Originally created 03/13/98

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.


The Full Monty, In & Out, A Life Less Ordinary, Jesus Christ Superstar (25th anniversary), The Peacemaker.


In the Company of Men, She's So Lovely, Mimic.


Ulee's Gold, A Thousand Acres, Shall We Dance?, I Know What You Did Last Summer, One Night Stand.


Bean, The Little Mermaid, Fairy Tale: A True Story, U-Turn, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

Video reviews

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

IN AND OUT (PG-13, ***)

Kevin Kline stars as a small-town high school teacher who is shocked when a former student (Matt Dillon) wins the Oscar, thanks him, and adds, "He's gay." Is he? Mr. Kline denies it. His fiancee (Joan Cusack), who is set to marry him in three days, is in tears. His father (Wilford Brimley) is bewildered. His high school principal (Bob Newhart) wants to fire him. And a gay TV journalist (Tom Selleck) arrives in town to cover the story.


Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz play two opposites (a janitor and a rich girl) who are brought together by two angels (Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo) against the wishes of her father (Ian Holm). Much ado about him kidnapping her, and much silliness when the angels are hired by the dad to track them down.


Disney reissues classic animated fare about a boy who refuses to grow up, the girl who loves him, the obsessed sea captain and a timely crocodile.

EVE'S BAYOU (****, R)

Writer-director Kasi Lemmons tells the story of the Batiste family of the Louisiana bayou country, circa 1962, as seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Eve (Jurnee Smollett). Her father (Samuel L. Jackson) is a handsome doctor but a ladies' man. Her mother is played by Lynn Whitfield. In memories fragmented by time and emotion, Eve tries to piece together what happened that crucial summer, and the result, in style and mood, is like one of Ingmar Bergman's great family dramas.

MAD CITY (** 1/2 , PG-13)

John Travolta plays a likable everyman who loses his job as a museum guard, goes to get it back, unwisely takes along dynamite and a shotgun, and inadvertently sets off a hostage crisis. Dustin Hoffman is a TV newsman in the museum at the time who sees the story as his big comeback opportunity.


Laughless, mistaken-identity comedy wasting the talents of one of the greatest sources of natural fun, Bill Murray, who plays a bumbling American tourist in London who is thought to be a counterspy.

GOOD BURGER (** 1/2 , PG)

A bunch of teen misfits take on the rival corporate fast food franchise across the street. Silly, and -- like the fast-food fare it serves up -- often tasteless, but shrewdly pitched at its target preteen audience.


Droll, short and tart. Three little words that describe both Janeane Garofalo and her new movie, the tale of an American political operative who goes to Ireland to find the relatives of her candidate and finds love instead.


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