Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (R, language, sexual situations;
1:36): Tom Robbins' long-awaited novel comes to the screen with
good performances and much of the author's nifty, nasty wit, but
trying to follow a plot line causes some confusion here and there.
Gus Van Sant directs well, and the acting is first-rate throughout.
(Joe Pollack) CHESTERFIELD, CRESTWOOD, GALLERIA, ST. CHARLES.
Maverick (PG; 2:09): A dull, dreary and disappointing movie
based on the characters of the classic TV series, with William
Goldman's script a dull, soggy collection of old scenes, old jokes
and new mistakes. The scenery is beautiful, and the cast, despite a
few good moments, seems equally caught up in the tedium. Boring.
(JP) CLARKSON, CRESTWOOD, DES PERES, ESQUIRE, EUREKA, HALLS FERRY,
KELLER, MID RIVERS, NORTHWEST PLAZA, REGENCY, ST. CLAIR, UNION
Back Beat (R, nudity, language; 1:40): An exhilarating movie
about the early Beatles and the relationship between John Lennon
and bassist Stu Sutcliffe. It's got a good beat and, unless the
ushers object, you can dance to it. (Harper Barnes) CRESTWOOD,
Bad Girls (R, violence; 1:39): Madeleine Stowe, Andie
MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson and Drew Barrymore in a so-so
Western. (HB) COTTONWOOD, CRESTWOOD, NAMEOKI, NORTHWEST PLAZA,
Being Human (PG-13; 1:39): Robin Williams plays five roles,
from cave man to modern aging Yuppie, in a sweet if shallow movie
from Bill Forsyth ("Local Hero"). (HB) GALLERIA.
Belle Epoque (R, language, sexual situations; 1:58): An
absolutely delightful Spanish comedy about life and love and sex,
with four comely sisters all chasing the same handsome young man.
(JP) SHADY OAK, in Spanish with subtitles.
Clean Slate (PG-13; 1:46): An amiable, generally entertaining
caper comedy starring Dana Carvey as an amnesiac private eye,
although the movie is stolen by a wonderfully wacky Jack Russell
terrier. (HB) CHESTERFIELD, COTTONWOOD, CRESTWOOD, EASTGATE,
ESQUIRE, EUREKA, HALLS FERRY, KELLER, MID RIVERS, NORTHWEST SQUARE,
ST. CHARLES, ST. CLAIR, UNION STATION.
Crooklyn (PG-13; 1:52): Spike Lee's latest is a sweet, slight,
sometimes slow look at growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. A bit
repetitive in the first half, but it really comes alive in the
second, when a young girl much like Lee's sister Joie visits
relatives in a pink suburban paradise, and can't wait to get home
to the raucous family brownstone. (HB) CHESTERFIELD, ESQUIRE, HALLS
FERRY, KENRICK, NORTHWEST SQUARE, RONNIE'S, ST. CHARLES, ST. CLAIR,
The Crow (R, violence, language; 1:41): A strangely compelling,
bloody revenge drama starring the late Brandon Lee. Based very
closely on the comic books of James O'Barr. (HB) ALTON, BELLEVILLE
QUAD, CHESTERFIELD, ESQUIRE, EUREKA, HALLS FERRY, KENRICK, MID
RIVERS, NORTHWEST SQUARE, RONNIE'S, ST. CHARLES, ST. CLAIR, UNION
D2: The Mighty Ducks (PG; 1:47): This sequel does a rare thing.
It struggles with a serious theme: the commercialization of amateur
athletes. (DP) COTTONWOOD, CRESTWOOD, EUREKA, KELLER, MID RIVERS,
NAMEOKI, NORTHWEST PLAZA, REGENCY.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (R; 2 hours): This winsome romantic
comedy from the director of "Enchanted April" stars Hugh Grant as a
guy who can't commit until he meets the beautiful Andie MacDowell.
(EF) CLARKSON, COTTONWOOD, DES PERES, EASTGATE, HI-POINTE, KENRICK,
NORTHWEST SQUARE, RONNIE'S, ST. CHARLES, ST. CLAIR.
The Inkwell (R, language; 1:50): A movie that looks at
middle-class black families without being exploitative or violent.
But director Matty Rich makes a mishmash of the material. (DP)
HALLS FERRY, NORTHWEST PLAZA, ST. CLAIR, UNION STATION. …