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(continued from page 18) actual people and places depicted in the movie. “Nothing but the Truth” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) is based on the events surrounding the prison sentence of “New York Times” reporter Judith Miller after she refused to reveal the source who identified undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. Prompted by a failed assassination attempt on the President of the United States, investigative reporter Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) discovers that a neighborhood woman is a CIA operative. Rachel believes she has happened upon the Big Story, and is backed by her editor (Angela Bassett), the newspaper’s legal counsel (Noah Wyle), and her First Amendment lawyer (Alan Alda). Federal prosecutor Patton Dubois (Matt Dillon) wants her to name her sources. She refuses, and is thrown in jail for contempt of court. She thinks she will soon be released, but as her incarceration lengthens, her relationships with husband (David Schwimmer) and son (Preston Bailey) start to deteriorate. Performances are first-rate in this tense political thriller. Beckinsale is sympathetic as the idealistic yet frightened reporter, but Dillon dazzles as the Javert-like Fed who will use anything and everything within his power to break the reporter’s will. The changing relationship between Rachel and her family gives the film humanity and elevates it from a mere “ripped from the headlines” flick to one of depth. Extras include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and filmmakers’ commentary. “What Doesn’t Kill You” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) is reminiscent of episodic gangster pictures, such as “Goodfellas” and “Once Upon a Time in America.” It is an autobiographical take on the life and experiences of director Brian Goodman, who was a petty criminal and drug addict as well as a family man. From an early age, Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) do jobs for crime boss Pat Kelly. With no way to support a growing family, Brian sinks deeper and deeper into the world of crime until he is given the opportunity to participate in the biggest robbery of his life. The film’s Boston setting is reminiscent of “The Departed,” but Goodman’s film is far more modest and less complex. The best thing about “What Doesn’t Kill You” is
Ruffalo, who has done consistently good work in excellent, mediocre, and weak films through the years. Here, he has a meaty role and makes Brian a multifaceted character. His Brian is torn between the dishonest world of fast bucks and his responsibility to a wife and child. The film is raw and captures the desperation of the streets. Considering it does not boast A-list stars, a top director, or large budget, the film is an admirable achievement. Extras include deleted scenes, commentary, and a making-of featurette. “While She Was Out” (Anchor Bay) is a predictable spin on the vigilante thriller. Della (Kim Basinger) lives in a gated community and is a devoted mom married to an abusive, former jock (Craig Sheffer). She has the appearance of a delicate creature, incapable of inflicting harm on others, but that changes after she is accosted by a gang of thugs while doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Their leader, Chuckie (Lukas Haas), is clearly a sociopath itching to cause some serious pain. Della must defend herself and improvises with garage tools and ingenuity. Basinger is good and elicits a degree of sympathy, but when things start looking awfully familiar, that sympathy dissipates. The film is rated R. Extras include audio commentary with writer/director Susan Montford, a making-of featurette, and theatrical trailer. “Mission: Impossible: The Sixth TV Season” (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a six-disc box set featuring all 22 episodes from the 1971-72 season. Known for its jazzy theme by Lalo Schifrin, this series ran from 1966 to 1990, one of the longest runs for a TV drama. The formula remained essentially the same throughout, though there were cast changes through the years. At the beginning of each show, the leader of the Impossible Missions Force, a group of highly trained government agents, receives a taperecorded message outlining instructions for an assignment. The rest of the program shows how the team plans, sets the stage with intricate, covert preparations, and executes the project. Plans generally include assuming identities, makeup and disguises, rigging equipment, and plain old guts. Risk is always present. Discovery will mean failure and possibly death, so teamwork is essential. The team consists of leader Jim Phelps (Peter Graves), electronics wizard Barney Collier (Greg Morris), muscle man Willie Armitage (Peter Lupus), and makeup artist Casey (Lynda Day George). During the sixth season, Jim and his team focus primarily on targets outside the reach of conventional law enforcement agencies and bring master criminals, corrupt politicians, and syndicate bosses to justice.
ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 You may want to put pleasure before ARIES - Mar 21/Apr Aries, but that is business this week, 20 You maywise decision. Higher-ups are not a want to put pleasure before business this week, Aries, but that is keeping their eyes on you, and it’s imnot a wise decision.a Higher-ups are perative you make good impression. keeping their eyes on you, and it’s imperative you - Apr 21/May 21 TAURUS make a good impression. A new relationship has taken a downTAURUS - Apr 21/May 21that it’s not ward turn. Rest assured A your relationship hasbut rather a munew fault, Taurus, taken a downward turn. Rest assured that work out. tual acceptance that it won’t it’s not your fault, Taurus, but rather a muSeek greener pastures. tual acceptance that it won’t work out. Seek greener pastures. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You love to offer your opinion, GemiGEMINI - May 22/Jun come across as ni, but sometimes you 21 You love to offer your opinion, Gemicallous. It may be better to hold your ni, but sometimes have come across as to tongue if you you nothing nice callous. It may be better to hold your say. tongue if you have nothing nice to say. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You’ve been spending a lot of time CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 alone lately. Now you have the chance You’ve been spending a lot of time to get back out and enjoy what civilialone lately. Now you have the chance zation has to offer. It will boost your to get back out and enjoy what civilispirits tremendously. zation has to offer. It will boost your spirits tremendously. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 It is time 23/Aug 23 LEO - Jul to give up on a project you’ve been tackling. Accept that it you’ve It is time to give up on a projectis beyond your grasp and that that it is be left been tackling. Accept it should beyond to a professional. Swallowing your to your grasp and that it should be leftpride is difﬁcult. a professional. Swallowing your pride is difﬁcult. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 A new Aug 24/Sept 22 VIRGO -member of the family causes A you to reevaluate the family life, Virnew member of your own causes go. It is time to your hard look at the you to reevaluate take a own life, Virtraits that bother you. look worry, go. It is time to take a hardDon’t at the you’ll have support. traits that bother you. Don’t worry, you’ll have support. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You have ﬁnally found LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 your career groove. ﬁnally found that success You have Enjoy the rushyour career brings in the the rush come. Friends groove. Enjoy weeks to that success and in the weeks to come. Friends brings family are jealous of your happiand family it doesn’t faze you. happiness, but are jealous of your ness, but it doesn’t faze you. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22of emotions It will be a roller coaster It this week,roller coaster of emotions will be a Scorpio. Try to pull yourthis week, Scorpio. Try to pull yourself together and stay grounded. Focus self together and stay grounded. Focus on your intellect to negate the irratioonnal feelings you have. the irratioyour intellect to negate nal feelings you have. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 is the Activity, activity. Keeping busy Activity, activity. Keeping busy is the only way you’ll make it through the only waySagittarius. Otherwise, you’ll week, you’ll make it through the week, yourself with too much you’llon ﬁnd Sagittarius. Otherwise, time ﬁnd yourself with too much time on your hands. your hands. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 CAPRICORNtime away from it all? Need some - Dec 22/Jan 20 Need some time time for frivolous adNow is not the away from it all? Now is not the time for frivolous adventures, Capricorn. People are relyventures, Capricorn. People are relying on you to take charge, not to avoid ing on you to take charge, not to avoid the issues. the issues. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It’s time to pitch in more, Aquarius, It’s time to pitch in more, Aquarius, although you already do so much. A although you already do so much. A relative needs your help desperately, relative needs your help desperately, soso hop to it, and fast. You’ll enjoy the hop to it, and fast. You’ll enjoy the rewarding feeling afterward. rewarding feeling afterward. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar20 PISCES - Feb 19/Mar20 If If you’re feeling like a failure, it’s you’re feeling like a failure, it’s probably your head, Pisces. probably allallin inyour head, Pisces. Those around you know how capable Those around you know how capable you are. Cheer up. you are. Cheer up.
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