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Religious Events & Services I
ANN ARBOR'S 0 c0 FIRST BAPTIST
CHURCH OF CHRIST * o CHURCH
Huron St. (between State & Division)
(Followers of Jesus Christ using the Bible
as our only guide and authority)
Invites YOU to Worship with Us
SUNDAY ...4:30 AM, 6:00 PM 530 W. Stadium Blvd. *
WEDNESDAY ...7:30 PM Phone 662-2756 Sunday Services 9:55
COLLEGE CLASSES ON... Phonea662-275
CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES Special Christmas
"Turn t. the Bible" NtCelebrationDec. 18
Live Every Sunday 12:30 PM Christmas Eve Service 7:30
Radio 1 AM0Christmas Day Service11:0a
You CAN prove that God existsW. Staum Christmas Day Service 11:00am
and that Jesus Christ is His Son! Poneer Cors
TRANSPORTATION INFO 662-9928 StdnsWloe
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218 N. Dvson Street /
Ann Arbor, Michigan 1S) / JO I NVUS
The Chaplaincy of the Episcopal Church to the U of M Community \D hp er d Lutheran Church
Christmas Schedule \6 Henry Brinker
December 11: 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Supper t1 orrs Eve Services, Dec. 24:
7:30 Lessons and Carols at St. Andrews mily Service - 7pm
S. leih & Carols - 1pm
December 18: 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Christmas Day Services, Dec. 25:
DecemberS18:rCommunion Services - 8:15am and 10:45am
7:00 New Beginnings: Meditations for Advent Sunday Worship Schedule - 8:15am and 10:45am(Nursery)
The Rev. Joe Summers 2600 Nixon Rd., North of Plymouth Rd.
Ihe 2v'f'Virginia Peacock PhD, Chaplain 665-0606 761-7273
Concrete Evidence Proving the The First Presbyterian Cnurch of Ann Arbor
Messiah's Birth, Life, Death, presents
Burial and Resurrection. THE BOAR'S HEAD & YULE LOG
Find answers to these questions FESTIVAL AND FEAST
and more at free public lectures given CONDUCTED BY DONALD BRYANT
bthe I.D.MR., Inc., a nonprofit, afully staged program of traditional Christmas music
y and pagentry, with orchestra, followed by a feast on:
nondenominational, religious and SUN., DEC.11, WED., DEC. 14, and FRI., DEC.16, 6 P.M.
scientific research organization.
Tickets: Festival only-adults $4;youth $1,
Lectures are held: Festival and Feast-adults $12.50; youth $4
Sun. 11am - 1pm, Wed & Fri. 8-10pm Ticket order forms available at church office, 1432 Washtenaw
at 113 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti. weekdays 9-5; Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. No phone orders taken.

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By Mark Shaiman

Which one's the cop and which one's the drug dealer?
No amount of salt and lemon
could help this Tequila'

By Tony Silber
Just when you thought 1988
would be one of the all-time worst
years for motion pictures, along
comes a film with class and flair,
sex appeal and style. It's called
Tequila Sunrise, a new picture by
Robert Towne, one of the most
talented writers in Hollywood, and
it features Mel Gibson, Kurt Rus-
sell, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Raul
Julia. With a director-writer of this
caliber and a hot cast, things look
sunny for Sunrise. Add some sharp
photography and an ethereal score
by Dave Grusin, and this picture's
got some major potential. But, re-
grettably, the film gets buried under
its own arrogance and glossy tex-
ture and drags the audience along for
an "action-thriller" devoid of action
and thrills.
The plot of the film - simply
put - involves a retired drug dealer
(Gibson) who drives a forklift by
day and a Porsche by night, an un-
enthused cop (Russell) who looks
like Lakers' coach Pat Riley, and a
posh restaurant hostess (Pfeiffer)
who always eats on the job. With
characters like these, who needs a
story? Predictably, these desperados
enter into a love triangle, and Gib-
son ponders whether or not to -get
back intodealing cocaine. Mean-
while Russell ponders whether or
not to bust Gibson, his high-
school-chum-turned-drug-dealer.
And throughout all this, Pfeiffer
ponders which of them to sleep
with. And you thought sophistica-

tion was a thing of the past in cin-
ema.
Robert Towne is responsible for
this mess and what a tragedy, con-
sidering this is the guy who wrote
Chinatown andFrantic. He worked
with his good friend, Roman
Polanski, on those projects but too
bad old Roman was nowhere to be
found in the credits of Tequila Sun-
rise. It's apparent that Towne has
tried to copy Polanski's style in
this film, bombarding us with Art
Deco sets and a quick script and
wrapping them around a complex
story with twists and turns at every
scene change. .
But Tequila Sunrise's story
doesn't work because the one thing
necessary to make everything fit
together doesn't happen. Everything
depends on the audience finding
sympathy in these unappealing
characters, especially in Gibson.
But it's a tall order to ask the audi-

ence to rally behind a coke pusher,
even if he is a really nice guy. So
with no emotional commitment or
attachment to these characters, it's
no wonder we don't care who lives
or dies when Gibson and Russell
pull guns on each other at the end.
Raul Julia (Kiss of the Spider
Woman) is a pleasant exception,
colorfully portraying the sinister
drug kingpin with a zany flair. But
Julia does not offset the malaised
contribution of the indecisive main
characters.
Don't get me wrong -Tequila
Sunrise isn't god-awful, it's just
not good. It tries too hard to be
flashy and mysterious, concerned
more with lighting and makeup
than with content. But all of these
elements have to work together if
the film is going to achieve its
goal. Towne uses some interesting
See TEQUILA, Page 7

Classes are over, finals are fin-
ished, you're visiting your parents,
and you're bored stiff. So you go
see a movie. Good idea. And as
winter break nears, so does next
year, and thus a bunch of new films
are released, so they can be nomi-
nated for this year's Oscars.
Some of these movies may be
nominated, some may not, and
some probably shouldn't have been
made at all. Itis up to you to decide
what does well at the "Box Office,"
and to the Academy to decide the
nominations. So why am I here?
To give you a briefing of what to
expect as you head out on a cold
winter night tospend your last few
dollars left over from holiday shop-
ping.
Starting on Dec. 14, the day after
classes end, is a film appropriately
named in honor of finals time -
it's titled I'm Gonna Git You
Sucka. Fortunately it has nothing
to do with exams, but is a comedy-
spoof of the "blaxploitation" films
of the '70s. It was written, directed
by and stars Keenan Ivory Wayans,
who had a role in last year's Hol-
lywood Shuffle - Robert
Townsend's comic look at the
plight of Black actors. If Sucka
comes close to the poignant parody
of Shuffle, it'll provide both laughs
and a little insight into the stereo-
typing Blacks face in the media and
out of the media as well.
Also opening on Dec. 14 is an-
other film that may refer to your
profs if your finals or grades were
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ANN ARBOR
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SINGERS
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FESTIVAL CHRISTMAS X
Sunday, December 11, 4:90
Bethlehem United Church
423 South Fourth Avenue
Tickets: $6.00. $5.00 students a, seniors. Call 662-3395. 668-7479.

Iiversit Lutheran -Cha el
(and Student Center)
Serving the U of M Community Since 1942
CHRISTMAS SERVICE
f Sunday, December 11 - 10:30a.m.
CANDLELIGHT LESSONS & CAROLS
Wednesday, December 14 - 9:00p.m.
A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!
Pastor Ed Krauss 1511 Washtenaw
663-5560 (Between S. University & Hill)
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