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Now playing in local theaters
By Jeff Dickerson fundamental; 4. Write the first ducers). The acting is solid under-
and Lyle Henretty chapter of that book you've been neath it all, but some of the charac-
Daily Arts Editors meaning to start; 5. Recycle the ters are given little to do but pout
beer bottles crammed in the corner or rave or look beautiful. Still, it


While we here at Daily Arts
attempt to keep you, the faithful
reading public, abreast on all top-.
ics entertaining, space and time
have a way of rearing their ugly
head. Here are some quick reviews
of current releases that we had nei-
ther the space nor inclination to
cover in great depth:
Reign of Fire
Christian Bale and Matthew
McConaughey fall in to a burning
"Reign of Fire" as napalm spewing
dragons have taken over the world
in the year 2020. Quinn (Bale,
"American Psycho") is the leader
of a small community in London
that struggles to survive the ever-
present flying predators. Thinking
they are the only humans left in the
world, they learn otherwise as an
army of arrogant Americans come
rolling in on their war-torn tanks.
Van Zan (McConaughey, "Frailty")
is a roughneck with canons for
arms and shaved head to match
who concocts a plan to bring
humans back to the top of the food
chain. Director Rob Bowman
("The X-Files") handles the mate-
rial well and creates a post apoca-
lyptic world in the style of the
"Mad Max" trilogy. The real stars
of the film are the dragons them-
selves who, thanks to the mar-
velous special effects, are the most
fearsome dragons to ever grace the
silver screen. At Quality 16 and
The Crocodile Hunter: Colli-
sion Course
Crikey! This movie is the worst
thing from down under since Yahoo
Serious. Here are some things you
could do with your time that would
be far more beneficial than seeing
Steve Irwin lasso the Australian
Outback: 1. Build a canoe, see if it
floats; 2. Discuss with your dentist
what you can do to make your
teeth more attractive; 3. Volunteer
at your local library and prove to
yourself and others that reading is

of your Ann Arbor-sized kitchen.
You'll get 10 cents a pop and save
Mother Nature in the process; 6.
Rent "Crocodile Dundee." At Qual-
ity 16 and Showcase.

shows talent and hope for the
future of the Coppala dynasty. The
Film also stars Gerard Depardieu
and Dean Stockwell. At the State.

K-19: The Widowmaker
Road to Perdition **
**I Harrison "Indiana Solo" Ford has
Sam Mendes won accolades and been talking in interviews about the
an assortment of Academy Awards humanity of his character in "K-19."
with his Hollywood debut "Ameri- Undoubtedly, the real men behind the
can Beauty," and with his sopho- true Russian submarine drama were
more effort, "Road to Perdition," interesting men with fascinating lives.
proves he is not nearly as gifted as Also, I'd imagine, they all spoke with
his cinematographer, the expres- Russian accents, not Saturday-Night-
sive Conrad Hall. The story con- Live-embarassing parodies of Russ-
cerns Michael Sullivan (Tom ian accents that would make Boris
Hanks, "Turner and Hooch), a hit Badenov turn as red as his mother-
man devoted to his mob boss John land. It's hard to take a film seriously
Rooney (Paul Newman, "Where when a laconic actor who hasn't
the Money Is"), who is in turn shown an emotion since "The Mos-
working under Al Capone. The 30's quito Coast" is practically lilting to
gangster yarn, based on a graphic his loving men. Harrison, you're one
novel of the same name, is beauti- of the coolest men alive, please drop
fully recreated with Hall's stunning the accent and pick up the whip
cinematography and the acting is before you're in a wheel-chair, gum-
brilliant across the board. But the ming about how cool you were in
problem with "Road to Perdition" "Regarding Henry." Also starring
lies in the story, which is so pre- Liam Neeson. At Quality 16 and
dictable you'll be able to foresee Showcase.
all the events in the film after only
the opening 10 minutes. "Perdi-
tion" is a masterfully presented
film that just feels hollow inside.
At Quality 16 and Showcase.
Despite director Roman (son of
Francis Ford) Coppala's keen eye
and obsessive wink-wink aversion
techniques, "CQ" still falls into the 4\
trappings of a first film. Any serf- ~
ous shot suggesting the duality of .
man is pretentious any way you
slice it. He attempts to satirize the
film-school mentality with Paul~
(Jeremy Davies), a budding direc-ac
tor making his own "personal" film apublication of UM tao
while making rent by editing thevattab O f
"Barbarella"-ish "Dragonfly." The
film-within-a-film is so funny it
reveals "Austin Powers" as the N ow
trash it is, but the characters in the
real film are also cartoons of the
indie (obnoxious young director,
spacey-but-kind dad, haughty pro-

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