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19 September 1995 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »


Classy entertainment with a good shot at capturing a broad audience, ``Devil in a Blue Dress'' features headliner Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins, author Walter Mosley's cool-headed, home-owning private eye, in his first screen escapade. The closing night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, ``Devil'' potentially has Oscar nominations coming its way in several categories and should enjoy a healthy theater run.



Any similarities between the 1992 Nicolas Cage film ``Honeymoon in Vegas'' and his latest release begin and end with the title.

While the former was an Andrew Bergman farce, the latter is a Mike Figgis effort -- a moody, intensely bleak portrait of love among the disenfranchised.

In ``Leaving Las Vegas, '' Cage and co-star Elisabeth Shue are the loners in question -- a career alcholic and an abused Vegas call girl who form a curious, hopeless bond.

Although Shue's Sera is a hooker of the golden-hearted variety, Cage's unrepentent drunk arrives on the Strip for one last extended binge that makes ``The Lost Weekend'' look like afternoon tea.

Stylish and strongly acted, ``Leaving Las Vegas'' is also a major downer and will likely be a tough sell (HR 9/18).


New Line Cinema

Teen-age misfits and former teen-age misfits everywhere are likely to take ``Angus'' to heart. This tale of an overweight teen desperately trying to become cool, and not make a fool of himself as king of his school's Winter Ball, is a warm and engaging film.

Although its mildness and low-key style may prevent this New Line release from breakout hit status, it should be helped by its ultra-cool soundtrack featuring such recording artists of the moment as Green Day, Weezer, Goo Goo Dolls and Smoking Popes.

``Angus'' is much more sensitive than your average teen movie and avoids overly broad or cruel humor. At times, it can be a bit too treacly, such as in the passionate speech Angus delivers to his archrival about the need for tolerance, or the cheerleader's emotional revelation about her less-than-perfect life. But there's also enough prickly humor, particularly in the relationship between Angus and his grandfather, to offset the overly sweet parts (HR 9/15-17).

Other reviews

Also reviewed last week were the films ``The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea'' (HR 9/15-17), ``Reckless'' (9/15-17), ``Total Eclipse'' (9/15-17), ``The Celluloid Closet, '' (9/14), ``Erotic Tales II'' (9/14), ``The Kingdom'' (9/14), ``Margaret's Museum'' (9/13), ``Ordinary Hero'' (9/13), ``Last Summer in the Hamptons'' (9/13) and ``Baseball Girls'' (9/13).

(c) The Hollywood Reporter


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