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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment May 00,0000Reviews of 'Sister Act' and 'Alien By GERRI PARE Catholic News Service NEW YORK {CNS) -- If you can believe Whoopi Goldberg as a cloistered Carmelite nun, then she's managed to pull off her "Sister Act" (Touch- stone). And an act it is, since De- loris (Goldberg} is hardly a candidate for the nunnery. She has a married boyfriend she's ready to ditch, gangster Vince LaRocca (Harvey Kei- tel), who owns the Reno casino in which she sings. Her decision to leave him be- comes a run for her life when she witnesses a mob rub-out he ordered. Until she can testify, friendly Lt. Souther {Bill Nunn) suggests a novel hide- out -- in a San Francisco con- vent! Mother Superior (Maggie Smith} welcomes Deloris with clenched teeth, handing her their traditional garb and in- troducing her as Sister Mary Clarence to the other unsus- pecting sisters, who don't venture beyond the convent garden onto the unsafe streets. While feisty Deloris is hard- put to observe Mother Supe- riot's demands of silence and fasting; she's dynamite in the choir. Sing "with an attitude," she nudges the singing sisters and soon she has them pulling in crowds to Sunday Mass with upbeat pop songs like " I Will Follow Him," whose romantic lyrics take on higher meaning. Before long the nuns start reaching out into the neigh- borhood with a soup kitchen, day care center and social ac- tivities. But when Deloris is kid- napped by LaRqcca's goons, it's a case of nuns on the run in raucous Reno to rescue their beloved imposter. With much good-natured humor, director Emile Ar- dolino treats his sisterly sub- jects as comic figures who are also spirited, caring individu- als. This may be a tad patron- izing, but the sisters' commit- ment and enthusiasm for the spiritual life shines through, and communal living is posi- tively portrayed. What's more, the movie is a lot of fun and a perfect fit for Goldberg's natural sassiness. Her comic delivery gives new meaning and extra edge to the phrase, "Bless you." In most movies religious figures come off as wooden, but here it's the gangster and the goons who remain car- toon characters while the nuns become real people. De- loris gains a new perspective by living with them and in turn helps the sisters spread the Gospel by making them more accessible and their music more relevant. It's a happy combination, and hilarity notwithstanding, the goals of religious life are never mocked. The peppy pace sweeps the laughs along as Smith's superior Mother Superior gets in some clever one-!iners and the choir belts out '60s Motown sound with no irreverence intended. "Sister Act" may not quite be heaven-sent, but its appeal is Catholic with a big and lit- tle "c." Due to references to an ex- tramarital affair and brief comic violence, the U.S. Catholic Conference classifi- cation is A-Ill m adults, The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG parental guidance suggested. A bald Sigourney Weaver reprises her role one last time as beleaguered Warrant Offi- cer Ripley in "Alien 3" (20th Century Fox). The sole survivor of a crash landing on a remote lice-in- fested penal colony, Ripley learns she is the only woman among 25 born-again, con- victed rapists and killers. That's the good news. She soon realizes she has brought the murderous alien monster with her -- and there are no weapons in the facil- ity. After the warden (Brian Glover) and a sympathetic medic (Charles Dance) are rendered helpless, Ripley turns to Dillon (Charles S. Dutton), the convicts' leader, with a bizarre request. She will try to stop the huge, acid-blooded dragon if in re- turn Dillon will then kill her. Ripley has become host to the monster's female version, and it is nesting within her. The violence has been toned down as there are no high-tech weapons this go 'round and the monster's meals are mostly quick,, shad- owy shots. As for the convicts being Christian fundamentalists, this is a plot contrivance that is never developed to any- thing resembling a spiritual dimension to the movie. In fact, it seems a bit ludi- crous that the movie assumes such a solemn, self-important tone (to say nothing of the multi-millions of dollars spent} on what is, after all, a monster movie. Fans of the first two will find this a triple threat while those alien to its predecessors are in for a chilling, sci-fi thriller. Due to sporadic shadowy violence and much roi guage, the U.S. ference classification adults. The Association is R  restricted. JULY 9- 22 Round trip airfare from Evansville. Accommodations at First Class hotels; Most meals . Fully Comprehensive All service charges and local Entrance ticket to World -- $2,875.00-" Fr. Joseph Ziliak will be your host for this tour. Visit the Prado in Madrid El Escorial and incomparable ToledO. The Andalusian cities of Granada and Seville The resort of Costa del Sol The Rock of Gibraltar p., Experience the mysteries of Morocco Elegant LisbO The highlight is a visit to the 1992 Word Expo, a once i n a lifetime experience. I would like to know your tour. Please send tional information. Name Address MAIL TO: Fr. Joseph Zillak 625 Frame Rd. Newburgh, IN 47630 City State/ZiP.