FREEZE FRAMES

A weekly update of film releases HENRY & JUNE - A romantic look at Henry Miller and Ana"is Nin, showing them as obscure authors on their way to fame and controversy in Paris during the 1930s. Directed by Philip Kaufman, who pays equal attention to the literary ideas and sexual preoccupations of the characters, but generates little new understanding of either. Maria de Medeiros's nuanced portrayal of Nin is not matched by Fred Ward's uncharismatic Miller or Uma Thurman's weird performance as June, his wife. (Rated NC-17)

MY BLUE HEAVEN - Steve Martin is amusing as a gangster transplanted to the suburbs, but the movie is a mess, and too jammed with ethnic stereotypes for ``just kidding'' to be an excuse. Directed by Herbert Ross. (Rated PG-13)

NARROW MARGIN - Cops chase crooks on train. The suspense is crudely effective at times, and Gene Hackman does his best with a paper-thin character. Not worth the ride, though. Peter Hymans directed from his own screenplay. (Rated R)

TEXASVILLE - Peter Bogdanovich revisits the town where his 1971 drama ``The Last Picture Show'' took place, finding that his characters have grown from restless teenagers to restless adults with shaky marriages and kids they can't keep up with, much less control. While the new picture is loose and friendly, it doesn't recapture the melancholy charm of the original, and the story never builds much momentum. (Rated R)

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