1997 September Movies

 (1997)

The Game

  • 71%
  • R
  • 128 min
  • Drama

Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving up to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him.

 (1997)

L.A. Confidential

  • 99%
  • R
  • 138 min
  • Crime

In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal, and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of L.A. history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion.

 (1997)

Ronin

    • R
    • 122 min
    • Action

    Six strangers, experts in munitions, surveillance and covert operations, meet in a musty warehouse in the heart of Paris. Field soldiers during the Cold War, some hold dark secrets that could topple governments. Sam (Robert De Niro), an American, is well-versed in the language of weapons and the strategy of battle. Also present are driver Larry (Skipp Sudduth), also an American, English weapons specialist Spence (Sean Bean), Eastern Bloc electronics specialist Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard), Vincent (Jean Reno), the French coordinator, and Deirdre (Natascha McElhone), the client's only contact.

    Together, they must negotiate their way through a maze of political subterfuge and perplexing confusion that pervade the post Cold War world, in which former allegiances are often transitory and meaningless and where money reigns supreme.

     (1997)

    The Edge

    • 60%
    • R
    • 117 min
    • Adventure

    Thidden tensions between two men -- one an intellectual billionaire (Anthony Hopkins), the other a hotshot fashion photographer (Alec Baldwin) -- are gradually unleashed when they engage in a desperate struggle for survival after their plane crashes in the hostile Alaskan wilderness. One man eventually learns that the greatest danger comes not from Nature, but from fear, treachery and, possibly, murder.

     (1997)

    Ta'm E Guilass

      • 95 min
      • Drama

      Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for this contemplative film about a Muslim, Mr. Badi (Homayon Ershadi), who drives around the barren hills outside Tehran, flagging down passers by and offering good money for a simple job that he's hesitant to explain. He's planning his suicide and seeks someone to perform something of a symbolic eulogy.

       (1997)

      The Peacemaker

      • 41%
      • R
      • 124 min
      • Action

      Dr. Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman), a nuclear scientist and head of the White House Nuclear Smuggling Group, and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Devoe (George Clooney), an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces, must join forces in a race to track down a missing nuclear device before terrorists can devastate the U.S. by detonating the device in New York.

       (1997)

      In & Out

      • 73%
      • PG-13
      • 90 min
      • Comedy

      It all happened to Howard (Kevin Kline) faster than you could say "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." One of his former students (Matt Dillon) became a Hollywood superstar, and clumsily called Howard's sexuality into question--on the Academy Awards telecast, no less. Instantly Howard's tranquil life in Greenleaf, Indiana has turned upside down. Greenleaf has now become the scene of a media feeding-frenzy, with Howard as the bait. Peter Malloy (Tom Selleck), a slick and aggressive TV reporter, is determined to move in for the kill and get Howard to speak the truth. Meanwhile, Howard is only days away from his wedding to Emily Montgomery (Joan Cusack), the fiancee he's managed to hold at bay for a full three years.

       (1997)

      The Ice Storm

      • 83%
      • R
      • 112 min
      • Drama

      In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad.

       (1997)

      Wishmaster

        • R
        • 90 min
        • Fantasy

        There's an old adage that says, find a lamp, rub it, and a mystical genie will appear to grant three wishes, ensuring all dreams and desires will be fulfilled.

        Alexandra Amberson(Tammy Lauren) stumbles across a gem that imprisons the most malicious of genies, known as the DJINN (Andrew Divoff) and she unwittingly awakens the demon from its thousand year sleep. To her horror, she discovers that her three wishes form the key which will allow the DJINN to destroy mankind and usurp the earth for this race of hideous beings.

         (1997)

        Two Girls and a Guy

          • R
          • 84 min
          • Comedy

          They're as different as they are beautiful, but Carla (Heather Graham) and Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner) have more in common than meets the eye. Each brags that she has the world's greatest boyfriend -- until both realize they're talking about the same guy, struggling actor Blake (Robert Downey, Jr.). Angry, they break into his loft and upon his return the accusations and explanations begin.