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River’s Edge

Something very odd about this: a teen problem drama that seems to be fighting David Lynch battles with its own right-thinking consciousness. Teen-pic auteur Tim Hunter (Tex) isn’t one to shirk his sentimental lessons, though the cautionary outlines of his story, about a gang of high school drifters who try to cover up a murder […]

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Sam Shepherd’s Best Shot

TRUE WEST Americana Theatre at Cassidy’s Pub If Sam Shepard has told you once, he’s told you a hundred times — the old west is dead. Or almost dead. You see, it dies hard. It’s stubborn. Shepard’s human vestiges of the old west must face a high noon against our bleak, dehumanized modern world. This […]

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Runaway Vehicle

BEVERLY HILLS COP II ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Tony Scott Written by Larry Ferguson and Warren Skaaren With Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Brigitte Nielsen. Beverly Hills Cop II opens in a blind panic and never calms down. The film’s style is that of a magician who keeps dazzling you with his […]

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The Straight Dope

Granted you’re no Galloping Gourmet, but this question has psychological as well as nutritional implications. (Catholic mothers are quite underrated when it comes to instilling childhood neuroses.) Is it really true that potato skins, apple peels, and carrot outsides are good for you? What value do they have? According to my mom, peeling apples, carrots, […]

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Circe & Bravo

CIRCE & BRAVO Wisdom Bridge Theatre Governments are corrupt. Politics is a dirty business. The people who lust after power the most are usually the ones most likely to abuse it. Pretty mundane stuff, yet the politically paranoid regard it as revealed truth, accessible only to a select few. They see conspiracy where most of […]

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The City File

Desperately seeking centenarians: The Illinois Department on Aging (917-2630) is trying to locate the 500-plus Illinoisans over age 100 in time for July 1, National Centenarians Day. And if you were born July 2, 1887, well . . . “Culture”: a working definition. The Ounce of Prevention Fund Magazine (Spring 1987) reports that the Southern […]

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Chameleon in Effigy

CHAMELEON IN EFFIGY Raven Theatre Company Proteus, a minor deity in Greek mythology and the Odyssey, seems a god peculiarly fit for our times. This ancient sea creature could take any shape he/she/it wished but, if held long enough, was forced to resume the real one. Gifted with enormous knowledge and anxious to keep it […]

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The Sports Section

Hitters’ personalities rarely change. When they do, they evolve like those of our friends; hitters mature, they age, they grow old. A young singles hitter is likely to end up an old singles hitter, although he may hit a few more homers toward the end, while a home run hitter will keep hitting home runs […]

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Reel Life: 14 1/2 hours on the Armageddon express

Talk about encores, and overkill. Peter Watkins’s The War Game (1965) was a 47-minute black-and-white pseudodocumentary of a “limited” nuclear strike against Britain (with the comparatively paltry weapons of the era), and it remains by far the most gut-twisting film treatment of the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war. Unthinkable? Actually a lot of highly educated […]