May 09, 1977 12:00 PM


Scientist Fritz Weaver creates an all-knowing, all-doing computer that runs even further amok than 2001’s HAL. Not only does Proteus IV lust after Weaver’s wife, Julie Christie—which is reasonable enough—but it succeeds in impregnating her. Although sci-fi plotholes and tedious light-show effects (again a la 2001) detract, Christie is controlled and affecting, especially considering that her leading man is a huge tetrahedron with electronic eyes, a steel hand and a heart of FORTRAN. (R)


Still bonkers, Sissy (Carrie) Spacek rooms with kindhearted loser Shelley Duvall, her co-worker in a Desert Springs bathhouse for arthritics. They are joined by the spaced-out, pregnant wife of their mutual man, Janice Rule, who paints lizardlike figures on the bottoms of swimming pools. Duvall is impressive, and the drugged pace is vintage Robert Altman (Nashville, California Split). But Charlie’s Angels devotees will find this trio fluff-less. (PG)


Although it has all the right ingredients: a more or less plausible plot (Nazi paratroopers attempt to kidnap Churchill), crackerjack actors (Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall) and spiffy lenswork, this ends up another big budget film with a low return. A could-have-been thriller that isn’t. (PG)


Jack Lemmon turns up as the stereotypic captain-in-command whose hijacked 747, loaded with booty and ancient stars, crashes and sinks in the Bermuda Triangle. Despite some admirable special effects, realism fans may be surprised when the plane stays in one airtight piece. (PG)


Cashing in on a hot topic, this reincarnation flick resurrects themes of The Exorcist, The Omen and even an old laugher, The She Creature. Anthony Hopkins (from QB VII) creates a few tense moments as an anguished father. But there is an ugly insistence on replaying a scene in which a little girl is trapped inside a burning car. (PG)


Israeli commando Robert Shaw, as firm of chin as ever, outwits Marthe Keller, an unflinching Arab terrorist, and perennial psycho Bruce Dern, who are hell-bent on making sure there is no tomorrow for 80,000 Super Bowl fans. An all-pro suspense chiller. (R)


Based on one of the few children’s classics that escaped Disney, this feature-length cartoon has 16 original songs by Joe Raposo, once Sesame Street’s composer-in-residence. (G)

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