The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 28, 1995, Page 11, Image 11

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    Scorsese deals a winning hand in ‘Casino’
By Jeff Randall
Film Critic
Las Vegas may be the city of lost
wages for most. But for Martin
Scorsese, it looks to be a highly prof
itable subject matter in his latest film,
Thisbased-on-a-true-story feature
-;- stars Robert
Movie DeNiro (“Raging
_ - Bull,” “Taxi
KeVieW Driver”) as Sam
widely respected
gambler who gets
tapped by the mob
to run a casino in
Las Vegas. But this
opportunity even
■-tuauy sours ior
Rothstein, who discovers that running
things isn’t all he expected, and he
ends up paying for it in the long run.
Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas,” “JFK”)
also stars as Nicky Santoro, a lifelong
friend of Rothstein and a prized asset
for “the boys back home,” the ring
leaders who operate Las Vegas from
halfway across the country. A short
FUm: “Casino”
Stars: Robert DeNiro, Sharon
Stone, Joe Pesci
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rating: R (violence, language)
Grade: B
Five Words: Las Vegas’
seedy past revealed
tempered and brash enforcer of sorts,
Santoro keeps other criminals away
from Rothstein’s casino and does so
with extreme violence, more often than
Sharon Stone is Ginger McKenna,
a chip hustler who wins Rothstein’s
heart but eventually loses it as a result
of both her greed and her addictions to
alcohol and an assortment of drugs.
Although this tale of the Mafia and
its day-to-day runnings is certain to
garner comparisons to “Goodfellas,”
Scorsese’s award-winning 1990 film,
“Casino” manages to get deeper into
the psyche of the organized criminal.
Whereas the main attraction of
“Goodfellas” was somewhat educa
tional in an operations standpoint, this
film is deeper in its approach to char
acter as it goes through the steps.
The first half of the film goes
through the standard audience-wow
ing facts about how the mob runs
things, especially in Las Vegas. All of
the scams are outlined, all of the play
ers are named and all of the minor
incidents (cheatinggamblers, dealing
with state officials) are seen in over
But the second half — in which
Rothstein, McKenna and Santoro
slowly disintegrate — is where the
real heart of this film resides.
DeNiro is excellent as Rothstein.
By now it seems that he can most often
walk through his roles, but he seems to
give more in this effort. His voice
over narration throughout the filmtells
the facts, while his actions on screen
tell the true story.
Pesci makes what amounts to a
reprisal of his role as Tommy in
“Goodfellas.” His character has little
or no depth, but Pesci does a good job
portraying the sheer violent nature
and street attitude of Santoro.
And Stone, who attempts to legiti
mize her acting ability in this film,
manages to turn in only a marginal
performance. She is convincing as a
calm and collected hustler, but when it
comes to her later stages of addiction
and desperation, she seems out of her
The film also includes a number of
excellent cameo roles, including James
Woods as McKenna’s former pimp,
Don Rickies as a casino manager and
Alan King as a connection between
Las Vegas and^the boys back home.”
Scorsese has now developed such
a memorable bag of tricks that many
of his films are only caricatures of his
past work. But “Casino” is still fresh
and attractive. The freeze frame shots,
the sweeping camera movements and
the angled point-of-view shots are all
exciting elements that make the film
—all three hours of it—fly by with a
surprising quickness. '
Toy Story’ earns
top spot for Disney
in box-office debut
“Toy Story,” Disney’s com
puter-animated tale of feuding
playthings, grabbed the No. 1
spot at the box office in its debut
over the holiday weekend.
The film earned an estimated
$38 million in ticket sales
Wednesday through Sunday, in
dustry sources said.
“Money Train,” (No. 4), “Ca
sino” (No. 5) and “Nick of Time”
(No. 9) also opened in the top
“Goldeneye,” the latest James
Bond thriller, held its own with
an estimated $27.1 million to
place No. 2, followed by “Ace
Ventura: When Nature Calls”
with $19 million.
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Thursday, November 30
12:30-2:00 pm
Nebraska Union
North Lounge
“Violence: Perspectives
on Causes & Effects"
Moderator: John Harris
Students, faculty & staff are
invited to join in an open and civil
dialogue on a critical issue!
The Student Information Center has a list of tutors for
student use. Anyone wishing to be on the list either to tutor
or in need of a tutor, f'l out an application at the ASUN
Student Info. Center, 116 Nebr. Union.
UNL Chess Club
Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Student Union Food Court. ALL STU
It’s a Holiday Party I November 29 at 5:00 at the American
Red Cross chapter house on 17th & E SL Well be doing
a fun activity and everyone is welcome!
Block & Bridle Club
Meeting, Nov. 29. East Campus Union. 7pm initiates, 7:30
regular. Pictures for the annual will be taken tonight!
Union Board
Meeting tonight 5:30 City Union.
University Ambassadors
Nov. 28 5:30 pm.
City Union
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Meeting-Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 in the Union (room
We want YOU to be an officer In SEA. Officerinformational
mtg. Wed. Nov. 29 at 7:00. Henz. Rm 201. Ail interested
are welcome to attend.
Student Nurses Association
Meeting tonight in Benton basement at 6.-00. Everyone is
welcome to attend!
Undergraduate Women
In Business
Christmas Party Tonight at 5:30pm. Directions located in
your invitation. Please remember to bring salad, pop or
dessert. Dinner included and games following. Hope to
see you there!
Last meeting of the semester
Officer elections Wednesday at 6:00pm
Undergraduate Psychology Organization is hosting a
panel of graduate students to talk about the realities of
graduate school, on Wednesday. November 29, at
5:00pm in the City Union (room posted). Bringa friend and
please remember your $5 dues.
Congratulations to the new Panhellenic VP Lori Trumper.
We're so proud of you!
Love, Your Sisters
Congratulations to our newly elected 1996 executive
officers: President- Amy Rowen, Programs VP- Niki Witt,
Membership VP- Angela Coon, Financial VP- Lori Larson,
Public Relations VP- Molly Strom, Chapter Life VP- Amy
Sanderson, Recording Sec - Kim Mason, New Member
Orientation- Traci Williams, Academic Achievement
Cami Tickner, House Manager- Heather Hirsch, Philan
thropy- Kelli Bamsey, Social- Kim Baete, Corresponding
Sec- Trina Landwehr, Chaplin- Shelley Crounse.
XI Chapter
Celebrates 88 Years
Congratulations to Doug Lammers and Tim Fries on their
victory in the Phi Kappa Psi Fall CAPS Tournament.
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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Crossword Edited by Eugene T. Maleska No. 0207
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played by
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