FREEZE FRAMES

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUX - Chodorlos de Laclos wrote his classic novel two centuries ago. This film version by Roger Vadim came out in 1960, before the recent Stephen Frears adaptation, ``Dangerous Liaisons,'' and the Milos Forman version, ``Valmont,'' due in a few months. Vadim's approach seemed quite daring when it was new, and now that it's reissued, it still has a chilly sort of power as it follows the machinations of two diabolical seducers, one male and one female. Jeanne Moreau has the most memorable role, and Jean-Louis Trintignant shows up in a small but important part. Much of the music is by the great jazzman Thelonius Monk, whose eccentric harmonies contrast nicely with the film's vision of love affairs as real-life chess games. (Not rated) SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE - A married man gets a visit from an old college pal, whose favorite pastime is videotaping the sexual confessions of his female friends. The first half is full of verbal and visual surprises, but the later scenes are talky and dull, as if filmmaker Steven Soderbergh had lost interest in his subject and his characters. Which would be understandable, since the story often seems more calculated than heartfelt. (Rated R)

TO THE LIMIT - The latest film in the large-screen IMAX format celebrates the human body by studying the gracefulness and skill of a mountain climber, a skier, and a ballerina, intercut with biological footage showing internal organs at work during these activities. Directed by Greg MacGillivray with the purely pictorial energy to which IMAX is naturally suited. (Not rated)

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