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T 'THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN
Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn play two American
teenagers involved in an intricate scheme to sell
government secrets to the KGB. Based on a true
R U N story. At the Campus Theater, 1214 S. University.

AMADEUS
Director Milos Forman's idea of depicting Mozart
as a pop star is a clever premise, but the screenplay
never pans out and what is meant to be irreverance
is merely irrelevance. In the end the film ends up
totemizing Mozart with all the same excessive and
pompous empty praise it originally sets out to super-
sede. You can, if you want, just close your eyes and
enjoy the score. 8:45 at the Movies as Briarwood,
Briarwood mall.
:BEVERLY HILLS COP
Eddie Murphy goes through his usual fast jiving,
smart ass routines (albeit a little more
whitewashed) in a comedy/thriller about a Detroit
police detective who goes to California in search of
his friend's murderer. This is clearly Murphy's
vehicle, an open forum for him to improvise in front
of the camera while the rest of the cast just stands
there and plays it straight. Murphy's antics are
lowbrow but his naturally likable presence and fast
timing make for some easy, lightweight giggles,
though you're always very conscious how shabbily
slapped together the whole movie is. 7:00 and 9:30 at
the Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall.
THE COTTON CLUB
Francis Ford Coppola's take of Harlem's famed
prohibition era nightclub is far better than his recent
work, but that doesn't say much. Cotton Club wan-
ders from playing the gangster melodrama straight
to unexpectantly parodying it like a raving
schizophrenic. Richard Gere and Diane Lane are the
two single least electric screen presences to ever
lead a film. 7:00 and 9:20, at the State Theater, 231 S.
State.

FANTASIA
Mistakenly regarded by some (notably Disney st-
udios themselves) as a classic, this experiment at
adapting classical music to short animated skits is
for the most part a pretentious, unimaginative
failure. Technically impressive, but devoid of any
brilliance. this rerelease print has been slightly
edited, dropping out some of the annoyingly inane
narration, and features a newly recorded, but
distractingly loud digital soundtrack. At the State
Theater, 231S. State.
FALLING IN LOVE
Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep fall in love,
audiences fall asleep. It would take a sharp script
and a sensitive director to make two adulterors into
sympathetic characters, Falling In Love lacks both.
7:00 at the Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall.
THE FLAMINGO KID
Matt Dillon gives a surprisingly well measured
performance as a middle class kid coming of age in
the sixties in this comedy by Gary Marshal. Though
not as good as Diner or American Graffiti, it still
carves a comfortable niche for itself just beside
them. 7:25 and 9:40 at the State Theater, 231 S. State.
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
An African bushman sees an empty Coke bottle
tossed out of a passing airplane fall to earth at his
feet, and assuming it to be the lost property of the
gods, decides to go about returning it. This African
import is technically very crude, but is the most
ingeniously funny and charming comic gem since
Woody Allen's early features. Pure, undiluted
laughs, a very rare and special treat whose growing
cult popularity is easily understandable. 7:10 and
9:30, at the Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall.

JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY
Michael Keaton plays a loveable mobster in this
blunt witted parody. Hell must be a double feature of
this with City Heat. 7:00 and 9:30, the Movies at
Briarwood, Briarwood Mall.
THE KILLING FIELDS
Unfocused but at times very powerful film about a
New York Times correspondent (played by Sam
Waterson) and his Cambodian assistant Haing S.
Ngor) who are trapped in Cambodia during the Kh-
mer Rouge's genocidal revolution of 1975. For his fir-
st feature, director Roland Joffe, keeps a clean, tight
control over each individual secenes, but lacks a
crucial overall sense for structure and the film
flounders toward the end. Still, it's a very worth-
while, important film. Ann Arbor Theater, 210 S. Fif-
th Ave.
MICKI & MAUDE
Only Blake Edwards could conceive of polygamy
as suitable material for a feature comedy, and only
Dudley Moore could be hustled into starring in it.
7:00 and 9:45 at the Fox Village Theater, 375 N.
Maple.
MRS. SOFFEL
Victorian love affair between a prison warden's
wife (Diane Keaton) and an inmate on Murderer's
Row (Mel Gibson) that's inspired by a true story.
Directed by Australian Gillian Armstrong (of By
Brilliant Career fame) and though unviewed at press
time, it's been garnering favorable reviews
elsewhere. At the Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood
Mall.
SOLDIER'S STORY
Moderately interesting though dramatically lame
adaptation of Charles Fuller's play about an officer's
murder in an all black army barracks during World
War Two. Worth seeing just for Howard E. Rollins
Jr.'s brilliant screen presence. At the Fox Vilage
Theater, 375 N. Maple.
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P U S NETWORK (Sidney Lumet,1976)
Paddy Chayefsky wrote the script for this scathing
L M Slook at television. Peter Finch won a posthumous
L Oscar for his role as a newscaster who goes crazy on
the air and asks his viewers to lean out the window
and shout "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take
___it anymore." The executives don't mind until his
ratings go down. Then, well... Also in the excellent
cast are Faye Dunaway and William Holden.
Definitely recommended. (Alternative Action; Nat.
LM FESTIVAL Sci. Aud., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.)
THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, 1984)
week in terms of campus film On my ten best list for 1984. A spoof of the
highlights of the campus film rockumentary genre (a real example of which was
ilms have a certain spark and showing last night) the comedy can be enjoyed even
they are not particularly ex- if you care not at all for the genre or for rock music. It
ommend going to at least one is hilarious. Harry Shearer, Martin Short, and
nd, and both of the shows tonight Christopher Guest are part of the band. Lots of
ssortment of films at each show people show up for cameos. And find out why you
animation to documentary. See want to change the dial on your stereo to go up to
ferent. (Ann Arbor Film Coop; eleven. (Cinema Guild; MLB 4,7 p.m., 9p.m.)

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THE KING OF HEARTS (Philippe de Broca, 1967)
For those of you who would rather stick to
something that is not different, this is downright
familiar, having just played nine days ago. Alan
Bates is a soldier in World War I who is sent to an
abandoned French town. Abandoned except for the
asylum, that is. When the inmates escape, odd things
happen. Some Genevieve Bujold. Some English.
Some French. And some subtitles. (Cinema Guild;
MLB 4,7 p.m., 9 p.m.)
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (Jeff Stein, 1979)
A real, live genuine rockumentary about The Who
centered around the last performance Keith Moon
did with the band. (Alternative Action; Nat. Sci.
Aud., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.)
BODY HEAT (Lawrence Kasdan, 1981)
They can turn off the heat in MLB 3 tonight
because this film by Michigan alumnus Kasdan is as
steamy as the title would indicate. William Hurt
meets the alluring Kathleen Turner, and the two hat-
ch a plot to kill her husband, get his money, and live
the right kind of life someplace. But just who is plot-
ting to get whom. A film noir in the classic tradition.
(Cinema 2; MLB 3,7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.)
S A T U R D A Y
8 MM FILM FESTIVAL
More of the experimental. In addition to the films
in competition, there is a free round of video entries
in the Union's Kuenzel Room at noon, and a free
workshop in the same location at 3 p.m. on Super-8 to
Video Transfers. As to the regular shows, the 2 p.m.
and 9 p.m. shows are identical to give the judges a
chance to deliberate. Be sure to make it to at least
one of the day's events. (Ann Arbor Film Coop; Aud.
A, 2p.m., 7p.m., 9p.m.)
PURPLE RAIN
Prince leaves his little red Corvette behind and
stars in a semi-autobiographical film about his
unhappy home and the later happiness he is able to
find with his band. Listen carefully and you might be
able to hear the doves cry in the background.
(Mediatrics; MLB 3,6 p.m., 7:45 p.n., 9:30 p.m.)

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8 MM FILM FESTIVAL
The festival's fifteenth year comes to an end with
Winner's Night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., featuring the
best of the films shown in competition over the past
three nights, and also at 9 p.m. the Nectarine
Ballroom will be the sight of an unusual conclusion
which will be free to those holding tickets to Winner's
Night shows. And at 3 p.m., Aud. A will be the sight of
a free program on British Super 8. (Ann Arbor Film
Coop; AudA,7p.m.,9p.m.)
HUCKLEBERRY FINN (J. Lee Thompson, 1974)
The Mark Twain novel gets adapted to the silver
screen, and turns into a musical. The cast includes
Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne, and
Jeff East, who played the young Clark Kent in
Superman, the Movie, so I would assume he gets the
role of Huck here. (Michigan Theater Foundation;
Michigan Theater, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.)
ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH
(Casper Wrede, 1971)
The Alexander Solzheitsyn novel about life in a-
Soviet labor camp gets the adaptation treatment.
Tom Courtenay plays Ivan, the title character.
Filmed near the Arctic Circle. (Hill Street Cinema;
1429 Hill, 8p.m.)
THREE STOOGES FOLLIES
Larry, Curly, Moe slap sticks and visit Pratt Falls
and eat custard pies the old fashioned way. They
slurp them. At 5:10 p.m. you can partake of an
Itlanian buffet. (University Club; U-Club, 7:10 p.m.)
DAISIES (Vera Chytilova, 1966)
A series on women in East European films reaches
its end with this very different look at two women
deciding to do things different. Czech with subtitles.
(Alternative Action; MLB 4, 7p.m., FREE)

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YEARNING LAURELS (Aizen Katsura, Kosho
Nomura, 1938)
Those frustrated by the end of the series on women
in East European film can pick the Japanese film
festival up on the rebound. Tonight's entry is a game of
doctor played by two grownups. Japanese with sub-
titles. (Cinema Guild; Aud. B, 7 p.m., FREE)
WEDNESDAY
THE MAGIC FLUTE (Ingmar Bergman, 1974)
Something to appeal to the opera lovers and the
Bergman lovers, and it will probably help if you're
both. Bergman does a silver screen version of the
Mozart opera, and a good deal of it is a live perfor-
mance filmed. Swedish with subtitles. (Michigan
Theater Foundation; Michigan Theater, 7 p.m., 9:30
p.m.)
START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME (Bud
Yorkin,1970)
Gene Wilder is good in moderation, and Donald
Sutherland is quite good and versatile. But when they
both play double roles as twins in the same comedy,
the result is forunate to have the few good moments
that it does. It will keep you reasonably entertained,
and the competition is not that stiff, but missing it
will not be the end of the world. (Hill Street Cinema;
1429 Hill, 7 p.m., 9 p.m.)

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