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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Heralc^eitungC^hure^Films in Focus ' Species' By David Elliott Copley News Service If you had to have sex with an alien monster who is masked by a human body, you might wish that the thing had the body of Natasha Henstridge. The young model-turned-actress is very much on display here. Her acting is often in competition with her body, which seem more keen to make public appearances than the alien thing squirming and snarling inside her. Henstridge is all over this big, slick, not-for-kids, fairly scary, rather silly thriller. As Sil, she escapes in preteen form from a federal lab where she was grown from space seed. The government’s chief scientist, played by suitably domed and crinkle-browed Ben Kingsley, was preparing to gas her (an oddly resonant choice, given Kingsley’s big role in “Schindler’s List”). Seems that the alien within is growing up fast and furious. It’s a she, and no E.T. After escaping, she smartly adapts the tall, lean, Nordic bod of Henstridge. Henstridge is not a dull woman-nequin, another Paulina Porizkova making wet lips at the camera. She performs well inside her limits of service to: I) the enemy within, who seeks to mate with a human hunk, and 2) director Roger Donaldson’s zeal to uphold the superior claims of our own species, by flashing Henstridge’s physical charms as often as possible. Kingsley, after shedding a tear to show he is not a tech-nerd, sets off in pursuit with his bold new team. They spend a lot of time feverishly debating, while slamming car doors and rushing through corridors. They are the anthropologist Alfred Molina, the biologist Marg Helgenberger, the psychic and “empath” Forest Whitaker and the hit man Michael Madsen, a guy so tough he probably wakes up to coffee brewed from rocks. Whitaker has the goof part, unintentionally. He’s so empathetic, so brimming-over with tremulous emotion that he seems to be having an Actors Studio meltdown. He also speaks remarkably obvious lines, such as, “Something had happened,” and “She looks so nice.” Thank you very much; now I can put down my crayon. Is Sil, the Kali-as-cutie, a subtle advance for film feminism? Maybe Camille Paglia can rush into print with an analysis. One thing is for sure. With his voyeuristic fix on Henstridge, Donaldson is no advance in male piggery. Even a Trappist monk on holiday might look at Henstridge and think, reverently, that here is one boss babe. “Species” slams forward, with big-budget vim. As shown in “No Way Out,” Donaldson can rig and pace a thriller. With monsters designed by H.R. Giger, the “Alien” maestro, the film provides chilly shocks to compensate for a transparent plot and often dorky dialogue. There are dub- wha ? moments. A big one arrives when the team chases the wild thing under an old L.A. hotel. There they find an apparent merger of the La Brea Tar Pits, Carlsbad Caverns, unexplored oil deposits and the Viennese sewers of “The Third Man.” Hey, Harry Lime, come up for some strudel! This movie is “Alien” invading the plot body of “The Hidden,” Jack Sholder’s cheaper, funnier, zippier 1987 terror romp in which an alien occupied a quick-change series of bodies in L.A., the most amusing bod being a ’50s-style thug who might have been the ancestor of Madsen (and let’s give Madsen credit for playing another lummox with ripe conviction — in a sex , scene with Helgenberger, he looks at her as if sizing up a new ashtray). Jumpy with horror vitamins, frisky with bared skin, “Species” is sorta fun, if you don’t mind its core of generic nonsense. This movie knows its lineage. The truth of its drive-in pedigree is stated by Madsen, almost sheepishly: “What are we lookin’ for? A giant moth?” “Species” is rated R. *** Disney division exhibits the art of small films By Robert J. Hawkins Copley News Service Miramax showed the world that small-budget independent and foreign films have an audience in the United States. It has enjoyed major success with such quality fare as “The Thin Blue Line,” “The Grifters,” “Like Water for Chocolate” and “Pulp Fiction." In fact, Miramax was so successful that Disney bought it. So far, being inside the House of the Mouse hasn’t compromised Miramax’s strong independent streak. Miramax’s penchant for quality films and Disney’s marketing muscle have proved complementary. The most recent Miramax titles on video include Robert Altman’s savaging of the fashion industry in “Ready to Wear.” “Red,” the final piece in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s color troika is now available. On Aug. 22, Willem Dafoe and Miran- SEAN CONNERY • Born: Thomas Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland. • Worked: As a bricklayer, lifeguard, coffin polisher and swimsuit model before hitting it big in 1962 in "Dr. No.” (As James Bond, of course.) • Won a Best Supporting Oscar: For his role in "The Untouchables." • Latest role: King Arthur in "First Knight" with Richard Cere. Copley News Service Eagles Hall - New Braunfels Friday July 28,1995 Steak & Dance Featuring Cartons walker Country/Western Dinner 6-8pm (Dinner only $7") Dance 8-12am (Dance only $5**) Cal for Reservations: 625-7243 or 625-1116 Bingo Every Thursday a! 7 OO p rn Lie 74 1328848-5 257 E. 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Hallmark Home Entertainment makes its debut with three strong titles, the caliber of which Executive Vice President Steve Beeks says “sets the pace for what is to come.” Two of those come from respected independent film producer Samuel Goldwyn Co.: the Academy Award-nominated foreign-film comedy “Eat Drink Man Woman” and David Mamet’s troubling sexu-al-harassment meditation “Olean-na.” The third film, the made-for-TV drama “Getting Out” (Rebecca De-Mornay, Ellen Burstyn) is based on a Marsha Norman play. It was produced by parent company Hallmark Entertainment. Hallmark will distribute future Goldwyn films, such as “The Madness of King George,” and about a dozen new titles a year. It also has access to the Goldwyn studio’s library of more than 200 titles (such as “Wild At Heart”), a; well as Goldwyn’s J. Arthur Rank holdings, more than 400 films. i Another respected independent, October Films, also will be distributed by Hallmark. October will provide about IO video titles amrit'-ally under the three-year pact, starting with “Search and Destroy,” directed by David Salle. (October’s recent film-noir masterpiece “The Last Seduction” is now available from Polygram, ridder a previous distribution agreement.)    ,,'a Hallmark also has established* a second video label, Evergreen ffr tertainment, to handle more adult-themed films from Goldwyn abd October. The first of these come to video Aug. I. Lori Singer and Mickey Rourke team up for “The Lait Ride” — a lusty mix of outlast living, rodeo sawdust and ldvd. And in “Suture,” Dennis Haysbeft and Mel Harris find themseiydk mired in a Hitchcock-esque plot of treachery, mistaken identity aqd suspense. •ow GIII KOOKS AV AII AHII WALNUT 6 629-6400 IM 35 and Walnut Ave. AUL SHOWS BEFORE 6.-00 PM $3.00J Ibm good 7/28 thru STS * ' *************** CX* umi STATION Child’s Plate Available STEAK # SHRIMP OO.- St' I D Cf,"! 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