Star-Bulletin Features

Tuesday, July 9, 2002



The following is a preview of movies opening Friday:

"13 Conversations About One Thing" >> In this karmic tale of intersecting lives, a New York college professor (John Turturro) resolves to change his staid existence, his victimized wife (Amy Irving) confronts his infidelity, a lawyer's (Matthew McConaughey) charmed life spins out of control following a hit-and-run, a housekeeper (Clea DuVall) waits for something extraordinary to happen and a businessman (Alan Arkin) can't get over a co-worker's optimism. (R)

"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" >> Animal Planet cable TV star Steve Irwin plays himself in this fictional family film about a crocodile that's swallowed a U.S. satellite beacon. When special agents are sent to retrieve it, Irwin mistakes them for poachers. Crikey! (PG)

"Halloween Resurrection" >> It's "Halloween VIII" as "Halloween II" director Rick Rosenthal is reunited with Jamie Lee Curtis. This time, a bunch of kids are enticed into Michael Myers' house by an Internet entrepreneur, who sets up a publicity stunt involving a live Webcast when the psycho killer shows up. (R)

"Reign of Fire" >> In a post-apocalyptic future, flying, fire-breathing dragons have reduced human civilization to cinders. The hope of the race lies with a British firefighter (Christian Bale), a helicopter pilot (Izabella Scorupco) and a brash American (McConaughey, again). Directed by "X-Files" veteran Rob Bowman. (PG-13)

"Road to Perdition" >> Based on a pulpy yet thematically rich 1998 graphic novel, it's the Depression-era tale of a Chicago mob hit man (Tom Hanks) who unravels after his wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son are killed. During the quest for vengeance that follows, the hit man's teenage son becomes exposed to the dark truth about his father. Newcomer Tyler Hoechlin plays the son in a cast that includes Paul Newman, Jude Law and Stanley Tucci. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") directed this period piece which might be another summertime "Saving Private Ryan." (R)

Cowabunga! "Nalu: 40 Years of Big Wave Boards" opens Friday at the Exhibit Space at 1132 Bishop St. Private collectors from around the state are donating their own big boards for the show. The reception is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 599-5009.

Mountain Apple reports that "Alone In IZ World" made the top spot on's national top sellers list yesterday, a first for a Hawaii release and outdoing albums from artists like Sheryl Crow, Eminem and Alanis Morissette. At the same time, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's earlier "Facing Future" occupied the No. 6 spot in the listing. Both albums hit the No. 1 and No. 3 spots respectively on the Web site's indie top sellers chart as well.

Disney stars will be arriving in September as "Disney on Ice" celebrates Walt Disney's 100 Years of Magic with shows at Blaisdell Arena. Tickets -- at $15, $25, $40 and $50 -- go on sale 10 a.m. Monday for the shows running Sept. 6 to 15. Check Friday's Weekend section for show times. Tickets will be available at Ticket Plus outlets. Call 526-4400 for more information.

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