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Trading Places

TIN MEN **** (Masterpiece) Directed and written by Barry Levinson With Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, and Barbara Hershey. There aren’t too many outlets for releasing the frustrations and fury of being civilized. One way, vilifying crazy drivers from behind the protection of your own steering wheel, will always–barring a drastic change in human nature or […]

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The Assault

Fons Rademakers’s adaptation of Harry Mulisch’s acclaimed Dutch novel, about a World War II survivor (Derek de Lint) haunted by the violence done to his family by the Nazis. The film can’t quite escape its novelistic past more than its characters can escape their own infernal history, though Rademakers (Max Havelaar) turns the literary material […]

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The Straight Dope

When President Reagan makes speeches you often see two squares of glass mounted on stands on either side of the podium. What are they for? –Jim LeBlanc, Phoenix They’re teleprompters–you didn’t think Ron actually memorized all those speeches, did you? The glass squares, which are called “beam splitters,” are coated in such a way that […]

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Some Came Running

Vincente Minnelli turns the James Jones novel into one of his finest and most garish melodramas, with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Shirley MacLaine struggling to stay alive in the hopelessly small town of Madison, Indiana. Minnelli has said that he based his visual style on the inside of a jukebox, and the film is […]