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At the Movies

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NJ Film Film Fest

New Jersey International Film Festival is presented by

the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, New Brunswick.

Screenings are Fridays through Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, College

Avenue Campus (near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street).

Thursday screenings are in Loree Hall, Room 024, Douglass College

Campus (near the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street). All programs

begin at 7 p.m.; $5 non-members. Information 732-932-8482; Website:


F For Fake, a rarely seen Orson Welles feature of 1976

about the famous forger, Elmyr de Hory, Thursday, June 8. Titus,

celebrated stage director Julie Taymor ("Lion King") adapts

and updates Shakespeare’s violent "Titus Andronicus," starring

Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. 1999, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,

June 9, 10, and 11.

Orpheus, Jean Cocteau’s 1949 classic retelling of the

Greek myth, set in a jazzy, mid-century Parisian milieu, starring

Maria Casares and Jean Marais, Thursday, June 15. The Terrorist,

the 1998 independent Indian feature film, written and directed by

Santosh Sivan, about a 19-year-old assassin plagued by second thoughts;

on a double bill with Mr. Death: Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter

Jr. , a controversial new documentary by Errol Morris (1999). $8,

Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. Princess Mononoke, one

of the most extravagantly beautiful animated features ever made, Hayao

Miyazaki’s 1999 epic tale of medieval Japan, Sunday, June 18.

Brazil, Back by popular demand, the restored director’s

cut of Terry Gilliam’s 1984 visually-dazzling futuristic fantasy,

Thursday, June 22. The Emperor and the Assassin, director Chen

Kaige’s ("Farewell, My Concubine") newest film, a sweeping

epic about political intrigue in third century B.C. China, Friday

and Saturday, June 23 and 24. Coming To Light, Anne Makepeace’s

story of turn-of-the-century photographer Edward S. Curtis and his

singleminded project to document Native American life (2000), Sunday,

June 25.

Kadosh, Israeli director Amos Gitai’s controversial film

about the plight of two sisters living under Orthodox Judaism (1999),

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 7, 8, and 9. The Discreet Charm

of the Bourgeoisie , the 1972 classic by Luis Bunuel, a dark surrealist

comedy that is among the most celebrated films ever made, Thursday,

July 13.

A Moment of Innocence, from Iran, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s

memory film about a teenager’s part in the uprising against the Shah’s

regime (1999), Friday, July 14. La Vida es Silbar, a love letter

to his country from Cuban director Fernando Perez (1999), Saturday,

July 15. The Brig, a must-see icon of the 1960s avant garde,

Jonas Mekas filmed this play about a Marine Corps prison on the stage

of the Living Theater, Thursday, July 20.

Sweep and Gendernauts, two prize-winning independents.

In "Sweep," Mark Street tells the story of father and daughter

in Brooklyn. "Gendernauts" is Monika Treut’s cutting-edge

documentary about the transgendered, Friday, July 21.

Dating, Delinquency, and Diversity, a program of bizarre

and funny "educational" short films made for American schools

in the years following World War II. Program curator Ken Smith, author

of the book "Mental Hygiene: Classroom Films 1947-1961," will

introduce the screening, Saturday, July 22. The Velvet Underground

& Nico , Andy Warhol’s 1966 documentary featuring Lou Reed, John

Cale, and the late Nico, Thursday, July 27.

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At the Movies

Confirm titles with theaters.

Battlefield Earth. John Travolta plays a conqueror from

space in this sci-fi based on Scientologist L. Ron Hubbard’s novel.


Big Momma’s House. Martin Lawrence plays an FBI agent

disguised as a grandmother in order to protect a single mom from an

escaped convict. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Bossa Nova. Brazilian dance and music setting, stars Amy

Irving. Marketfair.

Center Stage. Dancers from New York’s American Ballet

Theater portray aspiring dancers competing for a spot in a ballet

academy. AMC, Destinta, Mercer, Montgomery, Regal.

Dinosaur. The larger-than-life animation from the Disney

studios. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Marketfair, Montgomery,


East is East. A story about a Pakistani immigrant who

watches his family slowly become westernized. AMC.

Erin Brockovich. Julia Roberts plays a real-life crusader

bent on revealing both her cleavage and the polluting sins of a California

power company. Marketfair.

Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. Stars human versions of

stone-age cartoon characters. AMC, MarketFair, Regal.

Frequency. Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel star in this

fantasy. AMC, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Gladiator. Russell Crowe stars in this Roman epic adventure

from DreamWorks. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Montgomery,


High Fidelity. John Cusack plays the owner of a retro

record store whose business is failing, and whose life stinks. MarketFair.

I Dreamed of Africa. Kim Basinger stars in the life story

of Kuki Gallmann, an Italian woman who starts a new life in Kenya.


Keeping the Faith. Edward Norton directs and stars in

this romantic triangle comedy with Ben Stiller and Jen Elfman. Mercer.

Love and Basketball. Spike Lee co-produced this story

about basketball players starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. AMC.

Mission Impossible 2. The TV action series spinoff sequel,

directed by John Woo. AMC, Destinta, Garden, Loews, Montgomery,


Road Trip. An `Animal House’ inspired film by Todd Phillips,

winner of a 1998 Sundance award for `Frat House.’ AMC, Destinta,

Loews, MarketFair, Regal.

Running Free. Set on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, the

story of an awkward colt who becomes a great stallion. Loews.

Shanghai Noon. Comic Western stars Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson,

and Lucy Liu (of TV’s `Ally McBeal’). AMC, Destinta, Loews, Marketfair,


Small Time Crooks. Woody Allen wrote, directed, and stars

in a comedy about an ex-bank robber who wants to retire with his wife

(Tracy Ullman) to Florida. AMC, Garden, Loews, Mercer, Montgomery,


Time Code 2000. Marketfair.

Up at the Villa. Philip Haas directs Kristin Scott Thomas,

Sean Penn, and Anne Bancroft in a classy 1930s thriller based on a

story by Somerset Maugham. Marketfair, Montgomery.

U-571. Harvey Keitel and Matthew McConaughey star in this

Navy thriller. Mercer, Regal.

Where the Heart Is. Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman star.


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AMC Hamilton 24 Theaters, 325 Sloan Avenue, I-295 Exit

65A, 609-890-8307. 24-screen multiplex. $7 adults; $5 matinees; $5


Destinta, Independence Plaza, 2465 South Broad Street,

Hamilton, 609-888-4500. 12-screen multiplex. $6.75 adults; $5 matinees.

Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, 609-683-7595. $6.50

adults; $4 matinees.

Loews, Route 1 South, New Brunswick, 732-846-9200. Stadium-seating.

$8.50; $5.25 matinees.

MarketFair-UA, Route 1 South, 609-520-8700. $7.50

adults; $4.75 matinees.

Mercer Mall General Cinemas, Route 1, 609-452-2868.

$7.25 adults; $4.75 matinees.

Montgomery Center Theater, Routes 206 and 518,

609-924-7444. $7 adults; $4.25 matinees.

Regal Cinemas Town Center Plaza, 319 Route 130 North,

East Windsor, 609-371-8473. Stadium-seating, 15 screens. $8 adults;

$5 matinees.

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The newly-formed Starving Artist Production Company is

calling for actors to send photographs and resumes for next season’s

production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The company seeks

union and non-union performers; especially sough is a male Native

American over six feet tall. Guest artist contract pending. Send

materials to Dan Spalluto, c/o Kelsey Theater, Mercer County College,

P.O. Box B, Trenton 08690.

Princeton Pro Musica, a 120-voice chorus led by Frances

Fowler Slade, has a limited number of openings for volunteer and paid

singers in all voice parts for its upcoming season. Featured composers

for 2000-’01 will include Brahms, Handel, Faure, and Vaughan Williams.

For a June audition appointment, call 609-683-5122.

Participate Please

Opera Festival of New Jersey offers two workshop programs

($8), tours, and a free opera talk for children ages 5 and up.

Backstage tours for children are June 24, July 8, and July 15. Set

construction workshop is June 24; costume and makeup workshop is July

8; and the young people’s opera talk is June 18, at 3 p.m.

Reservations are required. Call Shari Ward, 609-279-1750, ext. 111.

The Volos International Music Festival in Volos, Greece,

April 1 to 10, 2001, invites applications from musicians at the site

that has hosted such artists as Sviatoslav Richter, Enrico Mainardi,

Julius Katchen, and Ruggiero Ricci. Volos is situated between near the

mountain Pelion and the beaches of the Pagasitic Gulf and Aegean Sea.

For information send e-mail to the festival office: marsam@x-treme.gr.

Volunteers Wanted

Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey is

recruiting volunteer mentors in Mercer and Middlesex counties for its

Family Mentor Program. This creative program links families in need

with carefully screened, trained, and monitored volunteers in

practical "extended family" relationships. Interested parties call Pam

Senatore at 609-448-0056.

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