she likes tofu and isn't turned on by her jock boyfriend's tongue-ramming make out style. For a film seeking to satirize the stereotyping of gays, "Cheerleader" is as shamelessly hypocritical as it is hopelessly unfunny; it's rah-rah-sis-boom-bah bad. R.

  • Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.

Highlander: Endgame

Some franchises just won't surrender. Christopher Lambert, who once made an appealing Tarzan in "Greystoke," returns as the never-say-die Highlander who joins forces with another immortal to rid normal Earthlings of the Ultimate Evil. R.

No rating yet. Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Saving Grace

Brenda Blethyn is sympathetic and appealing in a pleasantly formulaic British comedy of a middle-class widow raising some very illegal crops in her greenhouse. With Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes. R.

*** Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Dinosaur

Though the amazing computer-generated imagery makes its re-creation of the Cretaceous Period seem utterly, wondrously real, this story of an iguanodon who challenges the cruel leadership of a dinosaur herd remains more Disney than Darwin. Not only does it depict a world in which dinos and furry mammals can peacefully coexist, it avoids the subject of extinction altogether. Yet for all its kid-friendly cuddliness, it's a fantastic accomplishment. After a few minutes of marveling, you'll fall right into its prehistoric world. PG.

  • ** Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

Gone In 60 Seconds

The annual summer fireworks display from producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Armageddon," "Con Air") is built on the cheesy chassis of a 1974 drive-in movie, and puts Nicolas Cage in the driver's seat. He's a retired car thief who takes on one last job, stealing 50 cars in 12 hours, to save the life of his little brother (Giovanni Ribisi). Leaving aside anything like logic, the film, which co-stars Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Angelina Jolie, is competently made and forgotten in less than 60 seconds. The big chase, saved until the end, somehow manages to be exciting. PG-13.

  • * Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.

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