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BY Jim Cosgrove

November 08-14, 1998 Issue | Posted 11/8/98 at 1:00 PM

 

The Big One:: When documentary filmmaker Michael Moore goes on a nationwide tour to promote his latest book, he meets people who have been laid off, have no job security, or are having difficulty in making ends meet. Disillusioned by this, Moore and his film crew set off to find just one CEO's take on the problem. The film, which is billed as a comedy, contains strong language. (MPAA Rating — PG-13)

Black Dog: In his bid to make ends meet and to support his wife and daughter, a former professional truck driver Jack Crews who has just been paroled from prison, accepts an “off the books” job from his boss, Cutler (Graham Beckel). He agrees to drive an unspecified cargo from Atlanta to New Jersey. But Cutler's partner, Red (Meat Loaf) is planning to double-cross Cutler and hijack the cargo — an illegal shipment of guns. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Allen Ford and ATF Agent McClaren are also tracking the rig, and are planning on nabbing everyone involved in the operation. The movie contains strong language and repeated violence. (MPAA Rating — PG-13)

The X-Files: The hit TV show's fans will have their passion gratified, but others may find it heavy going. The confusing plot has the mysterious explosion of a federal building blamed on a pair of FBI agents (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) who uncover a conspiracy that reaches way back in time. Involved are extra-terrestrials and powerful contemporary figures. The movie embellishes the series' hip, paranoid mood with stylish chases and expensive special effects. (MPAA Rating — PG-13)

The Odd Couple II: Thirty years after first meeting and becoming roommates, Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon) and Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau) meet again in California for the wedding of Felix's daughter, Hannah (Lisa Waltz), to Oscar's son, Brucey (Jonathan Silverman). Although it's been 17 years since they last spoke, Felix and Oscar still get on each other's nerves. Just hours after leaving the airport, they end up lost in the California desert. Despite a weak story, die-hard fans of Matthau and Lemmon might enjoy seeing the comic duo together again. Contains some strong language. (MPAA — PG-13)

The Wedding Singer:: Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler), a struggling songwriter earns a living as a wedding singer. All appears to be well as he goes about planning to marry Linda (Angela Featherstone). However, when Linda dumps Robbie, on their wedding day, everything falls apart. Meanwhile, Julia (Drew Barrymore), who works as a wedding waitress and who has befriended Robbie is also experiencing difficulty in getting her uncaring fiancé Glenn (Matthew Glave) to help in any of their wedding plans. A relationship develops between Robbie and Julia, and Robbie believes that his waitress friend may now be about to marry the wrong man. The movie contains sex-related material and language. (MPAA — PG-13)

Paulie: A Russian immigrant, Misha (Tony Shaloub), takes a job as a janitor at a research lab. In the lab's basement, he finds Paulie, a parrot that not only speaks but can carry on an intelligent conversation. The parrot tells the janitor his story. In a series of flashbacks we see that his owner, Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), was a young girl with a speech impediment whom Paulie befriended and helped. However, after she takes a fall from the roof while trying to teach Paulie how to fly her parents insist on taking her feathered friend away. Paulie has many a tale to tell and Misha decides to do what he can to help the loquacious parrot. Great family entertainment. (MPAA — PG)

Hope Floats:: Birdee Calvert (Sandra Bullock) tries to rebuild her life, after she learns through national television that her husband Bill (Michael Paré) is having an affair with her best friend (Rosanna Arquette). Birdee returns home to her mother, Ramona (Gena Rowlands). The two women were never close, and now with her father in a nursing home, Birdee has to learn to deal with her mother's habit of intervening in her life. (MPAA — PG-13)