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IN BRIEF

The Other Sister (PG-13, 1999, 130 minutes, Touchstone).

In this heavy-handed paean to "special people," Juliette Lewis plays Carla, a mentally retarded adolescent, whose dream of living independently with mentally challenged boyfriend Danny (Giovanni Ribisi) is squashed by a controlling mother (Diane Keaton). Keaton's performance is almost embarrassing; she seems to be playing Annie Hall playing Phyllis Schlafly. Lewis and Ribisi have their moments, but director Garry Marshall, the pied piper of kitsch, beats us over the head with this take-home message: "Mentally challenged people in love say the darndest things!" Contains sexual situations and obscenity.

-- Desson Howe, Washington Post
Twin Dragons (PG-13, 1999, 90 minutes, Dimension).

What a ridiculous, woeful excuse of a badly redubbed Hong Kong comedy-chop-socky flick this is! Just awful. And grainy-looking, too! Clearly rereleased to capitalize on Jackie Chan's popularity, this 1992 action-comedy features the shameless, athletic performer playing two twins separated at birth. One has grown up to become a famous New York musician, the other a Hong Kong gangster. When the pianist comes to perform in Hong Kong, wacky, madcap and, uh, lovably lunatic complications ensue. The twins get unwittingly involved in each other's lives, so that the gangster finds himself conducting an orchestra and the musician is faced with nasty gangsters. Never have I wanted to get out of Hong Kong so fast. Contains shameless mugging and slapstick violence.

-- Desson Howe, Washington Post
Home Improvement: The Series Finale (No rating, 1999, 98 minutes, Buena Vista).

The final episode of the long-running TV sitcom series. Also features highlights, bloopers and interviews with cast and crew.
I Saw What You Did (Not rated, 1965, 90 minutes, Anchor Bay).

The scariest thing about William Castle's goofy 1965 thriller "I Saw What You Did" is star Joan Crawford's gigantic hairstyle, which seems to have taken on a life of its own. And wait until you see her necklace, which resembles a lethal weapon. The DVD edition of this chiller, which also stars John Ireland as a psychopath, is presented in wide screen and includes the original theatrical trailer and a "special world premiere announcement" from Castle. A real hoot.

-- Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Nukes in Space: The Rainbow Bomb (Not rated, 1999, 52 minutes, Goldhil Home Media).

Filmmaker Peter Kuran's follow-up to "The Atomic Bomb Movie: Trinity and Beyond," sets its sights on the development of the intercontinental ballistic missile and the testing of nuclear weapons in space. The documentary, narrated by William Shatner, is full of fascinating and thought-provoking information about how the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union led both countries to take unprecedented risks by igniting nuclear weapons in space, disrupting radio communications, causing satellites to malfunction and endangering astronauts in orbiting craft. This is a thoughtful and well-made documentary and one that should be seen. If you can't find "Nukes in Space" at your local video store, you can order it by calling Goldhil directly at (800) 250-8760.

-- Vern Perry, Orange County Register
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