FREEZE FRAMES

A weekly update of film releases

* GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND - The war between the famous Apache leader and United States forces is used as a metaphor for the larger struggle of indigenous Americans to fend off the arrogance and aggression of white invaders. Walter Hill's ambitious western has colorful performances and rich cinematography but doesn't pack much dramatic punch or new historical insight. (Rated PG-13)

* SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION - Confusion reigns when a young black man barges into the household of a white Manhattan art dealer, claiming to be the son of a Hollywood star but leaving clues that suggest he's a blatant imposter. John Guare's screenplay stays close to his original stage version, using everything from pseudo-intellectual chit-chat to scenes of nudity and homosexuality to build the complexity and unpredictability of his characters. The results seem gimmicky at times, and a tragic interlude near the end is clumsily handled; but Guare and director Fred Schepisi maintain a high energy level while poking obstreperous fun at targets all over the sociocultural map. Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing remind us what incisive performers they can be when a worthwhile movie comes their way. (Rated R) * WAYNE'S WORLD 2 - Wayne and Garth still run their public-access TV show from a suburban basement, but they raise their ambitions when Jim Morrison appears in a dream and orders them to produce a Waynestock rock festival. Like the original ``Wayne's World,'' the picture blends hilarity and vulgarity in roughly equal measure. Spectators old enough to catch the movie references and hip enough to catch the rock-and-roll jokes should have a ball. Directed by newcomer Stephen Surjik, who has the good sense to recycle plenty of the gags and gimmicks that Penelope Spheeris dreamed up for the earlier WW extravaganza. (Rated PG-13)

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