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August 25, 2000

August 25, 2000

Cover story
Roll 'em

[Times photo illustration: Jeff Goertzen]
The fall movie preview: The late Gene Siskel always covered his eyes and ears whenever a critics' screening was preceded by preview trailers. He didn't want his critical judgment tainted by preconceptions, good or bad. Story

Weekend is moving to Thursdays
Even before Hollywood raises the curtain on the first of its big fall movies, the St. Petersburg Times is premiering exciting changes in how we cover entertainment, the arts and the many other ways Tampa Bay plays.

On Screen
An offer you can refuse
Retired mobsters in Miami steal a corpse, stagger through predictable story lines and kill audiences with boredom.

Some of the right moves
"It's just cheerleading," new kid in school Cliff (Jesse Bradford) tells Torrance (Kirsten Dunst), the stressed-out head of her San Diego high school's pom-pom squad, early during Bring It On.

Persall's Top 5
Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall

Family Movie Guide
The Family Movie Guide should be used along with the Motion Picture Association of America rating system for selecting movies suitable for children. Only films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included in this weekly listing, along with occasional R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance. Films are categorized as "recommended for family viewing," "recommended for family viewing with reservations" and "not recommended for family viewing," with a description of content that led to that categorization.

Movies on the Edge: The Final Chapter
THE COLOR OF PARADISE (PG) (90 min.) -- Two years ago, Iranian director Majid Majidi made a quietly charming film called Children of Heaven that turned a simple loss of shoes into a child's moving adventure. The same heartfelt touch makes The Color of Paradise an equally pleasant experience.

On Stage
Theater reviews
Food and Shelter, American Stage -- Bill Leavengood is the real thing, a writer with a voice all his own, but he is not especially well-served by Food & Shelter, the title given to a collection of four of his one-act plays now at American Stage. The quadruple bill gets off to a terrific start with a pair of perfectly realized gems: Dinosaur Limbo, a mordant take on Hollywood wheeler-dealers, and the surreal Irwin's Dilemma. But two larger works, Space Hunter and Bingo Night, are a letdown. The theater didn't do Leavengood any favors by dividing responsibility for the plays among three directors. The individual stagings are serviceable, but inevitably the foursome comes across as a stylistic grab bag, rather than a unified whole. The impression left by the production is oddly insubstantial. Instead of a strong shot of the playwright's work, it's Leavengood Lite. -- JOHN FLEMING, Times Performing Arts Critic

Pop Beat
 All that jazz
Five renowned musicians showcase the diversity and eclecticism of the musical genre in the Montreux Festival on Tour.

Vivacious rhythms
FESTA BRASIL featuring Chico Cesar and Rita Ribeiro: 8 tonight. Club More, 703 Franklin St., Clearwater. (727) 466-6673. Tickets are $15.

Avalon in concert
The Christian band, performing Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, revisits some bay area roots.

Art Beat
Two shows open in Sarasota
SELBY GALLERY -- Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design opens its season today with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for two shows: " digital images by locurto-outcault," digital images mapping the human body; and "Harvey Stein's Coney Island," chronicling the artist's 30-year fascination with the amusement park. Other events: director Kevin Dean's tour of both shows at 11:30 a.m. Monday and a lecture by Harvey Stein at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the lecture hall adjacent to Selby. Both shows continue through Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (to 7 p.m. Tuesday). Free. The gallery is on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, one block east of 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; (941) 359-7563.

A refuge from the city
Peace and quiet are only minutes away. Enjoy unspoiled Florida at area parks where you can picnic under an old oak canopy, swim in a pristine spring or bicycle down a winding trail.

The Diner
A winning quartet
3702 W McKay Ave., Tampa

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