1997 September Movies

The Game (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...

L.A. Confidential (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...

Lolita (1997)


  • 67%
  • R
  • 137 min
  • Drama

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Cube (1997)


  • 62%
  • R
  • 90 min
  • Horror

The claustrophobic debut of Canadian director Vincenzo Natali takes seven strangers out of their daily lives and places them mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out. A mix of thriller and psychodrama and a small budget film that gained cult status.

Gattaca (1997)


  • 82%
  • PG-13
  • 106 min
  • Drama

The futuristic thriller Gattaca invites audiences to enter an alternate future in which "designer people" forged in test tubes rule society and genetics determine a person's future. In this world, a person with the right genetic stuff can do anything; but a person with even a slight defect or even potential for a defect is a prisoner of his own biological cells.

The film stars Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, a young man determined to break out of his imperfect genetic destiny and see his...

The Edge (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.

Wishmaster (1997)


    • 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...

    Orgazmo (1997)


    • 47%
    • NC-17
    • 94 min
    • Comedy

    "South Park" creator Trey Parker's film (which was created before South Park's success) centers on Mormon missionary Joe Young and his unusual entry into the pornographic movie industry.

    Seven Years In Tibet (1997)

    Seven Years In Tibet

    • 61%
    • PG-13
    • 136 min
    • Adventure

    In the autumn of 1939, Heinrich Harrer, the famous Austrian mountaineer, and his countryman Peter Aufschnaiter, set out to climb Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. The self-centered Harrer, whose sole preoccupation was the achievement of fame and glory, would experience an emotional awakening on his fantastic journey that would take him form the heights of conquest to the depths of internment in a British prisoner-of-war camp, then from escape and a harrowing two-year trek...

    The Peacemaker (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.

    In & Out (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...

    The Ice Storm (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...

    Wilde (1997)


    • 71%
    • R
    • 118 min
    • Biography

    The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realisation of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to to two years at hard labour

    Hana-bi (1997)


      • R
      • 103 min
      • Crime

      Kitano plays Nishi, a violent and unpredictable police detective who quits the force after a terrible incident that results in his partner, Horibe (Ren Osugi), becoming confined to a wheelchair. After his retirement he spends much of his time looking after his wife Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), who has leukemia. The film moves at a deliberate pace and devotes much time to exploring their relationship. Nishi has also borrowed money from the Yakuza to pay for his wife's needs, and is having...

      Eve's Bayou (1997)

      Eve's Bayou

        • 109 min
        • Drama

        The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest idealistic daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the incident which is traumatic for her naivete and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll...

        Soul Food (1997)

        Soul Food

        • 80%
        • R
        • 114 min
        • Comedy

        The matriarch of a large, often embattled clan, Mother Joe presides over a 40-year tradition of sumptuous Sunday family dinner that brings her family together. Through good times and bad, Mother Joe dishes out generous helpings of humor, love, anger and wisdom, as well as her delicious soul food.

        When Mother Joe's mighty fist is felled by illness, the cherished tradition of Sunday dinner is broken -- and some family members even stop talking to one another. Now, it's up to Mother Joe's Grandon...

        Ta'm E Guilass (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.

          "JAG" Ghost Ship

            • PG
            • 60 min
            • Action

            A skeleton found on a decommissioned aircraft carrier was a murder victim, so Harm investiages. But then he discovers clues about his missing father. (Taken from JAG, The Third Season, Disc...

            A Thousand Acres (1997)

            A Thousand Acres

            • 23%
            • NONE
            • 105 min
            • Drama

            Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling novel, "A Thousand Acres" follows the saga of the Cook family, headed by the indomitable patriarch, Larry Cook (JASON ROBARDS). Cook's kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1,000 acres, but the seeds of its destruction are sown when he impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters, Ginny (JESSICA LANGE), Rose (MICHELLE PFEIFFER) and Caroline (JENNIFER JASON LEIGH). The apportioned land soon begins to divide the family....

            Aberration (1997)


              • 93 min
              • Horror

              Natural selection turns deadly in the mountain resort of Langdon when Amy Harding (Pamela Gridley) returns to her family's cabin to escape a troubled past. As a fierce winter storm traps her and Marshall Clarke (Simon Bossell), a field biologist researching the strange disappearance of local wildlife, they come face to face with a family of deadly mutating predators. Now, to survive they must exterminate this new breed of cold-blooded killer that is growing ever stronger.