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Grunt Work
G.I. Jane. [2]
Devin D. O'Leary

Dim Bulb
For once, Sly Stallone really doesn't have to do much acting--in Cop Land. [3]
Stacey Richter

Duty Calls
Sylvester Stallone pulls his weight in Cop Land. [4]
Susan Ellis

When the Cat's Away
Movie review of When the Cat's Away. [5]
Mary Dickson

Film Clips
Check out Tucson Weekly's capsule reviews packed with links to the hottest movie home pages on the Web. [6]

Book of the Deadly
The Pillow Book, Conspiracy Theory, and 187. [7]
Jim Ridley, Noel Murray, and Donna Bowman

Film Reviews
Comprehensive reviews of current films. [8]

Reviews of The Freshman (video), A Night to Remember (laserdisc), Seconds (video), and Rage Racer (CD-ROM). [9]

Videos a Go-Go
Every week, we explore a movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [10]
Coury Turczyn

Reel World
Albuquerque film news. [11]
Devin D. O'Leary

Now What?
What's the matter, couldn't find a review of that blockbuster film you're excited about? We certaintly don't want to leave you disappointed -- why not try some of these larger-than-life movie links? [12]

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Talk Back
If you're one of the few who didn't think Volcano blew, The Lost World bit, or The Fifth Element was one element too many, here's the forum to defend your opinion--crazy though it may be.

Volume I, Issue 12
August 25 - September 2, 1997

W hew! The volume of film reviews this week is simply Brobdingnagian. We had to call in a disaster team to deal with all the rubble. There's some gargantuan criticism going on here.

First off, we've got a look at Demi Moore's huge muscles in G.I. Jane. This astute critic, like many others, points out that Moore can't exactly be a G.I. since she's in the Navy. But that's just the beginning of the enormous problems for this hummer of a military vehicle, he says. (See below for a link to another hefty G.I. Jane review.)

Two more reviewers flash their badges of opinionated authority over Cop Land, a big "little" movie that chubbo Sylvester Stallone expects will resurrect his career the same way Pulp Fiction revived Bruce Willis's. Sly put on 40 pounds for the part, and he plays opposite an elephantine cast of pros that includes Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Harvey Keitel, so you'd think his career would be saved from its recently "rocky" path. But while one critic thinks Stallone has scored a knockout, this underwhelmed reviewer doesn't find Cop Land anything to say "Yo Adrian" about. (If you'd like to spend even more time in Cop Land, visit last week's tremendous film section for two additional reviews.)

Like a plump cat that demands to be petted, the reviews just keep on coming. When the Cat's Away explores what happens when a frisky feline runs away and the owner goes on a quest to find it. Apparently, the movie left this critic purring. Another review, unfortunately, has nothing but hisses and growls for The Pillow Book, Conspiracy Theory and 187, three movies with concepts much bigger than their executions.

The hulking, critical masses who write for the Austin Chronicle have whipped up another mammoth concoction of critiques this week, outdoing themselves with eight, count 'em, eight new film reviews. For those addicted to Hollywood product, included in the mix are Event Horizon, G.I. Jane, Mimic, Money Talks, and Steel. But you'll also find opinions on Comrades, A Love Story; When the Cat's Away; and Career Girls, the latest Mike Leigh film since his big honkin' Secrets & Lies.

But wait -- there's less. That is to say, these reviews of Conspiracy Theory, Event Horizon, Picture Perfect, The Pillow Book, and Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner are of the short-but-sweet, lite-and-fluffy variety, for you review-readers on the go.

Speaking of being on the go, this week's whopping "Videos-a-Go-Go" column pays homage to the films of Christopher Guest, the actor/director best known for his role as Nigel Tufnel in This is Spinal Tap. And while we're on the subject of substantial video rentals, this colossal "Scanlines" column aptly sums up The Freshman, A Night to Remember and John Frankenheimer's Seconds. If all those movie reviews still aren't enough to satisfy your appetite, read this prodigious update on the careers of Hong Kong action star Chow Yun Fat, director Kevin Smith, and the sequel to Scream (which will be titled The Sequel to "Scream."). That ought to fatten you up, Sylvester.

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