The Preacher's Wife (PG) Buena Vista, rental, 5 Aug. Or Whitney sings, again. Ms Houston (above), as the eponymous gospel-singer who falls for a celestial trouble-shooter (Denzel Washington) sent to her husband's inner-city parish, plugs the soundtrack throughout Penny Marshall's schmaltzy remake of a 1947 Cary Grant film. Despite the creaking plot and the fake Yuletide bonhomie, Washington turns in an endearingly understated comic performance as Angel Dudley, and Courtney Vance is believably hard-pressed as the Baptist preacher.
The Ghost and the Darkness (15) CIC, rental, 8 Aug. Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas run around 19th-century Africa hunting man-eating lions in this risible, and implicitly racist, long- haired-men-with-guns film. You'll be on the side of the lions by the end.
The Proprietor (12) Warner, rental, 8 Aug. Ismail Merchant directs - this time without James Ivory, or a coherent script. Jeanne Moreau plays the French-born, New York-based novelist who returns to her Parisian home in order, it seems, to understand the meaning of cultural cliche.
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