1997 November Movies

 (1997)

Starship Troopers

  • 63%
  • R
  • 129 min
  • Action

The time is the future. Johnny Rico joins the military after graduation to become a citizen and for the love of his high school sweetheart. In the war against the bug aliens of Klendathu, the military is a very dangerous place to be. Johnny works his way through several battles and with the help of his friends and comrades, helps turn the tide of the war, and save the human race.

 (1997)

Alien Resurrection

  • 52%
  • R
  • 109 min
  • Action

The future. An old enemy. The perfect predator. Defeated but not destroyed. If only her killer instinct could be reconfigured, reformed ... resurrected.

The nefarious experiments begin. An unholy combination of human and alien genetics is discovered, made possible by an uneasy alliance between a renegade band of smugglers and a zealous cadre of scientists and officials. One subject is familiar, a woman horrifically linked to the alien species that now elicits so much scrutiny. Ripley is back and all is not what it seems.

No amount of arrogance, science or technology can control the biological destiny that compels the aliens. A destiny that only Ripley understands, on a deeply personal, primal level. To combat the alien menace, Ripley must team up with the smugglers, including an enigmatic mechanic named Call, who may be the instrument of Ripley's resurrection or the weapon of her destruction.

 (1997)

Anastasia

  • 85%
  • G
  • 94 min
  • Animation

A magical mix of action, adventure, comedy, romance and music, ANASTASIA is a spectacular, full-length animated motion picture about the lost Russian princess, the fabled last surviving member of the Romanov family, and her incredible journey to find her identity. During her one-of-a-kind adventure, Anastasia and her companions must battle the evil sorcerer Rasputin, his sidekick Bartok the bat, and a band of ghostly minions - all of whom will stop at nothing to complete Rasputin's curse against her family.

 (1997)

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

  • 3%
  • PG-13
  • 95 min
  • Action

A band of fearless fighters have defeated the evil warlords from Outworld in the life-or-death tournament of Mortal Kombat, saving Earth from destruction for another generation. But as the celebrants rejoice in their triumphant victory, the portals leading to Outworld are ripped asunder, and a giant figure with the face of Death declares that the battle has just begun.

Shao-Kahn, the feared Emperor of Outworld, has broken the sacred rules of Mortal Kombat and is coming in person with his extermination squads to conquer and eliminate anything that stands in his way. The Warriors will have to depend more than ever on their own courage and initiative to stop the fierce and destructive onslaught, fighting against enemies more powerful than any they have ever encountered before.

The stakes are annihilation. And this time, there are no rules.

 (1997)

Bean

  • 42%
  • PG-13
  • 85 min
  • Comedy

Based on the character Rowan Atkinson created for the most popular British comedy series of the 1990s, BEAN takes the man-of-few-words, Mr. Bean, on a romp of screwball mayhem covering two continents. Mr. Bean is a n'er-do-well employee of London's National Art Gallery whose job security is insured by having endeared himself to the Chairman of the Board. In order to get rid of Bean, the other board members vote to send him to America, passing him off as the art expert who will accompany the masterpiece Whistler's Mother to a museum in Los Angeles which has just purchased it.

 (1997)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • 48%
  • R
  • 155 min
  • Crime

John Kelso (John Cusack) is a young writer from New York who has been sent to Savannah to cover a very prestigious Christmas party, given each year by Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey), one of Savannah's most prominent and colorful citizens. Kelso's assignment seems straightforward -- simply immerse himself in Savannah's gracious Southern atmosphere and describe the party preparations and Jim Williams' exclusive guest list and the event festivities. Unfortunately, things don't quite work out that way.

In a sequence of events set in motion following his courtly Christmas party, Jim Williams is arrested for murder. Claiming self-defense, Williams has shot and killed his live-in lover, Billy Hanson (Jude Law), who, it seems, had a history of irrational, often violent behavior. Over the coming months, Savannah provides the stage for a morality play generated by Williams and reflected through some of the city's more eccentric inhabitants. The situation becomes increasingly entangled, as gossip and Savannah's unique approach to social disorder and problem-solving leave their stamp on events.

 (1997)

The Rainmaker

  • 82%
  • PG-13
  • 135 min
  • Crime

Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) is an idealistic young law school graduate who aspires to be a "rainmaker." When he can't get his first shot with a great law firm, he finds employment doing grunt work and chasing ambulances for a sleazy character named Bruiser Stone (Mickey Rourke).

Rudy latches onto a case that will shake the system to its foundation, exposing a multimillion-dollar insurance scam by taking on a powerful and corrupt company that has systematically made fortunes off the backs of poor and working-class people.

 (1997)

The Jackal

  • 15%
  • R
  • 124 min
  • Action

A ruthless assassin, The Jackal, (Bruce Willis) has been hired by international cutthroats to eliminate someone at the very top of the U.S. government. Aware of the Jackal's presence but uncertain of his purpose, the FBI's Deputy Director (Sidney Poitier) faces the biggest challenge of his career, he must find some way to track down this cold-blooded killer.

Reluctant but desperate, he enlists the aid of an imprisoned underground operative (Richard Gere) who has his own history with the Jackal. Together, these unlikely allies enter a global race against the clock to stop the mysterious mercenary before he can complete his deadly assignment.

 (1997)

Flubber

  • 23%
  • PG
  • 93 min
  • Comedy

Professor Phillip Brainard (Robin Williams) is a man so lost in thought that he appears, at times, not to pay attention. He's even forgotten two dates to marry his sweetheart Sara (Marcia Gay Harden). But then this guy's got a lot on his mind. He's working with his high-voltage, over-amorous flying robot assistant, WEEBO, on an idea for a substance that's not only a revolutionary new source of energy, but may well be the salvation of his financially troubled Medfield College, where his beloved Sara is the president.

Late on the afternoon of his third attempt at a wedding, all of Professor Brainard's hard work in the lab comes together when he creates a miraculous goo that when applied to any object - cars, bowling balls, even people - enables them to fly through the air at remarkable speeds. The stuff defies gravity and looks like rubber. What is it? Flubber!

 (1997)

One Night Stand

  • 28%
  • R
  • 102 min
  • Drama

On the surface, Max Carlyle (Wesley Snipes) has it all: a happy marriage, two healthy children and a successful career as a commercial director. Until one night while on a trip to New York City, a chance encounter leads to a passionate and uncharacteristic affair with a beautiful, seductive and very married woman named Karen (NASTASSJA KINSKI). Although each vows to forget the psycho-sexual ballet that has consumed these formerly faithful spouses, Max is plagued with memories of this scorching tryst. When he returns home, he slowly begins to withdraw from the people closest to him, as his wife (Ming-Na Wen) struggles to understand her changed husband, his new attitude, and the distance that has so quickly grown between them.

One year later, Max's best friend, Charlie (Robert Downey Jr.) is hospitalized as he battles the last stages of AIDS. When Max returns to New York with Mimi to comfort his ailing friend, he finds himself face-to-face with Karen, who is married to Charlie's conservative brother, Vernon (Kyle MacLACHLAN). Thrown together by fate, Max and Karen try to resist their mutual feelings, but ultimately they are forced to confront an undeniable truth ... and the unsettling and unexpected consequences that erupt from a One Night Stand.