New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Recent Releases Put To the Test
Copley News Service NEW RELEASES
“AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY” - As Austin Powers, a groovy hipster of “mod” London who is also a twit version of James Bond, Mike Myers has got every swingin’ nuance nailed. When not spoiling the world conquest schemes of bald, demented and somewhat Ed Sullivan-sounding Dr. Evil (Myers again), Austin is a fashion photographer. He snaps secret documents with a tiny spy camera while speaking with the sexual swagger of David Hemmings in “Blowup.” With his frilly collars, “gear” suits, cute boots and awful hair (including what looks like bear fur glued to his chest), and his bad, predatory British teeth, Austin is a fright vision for any woman. Of course, he doesn’t know that -his face is winky and kinky with come-ons. Via cryogenic defrosting, the utterly 1967 Austin - a nerd who fears only nuclear war “and circus folk”
- follows Dr. Evil to our own, less grooved era. He remains compulsively mod, yet flummoxed by changes. As an Evil underling, Robert Wagner seems to be stiffly aware that he is spoofing the type of movies he used to appear in youthfully. Michael York, whose smile seems cemented to his'jaw, is certainly aware, i Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mimi Rogers. (Elliott) Rated PG-13. irkk “COMMANDMENTS” Aidan Quinn plays Seth Warner. On an idyllic day at the beach with his adoring, adored and newly pregnant wife, Seth blisses into sleep. He wakes up to thunderclouds, big waves, and no wife. Soon, he is on his New York roof braying at God for reasons why. Reply: His house is singled out for an arbitrary “act of God.” Seth becomes a fallen angel and a new Job. He subversively decides to break each of the Ten Commandments as a challenge. Seth covets not his neighbor’s wife, but his late wife’s sister, the beautiful and then responsive Rachel (Courteney Cox), who is conveniently married to a jerk, Harry. Anthony LaPaglia plays Harry as a contrast figure to Seth. A tabloid reporter, he sins cynically, habitually -his religion is being a New Yorker. High on hair-shirted quirkiness, the plot yanks around its “fated” souls, in such a fashion that you might think back to film fantasies long before Woody Allen, to the more extravagantly moralizing fabulations of Frank Capra. Cast: Aidan Quinn, Anthony LaPaglia, Courteney Cox, Pamela Gray. (Elliott)
Exotic Dancers Male/Female
15 yrs. experience Have been on major talk shows
Mira Sorvino, left, and Lisa Kudrow try to gain acceptance from their now classmates, from center left, Kristin Bauer, Julia Campbell and Mia Cottet, Michele’s High School Reunion.”
victims. Stupid humans hang around, almost eager to be snake snacks, though Erie Stoltz should not be blamed; he’s in bed, sick, on the barge. Jennifer Lopez has no chance to sing Tejano music, but Jon Voight does a weird, mumbly merger of Brando (“Apocalypse Now”) and Robert De Niro (“Cape Fear”), as a veteran snake chaser and lunatic. It’s too silly for adults, and probably too scary for kids. (Elliott) Rated R.
“TRAVELLER” - The Traveller toughs are like a roving Mafia of coyotes, and their sleazy adventuring is not seen as endearing scampiness. The hustled victims are often bare survivors, gulled by their need for quick fixes and “sure things.” In his finest role, Bill Paxton plays Bokky, the most jauntily ruthless and reckless of an Irish Traveller enclave in North Carolina. He savors his low deeds, which require leaving the trailer-park encampment in the woods for rascal expeditions that often involve roofing and asphalting hustles, or selling faulty trailer homes to rubes . In the tradition of “Tile Flim-Flam Man” and “The Color of Money,” the story centers on Bokky’s mentoring a younger sharpster, a cousin who has come back into the clan and must prove he is not an outsider or do-gooder. Cast: Bill Paxton, Julianna Margulies, Mark Wahlberg, James Gammon, Luke Askew, Nikki Deloach. (Elliott) Rated R.
RECENT RELEASES “ANACONDA” - Set in the most hellish up-river corner of the Amazon, where slithering is an evolutionary advance, this snake show features a giant, jumping, canny anaconda that loves to chase, torment, eat and then regurgitate (for double the yums) its
“GROSSE POINTE BLANK” - It takes awhile to find its comic ease, but George Armitage’s film about a hit man (twinkly-cool John Cusack) who tries to match again with his old high-school flame (sparky Minnie Driver) at their 10th class reunion does get going very well. The reunion is even better than the one in “Something Wild,” and the payoffs, spoofing action pictures, are crisp. Dan Aykroyd, Allan Arkin and Mitchell Ryan help it along smartly. (Elliott) Rated R. kirk
“LIAR LIAR” - The $34 million opening is impressive, but maybe less than the fact that Jim Carrey, as a successful creep lawyer who must be honest for one day, rises (cartwheels?) about the very mechanical script to create a lot of fun. Maura Tierney is charming as his wife, Justin Cooper is the adorable son,
pregnant but still snobby former in Touchtone Pictures’ “Romy and
but it’s all Carrey, and if you enjoy his very special set of skills, you will have an amusing time. (Elliott) Rated PG-13. ★★★
“ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION” - A
Disney huggie blankie with a few knots of abrasive attitude. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino star as gal pals from high school, still living together IO years later, and desperate to impress at the posh reunion the same snobs, creeps and twits they had hoped to win approval, ftpm before. So much for maturation. And since they have no
male relationships (except a mooning, nostalgic yen tor a
dull hunk in their past), why
not just show some real guts, writer Robin Schiff, and make them gay? You know the answer. Most of the jokes and “truth” talks are plastic bubbles, but the two stars get into diverting rhythms, and there is quite a funny dance scene. (Elliott) Rated R. irk “THE SAINT” - Not up to the old George Sanders standard of the ‘40s, though it cost vastly more than all those B-movies, this freaked action carnival stars the eager, fairly amusing Val Kilmer as The Saint, a thief and killer with an always available kit of made-up identities (Kilmer seems overjoyed to be out of a Batman suit and into flirtier dress-ups). But the mayhem, directed with dutiful banality and slabs of Moscow atmosphere by Phillip Noyce, is very standard. And there is a dotty performance by Elisabeth Shue, as a smiling genius, a physicist (she seems to have made a private breakthrough in cold-fusion theory so that she can win a Miss Science pageant). After her, we want to keep on going - to Demi Moore as Marie Curie. Some snappy moments don’t save this loud, junky downer, frantic to launch a new “franchise.” (Elliott) Rated R. irk RATINGS
4 STARS - Excellent 3 STARS - Worthy.
2 STARS - Mixed.
I STAR - Poor.
0■! Forget It' "
NR - Not Rated.
Capsules compiled from movie reviews written by David Elliott film critic for
The San Diego Union-
Tribune, and other stair writers.
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