Dallas Morning News New York Times News Service, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
So everyone says that they want movies they can take their kids to. Then along comes "The Indian in the Cupboard" - a family flick that wins some of the year's most glowing reviews but does mediocre business. Don't expect a "Cupboard II." Earlier this summer, "A Little Princess" met much the same fate - rave reviews, public dismissal. But disgruntled moviegoers will get a chance to catch "Princess" again. It's set for a national re-release Aug. 4.
Meanwhile, Hugh Grant's real-life dangerous liaison didn't seem to affect "Nine Months." The film opened strongly, but something more spectacular was expected from director Chris Columbus' first outing since "Mrs. Doubtfire." He's a high-concept director, and the concept of Grant as a daddy must not be as tantalizing as that of Robin Williams in drag. Dallas Morning News Showgirls Gets Hit With NC-17 Rating
For five years movie studios have viewed the highly restricted NC-17 rating as commercial death.
The rating, which bars films to viewers younger than 17, is seen as especially damaging to a film's prospects because many theaters in malls are reluctant to show films with that rating, newspapers and television networks are nervous about promoting them and video chains like Blockbuster have said they will not rent or sell these films.
But last week, after "Showgirls," a film about Las Vegas strippers, was given an NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board, MGM/UA, the studio that made the film, said it welcomed the rating. …