On The Screen
HHH The Last Supper
Five liberal graduate students have an unexpected guest who, over dinner, manages to offend everyone at the table. After goading the students with the statement "Hitler had the right idea," he picks a fight and one of the students kills him. Seeing their action as a service to society, they start inviting over other conservatives they don't like - skinheads, anti-gay priests, etc. - to poison and bury in the backyard. -David V. Rodriguez. Tomorrow at LSC.
HH Maximum Impact
When a man that looks exactly like him turns up dead, Jean-Claude Van Damme learns that he had a twin brother taken from him at birth and sent to Russia, where he grew up as part of the Russian mob. Van Damme, in an attempt to "understand the brother he never knew," follows his brother's trail, causing him to get involved in a confusing bit of mob politics (they're all fighting each other but we don't know why), and taking up with his brother's girlfriend. The story is a bit too sentimental and gets into a rhythm only once Van Damme learns his brother's true identity and decides it's time to start taking revenge. But this scene comes too late to make the movie worthwhile. -DVR. Sony Cheri.
HH1/2 Mission: Impossible
Never mind the title: besides the famous theme tune and the initial premise of the Impossible Mission Force, Brian DePalma's film version of the 1960s spy drama has very little to do with the TV show. IMF leader Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) presents his team with a mission to intercept a top-secret list of agents for sale to a worldwide legion of criminals, but when things go awry in Prague, superagent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has to weave his way through the various plots and counterplots to find a traitor within the organization. This is Cruise's picture, and, though much of the "team" is dispatched early on, the remainder of the big-name cast is wasted. Even though the film moves at a swift enough pace so that you don't have time to dwell on the implausible plot details, the only memorable setpiece is Cruise's wire-suspended entrance into an impregnable, sterile CIA computer room. -Scott C. Deskin. Tonight at LSC.
Trainspotting tells the story of a group of Scottish heroin users. Already released in England, it has become the third-largest grossing British-made film and has received a large amount of criticism for not condemning heroin use. The story is told from the view of heroin users, without judgement, which makes the story feel completely genuine and totally fascinating. -DVR. Sony Nickelodeon.