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‘Before The Rain’ A Quilt Of Stories With Too-Loose Seams

For the past couple of years, the internecine warfare in and around the former Yugoslavia has been a prominent part of our daily news reports. But how many of us know what's really going on there? Furthermore, how can we even begin to understand the passions and long-held hatreds that would cause one nationalistic group to so willfully murder another? "Before the Rain" provides some answers.

‘Farinelli’: Film Doesn’t Live Up To Voice

When it comes to great art, suffering tops the list of requisites. Or so some art lovers want us to believe. Yet nothing is more tiresome than watching an angst-filled artist alternately preen and hyperventilate between aweinspiring performances. It's the performance, after all, that we pay to see, not neurotic posturing.

Honkey ‘Congo” Bungles In The Jungle

The buzz is that "Congo" could be THE movie of the summer. The hype surrounds the Indiana Jones meets "Jurassic Park" type plot, with plenty of adventures set deep in the jungle. The film also boasts incredible special effects and startling sets. All of this hype does give the impression that "Congo" is the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" of the '90s, an impression that will be shattered once people see the film. Sure, "Congo" will boast an impressive first two weeks at the box office, until word of mouth gets around.

‘Tom And Viv’ Shows Dark Side Of Poet’s Marriage

"Tom & Viv" *** 1/2 Location: Magic Lantern Cinemas Credits: Directed by Brian Gilbert from the stage play by Michael Hastings, starring Miranda Richardson, Willem Dafoe, Rosemary Harris and Tim Dutton. Running time: 1:54 Rating: PG-13

A Sensitive View Of Barrio ‘Family’

Hollywood seldom makes movies about Hispanics. When the studios do, the films are violent sagas about criminal gangs: "American Me, Mi Vida Loca, " and "Blood In, Blood Out." "My Family "is an exception, a generational family epic that gives a more rounded view of barrio culture.