Originally created 07/04/97

Video watch

Here is a list of what's new in video stores this weekend and a partial schedule of what's coming on video. Release dates are subject to change.

JUST OUT: The Crucible, Beverly Hills Ninja, Fierce Creatures, Jackie Chan's First Strike.

TUESDAY: When We Were Kings, Vegas Vacation, Absolute Power.

JULY 15: Shine, Metro, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Relic, The Eighth Day, Fools Rush In, Angel Baby, Fun and Fancy Free.

JULY 22: Sling Blade, Hamlet, Donnie Brasco, Private Parts, Smilla's Sense of Snow, The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo, Underworld.

JULY 29: Jungle 2 Jungle, Albino Alligator.

Video reviews

Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases:

THE CRUCIBLE (‹‹‹1/2 , PG-13) Superlative performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Scofield animate playwright Arthur Miller's screen adaptation of his classic play, a parable of the Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s involving the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. With Joan Allen and Winona Ryder.

FIERCE CREATURES (‹‹1/2 , PG-13) Kevin Kline has a dual role, as an Aussie media baron who buys a zoo, and as the man's son, who wants to prove himself by boosting its profits. John Cleese is the man in charge of the zoo; it's his inspiration to kill all the harmless animals because dangerous creatures sell more tickets.

SCREAM (‹‹‹, R) A self-aware horror movie, in which the characters are teen-age horror film fans. When a slasher attacks, they know what to do - they think. With Neve Campbell as the heroine, Courteney Cox as a TV reporter, Drew Barrymore as a victim, and Henry Winkler as the high school principal (the Fonz makes good). Bloody and violent, perhaps too gruesome for some, but horror fans will understand the special effects and appreciate the in-jokes.


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