Mainstream Flicks


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This article by Pete Mladineo was published in U.S. 1 Newspaper

on April 29, 1998. All rights reserved.


Princeton and Philadelphia have a few things in common:

Ivy League schools, historic sites, and Paul Robeson. The athlete,

singer, actor, and sometime movie star (he withdrew from movies for

political reasons) was born in Princeton in 1898 and died in Philadelphia

in 1976.

Something that Princeton and Philadelphia don’t share, though, is

a place that actively shows international films. Princeton’s only

art house — the Montgomery Cinema — pretty much stopped showing

international films in 1996. But in Philadelphia, the foreign flicks

come hard and fast. This year’s Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

opens on Wednesday, April 29, at the Annenberg Center with a party

and screening of "TwentyFourSeven," Shane Meadows’ meditation

on self-control starring Bob Hoskins.

It will also showcase Robeson’s work on the screen, commemorating

his hundredth birthday. They are each screened at the International

House, 3701 Chestnut Street. "Body & Soul" plays on Monday,

May 4, at 7:30 p.m. "The Emperor Jones" is screened on Saturday,

May 9, at 1:15 p.m., and "Jericho" plays on Sunday, May 3,

at 7 p.m.

Foreign flicks come to New Jersey for the Rutgers Film Co-Op’s New

Jersey International Film Festival, which begins in New Brunswick

on Friday, May 29. The Philadelphia fest is larger, and more international

than the New Jersey up-and-comer. In 12 short days there are 29 full-length

foreign films screening in Philadelphia (that’s not counting the independent

shorts or the American flicks), while New Brunswick’s festival shows

18 films not made in the U.S.A.

Philadelphia’s foreign films hail from such places as Chile, the Netherlands,

Honk Kong, Tibet, Bosnia, Ireland, and Romania. Human rights gets

a mini-spotlight at this year’s festival. For instance, "Frozen,"

an independent film by anonymous director Wu Ming, was smuggled out

of China. It’s about a performance artist in Beijing who makes his

own suicide his final work (Wednesday, May 6, at 9:15 p.m, or Thursday,

May 7, 8:15 p.m. at the Ritz at the Bourse). "Chile, Obstinate

Memory," Patricio Guzman’s film about Chilean amnesia, screens

on Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, 10:30 p.m. at

the Ritz at the Bourse.

This year’s fest will also showcase works of independent film and

video makers in the Philadelphia area, as well as spotlight Good Machine,

the U.S. company that produced titles such as "The Ice Storm,"

"The Wedding Banquet," "The Brothers McMullen," and

"The Sticky Fingers of Time." There will also be an homage

to Robert Lepage, the Quebecois director of "Needles and Opium,"

"Seven Streams," and "Elsinore."

Film critic Roger Ebert (of Siskel & Ebert) will provide an analysis

of the movie he considers to be the best of all time: Martin Scorsese’s

"Raging Bull," starring Al Pacino. This begins with a full

showing of the movie on Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m., at the International

House, and continues with three frame-by-frame discussions of the

film, led by Ebert, on consecutive days. The closing event is a Cajun

music concert by the Savoy-Smith Band, on Saturday, May 9, at 9 p.m.,

at the International House.

Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. Wednesday, April

29 through Sunday, May 10. Single tickets cost $7; five-packs are

$30; and an all-festival pass is $125. For advance tickets call the

UpStages box office at 215-569-9700. Call the hotline at 800-969-7392,

or check its website,

Second Chance Film Series, Princeton Adult School,

Kresge Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-683-1101. In the Company

of Men , April 29, 7:30 p.m.

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Mainstream Flicks

Confirm titles with theaters.

As Good As It Gets. Jack Nicholson, obsessive-compulsive

misanthrope, lays on the charm, wins best actor. Helen Hunt, waitress,

falls, wins best actress. Mercer, Regal.

Barney’s Great Adventure. Purple dino hits the big screen.

Mercer, Regal.

City of Angels. Nicolas Cage, angel, turns in his wings

for Meg Ryan, cardiothoracic surgeon. Mercer, Montgomery, Regal.

Good Will Hunting. Streetfighting math geek Matt Damon

meets bereaved Mork in Oscar-winning screenplay by Damon and Ben Affleck.

MarketFair, Regal.

Grease. The ’50s retro classic made in the ’70s with Travolta

and Olivia Newton-John comes back for a reprise in the ’90s. Whoa.

Mercer, Regal.

L.A. Confidential. Tinseltown shoot-em-up wins two Oscars,

but put this writer to sleep. With Danny DeVito. East Windsor.

Lost in Space. The next retro classic comes to screen

life with Gary Oldman, William Hurt, and Mimi Rogers. MarketFair,

Montgomery, Regal.

Major League III: Back to the Minors. This time it’s a

really bad team. Phillies? MarketFair, Regal.

Mercury Rising. Bruce Willis plays a wino and a surrogate

dad to autistic savant Alec Baldwin. Mercer, Regal.

Mouse Hunt. Brooding Tom & Jerry-style flick, with Nathan

Lane and Lee Evans. East Windsor.

Night Watch. Ewan McGregor, law student, gets serially

framed at the morgue. MarketFair.

Paulie. Green-and-blue peripatetic parrot helps to divine

truth in cross-country epic; with Gina Rowlands, Cheech Marin, and

Buddy Hackett. Mercer, Regal.

Primary Colors. John Travolta and Emma Thompson as the

Royal Couple in the screen version of Joe Klein’s political parody.

MarketFair, Regal.

Scream 2. Good opening. Serial killer sequel starring

Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette. Mercer, Regal.

Species II. Procreative aliens hitch ride from Mars explorers.

With Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, and Marg Helgenberger. MarketFair.

Suicide Kings. Long Island preps kidnap Christopher Walden,

Mob boss, to un-kidnap their sister. Mercer, Regal.

Tarzan. Casper Van Dien from "Starship Troopers"

plays the jungle hunk. Mercer, Regal.

The Big Hit. Jackie Chan comedy starring Mark "Boogie

Nights" Wahlberg. Mercer, Regal.

The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers’ annoying next helping,

with Jeff Bridges as a California beach bum. East Windsor.

The Borrowers. Family flick starring John Goodman and

a cast of Lilliputians. East Windsor.

The Object of My Affection. Jennifer Aniston, single mom,

entreats gay roomie, Paul Rudd, to raise kids. Garden, MarketFair,


The Odd Couple II. Decades later, Walter Matthau and Jack

Lemon become inlaws. MarketFair, Montgomery, Regal.

The Players Club. Ice-T and a whole lotta clubbin’ goin’

on. Mercer.

The Spanish Prisoner. Sequel to "The English Patient?"

No: It’s David Mamet’s modern day mystery about a plot to burgle a

corporate secret formula. Garden, Montgomery.

The Wedding Singer. Adam Sandler revisits the ’80s, with

Drew Barrymore, Billy Idol, and the Miami Vice look. East Windsor.

Titanic. Nine Oscars, including best picture and best

director for Cameron’s teenybopper masterpiece. MarketFair, Montgomery,


Two Girls and a Guy. Robert Downey Jr. in a not-quite

menage a trois with Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner.


Wild Things. Matt Dillon, sailing coach and guidance counselor,

"schools" wet t-shirt teens. East Windsor, MarketFair.

Winter Guest. Montgomery.

— Peter J. Mladineo

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East Windsor Cinemas, Routes 130 & 571, East Windsor.

609-443-9295. $3 shows; $2.50 matinees.

Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-683-7595.

Kendall Park Cinemas, Route 27, Kendall Park, 732-422-2444.

Loews Theaters, Route 1 South, New Brunswick, 732-846-9200.

Stadium-seating multiplex.

MarketFair-UA, Route 1 South, 609-520-8700.

Mercer Mall General Cinemas, Route 1 and Province Line

Road, Lawrence, 609-452-2868. $7.25.

Montgomery Center Theater, Routes 206 and 518, Rocky

Hill, 609-924-7444.

Regal Cinemas Town Center, 319 Route 130 North, East

Windsor, 609-371-8470. Stadium-seating, 15-screen megaplex.


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