Fervent 'Last Wish'
"Last Wish" is first class made-for-TV moviemaking. The film, which is based on NBC News Correspondent Betty Rollin's book of the same title, offers two of television's finest actresses at the top of their games. Patty Duke plays Rollin and Maureen Stapleton plays her mother, Ida, in this docudrama about Ida Rollin's wish to die after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. The film starts out as an issue movie about the right to die, but ends up a love story about a mother wanting to end her suffering and a daughter's efforts to help her do that. It airs at 9 Sunday night on WJZ-TV (Channel 13).
theater/winnie The Spotlighters Theatre is presenting the entertaining 1935 farce "Three Men on a Horse," by John Cecil Holm and George Abbott. Directed by Robert Bayer, the production features Patrick Martyn, Jon Lipitz, Anthony C. Hayes, Laura Gifford and Michael O'Connell. A timid greeting-card verse writer, underpaid and unhappy with his home life, discovers he has an uncanny knack for choosing the winning horses at the track. He falls in with a group of greedy gangsters who exploit him and, of course, complications ensue. 8:30 p.m. 817 St. Paul St. Tickets: $8. Call (410) 752-1225.
Winifred Walsh "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey," the sequel to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," released in 1989, goes nowhere until William Sadler appears as Death, and then the film comes to life. In the sequel, the Fabulous Two journey to hell through a time warp. Sadler's character is based on a deathly character in an Ingmar Bergman film. Hey, dudes, go for it! Language. Rating: PG. **
Lou Cedrone "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" is a familiar tale, but in this case, it's reasonably well done. Rebecca De Mornay is the loony who goes to work as a nanny for a family she hopes to destroy. Ernie Hudson is the handyman who figures it all out before anyone else does. Sure, you'll be able to guess what's coming, but that's part of the fun in watching this film. Language, nudity, violence. Rating: R. **
Lou Cedrone Usually, it takes a bit of traveling to see three good local bands on the same night out, but this evening Hammerjacks saves you some travel time with a solid hometown triple bill: All Mighty Senators, Egypt and Ten X Big. By now, most local music mavens already know that the Senators is one of this city's "bands to watch," but don't take that as an excuse to arrive late; openers Ten X Big are not to be missed. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $4; call (410) 659-7625.