January 17, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

THE EVENING STAR (PG-13) Any crying in response to this unexceptional, death-strewn sequel to Terms of Endearment occurs strictly on a one-tear-at-a-time basis. Shirley MacLaine is back as Texas force of nature Aurora Greenway, who still has her steely charms about her: She beds a younger man (Bill Paxton), squabbles with her housekeeper (Marion Ross), and reunites with her old astronaut flame (Jack Nicholson, in an eight-minute appearance). C+

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