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just finished reading a Eugene O'Neil play. Very sin- about ugliness to concentrate on a small, very witty tie hand giv
cere, but not particularly thoughtful. At the State film about human resiliancy in the face of despair. the Movies
F I RT Theater, 231 S. State St.; 662-6264. The film is warm and engaging; really a pleasant
THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN surprise. At the Ann Arbor Theater, 210 S. Fifth SUPERSTI
John Schlesinger's thriller-drama about two Ave.; 761-9701. Suspense
California youths who conspire to sell CIA secrets to Campus Th
the Soviets is based on a true story but it is not THE MEAN SEASON
presented very convincingly. Sean Penn and Timothy Phillip Borsos directed this unthrilling thriller
AMADEUS Hutton play the two boys, but their mechanical per- about a newspaper reporter (Kurt Russell) who finds THE SURE
Director Milos Forman and author Peter Schaffer formances fail to bring any believable depth to their himself in the web of a psycho-killer. Not par- Two colle
decide to envision Mozart as a nineteenth century characters. Disappointing schtick. At the Movies at ticularly suspenseful, and full of cheap thrill effects. and Daphne
quivalent of a talented but clownishly tem- Briarwood, Briarwood Mall; 769-8780. Also stars Mariel Hemingway. At the Fox Village romantic c

peramental pop star. The idea is refreshing, but the
execution lapses into just so many cheap laughs. Just
close your eyes and enjoy the soundtrack. At the
Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall: 769-8780.
Eddie Murphy goes through his usual fast jiving,
smart ass routines in this moderately amusing
thriller/comedy about a streetwise Detroit cop who
goes to California to investigate a friend's murder.
Tlhe script is just a sketchy outline, existing solely for
Murphy to improvise around. Murphy's antics are
cute, even if they're strictly lowbrow. The laughs are
fast and plentiful, but lightweight, and you're always
aware of just how shabbily slapped together the
whole film is. At the Movies at Briarwood, Briar-
wood Mall; 769-8780.
Writer-director John Hughes (last of Sixteen Can-
dles) takes a bleak look at coming of age in modern
suburbia. The film centers on five kids, of diverse
background locked up together in the high school
library for a Saturday afternoon detention. As the
day progresses, the kids drop their guards and feel
each other out, sharing their mutual frustrations and
fears. A curiously bitter script, fatally flawed by
melodramatic hyperbole and stereotypically stiff
characters who act tortured but are devoid of any
real feelings. This is like an amateur play, written
and put on by a high school English class that has

A marvelously imaginative comedy about an
African bushman who mistakes a Coke bottle that
falls from an airplane as a dropped trinket of the
gods, and decides to try to return it. The laughs are
pure slapstick, but ingenius and relentless. The
newest cult classic in town and deservedly so. At the
Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall; 769-8780.
Yet another coming of age comedy set in the 1960's,
this one in a parochial school. Unmemorable silliness
despite the brief appearances by Donald Sutherland,
John Heard, and Wallace Shawn. At the Fox Village
Theater, 375 N. Maple; 769-1300.
Thriller-comedy starring Jeff Goldblum, directed
by John Landis. At the State Theater, 231 S. State;
Peter Bogdonavich's variation on the Beauty And
The Beast theme. It's transplanted in California,
but this time it's about a pill-popping biker mother
and her monstrously deformed son. Bogdonavich
avoids all the Elephant Man metaphors and symbols

Theater, 375 N. Maple; 769-1300.
Comedy about a small town boy ccming of age in
the 1950's. At the Fox Village Theater, 375 N. Maple;
Michael Radford's film adaptation of George Or-
well's bitterly dark dystopian fantasy. Unviewed at
press-time though it has garnered very favorable
reviews elsewhere. Stars John Hurt and Richard
Burton. At the Ann Arbor Theater, 210 S. Fifth Ave..
In the British ruled India of the 1920's, a young
English wothan accusses a respected Indian doctor
of attempted rape. A finely crafted, often compelling
study of the darker corners of the human soul. At the
Movies at Briarwood, Briarwood Mall; 769-8780.
John Carpenter's tale of an extraterrestrial
(delicately played by Jeff Bridges) who comes to
earth and falls in love with a young widow (Karen
Allen), is a sweet, genuinely charming fairy tale.
The script is weakened by a lot of loose ends and
illogical plot contrivances, not to mention the fact the
storyline bears distinct resemblances to E.T. and
Close Encounters, but Carpenter's surprisingly gen-

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DINER (Barry Levinson, 1982)
A well-received film from the director of The
Natural hits campus for the second time this term,
and still tells us about a bunch of friends who chat in
a Baltimore diner on the eve of the sixties. (Hill
Street Cinema; 1429 Hill, 7:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg,
Harrison Ford is more than a witness-he par-
ticipates, too. As Indiana Jones, he goes on a really
- fun search for the Ark of the Covenant, trying to beat
the Nazis. Go and enjoy. (Cinema 2; MLB 3, 7 p.m.,
9:15 p.m.)




This inspiration for The Big Chill is far superior.
The situation is basically the same, as seven sixties
friends get together for a weekend, but the emotion
wallop here is much greater, and Sayles remembers
to add a little wit, too. A great way to start a weekend
of moviegoing. Sayles' Brother From Another Planet
hit the 1984 Ten Best List of at least two Daily
reviewers. (Alternative Action; MLB 4, 7 p.m., 9
LIQUID SKY (Slava Tsukerman, 1983)
Quantum wierdness cinema. Science fiction is the
genre, but the execution is totally new as a bunch of
aliens find themselves getting high on a chemical
produced during sexual orgasm, and people then
start to vanish at the most inopportune times.
(Cinema Guild; Nat. Sci. Aud., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.)
GONE WITH THE WIND (Victor Fleming, 1939)
Due to space limitations, I cannot write a blurb
which will take as long to read as the film is to see, so
I'll be brief about it and just say it starts Vivien
Leigh and Clark Gable, adopts the Margaret Mitchell
novel of the Old.South, and is the favorite of many.
(Mediatrics; MLB3,8 p.m.)
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
One of Hitchcock's most crackerjack entertain-
ments. Cary Grant gives an excellent performance
in the classic Hitchcock role of a man caught up in
things beyond his control. James Mason also delivers
a good performance, and the settings are great. See
it. (Cinema 2; Aud. A, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.)
APOCALYPSE NOW (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
I hate to say I found this boring, but I thing I would
almost prefer the smell of napalm in the morning. I
also know a lot of people who love this Vietnam War
retelling of Heart of Darkness starring Marlon
Brando. Your choice. (Cinema 2, Ann Arbor Film
Coop,,Cinema Guild; Nat. Sci. Aud., 6:30 p.m., 9:45
L ARGENT (Robert Bresson, 1983)
I could use the same blurb as everyone else, but
what fun is there in that. The director noted for using
sound as a vital part of his films gets a belated Ann
Arbor Premiere for his latest. The title, translated, is
something like money. French with subtitles. (Ann
Arbor Film Coop, Cinema Guild, Cinema 2; Aud. A, 7
p.m., 9 p.m.)
HARRY AND TONTO (Paul Mazursky, 1974)
Art Carney won an Academy Award for his per-
formance as an old man who, cat in hand, goes on one
last journey across America. Also with Geraldine
Fitzgerald, Ellen Burstyn, and Larry Hagman.
(Alternative Action; MLB 4,7 p.m., 9 p.m.)

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This was originally to be shown a month or so ago,
but Errol Flynn got caught up in traffic and had to
put off his appearance until today: He and Claude
Rains are the stars of this adaptation of the Samuel
Clemens story about a beggar and a prince who look
so much alike they decide to be one another.
(Michigan Theater Foundation; Michigan Theater, 4
p.m., 7p.m.)
ALL SCREWED UP (Lina Wertmuller, 1974)
A small-scale comedy from the Italian director
tells the story of a group of young Sicilians who
decide to make the journey to the big city of Milan
and get caught up in the modern way of urbanized
living. Before the Italian comedy, you can have an
Italian buffet, and I would venture to say that that is
not a coincidence. (University Club; U-Club, film at
THE CHOSEN (Jeremy Paul Kagan, 1981)
World War Two puts Robby Benson and Barry
Miller together. One is from an Orthodox Jewish
family, and the other from a more liberal Jewish
family. The two become friends in spite of the
religious differences. Also in the cast are Maximilian
Schell and Rod Steiger. From the Chaim Potok
novel. (Hill Street Cinema; 1429 Hill, 7 p.m., 9 p.m.)
The usual kind of thing from Makavejev as he
mixes up a little of this and a little of that with a little
rhyme and reason behind it all to say a little
something against all kinds of: repression. Serbo-
Croation with subtitles. (Ann Arbor Film Coop; MLB
4, 7 p.m., 9 p.m.)

titles. (Goethe Institute and Ann Arbor Film Coop;
Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30 p.m.)

TICKETS OF NO RETURN (Ulrike Ottinger,1981)
Also known as Bildnis einer Trinkerin. This one
loses less in translation. It tells about an attractive
alcoholic woman in Berlin. German with subtitles.
(Goethe Institute and Ann Arbor Film Coop; Aud. A,
LE PLAISIR (Max Ophulbs,1952)
Ann opportunity to find out how a small-town
brothel closing, an aged dancer, and a painter relating
with his model are related, and the first part of an'
Ophuls double feature. French with subtitles. (Ann
Arbor Film Coop; Nat. Sci. Aud., 7 p.m.)
LA RONDE (Max Ophuls,1950)
The three strands in the first film on the twin-bill
are outdone here. We get a round-robin view of sex as
a- big game of Killer with people chasing and being
chased until the film finally ends up right back where
it started. French with subtitles. (Ann Arbor Film
Coop; Nat. Sci. Aud.,8:45 p.m.)
BLACK ORPHEUS (Marcel Camus, 1959)
Come down off Monday night's Oscar ceremonies
by seeing an old winner in the Best Foreign Film
category. It updates the Orpheus-Eurydice legend,
taking to Brazil, where carnival is in the air, along
with the relation between a girl and a streetcar con-
ductor. Portuguese with subtitles. (Hill Street
Cinema; 1429 Hill, 7 p.m., 9 p.m.)
WOODSTOCK (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
In case you do not know what Woodstock was: It
was a really big, many-day celebration of music and
America at the tale-end of the sixties in upstate New
York. Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, the Who, Crosby,

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THE MISSION (ParvizSayyad, 1983)
The final film in the Near Eastern/North African
Film Series, for this term at least. An assasin is sent
from Iran 'to New York to kill an alleged
revolutionary, and the assasin begins to wonder just
who is the real revolutionary. Persian with subtitles.
(Cinema Guild; Aud.B, 7 p.m., 9 p.m., FREE(
Also known as One Plus One Makes Three. The
math, it seems, is more understandable when you
cannot understand it. The film is a comical kind of
thing about a woman, the baby within her, and two
men who like one but not the other. German with sub-

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