To “Hem up” this brochure, there are flashbacks to elephant hunting in Africa with David’s dad (Matthew Modine). But mainly there is a ménage à kinky with Caterina Murino as a tawny Spanish beauty desired by the married couple. The nude sea bathing has charm, yet any idea that Hemingway was sexploring androgyny gets washed out like that hair job. Director John Irvin did much better with City of Industry. This could be Tour of Indolence, the sex arriving like Viagra for a flaccid jellyfish that has washed up on the beach at Cannes.
Newsreel: The Reading Gaslamp 15 has decided to greet Christmas with…Die Hard? Yep, it’s one of a dozen holiday-related films to be shown at 7 p.m. for a ticket of just $5. The rundown: Edward Scissorhands (12/13), Gremlins (12/14), Scrooged (12/15), A Christmas Story (12/16), The Bishop’s Wife (12/17), It’s a Wonderful Life (12/18), White Christmas with sing-along (12/19), Die Hard (12/20), Sleepless in Seattle (12/21), Elf (12/22), Christmas in Connecticut (12/23), and Miracle on 34th Street (12/24).
New reviews in the listings: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Queen of the Lot, Samson and Delilah, and Tiny Furniture.