10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 14, 1997
Love Jones Nia Long and Lucenz Tate
star in this smart, sexy and witty romance
set among the over-educated and under-
employed of Downtown Chicago. At
Showcase: 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:30,
Return of the Jedi: The Special Edition
New musical numbers bookend this final
installment of the enhanced trilogy that is
.known for its humor, its speeder-bikes
and its old, fat Jabba The Hut. At
Briarwood: 12:30, 3:15, 7:00, 9:45; at
Showcase: 10:30, 11:15, 12:45, 1:20,
2:00, 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 6:50, 7:20,
7:45, 9:40, 10:10, 10:30, 12:20, 12:40.
Absolute Power At Briarwood: 1:20,
4:20, 7:30, 10:15; at Showcase: 11:40,
Marvin's Room At Showcase: 12:30, 4
2:40, 5:20, 7:35; at State: 9:45.
Private Parts At Briarwood: 12:15, 1:30,
2:40, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 7:40, 9:40,
10:20; at Showcase: 11:30, 12:00, 2:00,
2:30, 4:30, 5:00, 7:15, 7:50, 9:50,
10:20, 12:10, 12:40.
Rhyme & Reason At Showcase: 12:35
At Showcase: 10:45, 1:30,
State: 11:30 (Friday and
Shine At Ann Arbor 1 & 2: 12:20 and
2:35 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
and Tuesday), 5:00, 7:10, 9:25.
Sling Blade.At State: 1:30, 4:30, 7:00,
Star Wars: The Special Edition At
Briarwood: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00; at
Showcase: 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10,
At Showcase: 1:35, 3:25,
"Return of the Jedi: Special Edition" hits theaters today.
Donnie Brasco At Ann Arbor 1&2: 11:50
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday), 2:15 (Friday,
Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday), 4:45, 7:25, 9:55; at
Showcase: 11:20, 1:55, 4:35, 7:25, 10:00, 12:30.
The Empire Strikes Back: The Special Edition At
Briarwood: 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:30; at Showcase: 11:00,
1:45, 4:25, 7:00, 9:35, 12:10.
The English Patient At State: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00.
Jerry Maguire At Briarwood: 12:40, 3:40, 7:20, 10:10;
at Showcase: 9:40, 12:15.
Jungle 2 Jungle At Showcase: 10:30, 12:40, 2:55,
5:10, 7:20, 9:30, 11:40.
Lost Highway At Showcase: 4:50, 10:05, 12:35.
Phone Numbers: Ann Arbor 1 & 2: 761
9700; Briarwood: 480-4555; Michigan Theater: 668-8397
Showcase: 973-8380 and State: 994-4024.
Late shows at Ann Arbor 1 & 2 and State are for Friday-and
Saturday only. Matinees at Ann Arbor 1 & 2 are for Fr,
Saturday and Tuesday only; matinees at State are for
Saturday and Sunday only.
'X-Files" Carter hits again with 'Millennium'.
By Kiran Nandalur
For the Daily
When Chris Carter, creator of "The X-Files,"
announced he was producing "Millennium" last year,
the public was expecting another fantastic and myste-
rious thriller. After about a dozen episodes, however,
the highly publicized addition to the Fox Friday night
lineup has floundered in the __
Nielsen ratings, and it has taken
some of the luster off the produc- R
er's star. But a probe into the com-
plex plot, stoic characters and
recurring themes reveals that
"Millennium" contains many of
the elements that have propelled
its predecessor into the national headlines.
The program stars Frank Black (Lance Henriksen)
as an FBI profiler who leaves the bureau for unknown
reasons and moves with his wife Catherine (Megan
Gallagher) and daughter away from Washington D.C.
to Seattle. With his new beginning, however, there is a
concurrent rise in violent crime as the year 2000
approaches; thus he joins the Millennium group, a
band of former law enforcement personnel who seek
to curtail the chaos.
The stone-faced Black, with his "Profiler"-like psy-
chic powers, delves into the seemingly random vio-
lence in order to find the singular power inducing a
In the early episodes, though, it seemed as if he was
merely catching serial killers without any regard for
the greater meaning. For example, in one episode,
Black attempted to solve the murders of people having
an open house, and he made a deliberate aside to the
symbol of the cross, which was
found at the crime scenes. In the
V I E W1 end, though, the killer was dealt
Millennium with, but the events were left
unconnected. In addition, a bunch
Fox of unnecessary emotional materi-
Fridays at 9 p.m. al about the trauma of witnessing
a murder was thrown in, which
made the show painfully slow.
In contrast, the newer episodes are poignant, well-
made and exciting. Recently, Black investigated the
death of two identical women. This led to the discov-
ery of a conspiracy associated with the planetary
alignment and an old man's quest to produce a band of
surviving transcendent humans. The deterministic ele-
ments, religious allusions, melancholy mood and gra-
tuitous gore made me a viewer for life.
In addition, themes of human impotence and isola-
tion, underscored by the cold and detached view of
Black, endowed the program with an unmatched intel-
The Black family of "Millennium."
lectual flavor. Overall, when the show centers on the
main point, the approaching apocalypse, as it has in the
new year, it is one of the best programs on television.
"Millennium" is similar to the entertaining "The 4
Files" in respect to the fact that they both have alien.
ated protagonists who are searching for a greater truth
against powerful unknown forces. Although occasion-
ally boring, pointless or too serious, the dark premise
and intriguing Frank Black make the show worthwhile
for sophisticated viewers.
Lance Henriksen investigates a series of sex crimes in "Millennium."
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By Stephanie Love
Daily Arts Writer
Is there any better way to experience
"Star Wars" than after excerpts from
Pucchini's "LaBoheme?" Tomorrow
night's Michigan Pops Orchestra con-
cert, "An Opera Gala and A Salute to
proves that film
music and opera PR
aren't such a far- M
fetched combina- .:.
begins with popu- At Power Center,
lar arias from
operas such as "the Barber of Seville,"
"Carmen" and "LaBoheme," among
others in the first half of the program.
The second half switches gears, show-
casing some of the vast array of John
Williams' film music, including music
from "Schindler's List" and the "Star
"We are looking to familiarize peo-
pie who are uncomfortable with opera
and show them that it can be very
entertaining and beautiful. At the
same time, we are showing that the
music of John Williams is just as
valid. Only a pops orchestra could
juxtapose the two," School of Music
junior and conduc-
tor of the
E V I E / W Michigan Pops
.higan Paps Orchestra Steve
Orchestra The Michigan
Saturday at 8 p.m. Pops Orchestra
ickets $7, $5 students debuted last March
at the Michigan
Theater, drawing in a crowd of more
than 900, despite the competition of
UMS and Musket events.
"The University community has all
sorts of music but until last year, there
was no pops orchestra. It's a neglected
area of music," Bizub said.
"We did a really good job last year as
far as putting together an orchestra
from scratch and we were really sur-
prised at the acceptance," he added.
"This year, we are working to get more
people excited about pops. We're trying
to broaden our audience base and
advance the musical quality."
This year's orchestra is made up of
66 student members. Auditions were
held at the end of the fall term. The
group spends 2 1/2 hours rehearsing on
Sunday nights. Although the orchestra
is primarily non-music majors,
Saturday's concert features seven
School of Music soloists on both halves
of the program.
"We pride ourselves on showcas-
ing talent from within the student
body. The majority of the orchestra is
doing this because they love perform-
ing in an orchestral ensemble," Bizub
Bizub stressed that one of the main
goals of the organization is to try to
erase the boundaries between the per-
formers and the audience: The perfor-
mance rituals of an orchestral concert
have the potential to cut the audience
off from the musicians because ofthe
formality. But pops has the ability to
make orchestral music more accessible
to the audience because of the empha
sis on the entertaining nature of t
"Pops is unique because you can
draw from enormous areas of music,"
Bizub said. "There are really no
boundaries as long as it is done in
Bizub hoped that the Michigan Pops
Orchestra will pave the way to encour-
age the community to embrace orches-
"There's a tremendous spirit in doin!
something unique at this university
when we can get people to have a new-
found understanding, respect and love
for orchestral music," he said.
"People want to be entertained. The
modern orchestra is a wonderful way to
provide that entertainment:'
As you pack up to go home for the