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performances from stars Holly Hunter, -Danny DeVito and Queen Latifah. (Turan, Oct 30) (1:33) R for language and for some drug content and sexuality. Love Is the Devil (selected theaters). Fledgling filmmaker John Maybury delves boldly into the morbid world of the great painter Francis Bacon, but his film doesn't emerge with enough meaning or involvement to make its depiction of Bacon's degrading treatment of his hapless lover worth watching. With Derek lacobi, Craig DanieL (Thomas, Oct. 9) (1:30) Unrated: nudity, drugs, excessive alcohol, sadomasochism, extreme adult themes. Mark Twaln't America (Edwards' Imax Theater, Irvine Spectrum). Though admirable for its good intentions, this 3-D movie drifts along like a nicely illustrated introduction to a children's museum exhibit but is far too humorless to capture the spirit of its subject. (Ian Herman, July 2) (40 mins.) G. The Mighty. Director Peter Chelsom's version of Rodman Philbrick's award-winning young adult novel about the unlikely friendship of two teenage boys is itself an unlikely alliance of earnest sentimentality and genuinely m4iiial filmm nlmn Charnn Crnna etara (Turan, Oct. 9) (1:47) PG-13 for elements of violence and peril. A Night at the Roxbury. Those dancing fools from "Saturday Night Live," Steve and Doug Butabi, are inexplicably given their own movie in which to show how lame they are. Oh well, some of it's funny. (Seymour, Oct 2) (1:28) PG-13 for sex related humor, language and some drug content. One True Thing. Starring Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger as a mother and daughter brought closer by the prospect of the mother's death, this Carl Franklin-directed version of Anna Quindlen's moving novel demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordi-' nary, can make for riveting filmmaking. (Turan, Sept 18) (2:04) R, for language. Orgazmo. "Cannibal!: The Movie's" zany Trey Parker returns with this blissfully outrageous comedy, an NC-17-rated martial arts spoof of pom filmmaking with an affectionate nod to comic book heroes. Parker also stars. (Thomas, Oct. 23) (1:35) NC-,17, for explicit sexual content and dialogue. Pecker (Sunset 5; Academy, Pasadena). A cautionary tale about the perils of fame as only writer-director John Waters can caution. A young photographer (Edward Furlong) who lives blissfully in Baltimore's wacked-out wonderland of tongue-in-cheek innocence nearly throws it all away for a few New York moments of art world fame. (Tur- ' an, Sept. 25) (1:27) R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use. PI (Academy, Pasadena). In Darren Aronof-sky's brilliant intellectual thriller a mathematical genius (Sean Gullette) seems on the verge of unlocking the secrets of the universe and also on the verge of losing his mind. (Thomas, July 24) (1:25) R for language and disturbing images. Pleasantville. Writer-director Gary Ross starts with our nostalgic infatuation with comforting black-and-white TV reruns from the 1950s and then asks: What would happen if a pair of modem teenagers found themselves suddenly trapped in the fantasy world of one of these shows? Well, what Ross achieves is nothing less than a technical triumph (color and black-and-white exist magically and seamlessly in the same frames) but what starts as a felicitous romp slowly turns into a "message picture," overreaching its dramatic resources. Tobey Maguire, Reese With-erspoon and loan Allen star. (Turan, Oct. 23) (2:04) PG-13 for some thematic elements Pmnhat7ina cpyiialitv. flnri fnr Iflncniapp. Practical Magic. Cheesy effects take most of the magic out of director Griffin Dunne's horror-comedy about a family of New England witches. However both Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman provide spunky star turns. (Mathews, Oct. 16) (1:43) PG-13 for some violence, intense thematic elements and sensuality. - , Ronln. Veteran director John Franken-heimer, helped by a touch of David Mamet in the dialogue and the taut performance of Robert De Niro, brings the old fashioned espionage thriller efficiently up to date in a story of hard guys pursuing a mysterious, briefcase. The car chases are especially satisfying. (Turan, Sept 25) (2:01) R for strong violence and some language. ,' Rush Hour. A formulaic but livelv and enter- !''',, '- , r-t wtt , .-V"' .'r!- "I'V'". ,v . . '"' I ' 1 '" ' " f o "'ft eL Box Office The five top-grossing films last weekend: 1, "John Carpenter's Vampires," starring James Woods, above; 2, "Pleasantville"; 3, "Practical Magic"; 4, "Antz"; 5, "Bride of Chucky." taking action comedy that effectively teams martial arts legend Jackie Chan and motor-mouth comedian Chris Tucker. (Thomas, Sept 18) (1:37) PG-13, for sequences of action-violence and shootings, and for language. The Saltmen of Tibet (Monica 4-Plex, Santa Monica, Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.). A gentle, meditative documentary about the rapidly vanishing lifestyle of nomadic salt gatherers at the top of the world. A cleansing, reviving experience, beautifully shot, that's as restorative as a mountain vista. (Turan, Sept. 11) (1:50) Unrated. Nothing offensive. Saving Private Ryan. A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat that stars an indelible Tom Hanks as a World War II officer assigned to find a soldier in newly invaded France and bring him home. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (Turan, July 24) (2:40) R for intense, prolonged, realistic sequences of war violence, and for language. Slam (selected theaters). Saul Williams, an accomplished actor as well as electrifying "slammer" performer of his own poetry-stars. He plays a young, aimless Washington, D.C., dealer in marijuana whose drug bust leads to the discovery of his talent as a slammer. A modest film of considerable power and energy. With Sonja Sohn. (Thomas, Oct 21) (1:40) R, for pervasive language, a sex scene and brief violence. Soldier. A potent comic-book-style action-adventure fantasy, stars Kurt Russell as a human fighting machine who has been declared obsolete. Big mistake. With Jason Scott Lee as the newer model. (Thomas, Oct 25) (1:38) R, for strong language and brief violence. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries. The celebrated Merchant Ivory team breathe life and warmth into this empathetic recounting of a young girl's coming of age as an American expatriate in Paris, a story based on the autobiographical novel by Kaylie Jones, daughter of novelist James Jones. (Turan, Sept. 18) (2:04) R for language. Spike & Mike's 1998 Sick ft Twisted Festival of Animation (Sunset 5, Fri.-Sat., midnight). This year's lineup includes Spike's "Sick & Twisted Special Games" and many more. Unrated: adults only. T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (Edwards ' Imax 3D Theater, Irvine and Ontario). Peter Horton, Kari Coleman and Liz Stauber in the story of a teenager who's transported back to the world of dinosaurs (presented in 3-D Imax size). Unrated. Talk of Angels (Westside Pavilion Cinemas). Political and sexual passions boil over for an Irish governess (Polly Walker) and the son (Vincent Perez) of an aristocratic family in a Spain on the brink of civil war. PG-13 for politically motivated violence. Unmade Beds (Nuart, West Los Angeles, to IHL. H NEIL JACOBS day only). British anthropologist and docu-mentarian Nicholas Barker casts his canny eye to the world of "dating and mating in the Big Apple." Among the singles he and we observe: A lusty former lap dancer looking for a . sugar daddy, a 40-year-old bachelorpersonal ad veteran who just wants to be loved; an attractive and witty 225-pound woman who's hellbent on finding a husband; and a hard-boiled 54-year-old who refers to half his dates as "mutts." Alternately funny and sad. (1:40) Unrated. What Dreams May Come. Director Vincent Ward and screenwriter Ron Bass mix and match love, death and Robin Williams in a combination so cloying it would bring out the Grinch in a saint Max Von Sydow and Cuba Gooding Jr. also star. (Turan, Oct 2) (1:53) PG-13, for thematic elements involving death, some disturbing images and language. Wife to Be Sacrificed and A Woman Called Sada Abe (Monica 4-Plex). Two Japanese erotica films that are strictly for aficionados of the genre. Unrated: includes scenes of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism. Special Screenings Commentary by Times critics. TODAY Benefit Screening of "Dreams Spoken Here" (Warner Bros. Studios, Building 66, 4000 Warner Blvd., Gate 4, Burbank, (3101 550-7776). Sarah Kerruish's documentary about deaf children and their families. Proceeds will benefit the Oberkotter Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating parents about auditory-oral communication. 6:30 p.m. Cinema Judalca '98: The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Jewish Rim Festival (Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly HiUs, 310 274-6869). At 6 and 9:30 p.m.: The Jew in the Lotus. At 7:15 p.m.: Every Sunday. Cinema Judalca '88: Sephardlc Film Festival (Town Center Theatre, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 310 441-9361). At 7 p.m.: The Mother of Israel: The Jews of Catalonia, and La Route du Citron, with Return to Oulad Moumen. City of Angels Film Festival "Chasing the Sacred: The Cinema of Spirituality" (Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 626 304-3775). The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). With live orchestral accompaniment. Discussion to follow. 8 p.m. $15. $10 for students. 1968: Cinema In Revolution Games Bridges Theater, northeast comer of UCLA campus, 3 10 206-FILM). Medium Cool (1969). Special guest Haskell Wexler. 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY Cinema: A World of Fragments (UC Irvine STARTS TOMORROW . cat Student Center Crystal Cove, 949 824-5588). "" First Name: Carmen (1983). 7 and 9 p.m. City of Angels Film Festival "Chasing the Sacred: The Cinema of Spirituality" (Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 626 304-3775). At noon: Andrei Rub-lev (1969). Written by Andrei Konchalovsky; directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Panel discussion to follow. At 4:15 p.m.: Jesus of Montreal (1990). Denys Arcand's modem religious fable. At 8 p.m.: The Apostle (1997). Directed by and starring Robert Duvall. Panel discussion to follow. Krzysztof Kleslowskl's "Decalogue" (LACMA, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323 857-6010). A 10-part series where each segment focuses on one of the Ten Commandments. Segments based on Commandments One, Two, Three and Four, 7:30 p.m. Program will repeat Sat, 7:30 p.m. (The segments based on Commandments Five, Six and Seven will screen on Nov. 13 and repeat on Nov. 14. The series will conclude with segments Eight Nine and Ten on Nov. 20 and repeat on Nov. 21.) Road to Return (James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 310 825-7403). Documentary about ex-cons returning to society. Narrated by Tim Robbins. Discussion to follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Smogdance: Pomona Film Festival (DA Center for the Arts, 252-D S. Main St, Pomona, 909 397-9716). At 7 p.m.: Nora Cadena's short doc Ni Aqul, Nl Alia (25 min.), Angelo Guglielmo's Idling Brando (15 min.), Miriam Neptune's In Search of a Name (13 min.), Paul Ganus' Un Peso (9 min.), Sylvain White's The 25th Frame (14 min.), Enid Blad-er's Lost Baby (8 min.), and the Cal Poly Pomona Team's On the Border, The Maqulla-dora Industry (45 min.) SATURDAY All That Fosse! (Sunset 5, 213 S48-35O0). Lenny (1974). 10 a.m. Also Sun., 10 a.m. All That Fossel (Monica 4-Plex, 310 394-9741). Damn Yankees (1958). See description above. 11 a.m. Sun., 11 a.m. Cinema Judalca '98: The Fourth Annual Los Angeles Jewish Rim Festival (Music Hall, 310 274-6869). At 5:30 p.m.: The Revolt of Job. At 7:30 p.m.: Treyf, and Bubbeh Lee ft Me. At 9:45 p.m.: Awakening. City of Angels Film Festival "Chasing the Sacred: The Cinema of Spirituality" (Directors Guild of America, 626 304-3775). At 3:30 p.m.: Image Conference presents a screening of Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves (1996). Panel discussion to follow. At 7:15 and 10:15 p.m.: Wings of Desire (1988). A panel discussion will follow the 7:15 p.m. screening. Dear Jesse (1997) (Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., 310 478-6379). Documentar-ian Tim Kirkman looks at Senator Jesse Helms' political legacy, particulary in respect to homosexual rights. Noon. Also Sun., and Nov. 14 and 15, noon. Gangsters Galore! (Sunset 5, 213 848-3500). Straight Time (1978). 10 a.m. Also Sun., 10 a.m. Gangsters Galorel (Monica 4-Plex, 310 394-9741). Mean Streets (1973). Also Sun., 11 a.m. 1968: Cinema In Revolution (lames Bridges Theater, UCLA, 310 206-FILM). Weekend (1968). And Brazilian Cinema Novo director Glauber Rocha's Antonio Das Mortes. 7:30 p.m. To Reach Us For inclusion in Calendar Weekend, items must be received at least three weeks before the event. Because of space limitations, not all submissions will be listed. Send to Calendar Listings, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053, and please note the category of the event on the envelope. Photos will be considered for publication and cannot be returned. Items may also be faxed to (213) 237-4712. COlUMBIAfT PICTURES Krzysztof Kieslowskl's "The Decalogue" (LACMA, Bing Theater, 323 B57-6010). See listing for Friday. 7:30 p.m. Smogdance: Pomona Rim Festival (DA Center for the Arts, 909 397-9716). At 7 p.m.: Steve Hosford's Downwardly Mobile (3 min.), Sylvain White's Urban Short Circuit Mind-scraps (9 min.), Lyn Eliot's Cars Will Make You Free (3 min.), Elizabeth Deutsch's Ruby's Forbidden Love (11 min.), Bill Batchelor's TUFA (1 hr. 20 min.), Pollock Ramirez's HikingThe Zone (5 min.), and Rennie Cowan's Kale the Concept (15 min.). Taylor's Campaign (Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica, 310 395-3549). 6 p.m. $5 admission includes dinner. Special guest: Director Richard Cohen. SUNDAY Cinema Judalca '98: Sephardlc Film Festival (Music Hall, 310 441-9361). At 12:15 p.m.: The House on Chelouche Street. At 2:45 p.m.: Jews of Spanish Homeland, and The South: Alice Never Lived Here. At 4:50 p.m.: Every Time We Say Goodbye. At 6:50 p.m.: Novia Que Te Vea (Like a Bride), and Un Beso a Esta Tierra (A Kiss to This Land). City of Angels Film Festival "Chasing the Sacred: The Cinema of Spirituality" (Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 626 304-3775). At 7:15 p.m.: Luis BuAuel's Nazarin (1958). Panel discussion to follow. At 2:50 p.m.: Andrei Rublev (1969). At 6:30 p.m.: Jesus of Montreal (1990). Panel discussion to follow. At 9 p.m.: Image Conference presents Breaking the Waves (1996). Panel discussion to follow. Rlmforum Presents B-A. Contemporary Exhibitions, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 213 526-2911). At 5 p.m.: Phillip Lopate book signing. At 7 p.m.: Lecture on Warren Sonbert by Lopate, with screening. 1968: Cinema in Revolution (James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 310 206-FILM). Jiri Men-zel's Closely Watched Trains (Ostre Sledovane Vlaky) (1966). In Czech with English subtitles. And WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971). In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Smogdance: Pomona Rim Festival (DA Center for the Arts, 909 397-9716). At 2 p.m.: The ZoneCredit Card Debt, Strange Industry, and Killer Rick. At 7 p.m.: Paulina. Awards ceremony to follow. Revival and Repertory TODAY He Walked by Night (1948) (Tales Bookshop, 323 933-2640). Directed by Alfred Werker and Anthony Mann. 7:30 p.m. Also Fri., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Sat, 3:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sun., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Mon., 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) (University Village 3, 3323 S. Hoover St., 213 748-6321). Midnight Also Sat, midnight A Night at the Opera (1935) (Old Town Music Hall, 310 322-2592). 8:15 p.m. Also Sat, 2:30 and 8: 15 p.m., and Sun., 2:30 p.m. Pulp Fiction (1994) (Mann Plaza Theatres, 310 208-3097). Midnight. Also Sat. and Sun., midnight. Road to Rio (1947) (Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th St, San Pedro, 310 548-7672). 6 and 8 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (To-panga Theatre, 6360 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818 883-3300). Midnight Stardust Memories (1980) (New Beverly Cinema, 323 938-4038). And Love and Death ; (1975). Through Sat. SATURDAY The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Nuart, West Los Angeles, 310 478-6379; Rialto, 1023 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, 626 799-9567; and Art Theater, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach, 562 438-5435). Midnight. Son of the Sheik (1926) (Jewel Box Theatre, 10426 Magnolia Blvd., Toluca Lake, 818 760-4585). 2 p.m. $10. SUNDAY Don't Look Back (1967) (New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly' Blvd., 323 938-4038). And The Last Waltz (1978). Through Tue. 1 'J - THURSDAY,; NOVEMBER 5. 1998 - 31

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