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Pushing Tin

Pushing Tin
This new film about air traffic controllers takes off from a news article and encounters plenty of turbulence in getting to its screen destination. For a pre-flight check, read our three reviews.

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The nation's aesthetic sense is skewing young: witness yuppies hoarding cargo pants from the Gap, the Matchbox-like VW Beetle, and Apple's candy-colored iMac, which looks like the kind of computer you'd find in Barbie's dream house.
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Volume II, Issue 45
May 3 - May 10, 1999

News & Opinion

While the nation's pundits, including several of ours, weigh in on the tragedy in Littleton, some young people are chasing dreams of Olympic boxing medals and championship belts. Also... Arizona officials are trying to figure out how to manage growing numbers of prisoners, women are being discriminated against at universities, and what real harm could a few hissing cockroaches cause?

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Film & TV

How accurate is "Pushing Tin," the new film about air traffic controllers that stars John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton? Not very, says a real air traffic controller. Reviews from Metro Pulse and Nashville Scene round out our in-flight selection. Plus "Entrapment," "Idle Hands," "Foolish," and other movies, and a profile of Rudy Ray Moore, a forgotten comic warrior.

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We've got a big package marking the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth, including a historic sketch, a personal remembrance, an interview with a former band member, a selection of favorites, and reviews of Ellington's RCA/Victor recordings and the rest of his catalog. Not to mention profiles of Isaac Hayes and Laura Love, and lots more.

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Arts & Leisure

Tin Men
Please to the Table
Craw Struck
No Katzenmoyers
Changing Roles
Back in Black
and more...

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Think of James Joyce, after half a fruit jar of moonshine, trying to cover a Braves game, and you'll stumble in the general direction of Roy Blount, Jr., whose latest book is full of humor but also an emotional exposť of his relationship with his mother. Neil Gabler takes on Americans' hunger for mass entertainment, Tristan Egolf offers a strong debut, entertaining murder on campus, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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