FREEZE FRAMES

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* I LOVE TROUBLE Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts play rival reporters on the trail of a dangerous story. Do they trade wisecracks, send each other on wild goose chases, and fall in love before the final fadeout? You bet. Slick camera work and strong chemistry between the stars are almost enough to save the picture from terminal triteness, but not quite. Charles Shyer directed from a screenplay co-written with Nancy Meyers. (Rated PG)

* HIGH SCHOOL II - In the documentary ``High School,'' made more than 25 years ago, filmmaker Frederic Wiseman brought his camera into a Philadelphia school and found a sadly dysfunctional system in which students and teachers were operating on ridiculously different wavelengths. In this new follow-up he visits a venturesome school in the underprivileged Spanish Harlem neighborhood of New York and discovers a splendid example of educational success, grounded in the uncomplicated notion that learning works best when it's structured as a nonstop conversation among curious individuals. This hopeful and thoughtful film sometimes approaches the compassionate greatness of Wiseman's classic ``Titticutt Follies'' and ``Juvenile Court,'' although it's not as riveting as its earlier namesake, and it could use a lot of trimming from its unnecessarily long running time of nearly four hours. (Not rated)

* THE SLINGSHOT - The hero is a schoolboy whose lively intelligence would provoke his teachers and schoolmates even if he didn't have a Jewish mother and a Socialist father to generate hostility in provincial Stockholm, where they live during the turbulent 1920s. Directed by Ake Sandgren and based on the childhood experiences of a noted inventor, this Swedish production is capably made and enjoyably acted, although it's not as compelling as it might have been with a tighter screenplay and a more imaginative visual style. (Rated R)

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