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Billy Wilder's classic film, "The Apartment," will screen tonight
at the State Theater. The film stars Jack Lemmon as a business
executive who lends his apartment to his boss (Fred MacMurray)
so that he may carry on an extra-marital affair with Shirley
Maclaine. Featuring the famous line: "Shut up and deal." 7 p.m.
$5.50 for students.

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Check out Daily Arts tomorrow, as we feature a review of
the new Sandy Skoglund exhibit at the Musuem of Art.

March 16, 1999



'Dusk 2' sinks its teeth
into video stores today

splashes onto video

Courtesy of 20th Century F
Freddy Prinze Jr. comforts an injured Matthew Uliard In "Wing Commander."
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By s Cousino
/New Media Editor
galaxy far, far away, intergalactic
space battles, brash, hotshot pilots and
power hungry aliens, Oh my!
The "Star Wars" trailer is absolutely
stunning. Seeing a brief glimpse of what
George Lucas has in store for us is worth
the $7.50 alone. Sadly, however, movie
theaters won't run the two and a half
minute film strip on continuous loop for
two hours.
d, in theaters this week, the "Star
"trailer (a.k.a."Wing Commander")
follows with 110 minutes of pure, imita-
tion Bantha fodder. With its horrible,
"Seaquest" special
effects and irre-
deemable script,
Wing Chris Robert's
commnder " W i n g
{NOstas) Commander"
(No stars) already makes a
At Brarwood strong case for the
and Showcase worst film of the
year, coming
across as a cheap,
sci-fi war film,
without any of the
wisdom of "Star
Trek" or the charm
of "Star Wars"
Based on the video game of the same
nzpne, "Wing Commander" follows the
se odyssey of ace pilot Christopher
"Maverick" Blair and his rag tag coun-
terpart Todd "Maniac" Marshall, played
by "She's All That" stars Freddie Prinze
Jr. and Matthew Lillard. Aside from the
fact that their names sound like hick
radio disc jockeys, both are poorly drawn
caricatures as they deal with everything
from interracial sex, racism, death and
blasting evil Kilrathi cruisers.
Struggling through the awful dialogue
and the more laughable scenarios, the

actors put forth a semi-decent effort as
Prinze Jr. maintains his innocent charm
contrasted with Lillard's usual goofy
presence. The combined onscreen pres-
ence of the two bring the only likable
quality to this space disaster originally
slated to be released direct-to-video.
Blair and Marshall eventually team up
with a command ship on a mission to
fight the Kilrathi, a foxlike alien race
hell-bent on destroying the universe.
Leading the fight squadron is Jeanette
"Angel" Devereaux (Saffron Burrows),
whose wonderful, English accent ends up
... you guessed it ... being used in a
soppy, laughable romance with Blair.
As the battle between the Kilrathi and
the humans delves deeper into space, the
space travel dialogue about jump coordi-
nates, hyperspace, outer shields and nav-
com detectors gets thicker and thicker.
What the hell are these people talking
about? More so, who really cares?
For all it tries to be, "Wing
Commander" gets disgustingly preachy
in its attempts to deal with "spacism" as
tension rises among the young squadron
because Blair is "half-pilgrim." Pilgrims
are racially unaccepted in this galaxy.
While Blair fights his past, Marshall
enjoys a little romance with fellow pilot
Rosie Forbes (Ginny Holder), who adds
the only funny line of the film, claiming,
"It's better than sex with myself"
One can only wish that "Wing
Commander" made an attempt to live up
to that. While the very, very mildly enter-
taining first half is barely passable, the
film's latter half proves boring and pre-
dictable. Watch for the foxy Kilrathi,
whose hilarious stuff animal-like appear-
ance produce jubilant laughter.
If you go see "Wing Commander"
make sure to arrive early to see the "Star
Wrs" trailer. And remember, you proba-
bly won't get your money back if you ask
for a refund.

By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer
For a mediocre movie, "From Dusk Till
Dawn" has sure gotten quite a bit of atten-
tion since its release three years ago. First
there was the documentary on the film's
making, "Full Tilt Boogie' and now a
pair of direct to video releases - both a
prequel and sequel for fans who just can't
enough of life at the Titty Twister. Robert
Rodriguez, director of "From Dusk Till
Dawn;' and Quentin Tarantino, the film's
writer and star, produced and were each
involved in the writing of a script for one
of the upcoming continuations.
Ne'w in video stores today is "From
Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money,"
a sequel set two weeks after the conclu-
sion of the original film. Tarantino
receives a co-story credit for the movie
and is said to have heavily contributed to
the development of the script. The plot
centers on five shady characters who join
forces and head
south of the bor-
der to attempt a
big time bank rob-
From Dusk bery. The plan
Till Dawn 2 goes to pieces
when upon arriv-
ing in Mexico,
Direct to Video; certain members
in stores now cetimmbr
sr begin to encounter
p s and turn into vam-
pires, leading to a
bloody, vamps vs.
good guys finale.
The film's cast
has some recog-
nizable faces, but many of the roles are
played by virtual unknowns. Robert
Patrick, last seen in Rodriguez's "The
Faculty," plays Buck, the ringleader of the
robbers. Also included: Brett Harrelson
as a bumbling burglar and Danny Trejo as
Razor Eddie, the only character to return
from the original film. Bruce Campbell
and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen make quick
cameos at the film's beginning (any idea

By Matthew Barrett
and Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writers
"Bulworth," the dark horse in
this year's Best Original
Screenplay category, finally
makes its way to video today. The
movie is written and directed by
its star Warren Beatty, someone
who's been around the block
more than once. Here, Beatty
plays a disillusioned senator who
throws caution to the wind and
gets busy with Halle Berry. This
is a prime opportunity to check
out Warren G exploring his tal-
ents as a ghetto superstar.
What do all legendary sports
teams have in common?
Fun nyman
New OA d a m
ew On. Sandler han-
Video This dies the all-
Week important
agua job in
" T h e
Waterboy." Then by a lucky twist
of fate, Sandler is upgraded to
star of the squad. It's the stuff
that dreams are made of.

what happens to them?) in a scene that
seems to have become the norm for all
horror movies.
Writer-director Scott Spiegel, a native
of Birmingham, Mich., seems way too
anxious to show us that he is the director,
and he includes a bevy of shots from odd
angles and points of view. While this ben-
efits the film for a time, it becomes very
annoying by the film's end.
Spiegel also includes killings that rip
off the most famous sequences from
Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and
"Psycho" and neither of them are very
entertaining. Spiegel should be able to
think of something more original than
killing someone in the shower and then
showing their blood swirl down the drain,
or he shouldn't be directing.
For the most part, "From Dusk Till
Dawn 2" is about what would be expect-
ed for a direct to video follow-up of the
film's predecessor. What it lacks in terms
of a story it tries to compensate for with
wild special effects and bloody battles
between humans and vampires. So,
unless you're a die-hard fan of the origi-
nal, save your blood money and try some-
thing else.

Courtesy of Buena Vista
Sandler gets wet, then plays ball.
And finally, the most loaded
film of the year hits your favorite
rental counter today. Queen
Latifah, Holly Hunter and Danny
DeVito stop living in the world of
the imaginary, stop talking to
themselves and start "Living Out
Loud." Passed off by some as
original, this comedy misses the
mark and fails to live up to its


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