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Summer Cinema: All Sizzle, No Fizzle
Weekly Alibi Summer Film Guide. [2]
Devin D. O'Leary

The Little Tugboat That Couldn't
Speed 2: Cruise Control. [3]
Devin D. O'Leary

Dead in the Water
"Speed 2" sinks; "A Chef in Love" is half-baked. [4]
Noel Murray and Donna Bowman

Peak Performance
A fine foreign film, 'Prisoner of the Mountain', makes a second Tucson appearance. [5]
Stacey Richter

Stemming the Tide
Rymer's Angel Baby will grab your heart. [6]
Mary Dickson

The Wight Stuff
It took 25 years to reach the screen, but the end result of Murray Lerner's Message to Love: The Ise of Wight Festival is that it resurrects a lost moment of rock & roll history. [7]
Raoul Hernandez

Film Reviews
Comprehensive reviews of current films. [8]

Film Clips
Check out Tucson Weekly's capsule reviews packed with links to the hottest movie home pages on the Web. [9]

Videos a Go-Go
A weekly look at a film genre to enhance your rent 'n' view pleasure. [10]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Movie Guru
The Movie Guru overcomes acrophobia and reveals his secret fascination for Vertigo. [11]
Coury Turczyn

Slithis & Django. [12]
Scott Phillips

Reviews of Cane Toads, Ed's Next Move, Fist of Legend , and Basquiat. [13]

Short Cuts
Why is Joel Schumacher, Batman and Robin director, upset with local Internet wizard Harry Knowles? [14]
Marjorie Baumgarten

Reel World
Toys...Hollywood style. [15]
Devin D. O'Leary

Arts Afire
Various Chronicle writers look back at films that have helped shape their love of the medium in a treatment of this summer's local revival schedules. [16]
Claiborne K.H. Smith

TV Eye
Our TV columnist thinks twice about whether Cinemax's "Max for Me" personalized viewing program is really the best around. [17]
Margaret Moser

June 20 - July 1, 1997

W hoa, the film section is packed this week! There's definitely something for everybody here. We've got a rather sarcastic Summer Movie Preview and multiple negative reviews (click here or here) of Speed 2: Cruise Control, which appears to be this summer's Waterworld. But we've also got a detailed evaluation of Robert Hughes' American Visions series on PBS and two articles (click here or here) on Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival. The latter is a revealing documentary about a Woodstock-like 1970 concert where such acts as The Who, The Doors and Miles Davis were perks but the hippies were jerks. From pop culture to high culture and, in some cases, to low culture, we've got as much to choose from as any labyrinthine multiplex.

This week's film reviews also include the following:

Our video guides spotlight a number of new and old pictures:

Don't forget to check out our Short Cuts and Reel World sections for tidbits about movie industry news, and the T.V. Eye column for a word about what's hot on the tube. (Xena: Warrior Princess makes the grade, as well it should.)

Talk Back
If you're one of the few who didn't think Volcano blew, The Lost World bit, or The Fifth Element was one element too many, here's the forum to defend your opinion--crazy though it may be.

From The Vaults

The Film Vault Curious about a particular director's work? Not sure what to rent at the video store? Enjoy reading several contrasting opinions of the same film? This is the place for you. Hundreds of reviews lie at your fingertips, sortable by genre, date or director.

Wasting Away
What Blake de Pastino learned from Albuquerque's top water wasters. [06-06-97]
Blake de Pastino

Court of Appeals
Night Falls on Manhattan and other films. [06-06-97]
Noel Murray and Jim Ridley

Con Job
It's a breakthrough in gay moviemaking! [06-13-97]
James DiGiovanna

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