AMC Classic Film Festival -- Some people's idea of a classic film is Citizen Kane; for others, it's more along the lines of Wayne's World. AMC makes both camps happy through the month of October by offering three time-honored and much-loved "classic" films each and every weekend. Friday night it's the anthemic cry for millions of the nation's young cubicle dwellers, Office Space (1999, Rated: R). Ride off into the sunset Saturday night with The Magnificent Seven (1960, Rated: PG) and on Sunday, check out an impossibly young Bruce Willis in the original Die Hard (1988, Rated: R)
Good Dog! -- Talking dogs are as unlovely a curse as rainstorms of toads. Cuter, yes, but in the all-out anthropomorphic riot that is the glossy Good Dog!, with CGI-animated canine yaps that seem to be gargling mush even as they issue cutie-pie wisecracks. First-time writer-director John Hoffman does an agreeable-enough job telling the story of 12-year-old Owen (Liam Aiken), who adopts a mutt from outer space (with Matthew Broderick's mewling voice). The relentless high jinks grow tiresome, though lessons are there for the learning, including Owen's adolescent romance with a multiracial girl (Brittany Moldowan) and several appearances by a gay male couple from down the cul-de-sac. With Molly Shannon, Kevin Nealon. (RP) Rated: PG
House of the Dead -- Not content to hang out in Elliot Bay Bookstore or maybe take the ferry to Vancouver for a few days like the rest of us, several college kids on spring break in Seattle decide they'd rather visit a remote island where an awesome rave is supposed to be taking place. But when they get there, it's all "Where is everybody?" and "Where did all this blood come from?" and "Ha ha ha, nice Zombie makeup, Zach...oh my god don't kill meeeee!!!" Rated: R
*** Intolerable Cruelty -- The Coen brothers go the screwball route in the story of a smooth divorce lawyer (George Clooney) who wins a case against the wrong gold-digging woman (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Everything gets a skewering, from love and marriage, to private investigators and the French -- a hilarious courtroom scene with a Frenchman named Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy (try to catch the moment where they replace his real dog with a fake one). Great snappy dialogue, and a cast that shoots for the moon, and hits. (E.S.) Rated PG-13
Jewish Film Festival -- Giraffes takes place in modern day Tel Aviv, where three young people - Efrat, Dafna and Avigail - are all living in the same apartment complex. One person is suspected of being a murderer, while another vanishes without a trace. A Trumpet in the Wadi is a love story between two outsiders in Israeli society - one a young Arab woman, the other a Russian immigrant. Giraffes plays Oct. 13 at 5:30 pm, Oct. 14 at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Oct. 15 at 5:30 pm. A Trumpet in the Wadi plays Oct. 13 at 8 pm, Oct. 14 at 5:30 pm, and Oct. 15 at 3 pm and 8 pm. Neither film is rated.
* Kill Bill, Volume I -- The plot, such as it is, goes thusly: Awaking from a four-year coma after the slaughter of her wedding party, Uma Thurman visits violent revenge on former colleagues, including Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox. Quentin Tarantino's KBVI zooms along with the conviction of the true believer, but also suggests the hermetic world view of the truly foolish. He brags on his babes-kicking-ass world as a prototype of "girl power," but its obsessive character is more fragrant of niche kink, such as magazines devoted to photographs of half-naked women smoking, but with the cigarette between their toes. Grueling sadism reigns. Rated: R (RP)
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Publication date: 10/09/03