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HHH Grumpy Old Men

The only person John Gustafson dislikes more than Max Goldman is the tax collector who periodically shows up at his front door. John and Max (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) are neighbors who seem more chilled by each otherÕs presence than by the bitter Minnesota weather they live in. Their 56-year rivalry burns icily fresh when the vivacious, sensual widow Ariel Truax (Ann-Margaret) moves into the house across the street from them. Not even the point of a frozen fish nose can cool the jealousy between these grumpy old men, whose childish antics delight and inspire all who have ever thought of getting even. ÑAnn Ames. Loews Copley Place

HHHH In the Name of the Father

Daniel Day-Lewis offers a riveting portrayal of a young man named Gerry Conlon who is convicted, along with friends and family, of an IRA bombing of a British pub in 1974. The film addresses the grave injustice that the British government dealt the Conlons, but it uses the relationship in prison between Gerry and his father Guiseppe (an excellent Pete Postlethwaite) to carry the filmÕs message of hope and redemption. Director Jim SheridanÕs pro-Irish bias provides an effective retaliation against EnglandÕs tendency to make Ireland a scapegoat for the IRAÕs actions. And Emma Thompson gives a solid performance as the lawyer who struggles to bring freedom to the Conlons. Quite simply, it ranks as one of the best films of 1993. ÑScott Deskin. Loews Copley Place

HHH Mrs. Doubtfire

After a messy divorce, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) will do anything to see his kids again. His plot involves becoming a woman. As Mrs. Doubtfire, he manages to turn around his life and the lives of others. WilliamsÕ hilarious performance and a few touching scenes make up for a dismal beginning and much run-of-the-mill slapstick. ÑCraig K. Chang. Loews Cheri

HH The Pelican Brief

Julia Roberts is a law student who has created a legal brief which details her ideas on who recently murdered two Supreme Court justices and how it relates to the president. Denzel Washington is a reporter for the Washington Herald whom Roberts contacts when her lover and his friend are killed after they see the brief. Roberts is near perfect, and she plays the stressed and paranoid student to the hilt. Washington is convincing Ñ playing the determined reported who will stop at nothing to get a story. The strength of the film is in how it is able to carefully develop its plot and keep the audienceÕs attention until contents of the brief are revealed at the very end. ÑPatrick Mahoney. Loews Cheri

HHH Philadelphia

HollywoodÕs film ÒaboutÓ AIDS is really about discrimination and human dignity. Tom Hanks is the HIV-positive lawyer who alleges he was fired from his prestigious law firm because of AIDS discrimination, and Denzel Washington is the homophobic lawyer that agrees to take his suit to court. The filmÕs power lies in its message, but at times it suffers from Jonathan DemmeÕs heavy-handed direction, mistaking stilted sentiment for raw emotion. Still, the performances of Hanks, Washington, and a fine supporting cast carry the film to a near-triumphant conclusion. ÑSD. Loews Cheri, Loews Janus

HHHH SchindlerÕs List

Director Steven Spielberg triumphs in this historical drama about Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who was responsible for saving the lives of more than a thousand Jews during the Holocaust. Shot almost entirely in black and white, the film takes you to the Poland of the late 30s and early 40s. Neeson is great, carefully portraying the slow change from a man who only cares about money to one who cares only about saving lives. Ben Kingsley perfectly plays Itzhak Stern, SchindlerÕs Jewish accountant who cunningly sidesteps Nazi officials. Ralph Fiennes portrays the unswervingly-loyal Amon Goeth, the Commandant of the Nazi labor camp. Through Fiennes the audience is able to witness the hatred, brutality, and widespread death. Overall the movie is incredibly powerful and brings to light one of the darkest periods of human history. ÑPM. Loews Nickelodeon

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