himself, imparting life lessons and one-liners to the unborn child the doctors tell him he will never see. In the process of recording this posthumous gift, Keaton's character comes to examine his own life. PG-13 (adult themes, cancer, death). Available on videodisc. (CC)
SEX IS . . . * * * (1994) (Water Bearer) $39.95 80 minutes. A sense of catharsis permeates Marc Huestis' candid documentary about the sexual lives and attitudes of 15 gay men. Using a talking-heads format spliced with brief, explicit clips from gay porno films, the filmmaker introduces a diverse group of men who offer frank testimonials. The film examines the complexities of the homosexual experience, and the tiers of politics and race that have been layered on top of it. No MPAA rating (explicit language, explicit excerpts
from pornographic films, gay themes).
WAYNE'S WORLD 2 * * 1/2 (1993) (Paramount)* 94 minutes. Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Christopher Walken. Unlike the original, which had a plot, the sequel is content to spoof pop movies in the free-form spirit of the Hot Shots! and Naked Gun goofs. More successful than Wayne 2's fractured film clips are its musical spoofs, as in a sequence in which Garth equates listening to mellow Kenny G with the experience of having his teeth drilled. The film is naughtiest (and funniest!) when it practices such cultural criticism. But alas, this movie about the headbangers worried that their lives have no direction is itself adrift. PG-13 (double entendres, lewdness.) (CC)
DECEPTION * 1/2 (1993) (LIVE)* 90 minutes. Andie MacDowell, Liam Neeson. MacDowell stars in this deflated souffle about a housewife chasing down caches of cash and traipsing the globe in search of her dead husband. A humorless and senseless attempt to recreate the box office magic of Romancing the Stone, this turkey wastes the time and talents of everyone involved, including the usually charming MacDowell and her leading man, Neeson. PG-13 (violence, profanity).
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THE DARK (1994) (Imperial) $92.95. 90 minutes. Brion James, Jaimz Woolvett. Horror: A cop, intent on the death of a horrible creature, and a scientist
bent on capturing it, clash in the creature's underground lair. R. Available on videodisc. (CC)
FLESHTONE (1994) (Prism) $92.95. 91 minutes. Martin Kemp, Lise Cutter. Drama: An eccentric artist answers a phone-sex ad and becomes erotically involved with the woman on the other end of the line. R (also available in an unrated version). Available on videodisc.
RING OF THE MUSKETEERS (1994) (Columbia Tristar) $89.95. 86 minutes. David Hasselhoff, Cheech Marin, Corbin Bernsen, Alison Doody. Comedy/Adventure: Modern-day version of the three musketeers tale with a singer, female radio personality and schoolteacher protecting the rights of the destitute and the innocent. PG-13. (CC)
SHAME (1992) (Prism) $79.95. 91 minutes. Amanda Donohoe, Dean Stockwell. Thriller: Two women battle back against a gang of toughs ruling a town by terror. Available on videodisc.
MURMEL, MURMEL, MURMEL (1994) (Golden Book) $12.95. 25 minutes. Animated story of a little girl who finds a baby and sets out on a quest to find someone to take care of it. Also on the tape: The Boy In the Drawer.
PIGS (1994) (Golden Book) $12.95. 25 minutes. Animated tale of a kid who doesn't believe her dad when he says "Pigs are smarter than you think!" Also on the tape: David's Father.
SOMETHING GOOD (1994) (Golden Book) $12.95. 25 minutes. While on a shopping trip with her father, a hungry little girl sets out on her own shopping spree. Also on the tape: Mortimer.
THE BURNING HILLS (1956) (Warner) $29.99. 92 minutes. Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood. Western: Hunter plays a man being hunted by ruthless cattle thieves who finds refuge in Wood's home. Based on a novel by Louis L'Amour.
THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956) (MGM/UA) $19.98. 92 minutes. Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain. Western: Ford plays a former gunfighter whose new life as a shopkeeper is disrupted by those who want to challenge him.
THE GOOD GUYS AND THE BAD GUYS (1969) (Warner) $29.99. 104 minutes. Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy. Comedy-Western: Mitchum and Kennedy are a pair of aging cowboys on opposite sides of the law. PG.
GUN GLORY (1957) (MGM/UA) $19.98. 89 minutes. Stewart Granger, Rhonda Fleming. Western: Granger plays a despised gunslinger who gets a chance to regain his standing in his community.
THE LAST HUNT (1956) (MGM/UA) $19.98. 108 minutes. Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger. Western: Taylor and Granger star as a pair of feuding buffalo hunters.
SPRINGFIELD RIFLE (1952) (Warner) $29.99. 93 minutes. Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter. Western: Outlaws are getting their hands on the powerful rifle of the title, and Cooper goes undercover to find out who is stealing them.
TRIBUTE TO A BAD MAN (1956) (MGM/UA) $19.98. 95 minutes. James Cagney, Don Dubbins. Western: Cagney plays a ruthless horse breeder whose callous ways put him at risk of losing all he has.
VENGEANCE VALLEY (1951) (MGM/UA) $19.98. 83 minutes. Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker. Western: Lancaster and Walker play half brothers feuding over their father's land.
WESTWARD THE WOMEN (1951) (MGM/UA) $19.98. 118 minutes. Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel. Western: Taylor leads a wagon train full of women going west to meet their mail-order husbands.
MUSIC AND DANCE
DAVID BYRNE - BETWEEN THE TEETH (1994) (Warner Reprise) $19.98. 71 minutes. Byrne and his band 10 Car Pile Up perform. Songs include: "Well," and ''Girls on My Mind."
THE JIMMY JOHNSON STORY (1994) (PolyGram) $19.95. 45 minutes. Profile of Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who took the struggling 1-15 team to consecutive Super Bowl victories.
COMING NEXT WEEK
Jim Carrey and Sean Young in ACE VENTURA, PET DETECTIVE and Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in THE GETAWAY.
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