Over the past few months we have received some requests that The Interim begin a Movie Guide section. In this feature, we will help our readers pick entertaining movies and try to recommend those which are suitable for family viewing.

Our scope will include first-run movies as well as those available on video-cassette. In a short write-up, the reviewers will not only attempt to shed insight on the theme of the movie but also alert the potential viewers of the presence of obscenity, nudity or violence.

Of course, our reviews cannot substitute for your own evaluation but when you have not see the movie we hope we can be helpful guides.

Lorenzo’s Oil

Starring: Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte

Take note, this is not your average “disease of the week” tearjerker. Rather Lorenzo’s Oil is an intelligently moving, beautifully-acted, suspenseful true story which documents a couple’s request for a cure for their son’s fatal disease. Although well-educated, neither parent has a scientific background, but through sheer determination and exhaustive research they crack the mystery of their son’s rare disease. There is no sex, no violence, and little, if any cursing. Lorenzo’s Oil affirms the intrinsic value of life and the vital virtue of hope. The movie also sends a strong warning about placing too much faith in the medical and research community. An absolutely gripping, wonderful film. Highly recommended.

Amos & Andrew

Starring: Nicholas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson

This movie was supposed to be a comedy. Somewhere along the way, I forget to laugh. The plot had potential, but the poor script and horrible editing destroyed it. For example, at one point in the film, hoards of media-types and a special police unit descend upon the house where someone is apparently being held hostage. The drama continues, but for the rest of the movie the media and these special police are nowhere to be seen. The plot takes lots of twists and turns, but the film maker obviously lost the map. Amos and Andrew was meant to provide a clever comment on modern day relations between whites and blacks. The result, however, is mindless, pseudo-liberal claptrap.

For your information, there is no sex depicted (however there are allusions to sadomasochism), there’s little violence, but there is some swearing. Even if Amos & Andrew is the only movie in town, go and watch your paint dry, or something. Definitely not recommended.

Mad Dog & Glory

Starring: Robert DeNiro and Bill Murray

I went to see Mad Dog & Glory at the spur of the moment, not bothering to check the rating (which is AA), expecting to see a sweet, funny romance. I keep forgetting that there are few people in Hollywood who know anything about “funny” and even fewer still who know anything about romance.

Robert DeNiro plays a cop who saves the life of a stranger, Bill Murray, a quasi New Age gangster who does stand-up comedy and sees a therapist.

Murray’s characterization of this hoodlum is ridiculous and impossible to get a handle on. Murray lends lonely, goofy DeNiro a beautiful young woman for a week as a “thank you” for saving his life. DeNiro and the woman, played by Uma Thurman, end up having sex (surprise!), fall madly in love (sure!) and struggle to stay together without Murray’s interference.

Once again, Hollywood informs us that sex and lust equals love and that a man discovers his true masculinity and becomes empowered through the sex act. Once again I, as a movie-goer was made to feel like a voyeur.

Mad Dog & Glory does have the odd bit of humour but, overall, it’s just a silly movie. There’s a fair bit of cursing and some graphic violence as well.

Why do I continue to torture myself? Not recommended.