Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

FREEZE FRAMES A Weekly Update of Film Releases

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

FREEZE FRAMES A Weekly Update of Film Releases

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* EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES - A young woman with extra-large thumbs and a talent for hitchhiking makes her way to an unusual dude ranch where the cowgirls are revolutionaries and the cattle are outnumbered by whooping cranes. Tom Robbins's shapeless but amusing novel becomes shapeless and rather dull in this screen adaptation by Gus Van Sant Jr., who seems more interested in the superficial sexuality of the story than in the deeper resonances of its satirical vision. (Rated R) * MI VIDA LOCA - "My Crazy Life" is the English-language title of this streetwise drama about the women of a Los Angeles barrio, focusing on two female gang-followers who get sexually involved with a drug dealer. Written and directed by Allison Anders, who made a stunning debut with "Gas Food Lodging" in 1992, the movie has a boldly complicated structure and a peppery visual style. The characters never fully come alive, though, and parts of the story are too tritely told to generate much interest. …
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