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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltunfl g Thursday July n 7A Attractions Film Closeup with Will Smith By Joey Berlin Copley News Service He sold millions of records as half of the rap duo Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince He parlayed that into his own hit TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of But Will Smith found a new level of stardom as the heroic fighter pilot of who punched put a slimy alien blew up the invaders mother ship and smoked a victory cigar in last summers blockbuster smash Independence I went from shouting Hey Will Whats to whispers Mr Smith hello its really good to see Smith says Something about movie success makes people act dif ferently I was successful in music and television but the movie stuff is more intense Something about that big screen makes people Now one year after Independence Day opened comes Men in which finds Smith again battling monstrous extraterrestrials but this time in a scifi comedy Based on the Marvel comic book Men in Black casts Smith and stonefaced Tommy Lee Jones as agents for a secret government bureau that monitors alien activities on Earth The advance wordof mouth is so strong that many experts expect Men in Black to challenge The Lost World as the years biggest hit Smith however is not comfortable with such predic tions Nostradamus is not here so you never know what could he Will Smith In Men In Black now showing at your local theater says With Independence Day we said the one thing that could go wrong is that the aliens could show up for real before the movie comes out Im not that comfortable But its not all about the box adds Smith with just a winking hint of sarcasm Its about making a good movie and having the fans come and enjoy the With his undeniable box office appeal dat ing back to his first hit Bad Boys with Martin Lawrence Smith has quickly become one of the most soughtafter movie stars in Hollywood His future dance card is get ting quite crowded You really drive self crazy trying to fig ure out what the next thing is going to Smith confesses But hey Ill take Among the most likely projects is playing Jim West in a film adapta tion of the comic western TV series The Wild Wild West for Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld with George Clooney up for the role of Artemis Smith was considering a Muhammad Ali biopic until he saw When We Were the acclaimed documentary about the AlkGeorge Foreman Rumble in the Jungle in 1974 The best bet for his next film is the government con spiracy thriller Enemy of the directed by Tony Scott He would play an attorney investigating the murder of a Senator by the National Security Agency Smith also has written and sold the romantic comedy Love For with girlfriend Jada Pinkett but they are unlikely to star in it togeth er would be a bit he smiles Nostradamus is not here so you never know what could happen Right now Smith is busy pro moling Men in Black and the two songs he has on the soundtrack album He is also back in the recording studio and hopes to have his first solo CD out later this year He has been working with Warren G and of course my old partner The thing about the music is its the most personal of all the different forms of the media that Ive been involved notes Smith In tele vision and movies youre really just a lump of clay to be molded by someones able hands But with the music Im molding myself That sounds nasty but thats how it is The music is more about what I think and what I In keeping with the way Smith thinks and feels his music will have a street sound but an upbeat and often humorous perspective With the loss of Tupac and Films In Focus NEW RELEASES John Travolta plays Sean Austin head of the FBIs secret antiterrorist unit He is fanatical to catch Castor Troy Nicholas a deathgiddy psycho who killed Austins little boy six years before As nihilistic insurance the grinning capering nut Troy has planted a bacte rial bomb that could wipe out much of Los Angeles Still caught almost killed goes into coma And the real story starts To defuse the bomb and terrorist drug operation Troy left behind Austin has his face replaced with Troys his voice altered to fit the mans higher register even his body type altered in other words Cage becomes Austin as The twis teroo is that the real but now faceless Troy comes out of coma blandly oohs his skinned facade and then takes the face and build of Austin Yes its another big comeback for Travolta He turns cattycreepy and wittily subversive as the Austin who is now a blithe devil using the FBI for insane ends And Cage works up moral heartburn and family longing Joan Allen is his anxious wraithlike wife as undercover agent Troy sent to a hellish prison where the inmates wear magnetized boots so they can be constantly monitored or electro locked to the floor Cast John Travolta Nicolas Cage Joan Allen Gina Gershon Alessandro Nivola Harve Presnell Elliott Rated R not gruesome but highly octaned Voices James Woods Danny DeVito Tate Donovan Susan Egan Rip Torn Ellen Woodbury Samantha Eggar Elliott Rated G RECENT RELEASES ADDICTED TO LOVE You might be fighting to like this concept comedy as it sinks into a strange rhythm volatile inertia Meg Ryan flashes a lot of New York hard edge then gets into her usual adorable ness as a jilted lover seeking revenge on her ex a French restaurateur in New York played as scaly Eurolizard by Tcheky Karyo Hes living in a loft with Kelly Preston the ex of the still smitten Matt Broderick who wants her back Broderick and Ryan spend most of their time in a facing slummy loft voyeurizing through a big camera obscura this leads to nifty composi tions Vermeer in SoHo while cack ling and scheming like buzzed infants The humor is forced and often has a nasty bite The real charms of the actors including a brief visit by Maureen Stapleton only illustrate the limitations so smoothly directed by actor Griffin Dunne Writer Robert Gordon did the first script as a student work and still seems rather under graduate David Elliott Rated R dear old Alfred the Batbutler Michael Gough spends the whole time dying That puts him in precise sync with the film around him Elliott Rated BUDDY This first feature from Jim Henson Pictures has plenty of clever animals but a script that offers mostly creature discomforts The story says Be kind to animals The visuals say Be amused by these chimps in taffeta playing catch with a meat cleaver As truelife 1920s socialite Trudy Lintz Rene Russo presides serenely over a mansion crawling with exotic pets The star is Buddy a gorilla whom Trudy raises from babyhood Alas Buddy grows up from wee animatronic puppet to hulking maninagorillasuit and his struggle to fit in is the films wob bly focal point Directorwriter Caroline Thompson weaves in animal slapstick that may amuse kids but Buddy is no Oddball high light Paul Reubens a k a Peewee Herman as a snippy gorilla expert Hebert Rated PG some younguns may be freaked The lizzies in all sizes come at Jeff Goldblum Julianne Moore and a bunch of other human bait including Pete Postlethwaite as speaking of the primeval a great hunter The effects are astounding the scene of Moore on cracking plate glass is a fright classic The ending is never plausible but you may get a giggle and a gasp Spielbergs directing skills do not fal ter but the script by David Koepp could have used an extra noshing or gnashing Rated PG13 Dewey Weber Christine Dunford and fervently buzzy bees Elliott Rated R HERCULES Hercules will do nothing for classical studies but itfc a fetching summer show It has the usual brace of showbiz tunes by Alan Menken and new lyricist partner David The cartooning is vig orous and versatile the maincore style source being less Greek art than the centaur episode in Disneys 1940 Hercules was the Hellenic hunk stronger even than Israels Samson Voiced in his full size by Tate Donovan Here grows up from divine birth as son of the mighty Zeus Rip through a fairly mortal boy hood to become the greatest of Greek heroes though Greek more in the sense of fraternity Those doo wop canaries provide a kicky chorus Lillias White is a standout as And there is the cheerfully Bronxian satyr Phil as in Philocretes voiced by Danny And a pair of shapeshitting rascals who crack wise while serving the villain Hades The movie is rather intense for young kids the violence is BATMAN ROBIN A very guilty hit but only a doofTs guilty pleasure Joel Schumacher cranks up the franchise heaps on tons of flirty Mardi Gras showmanship lets Arnold Schwarzenegger party as Mr Freeze like an ice sculpture of Lou allows George Clooney to smile his way through Batman and Chris ODonnell to again be a bland pep boy as Robin and gets a few streaks of fun going with tall torchy Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy who does cute vocal spoofing of Mae West and Marilyn Monroe But the story is just instantly inane plot The loud sound like the visual blather is a steamroller to flatten moviegoing As GONE FISHIN Joe Pesci is Joe a Jersey Palooka and antic fish ing buddy since boyhood of Gus Danny The lovable dopes head for Florida fearing alligators and soon we learn to fear comedy Whats the high point Joes Tshirt Newark or or their boat smashing into a diner Or is it the busted water pipe in the John The real busted pipe is the script lamely directed by Chris Cain for laughs so squarely dated we expect Al Lewis and Buddy Hackett to pop up in a swamp doing Pogo and Foghorn Leghorn Nothing works here except hopefully your legs heading for the exit Elliott Rated PG THE LOST WORLD JURAS SIC PARK The sequel to 1993s humongous dinosaur hit is long nasty brutish and never mind loose plotting or scientific incredibility entertaining But not for most kids MY BEST FRIENDS WED DING Julie Roberts is back in this clever and dare we say subver sive romantic comedy that flatters its star without insulting its audience Director Hogan brings a daffy sensibility to this morality tale about a commit mentphobe Roberts bent on busting up her exboyfriends nuptials Roberts is the most likable villainess ever while Cameron Diaz as the fiancee is the most adorable paragon possible You may wonder why two beautiful women are fighting over the sweetly befuddled Dermot Mulroney but theres no guessing why Rupert Everettls witty gay sidekick nearly steals the whole film Hes perfect Peterson Rated PG13 RATINGS Excellent Worthy iHk Mixed Poor 0 Forget It MR Not Rated Capsules compiled from movie reviews written by David Elliott film critic for beginital The San Diego UnionTribune endital and other staff writers ULEES GOLD If not a mas tenvork this is a highly engaging and satisfying film Peter Fonda after a prolonged absence returns to major performance and attention as Ulee an emotionally constricted but deeply caring father and beefarmer in Florida He has to defend not his hon eyed hives but his real gold his fam ily from vicious yokels who rouse in him deep anxieties hes a Vietnam War vet a widower and not quite sure how to be a good Victor in Nunez wrote and directed with his usual nuanced sober craft and care though the music is nudgy The ace cast includes Patricia Richardson Tom Wood Chicken PRICE MUM TUL Bobby Wl 1HUR Sonjwrilwi Nijkl Al tarfows FBI Mike DanMi SAT EnlirtaiMMt Stingrays For Info 6293311 38 Honda Street New Braunfels Biggie people are saying Thats enough lets have some says Smith who is critical of much of the rap music that has become so popu lar since he was pioneering the form with Jazzy Jeff There was a certain level of intel lect and artistic dexterity that you had to possess to even get a record deal Now in this rapsigning fren zy the artists are a lot less articulate Theyre rapping but they dont a mastery of the language There are a lot of people just ing to get that quick buck preaching poison Its time to do something different Hiphop is about to go foil circle back to the days of Kurtis Blow and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five when it was just about a party Lets have some Smith is unconcerned about the possibility that his music may be considered soft or corny in todays climate It always has he laughs It was always They make their music for white I dont have a problem with that People arent getting killed with the type of records I SAENGfJPHALLC JUKEBOXPOOL SHUFFLEBOARD SATURDAYJULY 12 PRIVATE PARTY SUNDAY JULY 13 OPEN 4PM 625HALL 255 Saengerhalle i GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE All shows before S3 50 Adults Kids Sniors 62964OO IH 35 and Walnut Ave Men In Black Dally Face Off Daily I J My Best Friends Party Wedding 2M ikow Daily KidShowThuis All Seats Matilda WE DELIVER 6255165 American Legion Post 179 4io w Coll New Across from the library 6250179 11 SUMMER HOURS CUSTOM m If IT CM f IT OH m PIT CATERING COMPAQ Wiooiw FAMILY RIUNIONS Wf CAN MAM ir A SSIAT tVWr PiATE SPECIAL THUKS Fw WALL Ml HUNS INCt TfA
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