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Review of the day for the week of October 6, 1997.

Monday:
Sister Act

Sister Act
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This absurdly, jocular film is unrealistically entertaining.

Whoopi Goldberg stars as a struggling lounge singer who accidentally witnesses the murder of her boyfriend, a mobster. To protect her, a cop on the case places her somewhere that she isn't likely to be found - in a nunnery. Goldberg must wear an unsightly nun's habitat, keep her big mouth shut, and, in general, act like a nun. Yikes! A miserable failure at her new occupation, she is assigned one task: to lead the nun's choir. At first, things seem to go all right: she gets the miserably off - key group to sing at least seviceably. When she tires of traditional hymns, she picks up the pace, and turns them into loud, fast - paced songs, which horrifies the head nun, but pleases the priest and brings in many new church - goers. Eventually the Pope hears about the newly tuned, and popular church choir, so he decides to stop by the church for a performance when he's in town. Meanwhile, the gangsters who killed her no-good boyfriend are still searching desperately for her.

Whoopi carries this film with expert performances, and her supporting cast blends well with her dynamic on-screen personality.

It's facetious and you should definitely rent it today.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Tuesday:
U-Turn

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U-Turn is an eminently creative film that should receive many accolades for its nonconformity, brilliant acting, and exceptional photographic backgrounds. The photography is craftily done, and the plot original, although nonsensical.

Sean Penn stars as Bobby, a man on the run: several gangsters who previously relieved him of two of his fingers are once again after him and his stolen money . While he's on the way to deliver the loot, his car breaks down near a miniscule town called Superior, Arizona, and Bobby has an unbelievable run of bad luck. First, he' cheated by the only mechanic around. While waiting for his car, he unwittingly becomes involved in a convenience store holdup and loses the last of his stolen cash. What's he to do? Now his gangster friends are on the way to get him! Meanwhile, he decides to use the beautiful, but demented, young woman named Grace (Jennifer Lopez) to help him get out of town. (It appears that everyone in Superior is insane. ) Too late, he discovers that Grace has her own plans to use him - and she's more trouble than help!

The classy part of the script is how it ends; I won't spoil it for you, but it's not a typical movie ending.

My Rating = Four Stars

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Wednesday:
Multiplicity

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This blithely diverting hoopla is sure to make you cackle with glee. One humorous scene follows another and the fun never ends.

Doug Kinney(Michael Keaton) is an overworked construction worker - his employees pave the wrong driveway leaving him with extra work; he misses his daughter's important girl scout meeting; he has no time for his family, let alone himself and now his wife, Laura (Andie MacDowell) plans to go back to work. That means that he'll have to help out with the kids more. How will he ever manage? Never fear, your typical nutty professor is here: a geneticist named Doctor Leeds offers Doug the chance to be cloned - with two of himself around , he'll have all the time he needs, right? Well, yes, but he also has all the problems he can handle, so instead of sending number 2 on his way, Doug acquires a third clone. When the third clone clones himself - still with me? - they wind up with an imbecile Doug. Oops!

Tricky situation after tricky situation arises. At one point, Doug is forced to duck out of a restaurant under a table with number 2's girlfriend to avoid his wife, who is with number two. Is your head spinning yet? Doug attempts to remedy the confusion by setting two ground rules for his clones: no sleeping with his wife, and no more clones. This doesn't really help, and Doug's clones manage to get him fired and provoke his wife to leave him. What's he to do?

Well, all the clones make for a huge starring role for Michael Keaton, who can easily handle such a role; you'll see plenty of Keaton's admirable acting and the chemistry seemed to be right with Andie MacDowell as his wife.

Rent this film for a barrel of laughs.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Thursday:
Nine Months

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Nine Months a cleverly, witty flick will keep you laughing for most of the movie.

Hugh Grant stars as Samuel Faulkner, a child psychologist. Rebecca Taylor, (Julianne Moore) Faulkner's live-in girlfriend, accidentally becomes pregnant. She happens to tell him this while he's driving and they nearly go off the road, banging up his trendy sports car. Later, she talks him into keeping the baby, although he really hates the idea of becoming a father. When they consult an obstetrician, they meet wacky Dr. Kosevich(Robin Williams), who's filling in for their more experienced doctor. Meanwhile, Faulkner's best friend's brother-in-law (Tom Arnold), and quick talking car salesman is also expecting a baby (his fourth) and finds many ways to annoy Faulkner.

This hilarious movie had many humorous scenes, including one where both Faulkner and Doctor Kosevich faint in the delivery room.

Both Hugh Grant and Robin Williams made this ridiculous story seem credible. Without their plausible performances, I'd have advised you to skip it. But, they were there, and the movie was more than worth viewing.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Friday:
Jumanji

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Jumanji, starring Robin Williams, is an exciting, rental movie for kids.

Recently adopted by their Aunt Nora, orphans Judy and Peter move into a colossal yet run down old mansion. Upstairs, they discover a game (Jumanji) which , when played, releases a horde of wild animals, African vines, and, wackiest of all, a man named Alan. Twenty-six years ago, when Alan was just a boy, he became trapped in the game, and has remained there ever since, until Peter and Judy released him. Of course, this leaves him with a lot of catching up to do. (For instance, he almost cuts himself trying to shave, and it's amusing to watch a thirty-something year old have a difficult time shaving!) Meanwhile, Peter and Judy discover that the only way to stop the wild animals and other assorted horrors of the game is to find Alan's original partner and convince her to play the game with them - and, hopefully, help them win.

Rent this video for a comfortable family movie, with a believable plot, and mild yet pleasing special effects.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Saturday:
L.A. Confidential

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If L.A. Confidential had stopped after the first hour - the only part of the movie that held my attention- it would have been enjoyable. After that, it just got too lengthy and complicated so monotony quickly set in.

Ed Exley (Guy Pierce) is a do-good L.A.P.D. cop who's such a nerdy little twerp that he actually says such melodramatically comical lines as: "Justice must be served." Apparently, he is also a humanitarian who can't get up the guts to shoot anybody. That's fine, but someone like that just is not cut out for police work. Then he earns a medal of valor for shooting three African - Americans suspected of murdering two policemen. Actually, Exley begins to suspect they were innocent, and that there's more to the story. There was much more to this long, often dull story, but, by the time Exley began to suspect there was more to the story, I couldn't care less - I'd already lost any interest I might have had for the movie.

Moviegoers who relish crime dramas with an abundance of violence and twisty plots would delight in viewing this movie, but I didn't, mainly because the numerous, dizzy plot turns were confusing and the violent action scenes repetitive.

My Rating = Two Stars

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Sunday:
Jack

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Jack, the comedy starring Robin Williams, bored me. Expecting a much faster paced flick , and a lot more laughs (remember Mrs. Doubtfire?), I was disappointed. Apparently, they saved the best for the previews...and the rest...blech...sorry.

Robin Williams plays Jack, a ten year old boy who ages four times faster than normal. His entire life has been spent indoors, with no friends but his parents and his tutor. So, at age ten, Jack's mom and dad finally enroll him in a public school with normal kids. The rest of the movie is about his struggle to fit in. This movie basically tries to impress the "looks are not important" moral on kids, which, of course is true, but not necessarily entertaining. I wanted to see a funny movie -- not one long lecture of a movie.

My Rating = One Star

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