"Idle Hands," "Entrapment," and on video, "The Thief" 

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Idle HandsEntrapmentNow On Video: The Thief

"Idle Hands" If you're looking for a silly spoof of teen slasher movies where the hero is a 17-year-old slacker who smokes too much dope, never has the TV remote more than an inch away from his hand and always has earphones on his head, this is the movie for you. Especially if you want that 17-year-old hero to become a homicidal maniac who kills his parents and his best buds. If not, steer clear of this gory, violent, nudity-sprinkled and obscenity-fueled sophomoric silliness.

Having warned you off, let me now confuse you by admitting that the movie did make me laugh a few times — but not often enough.

"Entrapment" A sexy crime caper that shows Sean Connery's age, this movie has plenty of plot twists and turns to keep our minds engaged. But it's really a romance at heart, and sadly, nobody in the audience or on the screen for that matter, wants Connery and lovely partner in crime Catherine Zeta-Jones to get together. The few scenes that hint at something more fall flat.

Individually, Connery and Zeta-Jones are charismatic; together, they couldn't light a Bunsen burner.

Although this updated "To Catch A Thief" has one plot twist too many — and wastes the talents of the wonderful Ving Rhames — it isn't a complete waste of time. To truly enjoy this action-adventure one must completely suspend disbelief or one will spend far too much time noticing how a stunt double seems to be doing even the simplest moves for Connery.

Now On Video

"The Thief" If you missed this 1997 Academy Award-nominated Russian film the first time around, here's your chance to make amends. It is the wonderfully told tale of an itinerant World War II widow, her 6-year-old son and the petty thief they accept as husband and father out of necessity.

Intriguing beyond the surface storyline, the plot also works as a metaphor for Stalinist Russia. For as much as pretty widow Katya (Ekaterina Rednikova) and little Sanya (the adorable Misha Philipchuk) love the steady paycheck of Tolyan (Vladimir Mashkov), they also fear him. Although he is not without tender feelings for his makeshift family, he soon reveals himself to be an abusive husband and stern father. Not unlike Stalin's reign over Mother Russia.


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