A weekly update of film releases
* THAT NIGHT - Long Island in the early 1960s is the setting for this coming-of-age story about a little girl observing the first romantic fling of a pretty teenager who lives in her neighborhood. Juliette Lewis gives a winning performance as the love-struck teen, and Eliza Dushku is terrific as her young admirer. The movie isn't original enough to make much impact, though. Written and directed by Craig Bolton, who brings a strong sense of suburban detail to the story. (Rated PG-13)
* LA BELLE NOISEUSE: DIVERTIMENTO - The original version of ``La Belle Noiseuse,'' directed by Jacques Rivette in 1991, took about four hours to unfold its graceful tale of an artist trying to complete a long-abandoned masterpiece with inspiration from a spirited young woman. This abridged edition is about half as long, telling basically the same story but putting less weight on the rigors of artistic expression. It also sheds less light on painting and cinema as different but related forms of visual construction. Although the movie is not as awesome in its abbreviated form, it remains a work of stunning beauty and fine acting by Michel Piccoli as the painter and Emmanuelle Beart as his model.
* 112TH & CENTRAL: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE CHILDREN Guided by professional filmmakers, a group of African-American and Hispanic youngsters give their impressions of the riots that shook Los Angeles in 1992. This documentary makes a commendable effort to find a fresh perspective by shaking off the rules and restrictions of conventional nonfiction cinema. Unfortunately, the filmmakers also shake off the clarity and organization that are needed for a constructive examination of their emotionally charged topic. The result is disappointing in just about all respects.