By Melissa Pierson
Updated March 24, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

A Simple Twist of Fate Steve Martin, Gabriel Byrne (1994, Touchstone, PG-13, priced for rental) There are those who think Steve Martin is cute as a button. Then there are those who think Steve Martin is a button, or a piece of plastic. When his antics wind down, there’s not much to him. And he’s a shadow of a man in this tearjerker-that-wasn’t-about stolen gold, a sly politician (Byrne), and a battle over a lovable child (Alana Austin)-implausibly adapted from Silas Marner. D+ -Melissa Pierson