FREEZE FRAMES

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NEWSIES - They're the newspaper hawkers of New York City, and their street-corner trike against the powerful Joseph Pulitzer, which happened in 1899, is the subject of this ambitious Walt Disney production. Not many live-action musicals are made anymore, and this one doesn't have enough zesty ideas to revive the breed. It's a healthy and energetic dinosaur, but a dinosaur nevertheless. The songs were composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Jack Feldman. Kenny Ortega directed. (Rated PG) WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP - Basketball, friendship, race relations, and street-corner hustling are the main ingredients of Ron Shelton's comedy about sports-loving grownups who rarely manage to act their age. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson give lively performances as the heroes, who relate better to basketballs than to women or the business world. The movie doesn't add up to very much, though. It's breezy, likable, forgettable. (Rated R)

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