Project Grizzly A hilarious NFB documentary about a man who builds a bear-resistant suit, then tries to get a grizzly to attack him.
The Portrait of a Lady Nicole Kidman stars in Jane (The Piano) Campion’s adaptation of the Henry James classic.
Evita Madonna goes to Argentina in a lavish musical directed by Alan Parker.
Mother An Albert Brooks comedy about a twice-divorced writer (Brooks) who moves back in with his mother (Debbie Reynolds). Some Mother’s Son Helen Mirren plays the mother of political prisoner on a hunger strike in Belfast.
Kansas City Robert Altman does the Jazz Age, with Jennifer Jason Leigh vamping as a gangster’s moll.
Phenomenon Scientologist John Travolta plays a poster boy for mind expansion.
The Trigger Effect An ingenious thriller about social breakdown, focusing on a couple trying to escape a Los Angeles power blackout. Escape from L.A. Kurt Russell camps it up as an action hero in a post-earthquake Los Angeles that has become an island prison.
When We Were Young: A Collection of Canadian Stories Selected and introduced by Stuart McLean (Viking Penguin). Evocative tales of childhood from some top writers. Morgentaler: A Difficult Hero Catherine Dunphy (Random House). A look at the private man behind the abortion rights doctor.
Out of This World: The Natural History of Milton Acorn Chris Gudgeon (Arsenal Pulp Press). A biography of the larger-than-life, complicated poet.
The Woman and the Ape Peter Hoeg (Doubleday). A fable by the Danish author of Smilla’s Sense of Snow, about a relationship between an unhappy wife and an ape.
Elvis: Great Country Songs (BMG). The 24 torch ’n’ twang offerings from The King.
A Celebration of Christmas, Live from Vienna José Carreras, Natalie Cole, Plácido Domingo (Warner). The unlikely trio in various combinations performs seasonal music. Mysteries Keith Jarrett (MCA). A four-CD compilation of the jazz pianist’s introspective meanderings, including 11 previously unreleased tracks.
Tidy Kinnie Starr (Outside). The Vancouver performer, who calls her musical style “chunkhop,” is being hailed as the next big thing in alternative rock.
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