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Films opening
EDtv A sneak preview of this Truman-like film about a man who's on TV
24-hours a day. Playing with "October Sky." At Showcase: 7:30 (Sat.
Forces Of Nature A romantic comedy starring Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock
and a hurricane. At Showcase: 12:15, 12:45, 2:35, 3:05, 4:55, 5:25,
7:15, 7:45, 9:35, 10:05, 11:50, 12:20.
The King And I **i An animated version of the classic musical. At
Briarwood: 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:20, 9:20.-At Showcase: 12:35, 2:45, 4:45,
6:45, 9, 11.
Ravenous **I A comedy about a battalion of cannibal soldiers. At
Briarwood: 12:50, 3:10, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10.
True Crime Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this thriller about a
reporter trying to save an innocent man from the death penalty. At Ann
Arbor 1&2: 11:50 (Sat., Sun., Tues.), 2:15 (Sat., Sun., Tues.), 4:45, 7:20,
9:55. At Showcase: 1:15, 1:45, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:40, 10:10, 12:15.

Films holding

**** Excellent
*** Good
** Fair
* Not Worth Your Time, or Your Money
8MM *4 and a half A lame psy-
chological thriller about a detective
in search of the makers of a snuff
film. At Showcase: 12:30, 2:55,
7:25, 9:50, 12:10.
Analyze This **1 A funny and
entertaining comedy about a mob-
ster and his psychiatrist. At
Briarwood: 12:20, 2:50, 5:10,
7:30, 10. At Showcase: 12:20,
12:50, 2:40, 3:10, 5, 5:30, 7:20,
7:50, 9:45, 10:15, 12, 12:30.
Baby Geniuses This movie about
smart babies is so cute you might
just puke. At Showcase: 12:05,
2:10, 4:15, 6:15, 8:15, 11:15.
Cruel intentions *** This update
of "Dangerous Liasons" is an
absolute guilty pleasure. At
Briarwood: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7,
9:15. At Showcase: 1:05, 3:25,
5:35, 8, 10:25, 12:20.
The Corruptor *** A new crime
thriller about two cops delving into
the underside of Chinatown. At
Showcase: 12:25, 2:50, 3:20,
5:10,5:45, 7:35, 8:05, 10, 10:30,
12:05, 12:35.
Deep End Of The Ocean ** A
sappy, made-for-TV-movie on the big
screen about a kidnapped boy who
returns to his family after 10 years.
Please ignore the acclaims they
show on the commercials, they
aren't real. At Briarwood: 12, 2:20,
4:45, 7:10, 9:40. At Showcase:
12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30,
Elizabeth *** This Best Picture
nominee features the Virgin Queen
in her early years. At State: 12 mid.
(Fri. & Sat. only).
Life is Beautiful **** Nominated
for seven Oscars, this film is a heart-
warming and very funny tale of a
dedicated father trying to protect
his son 'from the horrors of the
Holocaust. At Ann Arbor 1&2: 12:15
(Sat., Sun., Tues.), 2:30 (Sat., Sun.,

Tues.), 4:45, 7, 9:20.
Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking
Barrels *1 Despite it's poor
review, this is a highly entertaining
and funny British crime comedy
about four over their head small
time criminals. At State: 1:30 (Sat.
& Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.), 7:15, 9:45
(Fri.-Mon., Wed., Thurs.), 10:15
October Sky **i A "based-on-a-
true-story" account of a boy's jour-
ney from a coal mining town to
NASA. At Showcase: 1:10, 3:20
(Mon.-Wed.), 5:15 (Fri.-Sun.), 5:45
(Mon.-Wed.), 9:50 (Sat. only),
12:10 (Sat. only).
The Other Sister A A silly and
insulting film about two mentally
handicapped people who fall in
love, creating familial rifts.:At
Showcase: 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20,
Payback ** A disappointing crime
thriller remake of 1967's "Point
Blank," starring Mel Gibson. At
Showcase:.12:55, 3:15, 5:40,
7:55, 10:20.
The Rage: Carrie 2 ** A half-
baked sequel to the 1976 classic.
At Briarwood: 12:10, 2:30, 4:55,
7:25, 9:50. At Showcase: 12:40, 3,
5:20, 7:40, 9:55, 12:25.
Rushmore **** One of 1998's
best films features a millionaire and
a 15-year old boy competing for the
love of a first-grade teacher.
Shakespeare in Love ****
Leading the pack with 13 Oscar
nominations, this romantic comedy
showcases the Love life of William
Shakespeare. At State: 1:30 (Sat.
& Sun.), 4 (Sat. & Sun.), 7, 9:30. At
Showcase: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05,
9:25, 11:45.
Wing Commander (No Stars) This
movie is adapted from the video game,
and pretty much retains the game's
depth and meaning. At least it has the
new "Star Wars" trailer on it, though.
At Briarwood: 12:15, 2:45, 5, 7:15,
9:30. At Showcase: 12:05, 2:15,
4:25, 6:55, 9:15, 11:20.

Ann Arbor Film Festival Awards Juror
Screening (1999) Chel White pre-
sents a program of his animated
films. Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty St. 3 p.m. Free
37th Ann Arbor Film Festival (1999)
This evening begins as the Shehan
Performance Group presents
"Isabelle." Film program follows.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 7,
9:30, & 11 p.m. $6, $10/2 shows,
$13/3 shows, $45 week.
The Return Of Sarah's Daughters (1997)
Documnentarian Marcia Jarmel delves into
her unresolved relationship to Judaism.
Hillel, 1429 Hill St. Free.
Al Hill & the Love Butlers Come cel-
ebrate the return of the Thursday
night NCAA Tournament games with
Al and the loyal butlers of love. Arbor
Brewing Co., 114 E. Washington St.,
213-1393. 9 p.m. Free.
Bambu Guess who? Bam. Bam who?
Bambu. Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St.,
996-8555. 10 p.m. $4.
The Clan. if Wu and Tang decide to
show up, things could get very inter-
esting very fast. Heidelberg, 215 N.
Main St., 663-7758. 10 p.m. $5.
David Grisman Quintet Five easy
pieces come together to create this
booming performance. The Ark, 316
S. Main St., 761-1451. 8 p.m. $25.
Shaken Not Stirred Quickly, which
sleight of hand master played Gupta
in "Tomorrow Never Dies?" Karl's,
9779 Gotfredson, 455-8450. 9:30
p.m. Free. Friday
Bye-Bye Love MorrisCo Art Theatre
presents this fundraising event exam-
ining the emotions of sayinggoodbye.
"So long," "todles,' "farewell,"
"clao," "see ya" and "happy trails"
will all be probed and investigated to
the last degree. Kerrytown Concert
House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 769-2999.
8 p.m. $12-20.
Squirrels Basement Arts presents
David Mamet's play about the dread-
ed writer'sblock. A great way of not
writing that hated term paper -
especially if you like rodents. Arena
Theater, Frieze Building. 764-6800. 7
Theater of Memory: Two Short Plays
about the Holocaust Program fea-
tures two powerful dramas about the
greatest tragedy known to mankind.
Works by University Prof. Hank
Greenspan and German playwrite
Berthold Brecht will be performed.
R.C Auditorium, East Quad. 936-
1998. 8 p.m.
The Animal Lovers Project Jesse
Richards informs about animal rights
with her new musical performed by
the Hundredth Monkey ensemble.
Four years of college education has
taught us one thing: Never turn a
deaf ear on a singing monkey.
Performance Network,408 W.
Washington St., 663-0681. 8 p.m.

Courtesy o U' vesal Pictures
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harreoson star in "EDtv." The new film is a rip.off
of "The Truman Show," and it certainly won't be as good.

Harry Boyte Speaks And when H.B.S.
speaks, the wise ones listen. Ann
Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth
Ave., 327-4200. 7 p.m. Free.
Shulamith Caine Reads So listen and
take good double-column notes,
because as usual there will be a test.
Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S.
State, 662-7407. 8 p.m. Free.
Reuben Chapman Chapman gives a
lecture about Value Based Investing
Let's face it, with all the greenbacks
we're hauling in, it's in our best inter-
ests to learn how to invest it. Let
Reuben Chapman show you how it's
done. People's Food Co-op, 216 N.
4th Ave., 769-0095. 7 p.m. Free.
Junot Diaz As part of the University's
Visiting Writers Series, Diaz (no rela-
tion to Cameron that we know of)
reads some fiction for your listening
pleasure. Rackham Amphitheatre,
915 E. Washington, 764-6296. 5 p.m.
Rich Hall in addition to his five best-
selling books on Sniglets - his own
dictionary -- Emmy Award winner
Hall wrote for Letterman and was a
cast member on "Saturday Night
Live." Rule of thumb: If it's Letterman
it's good. Mainstreet Comedy
Showcase, 314 E. Liberty. 996-9080.
8: 30 p.m. $10.
The Mindless Crowd Various works of
dance, theater and video presentations
inspired by Magdalena Abakanowicz's
sculptures. University Museum of Art
20th Century Gallery, 525 S. State St.,
647-0521. 7:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor Film Festival Awards Juror
Screening (1999) Mike Hoolboom
presents a program of his experimen-
tal films. Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Liberty St. 3 p.m. Free.
37th Ann Arbor Film Festival (1999)'

The evening begins with Arwulf pre-
senting a performance piece
"Reproductive Rights For All
Women." Film program follows.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
7, 9:30, 11 p.m. $6, $10/2 shows,
$13/3 shows, $45 week.
Goodbye Agnes (1994) in 1993 East
Berlin, two very different men fight tojus-
tify themselves. Loarch. 7 p.m. Free.
Another Round Memo to all remaining
teams in the NCAA Tournament: Do not let
Michigan State or Duke survive to play
another round. Dominate. Intimidate.
Eliminate. T.C.'s Speakeasy, 207 W.
Michan Ave., Ypsilanti, 483-4470. 9:30
Bugs Beddow Band Remember: bugs not
drugs. Habitat Lounge, Weber's Inn, 3050
Jackson Rd., 665-3636. 8:45 p.m. Free.
Domestic Problems Hopefully the band's
sound is a little perkier than their name.
Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St., 996-8555. 10
p.m. Call for price.
Might As Well Go to this show if you were
even considering doing homework tonight.
Theo's, 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, 485-
6720. 10:30 p.m. $4.
Peter Rowan, Tony Rice Wonder if this is
the same Tony Rice who was Notre Dame's
quarterback the last time they went unde-
feated? Let's hope not. The Ark, 316 S.
Main St., 761-1451. 8 p.m. $17.50.
Rich Hall The man has won an Emmy.
Susan Lucci is jealous. Mainstreet Comedy
Showcase, 314 E. Liberty, 996-9080. 8
p.m.& 10:30 p.m. $12.
Squirrels See Thursday. 7 and 11 p.m.
Short Plays by Christopher Durang
The RC Players perform short satires
directed by Kelsey Cameron. He's not
Kirk's father, but he probably never
missed an episode of "Growing
-Pains.", RC Auditorium, East .Quad.

By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer
It's an honor just to be nominated.
Please. Such words hurt the ears.
Nominations are nice, but when it
comes to Sunday's Academy Awards,
it's all about bringing home the gold.
And unlike last year, when "Titanic"
and its modest captain, "King of the
World" Cameron, made an expected
sweep through the awards, this year has
no across the board favorites. So,
"Saving Private Ryan,""Shakespeare in
Love," "The Thin Red Line" and a bevy
of other hopefuls are set to duke it out
over the much-beloved, little gold man.
Everything starts with the screenplay,
so first we'll take a look at the nominees
for Best Screenplay Written Directly
For The Screen. The political satire
"Bulworth," written by Warren Beatty
and Jeremy Pikser, the Italian import
"Life Is Beautiful," by Vincenzo
Cerami and Roberto Benigni, the gritty
war drama "Saving Private Ryan;' by
Robert Rodat and "The Truman Show,"
by Andrew Niccol are all nominated,
and will all lose to "Shakespeare in
Love," by Marc Norman and Tom
Stoppard. The fact that the writing duo
has captured nearly every screenwriting
award up to this point along with the
movie's broad appeal makes
"Shakespeare in Love" a lock in this
Forecasting the Best Screenplay Based
On Material Previously Produced Or
Published is
not quite so Who
easy. With the
exception of Best Pict
the political . : tAoi
satire "Primary Best Actre
i "Elizabeth
Colors," writ- Best Supp
ten by Elaine Thornton,
May, all of the Tht Supn,
movies up forg
this award Redgrave.
s w JBest Scree
received some ' Love"
serious consid- 4 Best Direc
eration for the - "Saving Pr
Best Picture
award. Other screenplays that are nomi-
nated include "Gods and Monsters" by
Bill Condon, "Out of Sight," by Scott
Frank, "A Simple Plan," by Scott B.
Smith and "The Thin Red Line;' by
Terrence Malick. Despite the fact that
much of the movie is visually based, there
is strong sentiment for honoring Malick
for his highly awaited return to filmmak-
ing with the award. But the pick here is
the ultra-hip "Out of Sight," a screenplay

based on the Elmore Leonard novel of
the same name.
Next up: Best Performance By An
Actress In A Supporting Role. The
nominees here are Kathy Bates,
"Primary Colors;" Brenda Blethyn,
"Little Voice," Judi Dench,
"Shakespeare in Love," Rachel
Griffiths, "Hillary and Jackie" and
Lynn Redgrave in "Gods and
Monsters." By far the most curious
nomination is Dench, who, despite
being memorable in the role of Queen
Elizabeth, was only in the movie for
several minutes. All of the actresses
except for Griffiths have been nominat-
ed before and it appears as if the prize
will go to a veteran rather than the
Oscar newcomer. So using the Golden
Globes as a precursor, the pick here is
Lvnn Redgrave for her relentless
Hungarian housemaid in "Gods and
Monsters," but don't be surprised if
Dench ends up on stage.
The competition for Best
Performance By An Actor In A
Supporting Role is fierce and a place
where, again, four of the five con-
tenders are previous nominees. James
Coburn is the lone first timer for his
role as a revolting alcoholic father in
"Affliction." Others up for the award
include Robert Duvall, "A Civil
Action," Ed Harris, "The Truman
Show," Geoffrey Rush, "Shakespeare in
Love" and Billy Bob Thornton, "A
Simple Plan." Quickly eliminated are

"Saving Private Ryan" will likely take home Best Picture and Best Dl
third Oscar in twice as many years.

Should Win
ire: "Saving Private Ryan"
r: Nick Nolte, "Affliction"
ess: Cate Blanchett,
orting Actor: Billy Bob
"A Simple Plan"
porting Actress: Lynn
"Gods and Monsters"
enplay: "Shakespeare in
tor: Stephen Spielberg,
ivate Ryan"

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senseless and
Geo ffrey
Rush who has
won Oscar a
little too
recently to
start planning
a return trip
to the stage.
Which leaves
us with the
three main
Coburn and
win would be

Leading Role award. Yes, Fernanda
Montenegro, "Central Station," peren-
nial nominee and accent queen Meryl
Streep, "One True Thing" and second
time nominee Emily Watson, "Hillary
and Jackie," will all be on the outside
looking in when the winner is
announced. The two actresses with a
realistic chance at the gold are Cate
Blanchett, "Elizabeth," and Gwyneth
Paltrow, "Shakespeare in Love."
Paltrow's film has reached a wider audi-
ence but her golden girl image and
widespread popularity could end up
working against her with the older
Academy members. Blanchett and
Paltrow each won a Golden Globe in
different categories but it was Paltrow
who won the Screen Actors Guild
award when the two were up against
each other. Despite this, Gwyneth will
have to wait another year for Oscar, as
Blanchett wins by a golden hair.
And on the male side of things:
Roberto Benigni, "Life Is Beautiful,
Tom Hanks, "Saving Private Ryan," Ian
McKellen, "Gods and Monsters," Nick
Nolte, "Affliction" and Edward Norton in
"American History X" are all up for the
honor of Best Performance By An Actor
In A Leading Role. Despite his Screen
Actors Guild prize for Best Actor,
Roberto Benigni is a little too spread out

on Oscar night (nominatio
ing, writing and directior
Likewise, it's not very co
Tom Hanks will win his th
Oscar in six years. Edward
ing performance as a raci
in "American History X"
over, simply because it is to
ers. This is the year's bes
and the most deserving of
that the gutless Academy
things look like they'll c
Nolte and McKellen, twc
have yet to be crowned b
for Nolte to score the good
a desperate policeman in"
only because the Academ
the guts to honor Norton.
It's seemed pre-ordaii
film's release in July,
Steven Spielberg to snag
Best Achievement In Diu
work on "Saving Private
the other nominees: Rol
"Life Is Beautiful," Jo
"Shakespeare in Lov
Malick, "The Thin Red L
Weir for "The Truman
Malick has a prayer
Spielberg. This is conce
the Academy decides to g
Red Line" across the boa
and Malick some extra

Thornton. A


passable but if the Academy has any
sense, any sense at all, this award will
go to Billy Bob Thornton. His tortured
brother was the heart of "A Simple
Plan" and the role puts him head and
shoulders above the other nominees.
There might be five nominees, but
there are only two contenders for the
Best Performance By An Actress In A

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Editors: Aaron Rich, Will Weissert
Writers: Matthew Barrett, Laura Flyer, Kristin Long, Bryan Lark, Ei
Photo Editor: Adriana Yugovich
Cover: Hollywood's most popular leading man poses with the movies an
Motion of Picture Arts and Sciences.
Arts Editors: Jessica Eaton and Christopher Tkaczyk

Phone Numbers: Ann Arbor 1 & 2: 761-9700; Briarwood: 480-4555; Fox Village;
994-8080; Michigan Theater: 668-8397; Showcase: 973-8380; State: 761-8667.
Showtimes are effective Friday through Thursday. Late shows at Ann Arbor 1 & 2
and State are for Friday and Saturday only. Noon and mid-day matinees at Ann
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Editor in Chief: HeatherKamins

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