At The Movies
At the Movies lists first-run films showing on Oahu, effective tomorrow. Movies are rated on a four-star scale. Check theater listings for more information.

Thursday, July 17, 1997



OPENING

George of the Jungle

This airheaded comedy, a live-action version of the late 1960s animated television series, is so filled with slapstick humor, so willing to kid itself, that it adds up to the kind of silly summer fun that gives family entertainment a good name.(PG) Kahala, Kapolei, Keolu, Mililani, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row

Nothing to Lose

Stars Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. (R) Cinerama, Enchanted Lake, Kam Drive-In, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row

Operation Condor (Star Rating unavailable

Jackie Chan returns with another rock 'em, sock 'em, high-kicking adventure. (PG-13) Aikahi, Kahala, Kailua, Kam Drive-In, Kapolei, Nanakuli, Pearlridge, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row



CONTINUING

Batman & Robin

Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, a sultry eco-villain plotting toxic revenge on the human race, is the main reason to see this fourth Batman movie. Stars George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone and Arnold Schwarzenneger are saddled with an uninspired script. (PG-13) Kahala, Kapolei, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge West

Con Air

The tale of a loner hero who walks the thin line between good and bad, "Con Air" provides quite an exciting flight before it crashes and burns in an unnecessary climax-upon-a-climax. Stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich. (R) Kahala, Kam Drive-In, Kapolei, Keolu, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge West

Contact

The adaptation of Carl Sagan's story about intelligence in other worlds challenges the mind and senses. Jodie Foster's intense belief in her work smooths over the few dubious patches. (PG) Aikahi, Kapolei, Keolu, Mililani, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row, Waikiki 2

Face/Off

A lack of dramatic structure and a sense of when to quit are set off by a provocative premise, virtuoso direction and dazzling performances from leads Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. The two square off and literally change roles partway through the movie, bringing lots of old-fashioned viewing pleasure. (R) Kam Drive-In, Kapolei, Keolu, Koko Marina, Pearlridge, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row, Waikiki 1

Hercules

Disney's funniest, jazziest animation since "101 Dalmatians," "Hercules" is gorgeous filmmaking. It's also full of personality, with Tate Donovan as the hero, Susan Egan, Danny DeVito, and as Hades, James Woods, doing his quick-talking shyster bit better than ever before. (G) Enchanted Lake, Kahala, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Plot and human characters are given little consideration in this "Jurassic Park" sequel, but the special effects are astounding. Never before have imaginary, extinct animals been so convincing as aggressive, active antagonists. (PG-13) Pearl Highlands

Men in Black

Funky, fitfully clever spoof on the UFO myth of secret government agents who keep track of extraterrestrial visitors. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith team up to fend off a half-coherent interplanetary menace. Kid stuff, with a certain amount of style. (PG-13) Enchanted Lake, Kapolei, Koko Marina, Laie, Nanakuli, Pearlridge, Pearlridge West, Restaurant Row, Waikiki 3

My Best Friend's Wedding

This skewered variation on jealousy stars Julia Roberts who decides, after her best friend and former lover becomes engaged to someone else, that he is the man for her. Skillfully engaging, "Wedding" also has something to say about how we live, act, commit and relate. Co-stars Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz. (PG-13) Kahala, Kailua, Kapolei, Laie, Mililani, Pearl Highlands, Restaurant Row

Out to Sea

The plotting in this Walter Matthau-Jack Lemmon vehicle is by-

the numbers. The duo play two grumpy golden-agers who discover they're never too old to fall in love after they sign on as dance hosts on a Caribbean cruise. Mild comedy and hi-jinks ensue. (PG-13) Kahala, Pearlridge West

A Simple Wish

An OK kids' film, this comedy about a discombobulated, accident-prone male fairy godmother never lives up to the promise of its premise. Stars Martin Short and Kathleen Turner. (PG) Kahala, Kapolei, Keolu, Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge West

Temptress Moon

Beautiful to look at, this saga of crime, corruption, drugs, prostitution, rape and general decadence set in 1920s China is like a Chinese style "Gone With the Wind." Chen Kaige directs Gong Li and Leslie Cheung in this melodrama. (R) Varsity

Ulee's Gold

Peter Fonda makes an affecting screen comeback as Ulee Jackson, a taciturn figure who finds redemption late in life. Fonda captures keen, down-home intelligence and no-nonsense practicality in this hushed, unadorned study of the human spirit, ordinary lives and the dignity of hard work. (R) Varsity




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