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Review of the day for the week of June 29, 1998.

Monday:
Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry
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Kristie Alley stars in the hilarious film Sibling Rivalry.

Alley plays a woman who once dreamed of becoming a writer. Instead, she married a doctor, and finds that her life is now more or less run by his family members - all doctors. At her younger sister's advice, Alley has an affair with a man she meets in a grocery store. After they have sex, he suddenly drops dead of a heart attack! Panicked, Alley leaves the hotel room as quickly as possible - tripping in the hallway and dropping her wallet. A window-blind salesman finds it and goes into her hotel room, not noticing the dead body - well, not until he drops it on the guy's head. Naturally, he assumes that this is what killed the man, and calls Alley, assuming that the man is her husband (he notices that they have the same last name). Well, wouldn't you know it, he happens to be her brother-in-law whom she never met and was expecting at a dinner party that night!

Well, you can tell that this one just gets funnier and funnier, and more complicated! I laughed continuously through this screwball comedy, and definitely recommend it as a terrific rental.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Tuesday:
Mulan

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I was pleasantly surprised by the new Disney movie Mulan. Definitely not your typical G-rated Disney movie; good for little kids, excruciating for anyone else, Mulan is actually a movie you can take kids to without having to take half a bottle of aspirin!

The plot is a little hokey, naturally - Mulan is a young Chinese woman who isn't ladylike enough to suit her family. When her elderly father is called to war, she decides to steal his armor, pretend to be a boy, and serve for him in the Imperial Army. Her ancestors send a rather puny dragon to help her - that's where Eddie Murphy comes in. I know what you're thinking - Eddie Murphy in a G-rated movie? What's the world coming to? But Murphy is humorous as the dragon, although there were a few occasions where I thought the script was just dying for some stronger language on his part. However, I found the humor to be, for the most part, entertaining, and the music was terrific. The plot was predictable, and the characters one-dimensional, but not to the point that it's headache-inducing. If you're taking your kids to a Disney movie this summer, Mulan is the one to go to.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Wednesday:
Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb
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Out on a Limb is a funny comedy.

The story begins with a story. A little girl explains to her classmates what happened during her summer vacation - namely, her stepdad's twin brother, who had been in prison for fifteen years for a crime he claims he didn't commit, finally got out. The newly released twin murders his brother - who happens to be the mayor - and takes his place. Meanwhile, the little girl calls her older, grown brother Bill (Matthew Broderick), to come and save her. With her wild imagination, however, he doesn't believe her, but agrees to come visit her.

Bad idea.

Halfway there, he is hijacked by a strange woman on a motorcycle. She demands that he take off his clothes - so he can't go straight to the police - and drives off in his car. After walking back home, he finds that everything appears to be in order - even though his sister still insists something's going on with their stepfather.

Out on a Limb is a very amusing movie and makes a good movie rental.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Thursday:
X Files

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What I am about to say will probably get me hunted down and killed, but the truth must be known: I was disappointed in the X-Files movie. Yes, I know hundreds of thousands of loyal fans will want my head for saying so, but I cannot lie. Only a devoted X-Files fan will enjoy this movie.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are, of course, the infamous Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny), two FBI agents researching the possibility of extraterrestial life. When the X-Files are shut down and they return to regular FBI work, they are blamed for a bomb blowing up a building. As it turns out, the FBI is just trying to cover up the deaths of several people infected with an alien virus. Once on the trail, Scully and Mulder stumble upon one scary thing after another, and Scully is infected with the virus. Now it's up to Mulder to the vaccine to Scully in order to save her life.

Sorry, but most of The X-Files is in the typical horror/sci-fi movie range. Although it's exciting for a short time, you will only know what they're talking about - if you watch the television show. (If you're clueless like me, you probably won't get this movie either.) And if you're going because you just want to see the terrific special effects of slimy aliens, blood, and gore, it really doesn't serve the purpose either - with a PG-13 rating, X-Files is not a gloriously gory bloodbath like the all-time great Alien movies. After all that, the ending just leaves you hanging and confirms almost nothing!

My Rating = Two Stars

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Friday:
Star Trek: First Contact

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Star Trek: First Contact takes place in the twenty-fourth century, where earthlings now have time travel. Unfortunately, so does an evil, alien race called the "Borg". The Borg, who are part-robot, part-human, and about as friendly as a crazed killer on Prozac, want to stop earth's first contact with other, nicer, aliens. Both the Borg and the Federation (the people from earth who work on the Starship) travel backward in time. To stop the Borg, the Federation must make sure a brilliant scientist, Zephran Cocheran, launches his shuttle into space. Cocheran's friend, Lily, winds up on board with the Federation by accident; Picard recalls earlier experiences with the Borg that may either help him save the day, or just make a bigger mess out of things; the Borg hop on the ship for a battle with the Federation (at this point Data, the human - simulating Android, realizes that he is experiencing anxiety and Picard suggests he deactivate his emotion chip ); then Data is kidnapped by the Borg. First contact with the friendlier aliens? What will happen to Data, at the mercy of the Borgs?

It was intriguing watching this movie and finding out what was going to happen to earthlings, and Data, at the mercy of the Borgs.

Earthlings' technology was out of this world - literally! Their holodeck, time travel, and other modern luxuries make our laptops and cellular phones look like pieces of junk. In comparison, people living in 1996 look like naked cavemen running around grunting unintelligibly. Actually, in comparison we look like we're still in the beating-our-chests-and-eating-bananas stage. I was very impressed, not just with the movie but with what future generations may be doing.

Definitely drop whatever you're doing and rent this sensational Star Trek movie!

My Rating = Three Stars

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