FREEZE FRAMES

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LATE FOR DINNER - Two young men, placed on ice for three decades by their local mad scientist, wake up to a different world containing the same problems they faced before. Directed by W. D. Richter, this low-key comedy is engagingly quirky, but has little energy and soon degenerates into something like an hour-long Smothers Brothers routine.(Rated PG) MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO - The travels and adventures of two gay street hustlers, the people who cross their paths, and a Falstaffian rogue who drifts in and out of their lives. Written and directed by Gus Van Sant, who mingles tremendous visual imagination with a leaning toward off-the-wall situations and sometimes raunchy images. The picture includes everything from talking magazine covers to scenes borrowed from Shakespeare, and some devices work much better than others. (Rated R)

PARADISE - Spending the summer in a rural town, a little boy enters the lives of a troubled couple whose own child recently died. There is some beautiful nature photography, and director Mary Agnes Donohue has a good eye for lilting camera movement. Her screenplay doesn't live up to her cinematic style, though. The story is trite and some of the dialogue is ridiculously sentimental. (Rated PG-13)

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