Movies 'Bonfire of the Vanities'' has been condemned by...


January 05, 1991|By Lou Cedrone | Lou Cedrone,By the Evening Sun staff

Movies 'Bonfire of the Vanities'' has been condemned by many critics. But if you can take the film on its own terms -- separating it from the novel on which it is based -- it's a pleasure, a satirical send-up of modern, me-first society. Tom Hanks is the New York broker who, while driving home from the airport, makes a wrong turn and sees his life go down the drain. Melanie Griffith, above, is his mistress, and Bruce Willis is the reporter who tells us all about this man. Language. Rating: PG-13. *** OK, the NFL football wild card playoffs are beginning today (at noon on ABC, Channel 13). But it is nice to note that CBS (Channel 11) is giving some air time to a less macho sport: women's college basketball. The annual Big Ten/SEC Challenge airs live at 1:30 p.m. from Iowa City, Iowa, with scheduled back-to-back games including Auburn vs. Purdue and Georgia vs. Iowa. If basketball does not thrill, female athletes of another discipline are featured at 3 p.m. on Channel 2 in the World Cup Tour, with women's downhill skiing from Morzine, France.


Winnie Walsh

"Nunsense," the irreverent musical spoof about the misadventures of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, is playing at Petrucci's Dinner Theatre. This poor but honest group of nuns must raise enough money to bury four of their sisters who were accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. Donna Dandino, right, is the high-spirited Mother Superior. Corny jokes and slapstick skits prevail. 312 Main St., Laurel. Buffet 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.95. 792-7499.

A fine boys choir and several chamber music premieres provide a good mix of music this weekend. At 2 p.m. today, the Boys Choir of Harlem sings a variety of music at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are $14-$26. And at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, world premieres by Baltimore composers Elam Ray Sprenkle, Robert Macht and Ronald Mutchnik are offered in a concert by Res MusicAmerica at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Eleven soloists and ensemble musicians will play. Tickets at the door are $8, $6 and $4.


Lou Cedrone

''Ghost Dad'' didn't do anything for Bill Cosby's movie career, and it didn't do much for the adults who saw it. But children from ages 4 to 8 thought it was hilarious. Cosby, right, plays a widowed father who ''dies'' then comes back as a ghost, visible only in the dark. The plot isn't always consistent, but the kids won't care. Language, sex. Rating: PG. *

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