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Culture | New and upcoming releases at the video store

Issue: "Unholy matrimony," Feb. 13, 1999

- Don't waste your time -- Maybe --- Worth seeing ---- Excellent ----- Masterpiece

The Truman Show ----

Now in video stores
Paramount; rated PG (thematic elements, mild language)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris
Story: Jim Carrey plays a man adopted before his birth by a production company and unknowingly living his life inside a giant domed set, his every move broadcast via satellite to the world.
Critique: "This is the best mass-market conversation starter since Schindler's List." A film with substance (can man play God?) that doesn't become heavy-handed.
Reviewed in WORLD: June 20, 1998

Mulan -

Now in video stores
Disney animation; rated G
Cast: Voices of Lea Salonga, Eddie Murphy
Story: Chinese legend about a teenage girl who dresses as a man to take her sick father's place in the army.
Critique: "It's awful. It should do for the Chinese what Pocahontas did for Native Americans."
Reviewed in WORLD: March 14, 1998

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Now in video stores
DreamWorks SKG; rated PG (mild language, menacing action)
Cast: Voices by Woody Allen, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone
Story: A worker ant challenges the social structure of the colony when he falls in love with the princess.
Critique: "As fantasy, it's cute fun. As allegory, it's buggy." Kids will like the graphics, but the worldview is liberal.
Reviewed in WORLD: Oct. 17, 1998

Ever After ---

Due in video stores: March 2
Twentieth Century Fox; rated PG-13 (scenes of jeopardy)
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Houston, Dougray Scott
Story: Descendants of Cinderella and the Prince tell the "real" story behind the fairy tale.
Critique: A fun retelling of the tale, with a feisty (but not overbearing) princess. "Never takes itself too seriously."
Reviewed in WORLD: Aug. 15, 1998

What Dreams May Come --

Due in video stores: March 9
Polygram; rated PG-13 (death, disturbing images, language)
Cast: Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra, Max van Sydow
Story: Husband crosses from "heaven" to "hell" (both self-created by those who inhabit them) to rescue his wife.
Critique: A technically skillful film, but "the New Age turns out to be simple legalism, after all." This film about the afterlife offers no mediator, no grace, no forgiveness.
Reviewed in WORLD: Oct. 17, 1998

Bulworth -

Due in video stores: March 16
Fox; rated R (profanity)
Cast: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle
Story: Warren Beatty plays a corrupt Reagan Democrat senator who flips out on the campaign trail.
Critique: Mr. Beatty's second attempt to mass market Marxism; political correctness abounds to absurdity. "Obviously, this film is awful."
Reviewed in WORLD: May 23, 1998

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