FREEZE FRAMES

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* PASTIME - In the mid-1950s, an aging minor-league pitcher befriends a talented African-American who's just joined his team. Though the last 20 minutes are slight and sentimental, most of picture is marvelous. Its subtle performances, quiet humor, and sensitive dialogue swat the superficiality of "Bull Durham," the phoniness of "The Natural," and the goopiness of "Field of Dreams" right out of the park. Directed by Robin B. Armstrong from a screenplay by D. M. Eyre Jr.(Rated PG) * THE STORY OF BOYS AND GIRLS - The engagement of an urban man and a rural woman brings an assortment of people to a celebration in an Italian farmhouse. Political developments of the mid-1930s lend an ominous undercurrent to the occasion, although the movie's focus is mainly on personal relationships. Directed by Italian filmmaker Pupi Avati, whose eye for revealing behavior isn't quite strong enough to make the story consistently compelling. (Not rated) * TRUE IDENTITY -Running from a mobster who wants to kill him, a black actor disguises himself as a white hitman and gets hired to rub "himself" out. The comedy has moments of real hilarity in its first half, but the rest strains too hard to be a suspense movie and a love story as well as an old-fashioned farce. This is Charles Lane's first studio production after his promising debut with the independently made "Sidewalk Stories." (Rated R)

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