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WHERE THE HEART IS (1990)
1990, Buena Vista Pictures, 107 min, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Father doesn’t always know best in this underrated satire from writer-director John Boorman. Dabney Coleman stars as a wealthy developer whose attempt to raze a local residence is met with ridicule; when his children (Uma Thurman, Suzy Amis and David Hewlett) join in, he decides it’s time for them to leave the nest - and is surprised by how well they adapt. Beautiful design and cinematography (by Peter Suschitzky) add plenty of visual appeal to this charming comedy.


THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
1988, Sony Repertory, 126 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam's third fantasy film (following TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL) is yet another terrific children's film that is just as entertaining (if not more so) for adults. The mythical Baron Munchausen (John Neville) materializes after a heinous performance of his life story and sets off with pint-sized gamine Sally (Sarah Polley) to save a city in trouble, stopping off along the way for encounters with Oliver Reed, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman and Robin Williams as the Moon King. "The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python - they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes." -Hal Hinson, Washington Post.


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